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Best Forwards to Pick in EURO 2024 Fantasy

There’s plenty of options in the forward positions for Euro 2024 fantasy. But with just 3 spaces available to managers for their team’ s main goal scorers, deciding who to opt for is a difficult task.

When selecting your team’s strikers, its important to consider both their domestic and international form, how likely they will be to start, and when they play across matchdays.

Kylian Mbappe (France)

  • Price: €11m
  • Picked by: 77%
  • Fixtures: Austria, Netherlands, Poland

The France Captain is justifiably the highest picked player in the game. He won the golden boot in his last major competition – the 2022 World Cup, and has averaged a goal contribution a game for France since his debut.

Mbappe is on 16 goals at major international tournaments, despite failing to score at EURO 2020.

His domestic form has been as exceptional as ever, winning the Ligue 1 Golden Boot for the 4th time in 5 seasons.

He’s nailed in Didier Deschamps side and is the favourite for the competition’s golden boot.

With his ownership so high, going without Mbappe is a huge risk. Overall, he’s the priority option to own in attack.

Harry Kane (England)

  • Price: €11m
  • Picked by: 47%
  • Fixtures: Serbia, Denmark, Slovenia

Kane is coming off a stellar debut campaign in the Bundesliga, scoring 36 goals.

England’s top goal scorer will be nailed in Southgate’s lineup and has been incredibly clinical in the competition’s qualifiers, scoring 8 goals from just 16 attempts.

In previous tournaments, he’s racked up 8 World Cup goals and 4 in previous European Championships.

On penalties and many direct free kicks for one of the competition’s strongest sides, he’s got plenty of routes to add to that tally.

Being the same cost as Mbappe does somewhat reduce Kane’s appeal, though. He’s easily one of the competition’s best players and will almost definitely be worth finding space for in fantasy teams.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

  • Price: €10m
  • Picked by: 15%
  • Fixtures: Czech Republic, Turkey, Georgia

Ronaldo boasts an exceptional record of scoring in his last 10 major international tournaments. His 14 Euros goals make him the tournament’s all-time record scorer.

Portugal are the team to target for attackers. They scored the most goals in qualifiers at 36, 7 more than second placed France. Although, Portugal did have an easy group.

Their group stage fixtures should feature plenty of goals. Turkey conceded 6 to Austria in a friendly in March, while Georgia let in 1.8 goals per game in qualifying.

He may no longer be at his peak but he should start each game and has the benefit of penalty duties in one of the competition’s best attacking sides.

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

  • Price: €9m
  • Picked by: 15%
  • Fixtures: Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine

Lukaku has scored 21 goals for Roma in 47 games this season. But it’s his international form that’s stood out.

He was the top scorer in qualifying for the Euros with 14 goals in 8 games, including 4 goals against Azerbaijan in their final qualifier in November.

He’s recorded 11 goals across previous World Cup and Euros campaigns.

He looks very likely to start each game for Belgium. Since the 2022 World Cup, Lukaku has started every game for Belgium except for 2 games missed through injury.

Given his contribution of 63% of Belgium’s goals in qualifying, when his side score, there’s a good chance Lukaku will be involved.

Antione Griezmann (France)

  • Price: €9m
  • Picked by: 7%
  • Fixtures: Austria, Netherlands, Poland

Across his 30 previous Euros and World Cup games, Griezmann has racked up a respectable 11 goals and 9 assists.

Importantly, he’s a likely starter in Didier Deschamps side.

In past major international tournaments, he’s benefitted from taking penalties. This does not seem to be the case anymore with Mbappe taking them in the 2022 World Cup final and in their victory over Greece last year.

Griezmann also only scored 1 goal in qualifiers from 8 games. Nevertheless, his club form of 24 goals and 8 assists this season is more promising.

Alvaro Morata (Spain)

  • Price: €8.5
  • Picked by: 3%
  • Fixtures: Croatia, Italy, Albania

Morata should be a safe bet to start upfront for the Spaniards. If you’re unsure on Morata starting likelihood or any other player, check out our EURO 2024 predicted lineups.

He’s captaining his side and was predominantly favoured over Joselu in qualifying matches.

He’s typically played well for his country, with 9 goals in 14 games at major international tournaments, which is a good record ahead of the tournament.

However, Spain do appear to be in this year’s “Group of Death”. Group B features Italy, winning the previous Euros, Croatia, notoriously performing well at major tournaments, and even Albania, who only conceded 4 goals in qualifying, which is less than the likes of Spain and the Netherlands.

Morata’s a consistent performer for his country but will likely be facing tougher defences than many alternative options.

Rafael Leao (Portugal)

  • €8.5m
  • Picked by: 10%
  • Fixtures: Czech Republic, Turkey, Georgia

The 24-year-old doesn’t have the international pedigree of many other forward options but he still offers a strong option up top.

He seems to be first choice in the Portuguese attack. However, he did miss their final 2 qualifying games through injury but started the 5 before.

While he only scored a solitary goal in qualifying, he also scored in their recent friendly against Sweden in March. If his side can maintain the level of attacking form they have been, he should get plenty of chances at EURO 2024.

One factor that is important to consider is that Portugal play on the final day of each round of matches.

If Leao doesn’t play in a match after managers have subbed him on, there won’t be an opportunity to sub him out for a bench player in fantasy teams.

Portugal have alot of elite alternatives in attack they can turn to and this makes Leao a more risky pick.

Kai Havertz (Germany)

  • Price: €7.5m
  • Picked by: 17%
  • Fixtures: Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

While Germany have seriously underperformed at recent international tournaments, Havertz looks a promising pick.

He is coming off a strong domestic season for Arsenal where he provided 20 league goal contributions.

Germany didn’t play in qualifiers due to the host nation gaining automatic entry but recent international friendlies in March saw Havertz start up front for both games, where he scored in the second against France.

He has 4 goals in 6 games at previous international tournaments.

Germany play on the first day of each set of matches. This means if Havertz doesn’t return, or play at all, which is a possibility with Niclas Fullkrug providing a capable alternative up front, its likely managers will have other options that can be subbed on.

Cody Gakpo (Netherlands)

  • Price: €7.5m
  • Picked by: 4%
  • Fixtures: Poland, France, Austria

Gakpo picked up a respectable 3 goals from 5 games in qualifying and has scored 16 times from 53 Liverpool appearances this season across competitions.

He’s predominantly been first choice in the Netherlands attack. In his country’s 6 qualifying games since September 2023, he’s missed 2 with injury, but started 3 of the 4 he’s been fit for, with Donyell Malen preferred for 1 game.

He could be an exciting differential option but Holland play midway through each set of matches.

So, managers choosing Gakpo should make sure they have alternative players, who play later on, and can be brought on if Gakpo doesn’t play. If you sub Gakpo on and he doesn’t play, he’ll stay in your eleven with zero points.

Want to get more of a tactical advantage? Check out our EURO 2024 advanced fantasy guide.

Artem Dovbyk (Ukraine)

  • Price: €7.5m
  • Picked by: 6%
  • Fixtures: Romania, Slovakia, Belgium

A breakout star this season, Dovbyk scored 21 goals for Girona in La Liga this season, finishing second in the Golden Boot race. He also has 8 senior goals for Ukraine.

Dovbyk has started 5 out of Ukraine’s last 7 games. With his elite goalscoring form domestically, expect him to start, and at 5% ownership, he’ll be a great differential pick if his form carries over.

Ukraine play later on than most teams in each set of matches which makes Dovbyk a riskier pick. He’ll be a problem if managers sub him on and he fails to play.

Additionally, Romania, Slovakia and Belgium were all relatively strong defensively in qualifying (conceding 0.5, 0.8 and 0.5 goals per game respectively) which may make it more difficult for Dovbyk to return.

Aleksander Mitrovic (Serbia)

  • Price: €7m
  • Picked by: 2%
  • Fixtures: England, Slovenia, Denmark

At just 1% ownership, Mitrovic offers an extreme differential option in attack.

He’s never played at the Euros, but has scored 3 goals in 6 World Cup appearances. In qualifying, he managed 5 goals in 7 games.

He’s started the last 5 of Serbia’s qualifiers, despite competition from Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic, and this looks set to continue in Germany.

Their group could pose challenging opponents with England among the favourites to win the competition, and Denmark enjoying success in reaching the last 4 at EURO 2020.