Champions League

The best forwards for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 2023/24

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) begins next Tuesday – and so does the competition’s official Fantasy game.

We’ll have plenty of UCL Fantasy coverage in preparation for next week’s big kick-off, plus articles throughout the season.

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Following a look at top goalkeeping and midfield options, our preview articles continue by picking out the best Champions League Fantasy forwards.

With a squad of 15 players and substitutions possible between the evenings of a Matchday, having forwards from both halves of the group draw is a great way to maximise points. This way, you know that there’ll be options on each day.

Here’s a guide to who’s who.

Best Champions League Fantasy forwards

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Erling Haaland (€11.5m) – Manchester City

The name on everyone’s lips when it comes to goalscoring. Haaland is in the form of his life, already scoring seven from five Premier League matches. Last year in UCL Fantasy, the forward netted 12 times to help Man City lift their first-ever Champions League crown.

Another reason that Haaland should be the first name in UCL Fantasy teams is Man City’s very favourable group with Crvena Zvezda, RB Leipzig and Young Boys.

Already owned by 71% of managers, that number will only rise as we inch closer to the start. At home to Crvena Zvezda in Matchday 1, Haaland will also be a great captaincy option.

Furthermore, an honourable mention goes to Julian Alvarez (€7.0m). With Kevin De Bruyne’s (€10.5m) long-term injury, this bargain forward is set to get an extended run in the Man City attack. 

Kylian Mbappe (€11.5m) – PSG

Up next is one of the most consistent performers over the last two years both domestically and on the world’s biggest stage. We all remember his World Cup final heroics and, rightfully, he has been priced as one of the two most expensive forwards of Champions League Fantasy.

Last year’s continental campaign brought seven goals and three assists, also getting four ‘Player of the Match’ awards for an extra 12 points. Now playing as more of a left-winger at PSG, he’s running in from behind rather than being the out-and-out striker.

In four league starts, he has seven goals and a link-up slowly blossoming with French compatriot Ousmane Dembele (€8.0m). Both Neymar and Lionel Messi have left Paris over the summer. 

Matchday 1 pits them against a leaky Dortmund, a team that recently conceded two late strikes to promoted side Heidenheim. It’s a great opportunity for Mbappe to get a big haul. 

Robert Lewandowski (€10.5m) – FC Barcelona 

Another huge name is next. Over many years, Robert Lewandowski has been the lead UCL Fantasy forward. You get exactly what you want for such a price tag and that is goals, goals, and more goals.

Lewandowski and Barcelona will be looking to make amends after last season’s very disappointing Champions League campaign, finishing third in their group behind Bayern Munich and Inter. 

However, being a top seed has helped Barcelona avoid some big match-ups. They’ve been placed in a promising group with Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Royal Antwerp. 

Lewandowski will be licking his lips at facing the Belgian champions in Matchday 1 and we back him to go big by replicating his exploits from last year’s opening fixture, where he ended with 18 points. 

At the time of writing, he’s in a surprisingly low 14% of UCL Fantasy teams.

Rafael Leao (€9.5m) – AC Milan

Milan talisman Rafael Leao continues to go from strength to strength and his stock keeps rising. He has bagged 26 goals and 16 assists over the last two seasons to become their main threat.

His first match is at home to Newcastle United, about to have their first Champions League match in 20 years. If there are nerves, Leao and his team-mates can take advantage of this. 

On the other hand, a couple of factors that are a deterrent to Leao as a UCL Fantasy pick. Ideally, he would have been classified as a midfielder instead of a forward, whilst he’s also without penalty duties. 

That responsibility is with fellow Milan forward Oliver Giroud (€8.0m). This season’s four Serie A starts have brought six goals involvements, showing once again that you can never completely rule him out.

Lois Openda (€7.5m) – RB Leipzig 

Elsewhere, one of the summer’s low-key exciting transfers took Openda from Lens to RB Leipzig.

Last season in Ligue 1, Openda scored 21 times from 29 starts to help his side secure Champions League football for the first time in a while.

His time in Germany has started well enough, netting thrice in four starts. At only 1% ownership, he could be a great differential pick for Matchday 1 squads as Leipzig host Young Boys.

Santiago Gimenez (€7.5m) – Feyenoord 

A big part of Feyenoord being crowned as Dutch champions over Ajax and PSV Eindhoven was because of Gimenez. 15 goals arrived in just 21 starts, with six more already coming in this season’s five outings.

Given that Feyenoord start their UCL quest at home to Celtic, the Mexican is another who can provide great early value.

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Victor Osimhen (€10.0m) – Napoli 

One of the world’s most prolific forwards right now, Osimhen is showing why Napoli paid almost €90m to buy him a few years ago. His 26 goals helped secure their first Scudetto in 33 years, with superb hold-up play, off-ball running and innate heading talent making him a force to be reckoned with. 

With three goals in four domestic games, the early signs are that Osimhen is in for yet another successful campaign. He should definitely be in your UCL Fantasy thinking.

Nevertheless, the one downside is that he doesn’t have penalties unlike Haaland, Mbappe or Harry Kane (€10.0m). 

Napoli start their UCL campaign away to Braga and it won’t be a surprise if Osimhen comes away from that with a goal or two to his name. 

Mauro Icardi (€9.0m) – Galatasaray 

Being a Milan fan, I remember Icardi always being a thorn by scoring goals for Inter. Now he’s doing the same in Turkey for Galatasaray, with a smart bit of transfer business getting him from PSG. 

Last season’s 22 goals and seven assists took the Turkish club to domestic success and he’s continuing the same form by already notching five times in four starts. When Copenhagen come to visit, 3%-owned Icardi could be a great shout. 

Angel Di Maria (€8.0m) – Benfica 

Another player who has got a new lease of life is Di Maria. After getting a transfer from Juventus to Benfica, he has already amassed four goals and two assists from five matches. He isn’t taking long to re-settle on his return to Lisbon. 

It would’ve been great if he was listed as a midfielder in UCL Fantasy but he’s one of several to be reclassified as a forward. 

By combining good attacking numbers with penalty duties and an opener at home to Salzburg, he could turn out to be a great bargain. 

Lautaro Martinez (€9.0m) – Inter Milan 

Now that Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku have departed, Martinez is firmly established as Inter’s main man. With him, you get a consistent supply of returns – in fact, 51 from the last two Serie A seasons. This bodes well when selecting a Champions League Fantasy forward.

A strong start to 2023/24 means Martinez is in the form of his life heading into Matchday 1 against Real Sociedad.

Harry Kane (€10.0m) – Bayern Munich 

Not only did Kane finally get the transfer that he had been wanting for several seasons but Bayern have eventually found a proper number nine to replace Lewandowski. 

This feels like a great fit for both parties and there aren’t many reasons why Kane won’t be a huge success there.

Last season, Kane had one of his best-ever by scoring 30 times in the league. He’s just getting better with age and, in four Bayern games, he already has four goals and an assist.

Against Manchester United in the opening round of games, he’ll definitely be in the thinking from Matchday 2 onwards.


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496 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jafooli
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Chilwell > Cash will be popular….

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Chilwell to Trippier too

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      I've got Cash and he's in for attacking upside really.

      There's not many obvious places to go with in defence, maybe Botman, Gusto, Udogie soon and Brighton and spread it around a bit. Arsenal as well.

      Brighton with Europa and fixtures isn't ideal...

      Anyone nailed in Man City defence? More or less.

      1. Jafooli
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        I’d be happy with Saliba - Botman - Cash - Udogie - Gusto as my back five

    3. F4L
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      would love Moreno to be fit in time for next GW

  2. chocolove
    • 13 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    5 subs available and these players, Petrovic, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Chilwell, Maatsen, Matos, Palmer, Stutter, Washington.

    Brace yourself for 1 pointer guys!

    1. chocolove
      • 13 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Wtf is that bench

      1. Totalfootball
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        How can Chelsea go from 1 of the strongest squads to this

        1. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 29 days ago

          I think you meant one of the most expensive squads.

      2. Merlin the Wraith
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        So that's where my village team's (CPD Gaerwen) bench buggered off to. A day out at the beach lol!

    2. Jafooli
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      If Imwas Poch, I’d bring on Petrovic, Bergstrom, Matos, Palmer, Stutter

    3. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      With the money they've spent it's utterly hilarious reading

  3. CRAZY TRAIN
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    No Estupinan and now no Chilwell. Defences in tatters (including my own).

  4. CostaCoffee
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Madueke, Nkunku, Caicedo, Badiashile, Broja, Chalobah, Chukwuemeka, Fofana, James & Lavia all missing out with injury today.. that’s a lot of money spent, thankfully most of them are back in the next few weeks

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      yep, 9 in rehab.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        10 now

        maybe more?

    2. ZeBestee
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Doesn't change the fact that most of those players out are either unreliable or not good enough bar a few.

    3. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      That's an injured 4-2-3-1 lineup

      1. Ze_Austin
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Add the injured Bettinelli and we have a full XI

    4. Derbz87
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Gallagher as captain too. Doesn't strike me as first team material never mind captain.

  5. edfiasco
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    9 points so far this week. Comfortably my worst start in 10 years. Don’t know how I fall for a Chelsea triple up every season but I always do. Glutton for punishment I am I have Sterling (C) for the second week in a row, let’s have some fireworks from him and Ode please

    1. Tomerick
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      I had sympathy until I saw the Sterling captain. Why would you do that to yourself?!

      1. edfiasco
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Make bad choice > chase to catch up > make bad choice > chase to catch up

        1. Tomerick
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 29 days ago

          1. edfiasco
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 29 days ago

            But in essence it’s a simple risk/reward thing. Nail a differential captaincy and you’ll fly

      2. Cok3y5murf
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Why not? Haaland captain failed. Would switch to Sterling now if I could

        1. Tomerick
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 29 days ago

          It didn’t fail as he returned. I highly doubt Sterling outscores him

          1. Cok3y5murf
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 29 days ago

            Sure, but if you don't even wanna risk 4 points, you're gonna get an average finish

            1. Tomerick
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 29 days ago

              If you captain Sterling on the regular I’d wager you’d do worse. I’ve already captained Salah and seen it pan out so far but you’ve got to at least take measured risks.

    2. Kodap
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      You and me both, worst start I’ve ever had. 17 points with Sanchez, Chilwell, Jackson & Saka left. Henry first sub who went off injured.. & Botman last on my bench

      1. kamdaraji
        • 14 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Lovely stuff. What FPL is all about!

  6. Tomerick
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    #pochout

    1. chocolove
      • 13 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Lampard in

  7. Silecro
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Walker or Dias more nailed? Chilly goes to one of them

    1. chocolove
      • 13 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      The captain

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Avoid City defence I say

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Dias, but think Walker starts a lot. He didn't go to Bayern as Pep told him he's the main man, though there will still be some rotation. He doesn't have much competition though really, Stones mainly when fit.

  8. Kodap
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Off the back of the worst week I’ve ever had, now Chilwell is benched…

  9. ZeBestee
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Why is Chilwell benched? If he is not nailed then he needs to go.

    1. Tomerick
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      They’re probably worried about pushing him to injury

      1. ZeBestee
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Did he play for England in both games? Silly though not starting him imo

        1. Ze_Austin
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 29 days ago

          Started the qualifier, stayed on the bench for the friendly after

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Yup, yet another rogue pushing me towards that WC …

  10. FOO FIGHTER
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Let's face it, Poch needs to change something to try and save his arse to avoid another bad result.

    Let's see how it pans out. I don't see it ending well but hey, it could be exactly what is needed.

  11. Tic Tacs
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Saka knock gonna keep him out today (not a chance, Alvarez is staying right on my bench!)

    1. ZeBestee
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Is he confirmed out?

      1. Tic Tacs
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        No it was rumours earlier in the week, I'm just praying for some good luck (for me).

    2. Jafooli
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Yep, same with Pedro 7pts…

      1. Tic Tacs
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Punished with bench points, so frustrating especially on 50/50 calls.

    3. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Arteta said that he’s fine.

      1. Tic Tacs
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah he'll play

    4. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Rumored to be some slight Achilles issue since last season. He's been playing and doing well through it. Just a whole lot of nothing from the media and Arteta silenced it quickly enough

  12. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Couple of early goals for Bournemouth please.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      No, I have Disasi 🙂

  13. Jafooli
    • 12 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Screw it, I’ve just added Botman haul to my score and won my H2H this week, so can sit back now and relax….

  14. F4L
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Can't wait for Mudyrk to waste every Chelsea attack, guaranteed blanks for Sterling and Jackson 🙁

    1. Thanos
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Damn it I got both

  15. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Justice for Chilwell owners. Hattie for Jackson and Sterling, please.

    1. DaisyDaisyDaisyDaisy
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Wtf

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Mmmm … just trying to work through this comment …. Nope … no idea.

  16. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Should have played Chilwell upfront and benched Jackson

    1. Merlin the Wraith
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Should have played Jackson in goal, might hit him often enough & no chance he scores an og

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        Hahahaha

  17. kamdaraji
    • 14 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    End this GW now!

  18. FOO FIGHTER
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Stats show that Disasi is Chelsea's second most attacking defender behind Chilwell.

    Make me proud brother man!

  19. Warby84
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Tempted by Kyle Walker in for Chilwell next week

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Enjoy those regular 2 pointers...

      1. Warby84
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        He looks sharp and in form, might just for a bit of fun, I have a good bench

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Cheaper defenders will outscore him easily.

      1. Warby84
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 29 days ago

        He’s due a haul soon, I can see it..

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 29 days ago

          Okay...

  20. Tic Tacs
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Let's see how Jackson does today, planning to move him on for Wilson ahead of GW6.

  21. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Annoying benching. He's gonna get mins though so no jammy auto subs at least.

    I have 2 FTs this week and will probably need to use both to fix my dire defense of Chilwell, Saliba, Estu, Baldock, Kabore.

    1. Touré De Force
      • 13 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Estu is a keeper

    2. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      It’s not that bad. Estupinan and Chilwell should be back for decent home fixtures next week. Saliba to Botman is a move I’m considering.

  22. Touré De Force
    • 13 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Gusto is surprisingly a nice differential

  23. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    He only gets 2 point a week anyway

    Useless

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 29 days ago

      Could refer to so many players this season.

  24. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Good afternoon all!! Do we think Johnstone gets the Fulham game?? Non of villas goals yesterday were any fault of his. Have Johnstone and Tuner as my keepers, on tenterhooks a bit!!

  25. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Absolute scenes over the benching... just injured Henry off the bench if needed. Probably hoping Turner is also benched tomorrow because Areola's 4 might well be an epic score by comparison.

  26. Tomerick
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Hojlund worth a little punt or do we need to see more from him (and the team)?

  27. JBG
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 29 days ago

    Haha just noticed Chilwell on the bench. Been out and about so haven't checked my phone until now.

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      6 months, 28 days ago

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