Don't fear, the nightmare's almost over.


We're only a few days away from surviving the third international break in as many months and our reward is weekly domestic football until March.


But even better than that, it's time for Fantasy Premier League to return to our lives. With a busy Christmas schedule and the first double gameweek upcoming, it's imperative that your teams are up to scratch as we dive straight back into the thick of the action.


So far, we've taken you through the upper echelon of goalkeepersdefenders and midfielders in the FPL world up to this point - but now it's time to up the stakes.


So, her, we spin you through the 15 highest scoring forwards so far - are they contenders or are they pretenders? Are they worth backing at the most crucial point in the FPL season?


It's time to find out...


15.  Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

Points: 46

Price: £5.1m

Teams Selected By: 8.2%

Upcoming Fixtures: Liverpool (H), Burnley (A), Bournemouth (H)


With many backing the Eagles to go down this season, there's no doubt that Roy Hodgson's side have exceeded expectations and some of that is down to the early season form of Jordan Ayew.


While he hasn't set the league alight - only scoring four times - Ayew's proven to be another source of goals for the Eagles, instead of relying on the magic of Wilfried Zaha or Luka Milivojević from 12-yards. 


For a number nine that will start week in and week out, there's little risk in picking up the Ghanaian for just over £5.0m, especially when you take a look at Palace's schedule up until the New Year.


90min Recommends: Long-term investment material.


14. Sebastien Haller

Sébastien Haller

Points: 48

Price: £7.2m

Teams Selected By: 3.7%

Upcoming Fixtures: Spurs (H), Chelsea (A), Wolves (A)


It's fair to say that West Ham's record signing has gone cold in recent weeks - failing to hit the back of the net in his last four starts.


Genuinely, Haller is a striker that relies on others servicing him rather than creating chances for himself, which, in fairness, is like most strikers. With West Ham in a woeful run of form, their creators have failed to give the Frenchman much of a chance in the box, which has contributed to the former Frankfurt man's current goal drought.


This, along with the Hammers' horrendous fixture-list, should be enough to put you off Haller in favour of cheaper options.


90min Recommends: Avoid in favour of cheaper alternatives.


13. Wesley 

Wesley

Points: 48

Price: £6.0m

Teams Selected By: 2.5%

Upcoming Fixtures: Newcastle (H), Manchester United (A), Chelsea (A)


The Brazilian was a bit of an unknown quantity when he arrived from Club Brugge in the summer, but the £22m man has enjoyed a decent start to life in the Premier League - scoring four times and assisting once on his way to 48 FPL points thus far.


His tame value and the fact he's Villa's focal-point may tempt some owners, but he's failed to score in his last four and has only made a significant contribution in one game this season - the 5-1 away win against Norwich when he racked up 14 points. 


Despite his price, there are still better options out there people - Lys Mousset for example.


90min Recommends: Avoid in favour of more reliable options.


12. Josh King 

Joshua King

Points: 50

Price: £6.3m

Teams Selected By: 9.5%

Upcoming Fixtures: Wolves (H), Spurs (A), Palace (A)


King has done remarkably well to reach his half-century despite playing in an unfamiliar wide role on occasions this season.


However, like those before him, the Norwegian international's production up to this point has been sporadic - making a goal contribution in just four out of Bournemouth's 12 games so far.


With Ryan Fraser, the Cherries' chief creator last season, unsure about his future and simply not playing well, they've struggled to create much as of late, scoring just twice in their last five and those two were because of an Aaron Wan-Bissaka brain-fade and an expertly worked corner routine - the Cherries still lack a cutting-edge from open play.


Oh, and their fixture-list isn't exactly easy up until the New Year either.


90min Recommends: Avoid until the New Year.


11. Danny Ings

Danny Ings

Points: 52

Price: £6.0m

Teams Selected By: 2.9%

Upcoming Fixtures: Arsenal (A), Watford (H), Norwich (H)


After summer  signing Che Adams failed to prove himself in the top-flight, Ings has enjoyed a long string of starts and also hasn't been too bad in front of goal either - scoring four in his last six outings.


The former Liverpool man looks to be the player Ralph Hasenhuttl will be relying on to get the goals going forward and he'll certainly have a chance to get the Saints out of some trouble over the next few weeks. 


In the offing for the Saints are Arsenal (second-worst defensive record in the top half), Watford (third-worst defensive record) and Norwich (second-worst defensive record). Ings should have a chance to add to his five-goal tally this season before tougher tests come about at the end of December.


90min Recommends: Consider as a short-term option.


10. Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson

Points: 54

Price: £7.8m

Teams Selected By: 9.2%

Upcoming Fixtures: Wolves (H), Spurs (A), Palace (A)


Like King, Wilson has also suffered from Bournemouth's inability to create from open play in recent weeks as the England international has failed to score since his strike against West Ham on matchday seven.


With the Cherries facing four of last season's top  six between now and Boxing Day, avoid Wilson for the time being and reassess at the start of 2020.


90min Recommends: Avoid until the New Year.


9. Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino

Points: 56

Price: £9.4m

Teams Selected By: 10.6%

Upcoming Fixtures: Palace (A), Brighton (A), Everton (H)


With Liverpool starting the season so well, Roberto Firmino's failure in the final third as of late hasn't really been noticed by many.


Despite being the key to unlocking Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah out wide, Firmino has failed to set up a goal since the victory over Leicester at the start of October and he hasn't found the back of the net in his last six.


But the Reds' tasty fixture list, that also includes Bournemouth and Wolves after their next three, means Firmino is a tempting option for the next few weeks. Plus, Salah's injury may see Klopp lean on his false nine a little bit more to produce in front of goal.


90min Recommends: Consider as a short-term option.


8. Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Points: 57

Price: £10.8m

Teams Selected By: 15.1%

Upcoming Fixtures: West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H), Manchester United (A)


Kane's six goal tally is a disappointing one for his elite standards, but it's fair to say that his decreased production in front of goal isn't all his own doing.


Spurs have failed to service the Englishman in many a game this season and often against teams that deploy a low-block, Kane simply looks isolated. It's fair to say Christian Eriksen's demise this season hasn't exactly helped Kane either.


And in the 'big' games so far, Kane has operated more as a target-man to service the rapid Son Heung-min in behind, rather than being on the end of the final pass himself - although he did score against Arsenal and Liverpool.


Nevertheless, with Spurs playing the way they are at the moment, Kane isn't a striker you can rely on for consistency.


90min Recommends: Avoid in favour of cheaper, more reliable alternatives.


7. Raul Jimenez

Raul Jimenez

Points: 61

Price: £7.3m

Teams Selected By: 13.5%

Upcoming Fixtures: Bournemouth (A), Sheffield United (H), West Ham (H)


The four-game drought between gameweeks five and eight would've worried many that the Mexican wasn't going to be able to repeat his stellar 2018/19 campaign. 


However, three goals in his last four has seen those fears ease as Jimenez looks to be hitting top-form once more.


Despite facing Spurs, Liverpool and City before the end of 2019, Jimenez proved last season that he's the man for the big occasion - scoring five times against the established top-six since his arrival in the summer of 2018. 


It's time to bring the Mexican back.


90min Recommends: Long-term investment material.


6. Teemu Pukki

Teemu Pukki

Points: 61

Price: £6.7m

Teams Selected By: 20.6%

Upcoming Fixtures: Everton (A), Arsenal (H), Southampton (A)


Incredibly, over 20% of owners haven't realised the Pukki party is over. Seriously, it finished seven weeks ago, his mum's fuming that you lot are still round the house having a good time.


Despite good displays for the Canaries and goals away on international duty, August nostalgia shouldn't be enough for you to keep Teemu on your team. 


Ditching the Finn is a move that should've been made weeks ago, if you haven't already, please do it now.


90min Recommends: Avoid in favour of more reliable options.


5. Marcus Rashford

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-BRIGHTON

Points: 63

Price: £8.6m

Teams Selected By: 14.1%

Upcoming Fixtures: Sheffield United (A), Aston Villa (H), Spurs (H)


Boy, how electric did Marcus Rashford look while away on international duty?


After starting the season poorly - from matchday two to eight - Rashford has found some form of late and certainly looks to be returning to his best.


The return of Anthony Martial has seen the 22-year-old drift out wide and since then, Rashford has two goals and an assist in three games, while scoring twice from a left-wing position for England in the past week. 


Rather than being United's focal point, out wide is where we'll see the best out of the Mancunian and his recent displays highlight that he's someone you should bring into your side for the long-haul.


90min Recommends: Long-term investment material.


4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Points: 69

Price: £11.0m

Teams Selected By: 24.8%

Upcoming Fixtures: Southampton (H), Norwich (A), Brighton (H)


Aubameyang is the closest it gets to a natural-born goalscorer, he simply loves finding the back of the net wherever he goes - France: tick, Germany: tick and now England: tick.


But, despite starting the season off on fire - bagging seven goals at a goal per game ratio - the Gabonese international has brought home four two-pointers in his last five outings, scoring just once in those five as well.


Despite his, as well as Arsenal's, questionable form in recent weeks, you can expect Aubameyang to feast against some of the league's worst defences over the next couple of weeks. 


For those that do bring him in, ensure it's only for the short-term as the Gunners have a few tough fixtures to end the year and, well, you know what Arsenal are like in the 'big' games.


90min Recommends: Consider as a short-term option.


3. Sergio Aguero 

Sergio Aguero

Points: 70

Price: £12.0m

Teams Selected By: 21.7%

Upcoming Fixtures: Chelsea (H), Newcastle (A), Burnley (A)


The Argentine has to be one of the most infuriating players when it comes to Fantasy Football due to his random appearances on the substitutes bench from time to time - thanks Pep.


But, despite not starting five of City's 12 games thus far,  Aguero has continued to be his productive-self - scoring nine and setting up three on his way to a 70-point tally.


In recent weeks, however, Aguero hasn't quite hit the mark in front of goal and has scored just once since matchday six. His performance at Anfield, which was simply a masterclass in how not to score, may convince Pep Guardiola to give Gabriel Jesus more of a chance as the starter.


Even if Aguero remains the number one, there's no doubt that Guardiola will constantly rotate between the pair over the busy Christmas period.


90min Recommends: Avoid in favour of cheaper alternatives.


2. Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

Points: 81

Price: £8.0m

Teams Selected By: 50.6%

Upcoming Fixtures: Manchester City (A), West Ham (H), Aston Villa (H)


After missing the pivotal penalty in the UEFA Super Cup shootout and drawing a blank in his first two Premier League outings, it would've been difficult to foreshadow Tammy Abraham's form since then.


The 22-year-old has been simply superb leading the line for this exciting, young Chelsea side and earned call-ups to the senior England squad for their October and November fixtures.


His ten-goal tally so far is the second highest in the league and he's shown no signs of slowing down - scoring in his last two, as well as recently netting his maiden England goal against Montenegro.


Abraham's proved he's not one-dimensional and that he can score a variety of different ways - whether it be with his head, tap-ins, balls in behind or strikes from long-distance - he can do it all.


Oh, and by the way, he's only £8.0m!


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1. Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy

Points: 92

Price: £9.6m

Teams Selected By: 35.5%

Upcoming Fixtures: Brighton (A), Everton (H), Watford (H)


Here we go then, the best of the best in the FPL world up until this point and of course... it's Jamie Vardy, who unlike Teemu, is still having a party (you know what to bring).


The league's leading scorer has aged like a fine wine in front of goal and has been imperative to Leicester's brilliant start to the season. 


His ability on the counter, as well as the speed he possesses when darting in behind an opposition defence, is unmatched and you'll always feel in the game with Vardy in your side, especially when you have the likes of James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes providing for the 32-year-old machine.


As long as he stays fit he won't slow down, and neither will the Foxes. Title-challenge anyone?


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