459
Champions League

The best forwards for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 2021/22

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage starts on Tuesday and the UCL Fantasy game returns with it. Today we are going to talk about the best forwards for UCL!

There are some incredible prizes on offer in this free-to-play Fantasy game, from Champions League final tickets to Playstation 5s and replica shirts.

Our series of preview articles previously got underway with a look at the best goalkeepersdefenders and midfielders on offer, so now we turn our attention to the pick of the forwards – and give a mention to those who are maybe best overlooked.

We’ve broken them down into budget, mid-price and premium brackets as usual.

If you’re new to the game or just need a reminder of the rules, check out our ‘how to play’ guide below. 

And don’t forget to join the official FFScout UCL League (pin code: 33TKWHOD07), where there will be additional prizes on offer.

SIGN UP TO PLAY UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FANTASY HERE

UCL FANTASY – Forward Strategy

Forwards score points similarly to Fantasy Premier League (FPL), except there are three points for the UEFA-nominated Man of the Match and a point for every three balls recovered – although this doesn’t particularly affect the forwards.

This season, there’s a huge amount of great forward options for just three spots.

Premium forwards often offer the highest ceilings and some of the best points security, so make for great captaincy options. When you can hand the armband to one player on each calendar day of a Matchday, having two premium forwards who play on alternating days is a solid strategy.

Best Forwards

Premium (9.5-11.5m)

How to play Fantasy Bundesliga - A beginner's guide 3

Robert Lewandowski (11.5m)

He’s scored six goals in four Bundesliga games this season and is still underperforming his xG. Bayern are looking great under Julian Nagelsmann and are a far superior team to both Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv. It can’t be forgotten that this is a very similar Bayern side to the one who won 8-2 but arguably a much weaker Barcelona outfit.

Erling Haaland (11m)

Five goals in his opening four Bundesliga matches for Erling Haaland follows his DFB-Pokal hat-trick before the start of the season. Last season’s UCL top scorer has added more creativity to his game and faces Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas in his first two matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo (11m)

He’s Cristiano Ronaldo, he scored a brace on his debut, and Manchester United visit one of the weakest teams in the competition in a game we’ll have the line-up for. Ronaldo re-started his United career with a bang and will no doubt be looking to continue in the same vein.

Lionel Messi (11m)

PSG’s new ‘MNM’ frontline looks set to be unleashed on Club Brugge on Tuesday. Although he’s yet to start for PSG, Messi became the all-time highest-scoring South American in international football with a hat-trick last week and, let’s be honest, he’s Lionel Messi. He’ll likely take penalties and free-kicks, which probably makes him a slightly better option than the next two players on this list. 

Neymar Jr (10.5m)

See Messi, but it’s Neymar. Although he’s only played 66 minutes for PSG this season, he’s still an incredible player, in one of the most stacked squads in history, facing a side from Belgium. Another great option.

Kylian Mbappe (10.5m)

I’d say toss a coin to decide which PSG attacker to pick if there weren’t three of them. Maybe eeny-meeny-miny-mo? Mbappe has four goals and two assists for PSG in Ligue 1 so far, making him the one who’s in form, but you imagine that which of these picks scores highest when they play together will depend on which way the wind is blowing.

Romelu Lukaku (10.5m)

Three goals in his first three Premier League games shows that Lukaku is the striker that Chelsea have been looking for. Fixtures against Zenit and Juventus aren’t the easiest and Tuchel’s defensive focus may mean big Rom is slightly less likely to score big in the Champions League, but I’m pulling at straws there. Another great option. 

Karim Benzema (10m)

His weekend hat-trick took the 33-year-old Frenchman to five goals and four assists in just four La Liga matches this season. That’s more than two goal contributions a game under Carlo Ancelotti. Real have a tough first fixture in Inter, but if he continues in this form, then Benz is still an incredible pick. Just think what he could do to Moldovan minnows Sheriff on Matchday Two. 

Antoine Griezmann (10m)

Back at Atleti and under Diego Simeone’s tutelage, Griezmann will look to rediscover the form that got him his move to Barcelona in the first place. Atleti tend to be quite defensive in general and AC Milan and Porto aren’t the easiest opening fixtures for a player who’s played just 59 minutes for his new club. There are probably better options than the Frenchman in this bracket. 

Lautaro Martinez (10m)

Two goals in two Serie A games for Inter’s main man after Lukaku’s departure. Real Madrid and Shakhtar are two tough fixtures for Inter and as with Griezmann, he’s probably going to miss out on most squads because there are simply better options around. That is, of course, until he plays Sheriff back-to-back on Matchdays 3 and 4.

Thomas Müller (9.5m)

A goal and two assists in four Bundesliga games shows that Müller is still a good Fantasy asset under Julian Nagelsmann. However, when Lewandowski is just 2m more, the two options don’t really compare. 

Luis Suarez (9.5m)

He’s only got one goal in La Liga this season and, as with Griezmann, there are probably better options available. Angel Correa (7m) has been in much better form for Atleti so far too. 

Mid-Priced Forwards (7-9m)

Paulo Dybala (9m)

Promoted to Juventus’ star man since Ronaldo left, Dybala has a great opening fixture against Malmo. 9m is a great price for a player who has a goal and an assist across his first two Serie A games this season and seems to be one of the only nailed players in Juventus’ attacking line-up. 

Memphis Depay (8.5m)

Two goals and an assist in his first three La Liga matches show that Memphis can make a mockery of his 8.5m price tag on a good day. However, his opening game against Bayern is about as tough as they come, especially when compared with some of the other options at this price point. 

Dusan Tadic (8.5m)

Tadic takes penalties for Ajax and has two goals and an assist so far this season. He’s got kind opening fixtures, but I prefer his teammate, and the next player on this list, as an option.

Seb Haller (8.5m)

He was always a good forward but West Ham has been a graveyard for strikers’ careers recently. He’s refound his goalscoring form at Ajax and has four goals and an assist in his opening four Eredivisie games. Besiktas and Sporting are good opening fixtures and Haller is a great option at this price. 

Youssef En-Nesyri (8.5m)

Sevilla’s striker is on penalties, has two goals and an assist in three games this season and has kind opening fixtures to Salzburg and Wolfsburg. One of the best out of a set of very good mid-priced options.

Gerard Moreno (8.5m)

Moreno is yet to score in La Liga this season and opens with tough games against Atalanta and Manchester United. Although he’s a great player and on penalties, there are better options around this price based on form and fixtures. 

Mason Greenwood (8m)

Greenwood scored in his first three Premier League games this season and we’ll know if he starts before the deadline. If he does, he’s a great option at a good price given his form and fixture against Young Boys. 

Wout Weghorst (8m)

Weghorst is Wolfsburg’s main man up front, on penalties and has scored twice so far in the Bundesliga. However, this isn’t a very attacking Wolfsburg side and Lille and Sevilla are quite well-matched teams, so those games could go either way. 

Burak Yilmaz (8m)

Lille have been a shadow of their title-winning selves without Christophe Galtier, but Yilmaz has still managed three goals in five games. If Lille are going to build any form in this season’s Champions League, Yilmaz will be at the heart of it. 

Sardar Azmoun (8m)

Azmoun has five goals and an assist in seven Russian league games for Zenit so far. Although he starts his campaign against Chelsea, he’s a great option for the Matchday 2 encounter against Malmo. 

Artem Dzyuba (8m)

Dyzuba’s role in the Zenit side has become more creative, with Azmoun now tasked with scoring the goals. Dzyuba has three assists this season but simply isn’t the solid option he always was. 

Diogo Jota (8m)

Firmino is still out injured, and Jota was one of Liverpool’s best players in their last Champions League campaign. He’s a good cut-price alternative to Mohamed Salah (11m) and opens the campaign with decent games against AC Milan and Porto.

Luis Diaz (7.5m)

Diaz is one of Porto’s best players and has three goals and an assist in five Liga Bwin games. However, opening matches against Atletico and Liverpool are about as tough as they come and there are probably better options as a result. 

Roman Yaremchuk (7m)

After announcing himself at this summer’s Euros, Yaremchuk got a move to Benfica. He has two goals and four assists in six fixtures so far, and an opening game against Dynamo Kyiv makes him a good Matchday 1 option. 

Karim Adeyemi (7m)

Six goals in seven league games for this German prodigy. Even against Sevilla, he’s a great option in a Salzburg side who could upset some of the bigger names in their group. 

Budget Forwards (5-6.5m)

Lassina Traore (6.5m)

Traore has five goals in six league games for new side Shakhtar Donetsk. Their opening fixture against Moldovan minnows Sheriff is as good as they come. For his price, there really aren’t many better options for Matchday 1.

Michy Batshuayi (5.5m)

The Batsman scored twice at the weekend for new side Besiktas and faces two defensively ropey sides in Dortmund and Ajax to start off their UCL campaign. A great, cheap differential and a proven goalscorer. 

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships and monthly subscriptions are now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

459 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    DCL out: check…now Digne red card and Gray OG to keep my arrow green.

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Haha I like the Digne one!! ….only coz my brother has him!!

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      I own Digne so it’s a given that he’ll pick up a red card tonight.

      1. Khark
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        - 1.

        Stop it!

  2. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    I'll take the 5 points from White but why couldn't Rafa say this on Friday?

    1. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      He said enough.

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Ronaldo & Lukaku this, Bamford & Jimmy that...

    Rondon will break the template!

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Reminds me of my all time favourite comment on ffs from a random poster I can't even remember who had him when he scored a couple of years ago

      "Yesss Rondom the condom #protection"

      Made me burst out laughing at the randomness

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        #Coverage

  4. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    I may have to bring in Rondon and Ronaldo just so I can change my team name to The Two Ronnies...

  5. HEADSY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Dcl benched means I get marcal of the bench what a beauty!!

    Big up dcls toe!

    1. Scrumper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      DCL's toe jam!

  6. Vertigo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Digging the Jimi transfer now.

  7. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Early days folks but I’ve just stumbled on this for my team…… DCL and Mendy(4.4) to Raphinha and wait for it…….. Pukki!!!! Mean I can bench Antonio this week, and can rotate Pukki with Sarr in the coming weeks to save any transfers…….. what do we think?? Watford at home seems like a delicious fixture!!!

  8. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    DCL owners who do you have off the bench?
    Livramento for me.

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Allan the Iron Man

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Same mate!!! Not used to having more than 1 or 2 points off the bench, feels nice tho!!!

    3. Rhys85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Thankfully a nice 8 points courtesy of Dunk.

    4. Pommie22
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Have to say pretty stoked to have Kovacic 1st on bench after a dismal start to week with no Lukaku or Ronaldo in team 🙂

      1. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        well done

    5. Auntie Niemi
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      Bissouma smh.

    6. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 12 hours ago

      Ayling. Great. Only brought DCL in this week too. Great.

  9. CRO KLOPP
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    I think I will do DCL to Bamford,bench Antonio and play Ayling
    Still think that Antonio is not dead at that price

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Wise!

    2. Khark
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Now he's out for 2-3 weeks makes perfect sense.

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    DCL out for 2,3,4 weeks Raffa

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Misses Norwich then. I’m selling.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        Who are you buying?

  11. Khark
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    DCL out for 2-3 weeks

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Bamford & Jimi options now

      1. Khark
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        Aye. Bamford for me now, like to pre-plan well in advance, im a saddo. Bamford in, Antonio back gameweek 14 all being well.

    2. Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Cool, now no need to worry about him vs Norwich

  12. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Alright then, with DCL confirmed out for a few weeks that's my WC active.

    Super tempted by Gabriel Jesus if he's benched in CL.

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 12 hours ago

      OOP the wrong way though.

  13. The Tinkerman
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Just said on sky DCL picked up this new injury last few days and he could be out for 3 weeks.

    Guess I’m getting Bamford in...

  14. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Guess thats what wildcards are for, to clean up a total mess of a team. Antonio, just brought in DCL and no Trent. WC HERE I COME

    1. Khark
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      You brought in DCL before tonights game?

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Some people had Antonio and DCL on WC

      1. Khark
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        he said he's just bought in DCL though which makes zero sense to me

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      You got DCL in last week right?

    4. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 12 hours ago

      I've got two out of 3 of those problems (I have TAA), I've hit the WC button

  15. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Guys have Antonio dcl benrahma. Earlier plan is to do Ben to raph free. Now my options are

    A) dcl to bam free
    B) dcl and ben to bam and raph -4

    And I have to play coady or allan next week also cuz I like to keep Antonio.
    Suggestions guys

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      A

  16. EffPeeEll
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Diamari Gray could become more prominent after this evening.

    Not everyone's flavour of the months thus far.

    1. Khark
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      he said he's just bought in DCL though which makes zero sense to me

      1. Khark
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 6 hours ago

        Not sure why it's recopied one of my earlier posts.

        *Gray worries me going into tonight.

  17. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    Rafa you tool - why didn’t you say that on Friday!

    1. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 6 hours ago

      Typical!

  18. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 6 hours ago

    any apes on here?

  19. grooveymatt65
    • 8 Years
    11 days, 5 hours ago

    hey guys! this is my team, I have a few issues as you can see, just wondered people's thoughts really.

    Bachman Foster

    TAA Shaw Ayling Tsimikas Johnson

    Salah (c) Sarr Greenwood Benrama Bissouma

    Antonio DCL Ronaldo

    1.2 itb 1ft

    1. Antonio to Jiminez and DCL to Bamford for -4
    2. DCL to Jiminez, Benrahma to Raphinha and bench Antonio for -4
    3. DCL to Jesus and Antonio to Bamford for -4
    3. Wildcard
    4. Other?

    thanks 🙂

    1. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 3 hours ago

      Antonio is only out for a week, so I'd just move DCL on for free. Who to is the question though. Jimi & Bamford aren't exactly setting the world on fire. Jesus might be a good shout.
      If you are OK with a hit, I think there are other things more pressing in the midfield, but not quite WC worthy yet.

  20. Gullit
    • 3 Years
    11 days, 4 hours ago

    Hi!

    Pls, what could I improve with this lot:

    06.0 Mendy (Chelsea, MD1)
    04.5 Kobel (Dortmund, MD2)

    06.5 Kimmich (Bayern, MD1)
    05.5 Baku (Wolfsburg, MD1)
    05.5 Reece James (Chelsea, MD1)
    05.0 Azpilicueta (Chelsea, MD1)
    06.5 Hakimi (Paris SG, MD2)

    06.5 Erokhin (Zenit, MD1)
    08.0 Reus (Dortmund, MD2)
    07.0 Gundogan (Man. City, MD2)
    05.5 Kessie (Milan, MD2)
    04.5 Alvarez (Ajax, MD2)

    11.5 Lewandowski (Bayern, MD1 cap.)
    11.0 Haaland (Dortmund, MD2 cap.)
    06.5 Traore (Shakhtar, MD2)

    1. Gullit
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 4 hours ago

      - I had Stekelenburg instead of Kobel.
      But it seems Stekelenburg is doubtful.

  21. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 2 hours ago

    Toney out for Bamford??

  22. Sillet Bang
    • 12 Years
    10 days, 12 hours ago

    Ederson
    Shaw Vvd Taa
    Raphinia Salah Greenwood Torres
    BamFord Jesus Antonio

    Raya Skipp Duffy Williams

    Lukakuless no Ronaldo I’m scared!