Picking the ideal World Cup fantasy football team is not an easy task and requires plenty of thought.
Strikers are probably the most important players in fantasy football and that is reflected in their higher overall prices. It is crucial to choose the right players if you want to stand a chance.
There are all sorts of strikers present in the modern game: goal-hangers, bruising target men, deep-lying forwards, false nines and more.
With World Cup fantasy football games about to get under way, Goal is here to help you choose the sharp-shooters for your team.
Best World Cup fantasy football strikers
When trying to figure out which strikers to choose in fantasy football there are a number of important factors to consider, such as the following:
- Starting status
Obviously, as in real life, the main thing you want your fantasy football strikers to do is score goals and plenty of them. After that, their ability to supply team-mates with assists is crucial.
As well as that, you want to pick players who have a good chance of starting every game and, ideally, for a team that will reach the knock-out stages.
Below, we run through some of the best possible picks for World Cup fantasy football.
*Note - prices based on Goal's fantasy football game
Lionel Messi | Argentina | £8.2m
When it comes to fantasy football strikers there is perhaps no better option than Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star is Argentina's top goalscorer of all time and their undoubted talisman, who effectively dragged the team to Russia single-handedly. Messi scores goals and sets up his team-mates on a regular basis, something that is reflected in his price - which is the highest in the game.
Neymar | Brazil | £8.1m
Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup have been given a major boost following the return to full fitness of Neymar and the PSG man will be among the favourites to win the Golden Boot. He scored four in Brazil four years ago despite sustaining an injury and he will be eager to leave his mark in Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo | Portugal | £8.2m
Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo has a dismal record at the World Cup, scoring just three goals in 13 appearances across three editions. However, he remains one of the best players in the world, who is the beating heart of Portugal's efforts, and his price is on par with that of perennial rival Messi. The 33-year-old scored 15 goals in qualifying and, despite failing to shine at previous tournaments, could well deliver one final surprise.
Thomas Muller | Germany | £8m
Winner of the Golden Boot in 2010 and beaten by a single James Rodriguez goal to it in 2014, Thomas Muller is a player who appears to thrive on the world stage. The Bayern Munich man has a total of 10 World Cup goals to his name already and will form a key part of Joachim Low's team as they attempt to defend their title in Russia.
Robert Lewandowski | Poland | £8.1m
Poland's Robert Lewandowski topped the scoring charts in UEFA qualification with 16 strikes for his country and he will be the main man for the Eagles in Russia. The Bayern Munich striker's finishing ability is not in doubt, but there are question marks over Poland's ability to reach the latter stages of the tournament. If they are to do so, you can be sure that Lewandowski's goals will be crucial.
Luis Suarez | Uruguay | £8.1m
Uruguay will be considered among a number of tournament 'dark horses' and they have shown in recent editions that they can go far into the knock-out stages, finishing fourth in 2010. One of their key players is Luis Suarez, who is one of the best strikers in the world today. The Barcelona man has found the net at two previous tournaments and 2018 could potentially be his last, so he will be champing at the bit to add a few more strikes to his tally.
Antoine Griezmann | France | £8m
France are among the favourites to win the World Cup and much of that hinges upon the ability of Antoine Griezmann, who has emerged as Les Bleus' star man in the past few seasons. The Atletico Madrid man has forged a deep understanding in attack with the likes of Olivier Giroud, something that propelled them to the final of Euro 2016.
Best World Cup fantasy football bargain strikers
Arguably the main component of fantasy football success is making your budget stretch as far as possible, which means picking up the odd bargain here and there.
Below is a selection of forwards who are somewhat cheaper to buy, but who still offer gamers a strong chance of picking up points.
Marcus Berg | Sweden | £6.7m
The retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic allowed Marcus Berg to cement his place as Sweden's top goal threat and the experienced striker finished the qualification phase with eight goals to his name. Sweden are in a group with Mexico, South Korea and Germany, but they have a good chance of progressing and Berg's physicality could be the difference.
Paolo Guerrero | Peru | £6.3m
His involvement in the World Cup was in doubt following a FIFA ban for falling foul of doping tests, but Paolo Guerrero has been cleared to play in the tournament and he will be a key man for Peru. The Flamengo striker is advancing in years, but retains the skill and aggression that has ensured goals wherever he has gone.
Olivier Giroud | France | £7.3m
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is massively undervalued considering his worth to a France team with designs on winning the tournament. Only Thierry Henry, Michel Platini and David Trezeguet have scored more goals than Giroud for France.
Best of the rest
The aforementioned individuals are undoubtedly among the best possible options to choose in World Cup fantasy football, but there are so many talented alternatives.
Brazil's Gabriel Jesus (£7.8m) has been tipped to shine at the tournament and has the capacity to outgun the more expensive Neymar, while England captain Harry Kane (£8.1m) is one of the most in-form forwards in world football.
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku (£7.9m) will definitely lead the line for the Red Devils in Russia and the Manchester United man shares plenty of goal-scoring qualities with Spain's Diego Costa (£7.8m).
Germany, meanwhile, will rely on much of their old guard, but they have fresh blood in the form of Timo Werner (£7.7m), who has emerged as the natural heir to Miroslav Klose.