Champions League

The best forwards for UEFA Champions League Fantasy

The start of the UEFA Champions League group stage is less than a week away and the competition’s official, free-to-play Fantasy game is now live.

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The final of these three introductory articles for UEFA Champions League Fantasy focuses on the forwards. The scoring for forwards is again very similar to Fantasy Premier League, with the balls recovered statistic rarely benefitting them.

READ MORE: The best Champions League goalkeepers and defenders
READ MORE: The best Champions League midfielders
READ MORE: How to play Champions League Fantasy

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Premium Forwards (€9.5m-€12m)

When the world’s strongest sides come together, it brings with it an inevitable saturation of top-quality players. This is most clearly shown in the premium forwards category. These players can score big any or every week and having a couple in your team appears to be a necessity. 

Picking a starting point in this category was tough but I’ve gone for Bayern’s newly crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, Robert Lewandowski (€12.0m). He top-scored in last season’s competition with 15 goals in just 11 games, is on penalties, and is nailed in the best side in world football at the moment. Fresh off the back of his four-goal haul against Hoffenheim, Lewandowski looks like the most secure forward pick for the group stages.

That means Lionel Messi (€12.0m) is second on this list. Although he’s only scored once in his first three games this season, he has two assists to his name and has a home banker against Ferencváros on Matchday 1 – so could be the perfect captain to fire your season off to a great start.

Next up is Erling Haaland (€11.0m). He has four goals and an assist in his first three league games and faces three questionable defences in the group stage. Last season he scored two or more goals a whopping 12 times. Playing in a better side for the group stages this year, Haaland could run riot.

Another young star costing €11.0m, Kylian Mbappe is only getting better. He has two goals and four assists from three games this term and PSG are looking better after a shaky league start. Both Mbappe and Neymar (€11.5m) will be in and around the goals every week as PSG look to go one better than last year. Their games against a dysfunctional Manchester United defence and Turkish relegation-strugglers Istanbul Başakşehir could produce big scorelines for the duo.

Two Serie A forwards complete this section. Inter’s Romelu Lukaku (€11.0m) has penalties and is in incredible form, making him a slightly better option than his strike partner Lautaro Martinez (€10.5m). Atalanta’s 13 goals in their first three games has fired them to the top of Serie A and Duvan Zapata (€9.5m) has got a goal and two assists. After 19 goals and nine assists through 33 games last season, Zapata could be a slightly less popular gem to fire you up the ranks with his opening games against Midtjylland and Ajax.

It’s of course worth keeping an eye on a few players unavailable for Matchday 1, especially Cristiano Ronaldo (€12.0m). He should return for Matchday 3, where he then plays Ferencváros home and away. The fitness of Manchester City’s two main strikers, Gabriel Jesus (€9.5m) and Sergio Aguero (€10.0m) should also be high on your watchlist.

Mid-Priced Forwards (€7m-€9m)

The best forwards for UEFA Champions League Fantasy

The choices in this section are few and far between, but what there is, is of very high quality. Atalanta’s captain and darling Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez (€8.5m) has started the season with four goals and two assists in just three games and has a place in this author’s team firmly secured with his kind opening fixtures and “nailed-ness”. Ronaldo’s absence paves the way for Paulo Dybala (€9.0m) to return to the starting XI alongside Alvaro Morata (€9.0m) . Named Serie A’s MVP last season, he could be a shrewd early differential,

Jesse Marsch’s Red Bull Salzburg play flowing, attacking football which helped Haaland to eight goals in six group stage games last season. Patson Daka (€7.5m) has scored seven goals and four assists through 10 games so far in the Austrian Bundesliga, as well as a couple against Liverpool in pre-season. Playing against Lokomotiv Moscow and Bayern’s high line, which has been shaky in their early games, he could feast like Haaland. 

Finishing off this section are two established goalscorers from middling Champions League teams. Zenit’s Artem Dzyuba (€8.0m) has been a staple of UCL scoresheets for a decade now and, like Daka, has seven goals and four assists through his first 10 games of this season. With Club Brugge up first and Lazio in Matchdays 3 and 4, he could be another smart differential.

Olympiacos’ Youssef El-Arabi (€8.0m) scored three goals in his three Champions League starts last season, 17 goals in 25 starts in the league and has scored in his last two for the Greek giants. Starting out against Marseille and Porto could bring goals for the Moroccan talisman.

Budget Forwards (€4.5m-€6.5m)

The best forwards for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 1

These options really are quite sparse in both quantity and quality. The best is clearly Rennes‘ new signing Serhou Guirassy (€6.5m). The Frenchman has three goals and an assist in five league games for the French league leaders. If he takes advantage of matches against Chelsea’s dire defence and Russian mid-tablers Krasnodar, Guirassy should turn out to be the best budget forward in the game. 

Dynamo Kyiv’s Vladislav Supryaha (€6.5m) got a goal and two assists through their three qualifying games for the UCL, but games against Juventus and Barcelona definitely suggest there are better options elsewhere.

Ajax’s Antony (€6.0m) has two goals in the four games he’s started this season but was subbed off for his likely replacement David Neres (€8.5m) in the last game.

Any of the cheaper options are either unsure starters, or simply poor picks.

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861 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pulisic(C) or Salah(C) ?

    1. The Road to Turfdom
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      neither

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        how's your team looking, tina?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Need to sell kdb for Son(owned him, sold last wk, buying back this wk)
          might get Pulisic for a -4 as well

      2. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hey buddy. How you doin? Haven't seen you here recently
        I'm on WC btw.

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          yeah, been busy and some health issues this week.

          getting there.

          1. Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Sorry to hear that
            Hope you are well now.
            Thoughts on this?

            Guaita
            TAA Robbo Chilwell
            Salah Son Pulisic James Grealish
            Richarlison Watkins

            4.0 Brewster Lamptey 3.9

            May start brewster this gw.

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Im not a Rich fan, but thats personal.
              2 x villa a bit much for me
              Not many (c) options.
              Still think a City attacker is a must
              Prefer just one Livp def
              A matter of time before Ings/Jimenez start scoring again I reckon(hope)

              1. Jacky boy
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                They are too cheap and fixtures are great long long term
                Wanted to get kdb. But now it has messed up. Think they will struggle without him. Will get him once he is back.
                Had planned to get reguilon instead of robbo. But with kdb out, I got extra money so did the switch. Robbo is much more attacking tbh.
                I like ings. But their fixtures are not the easiest anymore. A bit expensive

    3. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mo

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah - Pulisic too risky given he has played 7 mins since the FA cup final in August

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Pulisic.

      I really don't like Salah (c) this week.

    6. Joey Tribbiani
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Salisic

      • The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sal

    7. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sterling or Kane?

      Life is so much easier going Kane short term but then it’s a nightmare to get KDB or Sterling in

      1. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kane

      2. The Road to Turfdom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kane

      3. Villan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        2ft will be able to do it

      4. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kane

      5. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kane

      6. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        2 FTs is a nightmare?

    8. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Start one -

      A coady
      B lamptey
      C Mitchell

      1. The Road to Turfdom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Mitchell

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

      3. Villan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    9. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rank 4m. 6.1mitb. Anything for a hit?

      Martinez
      Taa saiss james (lamptey Mitchell)
      Salah son foden podence (burke)
      Jiminez dcl watkins

      A.....podence to pulisic - 4
      B.....podence to sterling - 4
      C....hold

      Not sure podence starts this weekend...thanks

      1. Villan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        C

      2. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I have my doubts re Podence. Take the hit for Sterling.

    10. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Grealish is so tempting with all the Leicester injuries. Still probably going to be dull and do KDB to Son though

    11. Lignja
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A. Taa, Havertz, Brewster*
      B. Lamptey, Bissouma*, Kane
      C. Lamptey, Sterling, Brewster*

      *Bench

    12. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB & Adams to Son & Kane(C) for free?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Easy

      2. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wow! similar moves as mine below. Certainly yes for free.

    13. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB+Ings>Son+Kane (-4). Yay or Nay?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Just KDB to Son

      2. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yay

    14. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      KDB to Son or??

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Son

        1. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Cheers. Is there even anyone else to really consider?

          1. Holding Matip
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Pulisic potentially, or Grealish against a depleted Leicester (both CBs out)

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Salah/Mane, Pulisic/Havertz, Bale, Rodriguez, Grealish, Trossard

      2. AuFeld
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        WHU defense looks water-tight. Maybe Sterling at home vs ARS, who have the second-highest xGC from OP. The counter argument is that they'll lack creativity and won't be able to create chances.

      3. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thank you everyone!

    15. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anyone know how Havertz looked in the international games?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Good, goal and an assist vs Switzerland

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        His usual languid self. Scored a well taken goal. I'm happy to have him anyway.

    16. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Which two would you start?
      1. Taylor
      2. Ayling
      3. Justin
      4. Bissouma

    17. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Incoming Bale brace. Home game vs West Ham seems pretty juicy.

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Man I'm so tempted... he was my immediate thought when KDB confirmed out, but just dunno if he starts!

      2. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        do we know he defo starts?

        1. seanie3
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          by Jose saying "probably" doesn't mean anything, he lied before about Son I feel..

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          We do not. Mourinho refused to say whether he'll start or not but he'd 'probably play'.

          This is so prime right here. Amazing fixtures for Spurs. This is a really interesting opportunity.

          1. seanie3
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Agreed, will be watching closely as a Son and Kane owner..

    18. NKDB
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kun to start?

        1. ArseneAllTheWay
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          doubt it

        2. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Would like to know too.

          1. NKDB
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Think imah make a punt on him

        3. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Which option is better?

          A) Grealish, Jimenez, Lamptey
          B) Bruno, Watkins, Lewis (or any other 4.4 def)

          1. ArseneAllTheWay
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            A

          2. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            a

        4. ArseneAllTheWay
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          A) Keep
          B) WC team (below)

          McCarthy (Steer)
          TAA, Coady, Justin (Mitchell, Taylor)
          Salah, Kdb*, Rodriguez, Soucek (Reed)
          DCL, Jimi, Wilson
          (2.9itb)

          WC

          Martinez (Steer)
          Robbo, Chilwell, Lamptey (Dallas, Taylor)
          Salah, Pulisic, Rodriguez, Son, Grealish
          DCL, Ings (Brewster)
          0.4(itb)

        5. The Alli Way
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Sterling, Son & Podence or Son, Havertz and Foden?

          1. doher.ty
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Podence and Sterling or Havertz and Foden? Seems easy enough that.

          2. Captain_Shirokov
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            0.1m short of my WC team.

            Is Lamptey to White an acceptable downgrade? Literally nowhere else to scrape 0.1m.

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              What’s your team?

              1. Captain_Shirokov
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Martinez, 4m
                Robbo, Chilwell, KWP, Lamptey, 3.9m
                Salah, Son, Pulisic, Grealish, 4.4m
                Kane, DCL, Maupay

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Lamptey -> Dallas or similar I guess. Potentially McCarthy and a 4.5 Villa defender instead of Martinez & KWP

                  It’s either that or Chilwell goes

                2. Pegboy
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  He's rarely going to play, so yes.

            2. Jullepuu
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes imo

            3. Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              No

            4. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              3.9 def?

              1. Captain_Shirokov
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                already on it

          3. Dwotle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Best Mitchell replacement on WC? 2-3 bench fodder most weeks.

          4. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            KDB Strategy

            I plan to keep KDB and use Podence instead. Not taking a - 4 hit. I can then use the next two transfers to bring in Antonio and Grealish for KDBs return.
            Podence has two good fixtures his points could possibly cover my KDB replacement plus the minus 4 hit.
            Anyone else keeping KDB.

            1. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              As a Podence owner, I've been reading he may not start.

              1. The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                True but he can still get points from the bench

          5. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Best mid under 6.8?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Trossard

            2. Dwotle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Trossard or Barkley

            3. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Controversially, I still think it might be Foden.

          6. sunzip14
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Start one please:

            A) Justin
            B) Mitchell
            C) Lamptey

          7. mixology
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Any confirmation Bruno will start? I'd back him to lead a response from United....or to at least have a solid performance after all the rumours

            1. @fpl_phenom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              he came out publicly backing the manager and rubbishing any reports of a bust up... I think he starts... id be 95%

              1. mixology
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                cheers

          8. skodaole2
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Have Dier in all leagues, PL and draft. After Mou comments once again confused. Would you take a hit to replace a defender here, maybe Reece -> Saiss?

            Martinez
            Dier* Castagne Justin
            Son Pereira James R. Salah
            Kane Mitrovic Jimenez

            McCarthy Reece J.* Reed* Targett

            0 FT 2.6 itb

          9. Evasivo
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Gtg?

            McCarthy
            Saiss TAA VVD
            Salah(C) Trossard Bissouma Klich
            DCL Ings Jimenez(vc)

            Nyland Mitchell Bedna KDB

            £0.1 itb 0FT

          10. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Nuno presser done?
            What did he say?

            Anyone at risk or quarantined?

            1. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Only the club mascot

          11. Stand By Mee
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Damn early transfers! I bought Son for Mahrez and now I have Kdb red flagged.

            A) Kdb -> Hamez -4
            B) Kdb -> Bruno -4
            C) Kdb -> Grealish -4
            D) Keep Kdb and play Ayling (WOL)

            Martinez
            Digne - Saiss - Justin - Ayling
            Salah - Son - Podence
            Jimenez - Ings - DCL

            Steer - Kdb* - Mitchell - Bissouma

            1. ArseneAllTheWay
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              C out of those for me.

              The ones I'm weighing up are:

              Grealish, Pulisic and Bale.

              1. Stand By Mee
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Yeah I am also considering Pulisic

              2. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Same for a hit

                I’ve got Brewster who can come in so in two minds but I see myself taking a hit next week anyhow so figure this could save that

          12. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Too many players selected from Aston Villa !!

            Any one seeing this glitch ?

            1. The Mighty I
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Are you selecting the correct Taylor?

              1. The Mighty I
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Did this a few times myself, accidentally selecting Neil rather than Charlie Taylor.

                1. @fpl_phenom
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  no iv got steel and martinez... never thought id want more than 3 villa players.... was trying to bring in Grealish and Watkins

          13. leonickroberts
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Martinez
            Robbo Saiss Justin
            Salah Sterling KdB Podence
            DCL Brewster Jimi

            (Nyland, Mitchell, Burke, Bellerín).

            Have already taken an 8pt hit this week to fix major problems, but worth another -4 on KdB > Son, or let Mitchell come in?

          14. MarcusAurelius
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            KDB > Bale who’s with me??

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Too risky

            2. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              He'll be used off the bench Sunday, and I reckon will be an impact sub for a while. Doubt he does 90mins until December.

          15. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            A) Mitchell, Bissouma
            B) 3.9, Soucek

            Defender is a 5th defender and Mid will be benched this week at least

            1. Holding Matip
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              B

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Cheers

            2. @fpl_phenom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              B

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Thanks mate