It goes without saying that selecting strikers that score your team goals is crucial to Telegraph Fantasy Football success. Here, we take a look at the pre-season picks for the Golden Boot, hunt for value and highlight the credentials of the new faces in the category.
How they score points
- Starting XI appearance (2 pts)
- Substitute appearance (1 pt)
- Goal scored (5 pts)
- Key Contribution (3 pts)
- Red card (-3 pts)
- Yellow card (-1 pt)
- Missed penalty (-2 pts)
- Own Goal (-3 pts)
Pre-season picks for the Golden Boot
Harry Kane has won back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots and that's seen his valuation hit the £7.0m threshold. He was the leading point-scorer in TFF 15/16 and followed that up by coming second behind Alexis Sanchez in the latest campaign. Kane scored 33 goals in 33 appearances last season, with nine key contributions accumulated too, and will no doubt be leading the line again for Spurs as they prepare for life away from White Hart Lane.
Romelu Lukaku's big-money move to Manchester United could make him the most owned player heading into the new season. He's been issued a price of £6.6m, the same as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was for the Red Devils last year, but is a proven player in both the Premier League and Telegraph Fantasy Football. The Belgian was only denied the Golden Boot last season because of Harry Kane's late flurry but he's never been in a better position to win it than under Jose Mourinho at United.
Sergio Aguero has dropped from £7.0m to £6.8m, mainly because of the emergence of Gabriel Jesus (£5.9m). The Argentinian is no longer a guaranteed starter for Manchester City but is still well respected with his ability to churn out 20-goal-a-season performances.
Hunting for value
Away from the big money strikers, there are some standout names that could be worth their weight in gold. Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini comes in at £5.1m and he generates interest due to the Saints' relatively easy start to the season. They face Swansea (H), West Ham (H), Huddersfield (A), Watford (H) and Palace (A) in their first five so the Italian could give you a boost off the starting line.
Jermain Defoe has made the switch from the north coast to the south and will be back in a Bournemouth kit for the first time since 2001. He scored 15 goals last season for the league's bottom side and his price has dropped to £4.8m because of the competition he'll face from Josh King for a starting place.
Kelechi Iheanacho had the best goals-per-minute ratio across Europe last season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad. He's priced at £4.3m as he's behind both Aguero and Jesus in the pecking order but a move to the likes of Leicester could see him get much more time on the field.
New faces to look out for
Arsenal's record signing Alexandre Lacazette is unproven in the Premier League so has been issued a fair £6.0m price tag. The 26 year old French international scored 100 goals in 203 appearances for Lyon and looks set to lead the line for the Gunners with Alexis Sanchez in support.
Dwight Gayle (£3.8m) and Glenn Murray (£3.6m) have both featured in Telegraph Fantasy Football before but both plyed their trade in the Championship last season. They each scored 23 goals during their respective club's promotion campaigns and with no major signings coming in both look set to lead the line once again.
If you look right towards the bottom of the list you'll notice £3.2m rated Tammy Abraham. He also scored 23 goals in the Championship last season and the Chelsea striker has been loaned to Swansea for the new campaign. He'll be competing with Fernando Llorente for a place in the Swans starting XI but at just 19 years old has already shown he has a keen eye for goal.
Romelu Lukaku (£6.6m)
Lukaku is a cheaper alternative to Sanchez, Kane and Aguero and could be set for his best season yet at United. He's surely guaranteed a start in the majority of their matches and has now cemented his status as a proven goalscorer in the Premier League.