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. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    I wouldn't have minded a player having day off today as I have Pedro lurking. Of course it's a defender that goes awol.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      yep and 3-5-2 is the dominant feature or 3-4-3 for some.

  2. Sim Simma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    Bournemouth : Neto, Kerkez, Cook, Kelly, Solanke, Christie, Ouattara, Tavernier, Zabarnyi, Billing, Aarons.
    Subs: Radu, Brooks, Rothwell, Smith, Sinisterra, Kluivert, Traore, Semenyo, Senesi.

    Chelsea : Sanchez; Gusto, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gallagher (c), Ugochukwu; Sterling, Fernandez, Mudryk; Jackson.
    Subs: Petrovic, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Chilwell, Maatsen, Matos, Palmer, Stutter, Washington.

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Chilwell!!!

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      cheers Sim Simma

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      This is a clear sign to get rid of Chilwell then.

    4. Jafooli
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers Sim….Chilwell better stay benched, got a Botman haul waiting to pounce…

      1. Gizzachance
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Same !

      2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Given Poch took Chilwell off a couple of times to give Mudryk room to play out left, I can see the reverse today. Mind I don't have Chilwell and can't ever remember having bench luck so you might have a better chance than me 😛

        1. Jafooli
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Never have bench jam either…he’ll come on for cameo and YC = zero points

    5. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Gusto and Sterling start.

      that's good news.

    6. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Wouldn’t caption Gallagher mate

    7. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      That's quite a bench given the money spent

    8. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Oh man, not now Chilwell, not now!

      1. KunDogan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        This

    9. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Gusto, Disasi and Colwill owners might be the winners here. At least I own Disasi.

    10. F4L
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      cheers, Ouattara and Tavernier back, Bournemouth should score a few today

  3. WVA
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Estupinan Chilwell Saliba defence looking disastrous now

    1. _Gunner
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      why is Saliba disastrous ?

      1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Probably gonna lose 1-0 at Goodison again

    2. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Saliba injured?

    3. Oasthouse FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Excatly my defence - see below, a disastrous week!

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Exactly who I started this week.

  4. Oasthouse FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    So, interesting day yesterday - absolutely disastrous for my rank!

    Went Son captain, and currently on a stonking 14 points!

    Rank went from 800k, to 2.2 million in one afternoon.

    I guess all you can do is laugh and start preparing for next week?

    Still quite a few to play today, but not expecting any hauls.

    Anyone else have a complete shocker?

    1. KunDogan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      This season is a complete shocker…

    2. kamdaraji
      • 14 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Time to delete the FPL app?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        can't give in, that's for losers but you could switch off until Thurs.

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      ouch.

      take it on the chin, only 5 weeks in.

      1. Oasthouse FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Yep, cheers all!

        Can only laugh really.

        Just seen chillwell benched too, so now even worse.

  5. Flynny
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chilwell to trippier loading

    1. cruzex
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Yes

  6. WVA
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Me: Chilwell
    Rival: Getting Colwill off the bench for Estupinan

    1. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Bournemouth score anyway

    2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I have Colwill and would be very surprised if he gets anything above 2pts. He was pretty ghastly when he played at LB for the last 30 mins or so v West Ham I think

      1. WVA
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Yet Poch has started him there today....

  7. drughi
    • 14 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chilwell better come on, got kabore on the bench while everybody else got botman

  8. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chilwell 1 pointer confirmed

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      He might get booked because he'll be narked - so prepare yourself for a round one.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Annoyingly yes … watch gusto now as the attacking fullback haul and Chilwell 1 point cameo to keep him rooted to the bench.

    3. Tic Tacs
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I'm expecting this too, would sum up my gameweek

  9. F4L
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    finally Poch starts to revert back to the pre-season set up, but Gusto over Chilwell as the attacking full back damn haha

  10. UNCLE TONEY
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Bigged him up in the pre match presser as well

  11. Paulie Walnuts
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chillwell to botman confirmed

  12. Bubz
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    May actually just have to wildcard

    1. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Me too, need to Wildcard my Wildcard team

    2. WVA
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Desperately trying to hold off until GW8/9

  13. Gizzachance
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chillwell benched, been subbed around 60 minute mark twice too, time to get rid?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I think so.

    2. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Don’t mind the 60 min subs tbf, in fact prefer them. As long he starts most!

      1. Gizzachance
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        On a Cs before subbed !

    3. F4L
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      need James back, imo Poch rathers Colwill at LB as a defensive full back as opposed to Dsasi or making Gusto stay back

  14. Jafooli
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Can someone crunch the numbers and let us know, does Chilwell normally come on when starts on the bench?

    1. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Believe so, almost certainly will because of his attacking threat

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        doesn't follow if Sterling has banged in a brace and they are comfortably 2 nil up.

        1. UNCLE TONEY
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Don’t worry he won’t lol

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I've crunched some numbers and decided that Chilly Willy will be needed at 58 minutes

      1. Jafooli
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        *vomits*

  15. Merlin the Wraith
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    With that Chilwell news hope Bournemouth turn them over. Think this season is a Poch mid-life crisis.

    1. Gizzachance
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Same, hopefully chillwell won’t come on, as the early subbings he’s had have been when Chel have been behind I think

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      He’s not been his best for years. That Spurs run seems a long time ago now.

  16. Drexl Spivey
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    What a wonderful game week.

  17. Gazzpfc
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chillwell benched what to do with him

    ???

  18. Gudjohnsen
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Kept Chilwell on WC

    Bad mistake

  19. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Bye bye Chillwell

    1. Big Mike
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Hear hear

  20. chocolove
    • 13 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Captain Gallagher!

    1. Alan The Llama
      • 14 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      What did you know?

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      tbf, you did warn them.

    3. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      *Asked it

  21. UNCLE TONEY
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chilwell to Trent tempting

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      he's injured mate

      1. UNCLE TONEY
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Should be back next week

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Must be rich.

      There's 2.2 million difference

  22. chocolove
    • 13 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Poch thought they got UCL match to be prepared

    1. Merlin the Wraith
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Way this is going it won't be any euro involvement next season either!

  23. Nate(U)dog(ie)
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    You guys need to chill (excuse the pun) out, could have a minor issue

    1. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      True

    2. Ady87
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      The minor issue is they’re not very good when he plays.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      All the early subs Chilwell has been getting seems to suggests he may not quite working for Poch...

      1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I don't disagree honestly, but I don't think they've looked great with Colwill at LB either

  24. boc610
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    ah i see whats happened , they just misspelled his name.

  25. Big Mike
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Chilwell benched. I can sense a wildcard coming on.

  26. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Annoyingly got Gusto first bench in front of Chilwell. I know Chillwell’s coming on to block points with 10 mins to go.

    1. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Bournemouth score anyway

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Bell at home vs Wolves GW6 to make me proud with Chilwell on the bench...

  28. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Mmm Johnstone, Chilwell and Wissa to Areola, Trippier and Alvarez -4 looking tempting!!!

  29. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
    • 14 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Is that the sound of a million wildcards activating I hear?

    1. UNCLE TONEY
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Or the echo of activating mine 2 weeks ago