The RealFF Gaffer’s striker rankings

RFF Gaffer

Although strikers do benefit from assists and appearance points, this position is all about getting goals, goals and more goals. Generally you will need one, ideally two, top drawer strikers who can be used as regular captain options. A few considerations when picking your strikers:

  • Penalties are huge – grab a penalty taking striker and it guarantees you a handful of goals per season. There’s a lot of second tier strikers such as Deeney and Callum Wilson who without penalties would be distinctly average in terms of fantasy value. Those penalties push them out of the pack and away from similar calibre strikers such as Ighalo.
  • Form and fixtures are key – strikers generally rely almost exclusively on goals, and so are much more limited in their scoring options in RealFF. If you’re going to wheel and deal strikers then make sure you do so with form and fixtures in mind. No point having a striker on a team with tough fixtures and in poor form, they’re not going to score.
  • Keep a gamble spot – I always like to keep a spot for striker rotation. In one league this season for example I have Firmino and Wilson, who I intend to keep season long. The other spot can be used to pick up a lesser striker who’s in form or has good fixtures. For example I recently picked up Iheanacho in one league over the international break, knowing that he’s nailed on to play if Aguero gets injured on international duty. This hasn’t happened, and so I’ve dropped him and picked up Baston who’s now fit and ready to become Swansea’s main target man. Should Baston not fire I’ll look for another option. It’s very difficult to draft  / trade for three premium strikers as they’re so popular and highly valued, having a spot you’re willing to gamble and rotate is a great tactic.

Onto the ranks themselves, you’ll see that I’ve ranked quite a few strikers who aren’t necessarily nailed on starters. This is due to the above point about a ‘gamble spot’, if you don’t want to go with this tactic and want three solid strikers then avoid anyone ranked lower than 23.

TEAM

STRIKER

RANK

Man City

Aguero

1

Man Utd

Ibrahimovic

2

Everton

Lukaku

3

Arsenal

Sanchez

4

Chelsea

Costa

5

Spurs

Kane

6

Liverpool

Firmino

7

Leics

Vardy

8

Man City

Sterling

9

Watford

Deeney

10

C Palace

Benteke

11

Sunderland

Defoe

12

Soton

Austin

13

Bournemouth

Wilson

14

Stoke

Arnautovic

15

Burnley

Gray

16

Swansea

Baston

17

Stoke

Bony

18

WBA

Rondon

19

Leics

Slimani

20

Man Utd

Martial

21

Watford

Ighalo

22

Hull

Hernandez

23

Arsenal

Giroud

24

Man City

Nolito

25

Man City

Negredo

26

Man Utd

Rashford

27

Liverpool

Sturridge

28

Man City

Iheanacho

29

Spurs

Janssen

30

Chelsea

Batshuayi

31

W Ham

Carroll

32

Man Utd

Rooney

33

Arsenal

Perez

34

W Ham

Zaza

35

 

The talking points

  • The interchangeable – Aguero is my number one ranked striker by a country mile. The remainder of the top 8 are very close in terms of rank, I wouldn’t begrudge anyone arguing that any of them should be number two. These top 8 form an elite tier that sits well above the remainder, so aim to own at least one of these.
  • The injury prone – a lot of the top 20 are there despite a tendency to get niggly injuries multiple times as a season. This again makes the striker ranks a little more debateable than other positions, and backs up my belief in a ‘gamble spot’ in your squads. Don’t be afraid to trade strikers, they’re often your captain choices and so it’s important you get the ones in form and fit.
  • The backup men – I’ve included several strikers towards the bottom of the ranks e.g. Batshuayi, Janssen, Iheanacho, who are very much the second choice in their position. If you agree with my ‘gamble spot’ up front then these are ideal players to pick up when you believe the first choice is either on the verge of injury or resting due to European commitments, internationals etc.

 

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Cheers,

The Gaffer