Best Forwards to pick in Fantasy World Cup Final (MD7)

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In this article, we will look at the best forwards to pick for your Fantasy World Cup team in the Final – Matchday 7.

We look at each price bracket: budget forwards, midpriced picks, and premium options. We will update the article again based on which teams will advance to Final.

Budget forwards for Matchday 7 (Final)

En-Nesyri (5.5, Morocco)

  • Morocco well organised, does not score a lot of goals, but when they score, Ziyech and En-Nesyri are involved
  • but bad form for Sevilla this season, zero goals and zero assist
  • Ziyech and Hakimi are our preferred picks from Morocco, but if you want their 3rd player, it could be En-Nesyri
  • 3rd place game is usually high-scoring, there could be goals at both sides of the pitch

Andrej Kramarič (6m, Croatia)

  • if you want a Croatian attacker, Kramarič could be the one to pick
  • the key man in their attack in the group stage, but is yet to register an attacking return after his brace against Canada
  • however, Croatia struggle in the attack at the World Cup

Midpriced forwards for Matchday 7 (Final)

Alvarez (6.5m, Argentina)

  • another superb performance, he is likely to start again
  • 4 goals so far at the world cup
  • differential, selected only by 9.1% of managers

Giroud (7.5m, France)

  • already with 4 goals at World Cup
  • if you aim to double up on France’s attack (which could be a good strategy for Matchday 7), Mbappe + Giroud is the template way to go

Griezmann (8.5m, France)

  • the creator in France’s team, pulling strings in almost every attack
  • on set pieces and corners
  • If you do not want to go “template” combination, Mbappe + Giroud, you can go with Mbappe + Griezmann

Premium forwards for Matchday 7 (Final)

Messi (10.5m, Argentina)

  • You cannot go wrong with Messi
  • with 80 % the most-owned player in the game
  • captaincy candidate again Matchday 7
  • second for shots and second for shots on target after Mbappe (according to FBREF)
  • top scoring player in the game

Mbappe (11.5, France)

  • France had very strong offensive performances at this World Cup
  • Excellent underlying stats (most shots and shots on target as well so far)
  • one of the best players at this World Cup

Our current front three

That is a lot of options to pick just three names. Our current front three would be: Mbappé – Messi – Griezmann

How to pick best forwards to your Fantasy World Cup team

Also, let’s dive into come criteria when picking the best forwards for your World Cup fantasy team.

When picking strikers into your squad, you should consider:

  • Historically, forwards are the best captains in the games like World Cup Fantasy: Fantasy Champions League, EURO Fantasy…
  • Make sure you have two great captaincy options among forwards – both who play on different time so you can change captaincy when the first one fails to deliver
  • Pick forwards who are in form and have easy fixture – this will allow you to maximize points potential from your captain
  • Consider probabilities when picking forwards. Let bookies any time goalscorer odds to help you with that. You can find them here: World Cup 2022 Goalscoring Odds.
  • Forwards are awarded 5 points for goals Fantasy World Cup what makes them more attractive than idfielders when it comes to captaincy. So this fantasy game is likely going to be about forwards, but we have just 3 precious spots. Read more on how are points awarded in world cup fantasy.
  • Also, forwards will get extra one point for every 2 shots on target,so do not overlook forwards who shoots often. You can see our list of forwards who have the most shots on target here.
  • Think about structure. For example, you could go:
    • 11.5 m – main captain option
    • 10m – backup captain
    • 7m – in-form differential with an easy fixture, a talisman for his nation

Further resources

Looking for players to pick for your World Cup Fantasy team from different positions? Check our following articles:

Who might start and who might be benched?

Other forwards to pick in Fantasy World Cup

4.5m – 6.5m bracket

Mathew Lackie (4.5m, Australia)

  • one of very few 4.5m forwards left in the game
  • involved in 2 of 3 Australia goals at World Cup
  • 4G + 1A in World Cup qualification
  • But tough fixture
  • And with only 3 precious forward spots in our fantasy team you do not waste one of them on 4.5m forwards
  • Probably only good option if for some reason you need to go big in midfield and going for 4.5m forward is your only option

Ritsu Doan (6m, Japan)

  • not completely nailed to start
  • but after two important goals from the bench for Japan in the group stage, he would deserve a start
  • selected by only 0.1%, so Doan is an absolute differential for Matchday 4

Salem Aldawsari (4.5m, Saudi Arabia)

  • A key forward for Saudi Arabia
  • scored in Matchday 1 against Argentina, missed a penalty against Poland
  • The toughest fixture is now behind Saudi Arabia, they still have a chance of advancing to R16 so we expect solid performance from them against Mexico
  • Aldawsari is on penalties as well

Enner Valencia (6.5, Ecuador)

  • superb performances this World Cup so far
  • heavily involved in Ecuador’s attack
  • 3 goals in two matches so far
  • a relatively good fixture against Senegal, where we could see goals at both sides

Ramos (6.5m, Portugal)

  • hero from Quarterfinals with 3 goals and 1 assist against Switzerland
  • But will he be in starting lineup again?
  • ab excellent form at Benfica this season, 9 goals and 1 assist
  • Good fixture against Morocco, there could be goals at both ends

Other picks:

  • Almoez Ali (4.5m, Qatar) – budget enabler, should start for Qatar, you can sub him off if he will not deliver. Do not expect much from him, he is priced like that for a reason. His teammate Akram Afif is an opinion as well at this price point. But we have just 3 forward spots and there is a lot more value among other forwards. Lackie (Australia) is another 4.5m option.
  • Estrada (5m, Ecuador) – Ecuador’s top scorer in Qualification, good fixture in MD1, you can sub him off when he does not deliver
  • Jonathan David (6.0m, Canada) – 9G + 4A assists for Canada in Qualifiers. But Canada has a tough Group F and if you picked Davies into your defense, you do not want to double up on their attack
  • Batschuayi (6.5m, Belgium) – concerns about Lukaku being fit for MD1 made Batschuayi an interesting option. But wait for some news.
  • Ismaila Sarr (6.5m, Senegal) – Sarr was a key man for Senegal’s attack in Matchday 1 against Netherlands. Should be on penalties as well.

7m – 8.5 m bracket

Taremi (7m, Iran)

  • talisman for Iran, already with 2G + 1A in Group Stage
  • Iran with surprising performances at this world cup so far
  • Outstanding form in the Champions League for Porto and he brought his form to the World Cup as well. He was great asset to own in UCL Fantasy
  • the most important match for Iran, if they win against USA, they will advance to R16

Mitrovič (7.0m, Serbia)

  • talisman for Serbia, when they score, he will likely be involved
  • On penalties as well.
  • Fixtures are improving for Serbia after Matchday 1 when they faced Brazil
  • an option against Switzerland as well, but we have so many good options among forwards, that he will likely remain overlooked in MD3

Gakpo (7m, Netherlands)

  • Alongside Klaassen the key man for the Netherlands at World Cup
  • Scored in each match in the group stage, and in his current form he is undroppable
  • but with Depay fit, his fantasy appeal decreases, as we expect Depay to be the main man

Richarlison (7.5m, Brazil)

  • great performance against Serbia and Kore Republic
  • Brazil with great performances, one of the main favorites for the trophy
  • but Neymar is back, so Neymar is likely the Brazil attacker you want in your team if you have a budget for him

Marcus Rahsford (7.5m, England)

    • pushing for a start in R16 after superb performance and brace in Matchday 3
    • with only 0.4% ownership differential for R16
    • We are awarded four free transfers at the start of R16, so even if he is benched, you can use one of those transfers to transfer him out. Could be a good strategy especially if you saved your wildcard for Quarterfinals

Alvaro Morata (8.0, Spain)

  • despite being in the starting line up only on one occasion in the Group stage, Morata managed to score in all three matches
  • looks like a better fantasy pick at the moment than Ferran Torres
  • can score from the bench
  • okay fixture against Morocco, we could see goals at both ends
  • unfortunately, he needs a lot of chance to score

Son Heung Min (8.5m, Korea Republic)

  • another talisman a key man for his nation
  • We know from FPL, that he is an explosive fantasy asset
  • Tougher fixture against Portugal, but their defense have been shaky so there could be goals at both ends

Memphis Depay (8.5m, Netherlands)

  • started in the last two matches for the Netherlands, so his injury concerns are likely over
  • A potential differential in Quarterfinals
  • he is the talisman
  • But with only 3 forward spots, you would need to sacrifice one of Mbappe, Messi, Neymar/Richarlison

Other picks:

  • Suarez (7.5m, Uruguay) – kindly priced, still the key man for Uruguay – their top scorer in qualification with 8 goals
  • Gareth Bale (8.0m, Wales) – another talisman that cannot be overlooked, Wales top scorer in Qulaification

Neymar (10.5m, Brazil)

  • back for Brazil and ready to lead his nation in the knockout stage
  • with 1G + 1A in Quarterfinals
  • best captain option for Matchday 5
  • Brazil with the best fixture of the matchday

9m – 11.5m bracket

  • Ronaldo (10.0m, Portugal) – cannot be overlooked. We all know how good he is. Likely his last World Cup, so he will do his best. Potential 12th man in MD1.
  • Lewandowski (10.0m, Poland) – talisman, potential 12th man in MD2 (if you did not use it in MD1)
Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

4 thoughts on “Best Forwards to pick in Fantasy World Cup Final (MD7)

  1. Hey what’d you think of a set of Messi, Kane, Richarlison? I am also considering Gakpo as an alternative budget option given Depay’s injury

    1. I am a bit worried about Richarlison’s minutes as there are rumors that Jesus could start ahead of him. Their minutes will be shared that’s for sure. But Mess + Kane + 6.5-7.5 FWD seems fine structure

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