- 'The Coach' in confident mood following Matchday 14 success.
- Bridging the gap with shrewd choices key ahead of winter break.
- Schalke, Bayern and Leverkusen all tipped to collect points.
For the first time since Matchday 9, I finally managed to pick up the top score between the Official Fantasy Bundesliga experts on Matchday 14. There are two rounds of fixtures remaining before we enter a month of wondering what to do with ourselves, but there are still plenty of points to be won before then.
I'm still not happy being 62 points adrift of Flo 'The Scout' so the aim is simple: close the gap before the winter break. To do just that and help you make the most of your three free transfers, here are three fixtures worth investing in.
Schalke had every right to feel incredibly hard-done by following their defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen last time out. They were reduced to ten men inside the opening five minutes, but invested more and posed the greater threat in the game. A repeat of that performance at home to Freiburg, who have picked up just four of a possible 21 points on the road this season, should see the Royal Blues return to winning ways.
Sead Kolasinac (DF, 90pts, 10.65M): Has racked up 74 of his 90 points in his last seven outings and even if he plays at centre-back again, Kolasinac is guaranteed to pick up points.
Nabil Bentaleb (MF, 89pts, 9.85M): Was rested against Leverkusen, but should return to the starting line-up. He’s capable of scoring big and in my eyes is well worth the risk.
I have avoided picking the record titleholders in a bid to highlight a variety of players from the Official Fantasy Bundesliga game, but this fixture is too tempting to pass up on. Bayern have looked good since weathering a 'mini-club crisis' and are scoring for fun, racking up 10 goals in their last three league games. Darmstadt, meanwhile, sit bottom of the table on the back of five straight defeats and should make for easy pickings on Sunday.
Joshua Kimmich (MF, 71pts, 12.3M): Carlo Ancelotti is likely to rotate ahead of the game against RB Leipzig. Kimmich, who has scored at least eight points every time he's started a game, should benefit.
Douglas Costa (FW, 46pts, 14.8M): The same goes for Costa, who has the potential for big returns with his dribbling skills and goalscoring potential.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Ingolstadt 04
Leverkusen snapped their three-game winless streak against Schalke last time out and, while they weren't overly convincing against the Royal Blues' ten-men, the confidence boost will have been priceless for Roger Schmidt's men. Die Werkself have stated that their aim is to win their remaining fixtures before the winter break so it's a case of one down two to go and next up are an Ingolstadt side, who have lost five of their seven away games this season.
Wendell (DF, 84pts, 12.4M): Averages over 11 challenges won a game and, if Ingolstadt sit deep, will be afforded the freedom to adopt more advanced positions on the left flank.
Benjamin Henrichs (MF, 97pts, 5.8M): Averaging just under eight points per game in the current campaign, Henrichs is the best budget option available to managers this weekend.
Now you won't hear from me before the last round of fixtures in midweek so keep Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim players in mind when making your transfers this weekend. Those three sides should thrive during the Englische Woche, though admittedly gambling with how head coaches will rotate their sides won’t be easy. Good luck!
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