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Fantasy football tips: 5 bargain strikers you NEED this season

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The Premier League season returned with a rather loud bang last weekend with a number of seriously eye-catching results.

Some of the usual fantasy football suspects were up to their old tricks, with Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku proving their worth to their adoring Dream Team managers.


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But are you stuck in a position where you need to make a transfer already?

How abut some tasty looking attacking bargains to nurse your dilemma?

Dream Team 2017/18

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  • This year’s fantasy football game will be absolutely FREE for all players to play
  • The total prize pot is an approximated £750,000
  • Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday
  • £50m budget on 11 eligible players

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1 Jay Rodriguez – £2.0m

West Brom could see the best of Rodriguez this season

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Rodriguez could get back to scoring ways with West Brom

A lot’s happened to Jay Rodriguez in the last couple of years.

Once considered one of the most exciting English forwards around, a couple of lengthy injuries and a lack of game time has somewhat stunted the former Burnley man’s rise.

But a £15million move from Southampton to West Brom this summer could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

And he’s already got things going, scoring a stunning first goal for the Baggies in a pre-season friendly against Leicester.

We reckon he could return to his very best at the Hawthorns this season – and priced at just £2.0m on Dream Team, he could prove to be an absolute bargain.

2 Callum Wilson – £2.0m

Wilson is worth the risk for your fantasy football team

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If he remains fit, Wilson could be a decent option next season

Same story, different player.

Callum Wilson is another English striker who’s seen more of the medical room than the pitch over the last couple of years.

And that’s been a great shame, as he was Bournemouth’s main-man during their Championship-winning season.

Two lengthy injuries since have left him on the peripherals at Dean Court, where he’ll have the likes of Jermain Defoe, Josh King and Benik Afobe to compete with this season.

Still, if he remains injury-free, Wilson could be a good source of goals for only £2.0m.


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3 Kelechi Iheanacho – £2.5m

Iheanacho will be a good choice on Dream Team this season

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Leicester new boy

It’s weird to think that a couple of seasons ago, the Marcus Rashford vs. Kelechi Iheanacho debate was actually a thing.

While Rashford continued to impress for Man United last season, Iheanacho has found himself very much out of favour in Pep Guardiola’s City side.

The Nigerian started only five times for the Citizens last term, but his young career is set for a boast after he moved to Leicester this summer in a £25m deal.

While he barely got a look in last season, we still remember Iheanacho’s breakout season the year before when he notched an impressive 14 goals in all competitions.

And we think his best is still yet to come.

4 Charlie Austin – £2.5m 

Charlie Austin could be an ideal striker for your fantasy football team

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Austin will vie with Manolo Gabbiadini for a starting place

Charlie Austin didn’t get a fair crack under Claude Puel last season, but maybe new Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino will give him more of a chance.

Because on his day, Austin can be one of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers.

The 28-year-old has scored bucket loads for every club he’s played at, be it Kintbury Rangers in the ninth-tier of English football or QPR during their spell in the top-flight.

Priced at just £2.5m, Austin could be worth your small change this season.

5 Wayne Rooney – £3.0m

Rooney's return to Everton is one of the biggest transfer story's of the summer

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Will Rooney hit 10+ goals for Everton this season?

The boy’s back in blue.

Rooney’s 13-year spell at Man United ended this summer with a return to his boyhood club Everton.

And with the Toffees allowing Romelu Lukaku to head in the other direction, Rooney could get some serious game time as a striker, no less.

While we can all agree that the 31-year-old’s legs are a bit gone, England’s record goalscorer still knows where the net is.

It seems enough of you are already convinced, with more Dream Team players picking Rooney (20.2%) than Alexis Sanchez on this season’s game so far.

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Team names have become almost as important as picking winning sides in recent years, with the punnier the better the general perspective.

So whether it’s Lallana in Pyjamas, Giroud Sandstorm or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel, take a look at our foolproof list to help you decide.

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