New Fantasy Values: Forwards

Posted by John Culea

Victor Fraile/Getty ImagesRobin van Persie has the highest fantasy value to begin the season among forwards.

Here are thoughts about selected forwards who were in the PL last season along with their new fantasy value and what their worth was at the end of last season:

Robin van Persie, Manchester United
10 (down from 10.4)
The leading fantasy point-producer has the highest fantasy value to begin the season. The Dutchman has opened on more than 48 percent of fantasy rosters. With Wayne Rooney's future in never-never-land, RvP is likely to score more than the 26 goals he amassed in 38 games. He has remained remarkably injury-free.

Luis Suarez, Liverpool
9.3 (unchanged)
The second-highest fantasy point-producer for forwards is on 12.5 percent of fantasy rosters while no one is 100% sure where he will end up. If he stays in the PL, no matter what team he plays for, Suarez will miss the first six matches while he serves the rest of his suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Even with 30 transfers in the first segment, picking Suarez now is a waste.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
8.8 (up from 8.5)
Rooney's uncertain status makes him a risky pick. 95.6% of fantasy managers agree.

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
8.2 (up from 7.1)
The departure of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli explains some of the nearly one million pound increase in value for Aguero who is now owned by 12.6% of fantasy managers. Injuries kept Aguero out of eight games in a season where he only scored 12 goals. The Argentinean is a good fantasy buy.

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
8.1 (down from 8.2)
The Belgian had a marvelous debut PL season with 19 goals in 34 games and was the fifth best fantasy forward point-producer. He is a terrific bargain at 8.1 and with a new contract and knowing he is the focal point of the attack Benteke should reward his owners, which now number nearly 29 percent of fantasy managers. A bonus is that Benteke will not be involved in any European tournaments with his domestic club.

Lukas Podolski, Arsenal
7.7 (up from 7.1)
Podolski had a pretty good season with 11 goals in 33 games and was the ninth best fantasy forward point-producer. The 28-year-old Pole who plays for Germany will share attacking duties with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott—or an unlikely teammate by the name of Luis Suarez. He is owned by six percent of fantasy managers.

Demba Ba, Chelsea
7.5 (down from 7.2)
Ba was blah for Chelsea after arriving with high-scoring promise from Newcastle in the January transfer window. He had 15 PL goals for the season, but only one with Chelsea. He is likely to be overshadowed by Romelu Lukaku and playing time will be a challenge. Ba is a bad fantasy pick.

Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
7.4 (down from 7.6)
Giroud had a slow start in his debut PL season and may have led the league in missed easy goal attempts. Roster rotation with Champions League games makes him a shaky PL fantasy pick, but his salary is low. Less than six percent of fantasy managers own him.

Fernando Torres, Chelsea
7.4 (down from 7.5)
Torres is the ultimate tease and so far, less than five percent of fantasy managers are willing to use their money on him. The 24 PL goals he scored in 2007-2008 seem like a lifetime ago.

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
7.3 (down from 7.8)
Eleven percent of fantasy managers think Sturridge will star in place of Suarez

Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham
7.8 (down from 8)
15 goals in 33 games for a mediocre team last year and now owned by about 12% of fantasy managers.

Arouna Kone, Everton
6.9 (up from 7.2)
Sensational at Wigan, less than three percent of fantasy managers think he will duplicate his success at his new team.

Chicharito Hernandez, Manchester United
6.8 (up from 5.9)
Only 2.1% believe Hernandez will get more playing time and be more productive than last season.

Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea
6.2 (down from 6.7)
Potentially the bargain forward of the season and 19.4% of fantasy managers agree.

Rickie Lambert, Southampton
6.5 (down from 7.6)
Last year's third-highest fantasy point-producer for forwards still gets no respect and had his value drop by 1.1 million. More than 20 percent of fantasy managers still believe in the 31-year-old.

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