Fantasy Football: Rooney, Benteke and more – your striker picks

Russell Cane delivers the final part of his Fantasy Football Watchlist. Here are five strikers you must consider

There’s less than a week to go to finalise your fantasy football team… Still tinkering?

Having played fantasy football for the past 18 years and collecting 25 national prizes in games such as the Sun DreamTeam, Telegraph, SkySports and the Daily Mail, this columnish now works for Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com, who will be launching a new daily version of their game very soon.

Whatever fantasy football game you play, whether your aim is to win your work or pub league or you’re going for a national prize, the basics are inevitably the same. Pick the best players and avoid the dross. Your starting XI (or squad) is pivotal in how your season pans out. You want to get one up on your friends and work colleagues, right?

With budget restrictions it’s not as simple as packing your side out with superstars. Sure, your team needs a core of top players who will deliver consistent points. However, identifying who offers the best value, which players you may have overlooked and how players may perform for their new clubs, are some of the factors that come into play when picking your initial side.

Here are five strikers that will give you a head-start over your rivals from day one.

Strikers

Must Have

Wayne Rooney. In any other season Sergio Aguero would have taken the must have striker spot but due to the Copa America and his likely late return to the Premier League, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney appears an adequate alternative. He’ll be taking up the no.1 striker spot at Old Trafford after Robin van Persie’s and Radamel Falcao’s departures. Expect goals, goals and more goals.

New Kid On The Block

Christian Benteke. The big Belgian has delivered constantly for a weak Aston Villa team for the past three seasons with an exceptional strike-rate. A move to a more attack minded Liverpool with a better quality of service should see Benteke take his game to a whole new level.

Approach With Caution

Harry Kane. The 22-year-old will be a popular pick this season, understandable after last season. But do you remember his drastic dip in form at the the end of last season? His unimpressive displays for the Under-21s in the summer? Add the fact that Premier League defences will now be fully prepared.

Under The Radar

Jay Rodriguez. Returning from a long injury which saw him miss last season, many will have forgotten the impression that he made on the Premier League in 2013/14. Jay Rodriguez has also been in fine form pre-season. A top player that many will have overlooked.

Bargain Buy

Troy Deeney. There always seems to be one striker that appears from the Championship and takes the Premier League by storm. Last season there were three! Danny Ings, Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy. Take note, Trou Deeney scored as many goals last season (21) as Austin did in 13/14, and more than both Vardy and Ings achieved.

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