Best Forwards to pick in UCL Fantasy R16 1st Leg (Matchday 7)

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In this article, we will look at the best forwards to pick for your Fantasy Champions League team in Matchday 7 – Round of 16 1st Leg of the new 2023/24 UCL season.

This article is part of the series: UCL Fantasy Round of 16: Tips, Best Pick, Captain and Team Selection

We looked at each price option: budget enablers, mid-priced and premium options.

Budget forwards to pick in Round of 16 1st Leg – Matchday 7 (4.5m – 8m)

Alvarez (7.2m, Manchester City) – 4/10

  • With Alvarez, this is more wait and see situation
  • Whether he will be a good pick for the Round of 16 or not – it will depend on how City will line up with KdB and Haaland
  • However, for R16 1st Leg, we will know whether he starts before the deadline
  • could be a great bargain, but he has become rotation risk for Champions League games
  • recently his form is weaker

Openda (7.5m, Leipzig) – 3/10

  • Getting into good form, 41G + 4A this season for Leipzig in Bundesliga
  • was superb for Lennes in the previous season with 21G + 4A in Ligue 1
  • can score in tough fixtures, as he scored in both Leipzig games against Man. City
  • Leipzig unlikely to progress to the next round, so you might need to get rid of him after R16

Fullkrug (7.5m, Dortmund) – 6/10

  • Nice form for Dortmund, including recent hattrick, 10G + 7A in Bundesliga this season
  • Good fixture against PSV, there could be goals at both ends

Morata (8m, Atletico Madrid) – 5.5/10

  • he is our of MD7 fixture due to the injury
  • solid pick this season
  • 13G + 1A in La Liga this season
  • But he needs a lot of chances to score
  • He will not be playing 90 minutes every match. He will start a few matches and will be benched sometimes, but he can get goals off the bench.

Mid-priced forwards for R16 1st Leg – MD7 (8.5m – 9.5m)

Gabriel Jesus (8.6m, Arsenal) – 5/10

  • great form in the Champions League
  • 2nd top scoring forward this season
  • MOTM candidate in a game when he does well

Lautaro Martinez (9m, Inter Milan) – 5/10

  • the man in form for Inter
  • but need a lot of chances to score
  • Hard to squeeze him into our team with just 3 precious forward spots
  • 19G + 2A this season for Inter
  • The tougher fixture against a solid Atletico defense

Osimhen (9.8m, Napoli) – 3/10

  • last season, he just could not stop scoring goals, but this season his form is just not there
  • the price tag is quite high, there are likely better forwards to pick in R16 for lower price
  • Should be back in time from AFCON to start in the Champions League

Premium forwards to pick in Round of 16 1st Leg – Matchday 7 (10m – 11.5m)

Kane (10.1m, Bayern) – 10/10

  • in hot form
  • on penalties
  • 24G + 5A in Bundesliga for Bayern this season
  • captaincy candidate in almost any matchday

Lewandowski (10.3m, Barcelona) – 2/10

  • has 9G + 5A in La Liga this season, his form is weaker
  • The price is too high
  • It is not the same explosive Lewandowski we were used to in the previous Champions League seasons

Griezmann (10.7m, Atletico Madrid) – 6.5/10

  • the main man and talisman for Atletico Madrid
  • MOTM candidate when he does well
  • amazing form with 11G + 6 A in La Liga this season + 5 goals in Champions League

Mbappe (11.5m, PSG) – 9.5/10

  • He is getting back to form
  • when he plays, he delivers points
  • fixtures do not really matter
  • When he scores, he is likely to get awarded MOTM, which is an extra 3 fantasy points
  • After Neymar and Messi left PSG, the fantasy points will not be so heavily spread among PSG players and should be more concentrated around Mbappe

Haaland (11.7m, Manchester City) – 10/10

  • He is finally back from the injury
  • captaincy candidate in any fixture

Picking the best forwards to your Fantasy Champions League team

When picking strikers into your UCL Fantasy team, you should consider:

  • Historically, forwards are the best captains in Fantasy Champions League
  • Make sure you have two great captaincy options among forwards – one for Tuesday and one for Wednesday (unless you plan to captain premium midfielder in one day)
  • 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: Champions League Goalscoring Odds.
  • Think about structure. For example, you could go:
    • 11m – captain for Tuesday
    • 11m – backup captain for Wednesday
    • 6m – in-form differential with an easy fixture
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.

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