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The best FIFA World cup fantasy forward player picks – Mbappe, Benzema, Kane, Messi

FIFA World cup fantasy forward player picks

So far we’ve looked at the best midfielders and defenders that would be great additions to any World Cup fantasy team. It is now time for us to take a look at some of the best forward player picks for the 2022 FIFA World Cup fantasy game.

We know that there are so many good forward options and as FIFA fantasy managers, it could be hard to select just three forwards for your team, most especially when players like Neymar, Vinicius Junior and Messi are listed as forwards in the game.

In this article, we want to take a look at some of the best forward player picks, we’d be looking at the best premium and mid-priced forwards in the 2022 FIFA World Cup fantasy game.

What is the forward scoring system for forwards in 2022 World cup fantasy

Here’s a look at how forwards can pick up points in the 2022 World cup fantasy game:

2022 World Cup scoring system for forwards

Well, there are only two avenues for forwards to get points and that’s by scoring goals and for having shots on targets. They also get points for assists as well.

If you want to see more of the rules of the 2022 World Cup fantasy game, then check out this article: How to play FIFA World cup 2022 fantasy | tips, strategy & thoughts.

So, when selecting forwards for your FIFA fantasy team, it’d be good to pick forwards who have a high chance of scoring goals and forwards who would be highly involved in games as well.

It’d also be good to select players that have easy games, because their chances of scoring in such games are high. We’ve got a really nice fixture ticker created by  @UCL_Beercules, this ticker shows us teams that have easy group stage games.

Here’s what the fixture ticker looks like:

We can clearly see from the fixture ticker that a decent amount of teams have pretty good fixtures, this means we’d be looking to pick forwards from the following teams:

  • France
  • Argentina
  • England
  • Portugal
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • Uruguay

There are a lot of really good forward picks in these teams. However, what we want to do now, is narrow it down and give our verdict on the best forward pair-up you can go with as you create your 2022 FIFA World Cup Fantasy team.

The best premium forward picks for your 2022 World Cup fantasy team

1. Harry Kane (11.0m)

2022 world cup fantasy forward player picks: Harry Kane

Harry Kane is top of our list of forwards to target in the World Cup fantasy game. The reason why we’ve got him top of this list is because of his nice fixtures and his incredible form.

In the Premier League, Kane has got himself 12 goals and in FPL all season, the English man only blanked three times. You’d expect him to get a couple of goals against Iran, Wales and the USA.

An additional bonus is, he is England’s penalty taker. This is a very good thing and it’s something you’d want from your forwards and most of your World Cup fantasy players.

If you’ve got the funds to make this move then he’s a good buy.

Another thing is England have one of the easiest groups in the World Cup and apart from their defenders, you really can’t predict how they’d line-up and so many are staying clear of their midfielders.

Kane however, is the best way to have an English cover. He’s guaranteed minutes, so why not go for him.

2. Neymar(10.5m)

2022 world cup fantasy forward player picks: Neymar

The next player that we have on our list of top forward picks for your World Cup fantasy team, is Neymar. Neymar has been in really good form this season, the Paris Saint Germain forward has got himself 11 goals and 9 assists in Ligue 1 this season.

He comes into the World Cup in really good form and he plays for one of the best teams in the tournament and that actually makes him a bigger threat.

Brazil have players that can create chances for Neymar and Neymar himself also knows how to make chances for his teammates. So with him you’re getting a really good forward that can score and assist.

If you take a look at Brazil’s fixtures, you’d be even more tempted to go for Neymar. Just like England, there aren’t so many clear midfield picks from Brazil and so to have that Brazillian cover, you have to select Neymar.

Vinicius Junior is another good option, but Neymar tends to be more explosive. Neymar has also got himself set-piece duty and that gives him another edge over other forward picks.

3. Mbappe(11.5m)

2022 world cup fantasy forward player picks: Mbappe

Another really good premium option is Mbappe. The French man, just like Neymar has been in impressive form this season. Mbappe has got himself 11 goals in Ligue 1 so far.

Mbappe is a threat to any defense and it’s very likely that he scores a couple of goals in the group stages of the World Cup.

France play Denmark, Australia and Tunisia in their group games and on paper these are games you’d expect Mbappe to do well in.

With Benzema struggling with injuries, it is very likely that Mbappe would be playing down the middle for France. Again, he’s a really good pick and if you’re looking to get in forwards with nice fixtures, then Mbappe should be top of your list.

Because of how good Mbappe’s first game is, many experts are recommending him as the ideal 12th man pick, that could be something you also might want to try out in matchday one as well.

In this article: 2022 World cup fantasy tips: the best time to use your chips & boosters we share our thought on when you should use your World cup boosters(chips).

4. Messi(10.5m)

2022 world cup fantasy forward player picks: Leo Messi

Messi is fourth on our list of top forwards to pick for your World Cup fantasy team. The truth is, with Messi, it’s a little tricky because he doesn’t play as a forward for Argentina.

He is a player who is allowed to roam around the pitch and most times you’d see him drop into midfield, which means he’d be playing farther away from goal.

That’s something you don’t want from your forwards in any fantasy game, but that’s the risk you’re going to have to take with Leo Messi.

We know he’s one of the best players in the World and he can score from any area of the pitch, but from a fantasy stand point, he could be a risk, as Messi is more of a team player.

Some other really good premium forward picks are:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Heung-min Son
  • Sadio Mane (8.5m)

The best mid priced forward picks for your 2022 World Cup fantasy team

Moving on from premium forwards, we’re now going to mid-priced forwards and here are some of the best ones you can pick:

5. Darwin Nunez(8.0m)

When you select premium forwards, you’re going to need to go for some mid-priced forwards, and up there on our list is Darwin Nunez.

Nunez has had a tricky start to life at Anfield, but he’s still looked pretty good for Liverpool each time he played this season.

In the World Cup, we’d be expecting so much more from him and we think he can deliver. If you take a look at Uruguay’s group, you’d find out that it isn’t all that difficult, which makes players like Nunez and Valverde(midfielder) good fantasy picks.

We’ve got Nunez in our team and we’d be hoping he delivers for us.

6. Julian Alvarez(6.5m)

2022 world cup fantasy forward player picks: Julian Alvarez

Julian Alvarez is another really good budget forward that World Cup fantasy managers might want to keep an eye on in this tournament.

Alvarez has been in impressive form for both Club and Country and just yesterday, he was the striker for Argentina against UAE.

He is currently valued at 6.5million and if he’s a guaranteed starter for Argentina, then he honestly would be a must have and a good Messi alternative.

For now we’d say don’t buy yet, or you could buy but have a solid bench incase he doesn’t start. We do think he’s the one that’s going to lead the line at the World Cup for Argentina.

If you want to see our various matchday two World Cup fantasy team drafts, then check out this article: World Cup fantasy MD2 wildcard team: the best matchday two FIFA fantasy team.

However, we want to wait and see how things develop. Are you looking to know who the best 12th man player picks are for matchday one? Then check out our best 12th man players for matchday one-World Cup fantasy article.

If you want a similar article like this but for defenders and midfielders, check out:

best players for 2022 FIFA World cup fantasy -midfielder picks

The best defender player picks for your 2022 World Cup fantasy team.

You can also check out our matchday one captain picks article, in this article we share out thoughts on what players we think are great captain picks for each day: The best World Cup fantasy MD1 captain picks: Mbappe, Messi, Neymar or Kane.

Some other really good mid-priced forwards for your World Cup fantasy team:

  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (7.0m)
  • Ismaila Sarr (6.5m)
  • Ferran Torres (7.0m)

We’ve also now gone on to create a complete matchday one guide, in that article we put together all the helpful world cup content we’ve done so far this week.

The article would help you identify the best player picks, teams, captains and many other things. Do check it out: World cup fantasy MD1 guide: tips, player picks, rules, teams, boosters and captain picks.

For more forward picks, you can also check out ALLABOUTFPL’S: Best Forwards To Target In World Cup Fantasy | Price Point Wise