With the Champions League returning for the 2019/20 season, so too does FantasyBet’s £10,000 UCL Fantasy game. If you’re finding yourself a little cash-strapped up top, we’ve picked out the best value forwards for Fantasy Champions League 2019/20 to help you.
The Best Mid-Priced Forwards For UCL Fantasy 2019/20
Lorenzo Insigne (£8.0m) should be in your considerations when looking at the ‘premium options’. He is as premium as you can get in this price bracket and, in my opinion, underpriced. He might be in a group with Liverpool, but they aren’t the same defensive unit without Alisson. They couldn’t contain Pukki and Insigne is similarly wriggly in his movement.
Memphis Depay (£8.0m) has found his feet in France, with 39 attacking returns in the 2017/18 campaign, followed by another 28 returns in all competitions in 2018/19. He had some frustrating spells last season but is now firmly back in the picture for fantasy managers. So far, he’s registered four goals and an assist in the opening four weeks of Ligue 1 fixtures.
Depay is capable of playing up top on his own, or on the left-wing. Moussa Dembele (£8.0m) is also expected to make the starting XI. He’s another excellent forward who excelled in the big matches and in big moments last season. He is more of a classic CF, but that is no problem for Depay’s potential. The pair bagged a brace each in Lyon’s drubbing of Angers last month.
There are a lot of question marks over who will lead the line for Frank Lampard on the European stage. Tammy Abraham has planted himself as numero 1 in the battle for Premier League starts, which could open up the door for Olivier Giroud (£7.5m) or Michy Batshuayi (£6.5m). I’m fairly confident that the former is on better terms with his manager at the moment, having featured in 174 minutes of league football to the latter’s six minutes this season.
I mentioned the excellent value in Kai Havertz in my midfield article, but the value in Bayer Leverkusen’s frontline doesn’t stop there. Kevin Volland (£6.5m) spearheads their attack and has already collected five attacking returns (two goals and three assists) in as many matches this season. His 10 Germany caps and ability to score against the likes of Bayern and Dortmund last season should mean he’s unphased by the likes of Atletico and Juventus. Lokomotiv Moscow, meanwhile, could be a great opportunity for budget returns from him.
Junior Moraes (£7.0m) is often a popular fantasy pick, but with his Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder teammates Marlos and Taison priced significantly lower and with a higher likelihood of consistent goal contributions, I would steer clear of the striker.
The name of the next player on my list might sound familiar. That’s because his twin featured in my guide to midfielders! Aleksei Miranchuk (£6.5m) is the man in question. Excluding his brace (which helped Lokomotiv Moscow defeat Zenit to win the Russian Super Cup in July), he has a 30% goal involvement for his club in the league this season. He also seems to have replaced his brother as first-choice penalty taker – an awkward family meal topic indeed.
The Best Budget Forwards For UCL Fantasy 2019/20
Playing up front alongside Lukaku in Inter Milan’s new-look offence, Lautaro Martinez (£5.5m) has sneaked under the radar. He didn’t end the 2018/19 season in great form, although he was likely distracted by his call up to the Argentina squad. He performed very well for his country, averaging a goal every 117 minutes, and has started this season well too. A goal in Inter Milan’s most recent fixture certainly shows promise.
In a group alongside Liverpool and Napoli, it’s easy to write off Genk and their attacking assets, but spare a thought for Aly Samatta (£5.0m). The forward’s recent form cannot be ignored. The Tanzanian captain enjoyed a fantastic 2018/19 campaign, scoring 32 goals and assisting six times in 51 appearances. This included nine goals in his sides Europa League run. Samatta has kicked off the new season in a similar fashion, with five goals in six matches.
19-year-old Erling Braut Haland (£4.5m) has 11 goals and three assists in seven appearances in all competitions for RB Salzburg this season. If you’ve assembled your squad to include two premium strikers and a budget forward, his price tag makes him the ideal candidate to complete your frontline. He will make a mockery of his price tag if he manages to convert in the group stages – Genk being the most likely opposition for him to do so.