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. Binny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Doesn’t seem much love for KDB - Sterling? Understand City will miss KDB creativity but still expect plenty of chances for Sterling given our frail defence. Looks an obvious switch if you already own Son and a potential C ?

    1. Big Chris Wood
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This is what I just did, still think Son is the best captain choice...

  2. Uncle John from Jamaica
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is Mane back in play? Thanks

    1. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes and training.

      1. Uncle John from Jamaica
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        thanks chaps

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

      Seems so

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

    Right, so Aurier is Spurs highest scoring defender despite playing 1 game away to United

    Their defence is perhaps being overlooked for those on WC with their next 4 fixtures but seems no stand out option

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

      Problem with Aurier is that surely he’ll rotate with Doh

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You shouldn't just be looking at next 4 fixtures on a WC when deciding your defenders because most of the time you'd rather not be spending transfers on defenders.

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

    Is Zouma nailed ?

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

      will be rotated now and then but will definitely start this weekend

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Especially since Silva is out

  5. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hey guys, how nailed on is Semedo? Any chance Wolves puts Traore in for him or change formation that could cause Semedo to get rotated?

    Cheers

    1. doher.ty
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Pretty nailed. They need Traore more forward and I believe that Nuno recognizes that.

    2. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Seems to me like its Pulisic v Grealish (if you own Salah+Son) i like them both. Pulisic is tempting

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Pulisic will be rotated more

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

        I have both on WC currently

    3. Tree House
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy to Kane for a hit?

      Thanks!

      1. doher.ty
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Considering the same but my bench is alright so if Vardy misses out I'm not in terrible shape

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

        Chilwell or Semedo?

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

          Chilwell for me

        2. HurriKane
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Semedo

        3. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Had the same dilemma.

          Went with Semedo.

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

          or Reguilon?

        5. EgyptianKing
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Chilwell imo

      3. GloryManUnited
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Make my drunkenly activated free hit team for me please

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Even drunk, that's got to be a shockingly bad move.

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

            Imagine taking the time out of your time to type an already known statement. Sheesh

            1. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              So you know the Free Hit is a bad move?

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

                Yes. Clearly but cannot change it now. It was 12 days ago and i opened my team for the first time today.

                So go ahead and give me your team for the week now that we have established that

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Well, seeing as you asked so nicely.

                  I haven't a clue, it's a shitfest of fixtures with the complications of International break and injuries with UCL starting midweek.
                  Sterling & Mahrez/Foden from Citeh,
                  Barnes & Vardy
                  Son or Kane
                  I'd punt on Werner
                  Couple of Sheff Utd
                  That's where I'd be starting.

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

                    Yeah that's where I am at right now pretty much.

                    My team prior was not bad at all either. Absolutely terrible move

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Take it on the chin and move on.

                      Squeeze in a couple of left-field differentials if you can but it is a tough week to call.

                2. Seanigula
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Kane, DCL, Son, Salah/Mane, Pulisic/Havertz, Grealish...Zouma, SHU defender, TOT defender or keeper...fill in the rest

            2. Gnu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Can it be reversed?

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

                No

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

                  That was a bad move, guessing you must've been drunk...

        2. Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Pope
          Chilwell, Stevens,

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

            That went well

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

          Bale Captain

      4. doher.ty
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Two Q's

          1. Would you play Lamptey or Mitchell ahead of Justin?
          2. Vardy injury doubt would you transfer (-4) to Kane and C? already have Son as C.

        • JY84
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          My current team is
          TAA Justin Mitchell
          Salah KDB Rashford ASM
          Adams Jimenez Wilson

          With KDB injured, I am buying Son in..... Do u think its wise for me to minus 4 n buy a striker to replace Adams?

          (A) Keep Adams n dun minus 4
          (B) -4 and buy DCL to replace Adams
          (C) -4 and buy Maupay to replace Adams

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

            B. Definetly B

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          For this gw?

          A. Foden, Mahrez
          B. Zaha, Grealish

          1. doher.ty
              1 month, 12 days ago

              For this GW only?

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

                Yes

                1. doher.ty
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    B

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

                It's hard to know what to expect from City against Arteta w/o KBD and w/o a striker perhaps.

                I like B personally but I've actually had Foden and Mahrez since GW 3

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

              BOTTOMED

              Hey fam! Which option is better?

              A. Kane, Son, TAA (Salah & Robbo) + 4 points

              B. Kane, Mane, Lamptey (Salah & Robbo)

              1. Traction Engine Foot
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A

              2. KDB4PREZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A imo

              3. Dexters Laboratory
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Definitely A

                • EgyptianKing
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  A

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

                  Cheers everyone

              4. KDB4PREZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A. Taa/Trossard (no city cover)
                B. Robo/Foden

                1. Dexters Laboratory
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    A

                2. SHOOTER MCGINN
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Dallas or Lamptey?

                  1. KDB4PREZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Both on W/C for me but if only 1 would be Lamptey

                    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Interesting. Had both then had the cash to upgrade 1 of them 2 Chilwell now he's fit and wasn't sure which to lose.

                      1. KDB4PREZ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Who’s you’re 4th defender? Lamptey and Dallas rotate nicely for my 3rd spot beside Taa&Seamdo/Chillwll

                        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Robbo Saiss Chilwell then it's one of these guys as #4. Pretty much just a backup spot as playing 3-4-3 most weeks anyway.

                  2. Dexters Laboratory
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Lamptey for attacking threat

                    • Andre W
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Prefer Lamptey

                    • EgyptianKing
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Lamptey imo

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

                    on WC:

                    Is Grealish > Sterling worth doing this?

                    Jimenez > Watkins
                    Chilwell > Taylor
                    Lamptey > White

                    Yay or nay?

                    1. KDB4PREZ
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I don’t fink so

                      1. KDB4PREZ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Caveat I hate sterling 🙂

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

                          I'm leaning also to no, just want to hear other opinions 🙂 Jimenez probably wont outscore Grealish by that much as much as Chilwell & Jimenez will outscore Taylor & Watkins...thats my current thinking

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

                            sterling*

                    2. Dexters Laboratory
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Nope

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

                      thoughts on these moves with 2 FTs?

                      A) KDB > Son
                      B) KDB + Werner > Pulisic + Kane

                      Salah / KDB* / Hamez / Podence / Burke
                      Werner* / Jimenez / DCL

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

                      1. Kane & Jack Robinson
                      2. Rashford & Chilwell
                      3. Grealish & TAA

                      1. KDB4PREZ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        2 feels exciting for some reason

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

                        3 for sure

                    5. Eightball
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        A) Sterling, Bamford
                        B) Kane, 6.9 mid (Thinking Mount/Foden)

                        1. KDB4PREZ
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          B and if you stretch to Grealish somehow?

                          1. Eightball
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Already got Grealish. My Other mids Are Salah, Son, Jrod, Grealish.

                              1. KDB4PREZ
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                I like Trossard of any sub 7mill mid bar Grealish

                        2. bring back diop
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          On a WC
                          Martinez - (4)
                          TAA - Rob - KWP - (Lamptey) - (3.9)
                          Salah - Fernandes - Son - James - Foden
                          Calvert - Watkins - (Brewster)

                          A) Foden + Brewster
                          B) Maupay + Bissouma

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

                            B

                        3. Manani
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          would you start Mitchell ahead of James?

                          1. KDB4PREZ
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Nope

                        4. Big Hippo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          As KDB is red flagged does that mean he’s price protected? And for how long?

                          1. Pukki Party
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            No it's protected when red flag is removed, takes more transfers to get a drop.

                        5. sublimesalty
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            trossard or barnes or ASM?
                            semedo or lamptey or cresswell?
                            let me know the reason why as well

                            1. KDB4PREZ
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Trossard
                              Semedo
                              Just seems super obv this one

                              1. sublimesalty
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  i have saiss and maupay in my team already, it will be like people in the same boat. should I start saiss or semedo?

                                  1. KDB4PREZ
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    I mean obv the wing back?

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

                              What to do about KDB? Selling seems sensible, but could also move to 343 with KDB at the end of the bench (see #1). Already have Son (see #3).

                              1) KDavis > Watkins
                              2) KDB > Sterling
                              3) KDB > Grealish
                              4) KDB, KDavis > Trossard, Kane (-4)
                              5) KDB, KDavis > Grealish, DCL (-4)

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

                                Oops. Already have Son (see #4 instead).

                              2. Dexters Laboratory
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  5.. Surprised you've lasted this long without DCL

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

                                    Have some differentials--at least they were--that have paid off decently.

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

                                Best rotating pair of cheap defenders? A combo of 2 of Lamptey, Dallas, KWP?

                              4. SmasherLagru
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Is kdb price locked now

                              5. Scheister
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Well, time to wild card?
                                Current lineup:

                                McCarthy
                                TAA Robbo Doherty Justin
                                Salah Son Hamez Pereira
                                Werner Adams
                                Button Mitchell Bissouma Davis

                                Hold, or WC to something like this??

                                Martinez
                                TAA Chilwell Saiss Lamptey
                                Salah Bruno Hamez Barkley
                                Kane DCL
                                4.0 Brewster Mitchell Bissouma

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

                                  I m about 80% sure that your current team will outscore the WC team

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

                                    Fair, thanks!!

                                2. Tsparkes10
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Keeeeepp

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

                                    Cheers!

                              6. Tsparkes10
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                A) KDB, Burke to Son, Grealish (-4)?
                                B) Werner to Kane worth an extra hit?

                                1. Zrinkec
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    A yes
                                    B no

                                  • Scheister
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    Just A for me

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

                                  Best defender up to 5.5?

                                  1. Zrinkec
                                      1 month, 12 days ago

                                      Semedo or Reggulion

                                  2. SomeoneKnows
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    One last decision and then I think I'm g2g

                                    Martinez (Forster)
                                    Robbo, Saiss, Castagne (Dallas, Mitchell)
                                    Salah, Son, XXX, Grealish (Soucek)
                                    Kane, DCL, Wilson

                                    A) Pulisic
                                    B) Rodriguez

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

                                      Boring B for me and wait and see on Puli