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 into the knockout stage, 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 FIFA's official game
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 has been slowly improving as the tournament progresses. He will be hoping to challenge for the Golden Boot, but has some ground to make up.
Harry Kane | England | €11.2m
In Harry Kane, England possess one of the best strikers in the world and the Tottenham star has stormed into a lead in the race for the Golden Boot. Gareth Southgate handed Kane the captain's armband ahead of the tournament and he has thrived in the role.
Romelu Lukaku | Belgium | €10.1m
Kylian Mbappe | France | €9m
While France have started slowly as a team in the World Cup, Kylian Mbappe has been on another level individually. The PSG forward became the first player born after the 1998 World Cup to score in the tournament and showed his class in Les Bleus' last 16 win over Argentina.
Luis Suarez | Uruguay | €10.5m
Uruguay are considered among a number of tournament 'dark horses' and 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 | €10m
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.
Eden Hazard | Belgium | €10.1m
Chelsea star Eden Hazard is one of Belgium's chief goal threats and he bagged six goals in qualification as the Red Devils cruise through their group. The captain plays just behind Romelu Lukaku and, as well as being a goal-threat himself, he also has a knack of setting up his team-mates, supplying five assists en route to Russia.
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 | €8m
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 topped a group containing Mexico, South Korea and Germany, and they have a good chance of progressing in the knockout round, where Berg's physicality could prove crucial.
Artem Dzyuba | Russia | €8.1m
The man who viewed himself as the Russian Zlatan Ibrahimovic has certainly lived up to the title, scoring crucial goals for the hosts as they attempt to defy the odds and win their first world title. His price has gone up, but Dzyuba is still somewhat of a bargain.
Ante Rebic | Croatia | €5.5m
Eintracht Frankfurt winger Ante Rebic has emerged as an important player for Croatia during this World Cup, finding the net in the emphatic victory against Argentina. Rebic is a higher scoring forward than the likes of Raheem Sterling, Olivier Giroud and Roberto Firmino, and, as well as that, he is considerably cheaper.