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The best forwards for UEFA Champions League Fantasy

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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. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Few questions which I’d guess quite a lot of people have

    A) Pulisic or Rodriguez
    B) Marcal, Saiss or Semedo
    C) Pick 2 of KWP, Dallas, Lamptey
    D) Captain Kane or Son

    1. Indalo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A) Pulisic if you already have DCL
      B) Saiss
      C) KWP and Lamptey
      D) Kane, just

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A)Havertz until puli is settled again
      B)semedo unless needing the cash in which case saiss
      C)Dallas & lamptey
      D)Kane

    3. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A) Pulisic
        B) Semendo
        C) Dallas & Lamptey
        D) Son

      • JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Rod
        Sem
        Lamp, KWP
        Son

    4. AU79
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Is Brewster likely to start?

    5. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Did Pep give any news on Sterling injury?

    6. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Downgrading Grealish+Maupay to Trossard+Watkins allows me to get my ideal team for the rest, but is the cost too high? Are Trossard and Watkins good enough picks for the first 11? What do you think?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I prefer Watkins over Grealish even if he cost more. Like trossard too

      2. Thia6o
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Grealish is on fire?

      3. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Is Grealish -> Barkley enough?

    7. ooooo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      On a Wc

      McCarthy
      TAA Chilwell Lamptey
      Salah Son Grealish James
      Kane DCL Wilson

      Button KWP Bissouma Mitchell

      Trent + Mitchell to Robbo + 4.5mil def

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yes

    8. Thia6o
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Struggling to pick from these in my team for the armband?

      Kane**
      Son***
      Salah***
      Rodriguez**
      DCL**
      Zaha*

      Prob toss a coin between Son/Salah

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        If you have a 3 sided coin, put Kane in there too.

        1. Thia6o
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          You know I may just go with Kane as I do have a feeling it's time for his haul of goals rather than being the assist king...

          1. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I have Kane but he is not looking like someone about to haul. It all depends on Son turning up.

      2. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        All good options, gone Kane myself

        1. Thia6o
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I was going with Son purely due to rest compared to Kane/Salah Intl Duties

          1. Thia6o
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Sorry was going Son/Salah due to rest Kane had Intl Duties

    9. Hoblito
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Son and Maupay or Trossard and Kane? What do you think?

    10. JakeTheRed
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Trying to finalise my wildcard.

      Base:

      Martinez - (Steer)
      Saiss - Trent/Robbo - XX (Mitchell) - (Dunne)
      Salah - Rodriguez - XX - XX - (Jorginho)
      Kane - XX - XX

      Where I have placed XX I am still trying to figure out exactly who I want.

      Defense: I would like Chillwell, obviously more expensive, he did have a slight knock though IIRC. I am not opposed to have a 4.5m defender, possibly Ayling, KWP or someone else (recommendations appreciated).

      Midfield - There's a few players to pick between for me:
      - Son: Great form, 4 great fixtures, do I want to double him up with Kane though?
      - Grealish: Looks good so far, but If I get Watkins up front I don't want to double down on Villa attackers.
      - Zaha: Great run of fixtures, potential penalty taker.
      - H.Barnes: Looks sharp so far this season, nice to have a Leicester player in considering I don't have Vardy and looks nailed.

      Up front:
      - Wilson: Penalty taker. Playing furthest up the field. Plays for a team that don't get many shots on target. United/Wolves next 2 fixtures.
      - Maupay: Penalty taker. Brighton look decent going forward.
      - Watkins: Cheaper than above two. Furthest up top and looks nailed for a Villa side that look confident.
      - Brewster: Cheapest of the lot, allows for more money elsewhere in team, isn't nailed (yet).

      Any glaringly obvious players/potential differentials that I have missed out on? Feedback much appreciated!

      JTR.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Go for Dallas/KWP over Chilwell. Don’t rate Chelsea’s defense at all. Up top you need DCL and I’d get Maupay too. Then midfield Grealish and Son. I would downgrade Jorginho for extra funds too

    11. schlupptheweek
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I think KDB vs West Ham will be great as a differential. As long as we get information early next week then losing just 0.1M (if he falls to 11.4M) could be worth it.

    12. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Repost, bottomed a few pages back.

      Been going back and forth on which defenders to play. And now KDB is out.

      Does this look GTG?

      Martinez
      James Saiss Digne
      Foden Salah Son(C) Grealish
      Jimenez DCL Brewster

      (Steer Ayling Justin KDB*) 0FT 0.2m

      Thanks

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        You're g2g

      2. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Looking really good, not too fare off the WC teams tbh

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Wow, thanks (:

    13. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A. Trossard, Chilwell and Semedo
      or
      B. Hamez, Lamptey and KWP

    14. Aladdin Sané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Have Son already. What would you do?

      A) KDB to Pulisic (free)
      B) Werner + KDB to Kane + Pulisic (-4)

      1. Hoblito
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A for me.

      2. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

    15. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Sheffield United presser done? Any news on Oliver Burke?

    16. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Been out the loop today - I’ve still got kdb but No spurs players and no obvious captain either

      Kdb > son for a -4 and cap son seems the boring but obvious move to make ?

      1. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yeah, sounds sensible

      2. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        same position im benching,playing soucek at 8foot 3 ins he will surely score past toby and jiminez captain ,hey ho,might be great if kdb is back for whu next week when everybodys dumped him

    17. john25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Bottom of last page.

      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

    18. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Who scores more this gw only?

      A: 2 starters from James (SOT) / Lamptey (cry) / Mitchell (BRI) + 4 points vs.
      B: 1 starter from James / Lamptey / Mitchell + Salah

      1. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Just debating whether to bring in Salah this gw for a hit (already on -4 so this would make it -8)...or just play an extra defender and bring in Salah for free next gw

      2. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

    19. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      How is best podence replacement (for a hit)

      A....pulisic

      B....Sterling

      C....keep

      Thanks

      1. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

    20. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Start Brewster or Podence?

    21. NUFCAndrew
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Wildcard this? just seems pure awful

      McCarthy Steer

      Trent Saiss Justin Branthwaite Mitchell

      Salah KDB Bruno Soucek Bissouma

      Ings DCL Mitro

    22. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Help needed! Options for WC team:

      A. Robbo casta grealish maupay
      B. Robbo lamptey trossard jimmy
      C. Casta lamptey grealish jimmy
      D. Casta chillwell puli maupay

    23. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Think that's my WildCard sorted at last:

      Martinez / Forster

      Robertson / Semedo / Lamptey / Dallas / Ferguson

      Salah / Son / Pulisic / Grealish / Stephens

      Kane / DCL / Watkins

      £0.3m itb

    24. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Good evening and welcome back everyone.....

      Which is the better pick over the next 6-8 gw?

      A. Kane & podence/soucek
      B. Walking & son

      Thank you

    25. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      KdB -> Son (c) for -4?

      Already on one hit, so the total would be -8.

      1. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I’m in the same boat.

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Tempted to throw my wildcard - or close my eyes and take solace in the fact that many others will be in our boat

          1. mr messi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            You are only losing 4 points, might pay off

      2. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        -4 hit isn't bad for kdb to son. Worst case scenario you will be -2 and I dont think it will be the worst case scenario.

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          True - the alternative is to play Taylor v West Brom, so the math isn’t necessarily just -2, but I did the transfer with the option to wildcard before the deadline tomorrow! Might just give in, haha

          1. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            plus price drop of kdb...so ya not simple decision

            taylor vs wba not bad either...can see a possible CS

    26. ajay_kl +42
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Used 2FT and have A LOT in bank. Any of these worth a -4?

      McCarthy
      TAA, Mitchell, Taylor
      Grealish, Salah, Son(C), Podence
      Mitrovic, Ings, DCL

      Steer, Lascelles, Bissouma, Justin

      1 - Mitrovic to Kane(C)
      2 - Ings to Kane(C)
      3 - Podence to Bruno/Sterling
      4 - Podence to JRod

    27. noone
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Already did -4 before price changes for Foden, Werner, KWP——- Son, Brewster, Chilwell.

      Is it worth it to ship out KDB for another hit?

      Two out of Mitchell, Burke, Brewster, Lamptey need to play this GW!

    28. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Already taken a hit, worth doing KDB to Son for another? Alternative is play Bissouma.

      1. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        im benching kdb

      2. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Look at my reply above

    29. Connor's Calling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Anyone worried about going double Spuds vs a WH defence that’s just kept out Leicester and Wolves? Thinking about Pulisic over Son to partner Kane

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Overthinking maybe

      2. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        High risk high reward

    30. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A) Bench KDB (start Brewster and Justin)
      B) KDB -> Mane/Sterling/JRod/Grealish (-4) (start Brewster)
      C) KDB & Wilson -> Kane (c) & JRod/Grealish (-8)
      D) Something Else

      Already have Son (c) and Salah.

      Cheers!

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

        1. Catastrophe
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Cheers

    31. southcoastbeast
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      My wc team, pretty happy with it. Any changes anyone recommend ???

      Martinez
      Semedo chillwell robbo
      Salah son grealish Rodriguez
      Dcl kane maupay

      (Button jorginho dallas Mitchell)

    32. baines is god
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I've gone for a rogue Mahrez captaincy

      1. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Nice differential, thinking of going for a differential captain myself, good luck!

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Pain incoming