Forwards are priced higher in UCL as compared to the rest, so budget allocation is a key factor to keep in mind.
When it comes to selecting forwards, it’s crucial to consider their current form, past performances in the Champions League, and most importantly the upcoming fixtures.
Here are the top forward picks for the upcoming UCL Fantasy season.
For the exact likelihood of all these players scoring in each matchday, check out our Champions League cheat sheet.
- Price: €11.5m
- Picked by: 77%
Erling Haaland’s pricing in UCL Fantasy is cheap, especially considering his initial £14.0m price tag in FPL.
Surprisingly, he’s owned by only 72% of UCL Fantasy managers. In FPL he is owned by 92%, despite the higher price.
He finished the previous Premier League season with 36 goals and 8 assists.
He has carried this form into the current season, boasting 7 goals and 1 assist in just 5 Premier League games.
In last year’s UCL campaign, Haaland scored 12 goals and provided 1 assist, resulting in a total of 71 fantasy points (2nd most in forwards).
With Man City facing Young Boys, Leipzig, and Crvena Zvezda in the group stage, a fruitful group stage is expected for Haaland.
He will be the most captained player heading into MD1 but unfortunately, even if he doesn’t perform, UCL managers will be able to change from him for the Wednesday games.
That provides even less of an incentive to go against the Norweigan – should you be crazy enough to consider it.
- Price: €10.0m
- Picked by: 24%
Harry Kane’s arrival in Germany has been great for Bayern, as expected.
He is having an outstanding start to his Bayern career, amassing 4 goals and 1 assist in just 4 games.
His value as an attacking asset for Bayern is even more valuable with fixtures against Man Utd, Copenhagen, and Galatasaray in the group stages.
Moreover, Kane is on penalty duty for the German giants, making him even more appealing.
Kane is a proven asset in fantasy football, having finished as the second-highest scoring forward in FPL last season, thanks to his impressive haul of 30 goals and 3 assists.
- Price: €11m
- Picked by: 10%
Vinicius Junior emerged as the top scorer in UCL Fantasy last season, accumulating an impressive 93 points.
He showcased his versatility with 7 goals, 6 assists, and earned 2 Man of the Match awards.
Although Vinicius had a strong start to the season with Real Madrid, his unfortunate injury during the fixture against Celta Vigo is expected to keep him sidelined until October.
This could potentially result in him missing a couple of group stage games.
However, when he does return, the fixtures align favorably for Vinicius.
In the last 4 group stage games, Real Madrid is set to face Braga twice and Union Berlin once, providing Vinicius an excellent opportunity to make a significant impact upon his return.
- Price: €11.5m
- Picked by: 28%
PSG is set to take on what is arguably the group of death in this year’s UCL, facing Newcastle, AC Milan, and Dortmund.
Despite the tough fixtures, Mbappe’s track record in the competition speaks for itself.
Last season, he finished his UCL campaign with 7 goals, 3 assists, and 65 points, ranking as the third highest among forwards.
Notably, he also earned 4 Man of the Match awards, the most in the competition, tied with Kevin De Bruyne.
With the departures of Neymar and Messi, Mbappe is PSG’s sole key man.
His early-season form has been nothing short of exceptional, with 7 goals in just 4 games.
Regardless of the group’s difficulty, Mbappe remains a top-tier choice and a player that cannot be overlooked.
- Price: €10.0m
- Picked by: 9%
Victor Osimhen enjoyed a stellar season with Napoli last year, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess with 26 goals and 4 assists.
His form has seamlessly transitioned into the current season, with 3 goals and 1 assist in just 3 Serie A games.
In last year’s UCL campaign, Osimhen made a significant impact with 5 goals in 5 starts.
While his price tag in UCL Fantasy sits at €10.0m, which is relatively high, it’s important to consider the favorable fixtures against Union Berlin and Braga.
- Price: €7.0m
- Picked by: 13%
Alvarez is a standout budget option in UCL Fantasy, with a modest price tag of just €7m.
He has been a consistent starter, playing at least 89 minutes in all four games in EPL, establishing himself as a reliable option.
In 5 games, he has contributed 2 goals and 5 assists.
Furthermore, his attacking play has shown threat, with 14 shots (6th most in EPL) & 6 on target (5th most in EPL).
It’s also worth noting that last season in UCL, he contributed to 5 G/A in just 468 minutes of play.
Given Man City’s favorable fixtures, having another attacker alongside Haaland makes strategic sense, and Alvarez fits perfectly.
A MD1 home fixture against Cverna Zvezda makes the Argentine even more appealing.
- Price: €10.5m
- Picked by: 22%
With Barcelona set to face Shakhtar, Porto, and Antwerp in the group stages, they emerge as clear favorites.
Lewandowski has already netted 2 goals and provided 1 assist in 4 games this season with Barcelona.
His role as Barcelona’s penalty taker further enhances his potential to deliver returns for fantasy managers.
Moreover, his track record in the UCL is impressive, having scored 5 goals in 5 games last season, and winning one Man of the Match award.
With his attacking threat, rich UCL history, and Barcelona’s favourable group stage fixtures, Lewandowski is a superb choice for your team. Given his 22% ownership, he is actually undervalued as it stands.
- Price: €9m
- Picked by: 8%
Rodrygo is a great pick for managers who are looking for a differential forward.
He showed his potential in his last UCL campaign with 64 points (4th best in forwards), scoring 5 goals and assisting 2.
Last season in La Liga he had his best year yet with 17 G/A, just 3 shy of Vinicius’s tally.
Remarkably, he is currently selected by just 8% of managers, enhancing his status as a differential.
With Vinicius sidelined until at least the start of October and Real Madrid facing Union Berlin in MD1, Rodrygo is a compelling option.