- Flo 'the Scout' Reinecke advises picking first-team regulars.
- Bayern and Dortmund players not guaranteed to be top points scorers.
- Analyse which players are indispensable based on minutes played.
My fellow Official Fantasy Bundesliga expert James 'The Coach' has already outlined his golden rule when it comes to putting together a team that will earn you maximum points. Keeping the fixture list and order of play in mind, as James recommends, is certainly an important factor.
Yet for me there are two even more crucial decisions when it comes to selecting a player: how safe is his place in the starting line-up and how frequently does his club coach rotate?
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To date only 19 outfield players are yet to miss a single minute of action this season. Of those, only Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Kevin Kampl (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) and Giulio Donati (1. FSV Mainz 05) are from clubs involved in European competition this term. Nobody at FC Bayern München or Borussia Dortmund has been an ever-present so far.
More game time = more points
You need players with lots of time on the pitch in your squad if you are to be successful: they get three points just for completing 90 minutes! It goes without saying that a substitute cannot score goals or win any one-on-one duels, which are both fundamental factors in determining whether your team will triumph or flop.
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Obviously I'm not saying that you shouldn't include Bayern and Dortmund players when putting together your first team for the Official Fantasy Manager Autumn League. For example, Robert Lewandowski is the only member of the Bayern camp to have featured in every Bundesliga match this season, and has only been a substitute once.
The same goes for Julian Weigl at Dortmund. Both are players their respective coaches, Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel, prefer to have on the pitch. That knowledge means they are excellent choices for your side.
Making the most of squad lists
The outlook is somewhat different with a player like Joshua Kimmich. The 21-year-old may be having another hugely impressive season, with four goals to his name already, but he has appeared as a substitute in half of his eight Bundesliga outings in 2016/17. That is why he only has 52 points overall, despite his goal threat, while Weigl has 67 even though he is yet to find the net in the league this season.
Regardless of whether you're building your first team for the Autumn League or are thinking about your options going into Matchday 10, my advice for you is the same: look closely at the squad lists. There you can easily sort the players by minutes played and see at a glance who is indispensable for their coach. If you keep that in mind, you've got a great chance of racking up those points.