Why you must pick Jamie Vardy up in fantasy football

Jamie Vardy must be one of the most inspirational characters to grace the Premier League. The Leicester City star has played in each of England’s top four divisions and has truly worked incredibly hard to earn his place in the top flight. After 12 league games, the Foxes are third in the Premier League and Vardy has netted an astonishing 12 goals – making him the Premier League’s leading goalscorer.

While this is an achievement in itself, he’s also scored in nine consecutive league matches, leaving him one shy of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record. If you don’t already have the Leicester frontman on fantasy football, NOW is the time to pick him up.

Ultimately, Vardy is a goal machine and should be the focal point of your fantasy team’s attack. If you have a striker who can score at will, he is a must-have and is pure gold for fantasy formats. The Foxes striker is heavily involved in Leicester’s general play and is always capable of creating opportunities out of nothing, for either himself or another team-mate.

With the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp in the side, Vardy is getting an abundance of opportunities to score in what is an excellent Leicester City side. In fact, many have tipped the Foxes for a great FA Cup run as well, with many backing Leicester to win the competition in various FA Cup betting markets. Whether they will or not, only time will tell. However, Vardy’s goals will be crucial in both competitions.

On current form, he’s the best striker in the Premier League and is an absolute steal at just £7.3 million. At the beginning of the campaign, Vardy was valued at £6 million and those who placed their trust in the forward have been rewarded on a weekly basis. He has racked up 83 fantasy points already this season and is the top scoring fantasy striker.

Essentially, he’s irreplaceable. Vardy is on a hot streak and, while his excellent run will end at some point, it would be foolish to drop the Leicester striker until he fails to score. The Foxes have a tough run of fixtures coming up and Vardy may struggle against some of the Premier League’s best defensive units. In their next seven matches, Leicester face Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as Everton and Swansea away from the King Power Stadium.

Vardy will need to be at his very best if he is to shine against these teams but, on current form, he could cause problems in Leicester’s attack. The Foxes aren’t fearful of anybody and are heading in the right direction under Claudio Ranieri. For as long as the Italian allows the Foxes to maintain their free-flowing, aggressive style of play, Vardy will continue to score goals and create chances.

Will Jamie Vardy finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season? Potentially. He’s an excellent footballer with a real eye for goal but doesn’t possess the natural talent of Sergio Aguero. However, if Leicester continue to create opportunities, he will score. Vardy is a real diamond on fantasy football and, as mentioned earlier, he’s an absolute MUST have in your fantasy team for the future.