In fantasy football, picking a prolific striker or two is of paramount importance. With points for goals and assists up for grabs, you ideally want to save a large chunk of your £75m Fantasy iTeam budget for your forward line. But who should you buy?
Here are our top forward player picks for Euro 2016 for each group, starting with the home nation:
Group A: Antoine Griezmann (France)
FiT price: £8.0m
Although André-Pierre Gignac or Olivier Giroud will probably fill France’s centre-forward berth at the start of the tournament, Didier Deschamps will rely on his wide attackers – Griezmann and one of Anthony Martial or Kingsley Coman – for pace, penetration and, most importantly, goals. Griezmann offers all three of these qualities in abundance and, while he has yet to catch fire for his country, comes into the Euros after another stellar season at Atletico Madrid.
The 25 year-old contributed 32 goals and seven assists in all competitions, as his side came close to a European triumph. Fantasy football managers who benefitted from Griezmann’s 164 points in the European Super League version of the game will once again have their eye on him, as the hosts prepare to do battle with Romania, Albania and Switzerland in Group A.
Group B: Harry Kane (England)
FiT price: £7.9m
A Tottenham reserve until midway through 2014/15, Kane is now a Premier League Golden Boot winner and first choice striker for his country, despite only making his debut in March last year.
Kane’s 25 league goals helped him to a total of 210 points in the FiT EPL game, and with England facing a relatively modest group of Russia, Slovakia and Wales, fantasy football managers will fancy the 22 year-old to add to recent international strikes in the friendly wins over Germany and Turkey.
Group C: Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
FiT price: £8.3m
13 goals in the qualification stages ensure Lewandowski gets the nod for top striking pick of Group C, ahead of Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller.
Lewandowski is a complete striker, who can score all kinds of goals, and comes into the tournament off the back of a prolific season with Bayern Munich. In September, he scored five goals in nine minutes after coming on as substitute against Wolfsburg, and hit 42 in 51 games across all competitions. For many, the only thing stopping Lewandowski winning the Golden Boot in France is the questionable talent of his team-mates.
Group D: Alvaro Morata (Spain)
FiT price: £7.4m
Assuming Vicente del Bosque doesn’t opt for the ‘false nine’ system, which served him so well at Euro 2012, Morata will be Spain’s starting striker this summer. With Fernando Torres and Diego Costa out of the picture, the Euros provide a platform for Morata to really announce himself as one of the continent’s premier forwards.
The 23 year-old’s goalscoring return for Juventus last season (12 goals in 47 games) was modest, but he has a knack for netting in the important games (The Coppa Italia and the 2014/15 Champions League finals spring to mind) and should benefit from the creativity of those around him.
Group E: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
FiT price: £8.3m
Paris St-Germain’s all-time leading goalscorer is adored in France’s capital, and he’ll be hoping he can end his international career on a high at the Stade de France in July. Ibrahimovic, now 34, is unlikely to feature in another major tournament, especially if he snubs the Premier League and opts to play in the United States or China.
Fantasy football managers will be drawn to Ibrahimovic after he scored 256 points (only Suarez scored more) in this season’s ESL game for PSG, while others will note that Sweden would not even be at the Euros were it not for Zlatan’s 11 goals in the qualifiers.
Group F: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
FiT price: £8.4m
The Champions League’s record goalscorer. Real Madrid’s leading all-time goalscorer. The most expensive player in this season’s Fantasy iTeam… the accolades and superlatives keep rolling in for Europe’s greatest footballer. This summer, the 31 year-old will be determined to finally win a major honour with his country, 12 years on from Euro 2004’s disappointing final defeat to Greece.
After hitting 11 goals in a weak Champions League group, fantasy football managers will be hoping Ronaldo punishes a similarly generous looking Group F. Whether the Portugal captain can lift his team to glory is another matter.
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This post was written by Fantasy iTeam