3 Budget Strikers to consider for Gameweek 1:

Expensive, hard to come by and risky – A horrible yet realistic trio of words to best describe the situation one finds themselves in when trying to cram premium strikers in to their FPL teams but struggle (fail) due to budget restrictions.

You want Aguero, but you have to sacrifice at least two decent midfielders…

You want Kane, as you think Ibrahimovic will flop, but that’s just a defence mechanism…

All three will shine at some stage, that’s a given – but, you want to have one (or two) at their given time. It all depends how you play the game when it comes to attackers. Whilst soome opt for two dynamite strikers, others go for 1 and 2 clever little picks – it’s the latter I’m going to try and help you with today

Many of you have already gone with Negredo or Gray (11%), which can still be considered as fairly shrewd moves. However, here are 3 more names that you might want to throw in to the proverbial hat when piecing together and finalising your Gameweek 1 Fantasy Premier League teams.

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth

  • £6.5m
  • 4.1%
  • 82
  • Manchester United (H)

Bournemouth looked comfortable by the end of last season and entertained us all with some neat football. Wilson started the season well and many FPL owners thought they had landed themselves a cheap gem. He had 5 goals before his season was abruptly and sadly ended by injury and left many managers having to look elsewhere.

We’ve been handed another cheap opportunity to go with Wilson again this season, who you’d expect to be in the starting XI over emergency signing Benik Afobe.

With a low ownership of just 4.1%, Callum Wilson could be your golden ticket and mega shrewd move for the early stages of the new Fantasy Premier League campaign – especially as the ownership levels of Negredo, Carroll and Gray continue to rise.

Shane Long – Southampton

  • £6.5m
  • 14.8%
  • 109
  • Watford (H)

A slightly more popular pick than Callum Wilson so far. Owned by 14.8% of FPL managers as we speak, a lot of people have assumed that with the departure of Graziano Pelle, Long is the natural first choice for Southampton (just don’t forget about good old Charlie Austin).

After ending the 2015/16 season well, Long is an exciting prospect in terms of goals and bonus points. What else do you need from a cheap 2nd or 3rd FPL striker? A real chance of a few 6-point games in the opening weeks against Watford and Sunderland at home, respectively.

If Southampton are to enter the market for a new striker, I’d probably think about revising that decision, however, until this situation does or doesnt arrise, I think the Saints’ front man should be seruiously considered when it comes to finalising your FPL attack.

Andy Carroll – West Ham

  • £6.5m
  • 8.3%
  • 90
  • Chelsea (A)

Very often, West Ham’s go-to-guy Andy Carroll offers great value at £6.5m. Bilić’s plan will no doubt be to get Big Andy on the end of Payet’s set pieces, which means he will have chances most games if Payet’s form last season is anything to go by.

Given that West Ham are struggling in the market for a striker, you can expect him to start in Gameweek 1. He’s only owned by 8.3%% of the current players in FPL but this is now slowly starting to climb as he gathers more attention in articles across the FPL community.

His hatrick vs. Arsenal last year is exemplary of how many points he can rack up in one week, but, there are the 2-point Gameweek’s to contend with along the way of course.

If you’re looking to avoid the likes of Gray, Negredo and even Lukaku, you can’t go far wrong with having Andy Carroll as your 2nd or 3 FPL striker. He’s proven, he’s dangerous when in the mood and is a massive aerial threat from set-pieces and open-play deliveries in to the box.

Ignore him at your peril.

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