The coffee machine is doing overtime and Flo 'The Scout' Reinecke has left a life-size cut out of himself in the lounge for my wife and kids to remember me by. Why? It’s midweek-fixture time in the Bundesliga and he’s on call 24/7. His notebook is crammed with names that will help you climb the Official Fantasy Bundesliga table.
Bundesliga coaches like to rotate their squad during midweek fixtures. That gives you the chance to pick up a short-term bargain, but there is also the risk that your top stars won’t get game time. That happened to me with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last weekend (I want answers Thomas Tuchel!).
Fully aware as I am of my responsibilities as Scout, I’ve combined great value players that could benefit from rotation with big-name stars that won’t fall victim to any chopping and changing.
Suat Serdar (1. FSV Mainz 05, mid, 1,7m)
The defensive midfielder was in the starting line-up on Matchday 1, but didn’t make an appearance in the last two games. That should change in Bremen and he could prove a real bargain.
Kerem Demirbay (1899 Hoffenheim, mid, 2,8m)
Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt, att, 3,8m)
I mentioned the Eintracht winger in my last article and expected him to start against Leverkusen. He came on as a sub and did an excellent job, picking up six points. He’s my first choice for anyone looking for a cheap striker.
Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund, def, 13,3m)
The Greek colossus throws himself into every challenge and guarantees points (25 so far). A quality Thomas Tuchel will never do without.
David Abraham (Eintracht Frankfurt, def, 7,1m)
The rock in the Frankfurt back line. With 18 points so far, the central defender is a solid buy for your Fantasy team.
Bernardo (RB Leipzig, mid, 5,1m)
Every expert, myself included, could hardly believe their eyes when Ralph Hasenhüttl played Bernado at right-back in Hamburg. A position the Brazilian had never played before. I must apologize for having recommended Benno Schmitz as a replacement for Klostermann, but after his performance, Bernado is guaranteed to start.
Lukas Rupp (1899 Hoffenheim, mid, 11,3m)
The tireless midfielder is one of Official Fantasy Bundesliga’s unsung heroes. The Hoffenheim workhorse has already gained 26 points and is certain to add to that total this week.
Kevin Kampl (Bayer Leverkusen, mid, 12,2m)
Die Werkself are yet to hit top form but Kampl keeps picking up the points (23 in total). That makes him an excellent long-term investment.
Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen, for, 10m)
Gnabry missed training on Monday but should be fit for Wednesday. The only Bremen player to have impressed this season and is not a bad option with his dribbling and eye for goal. And he is the first name on the team sheet.
Watch: The top five Official Fantasy Bundesliga performers from Matchday 3
Drat, now I’ve run out of coffee. It’s probably good timing actually as I need to head into town to buy some binoculars. I need them to try and pick out James 'The Coach' Thorogood and Matt 'The Expert' Howarth behind me in the office league. I might need Matt’s help to work out the difference between 294 and 22. I’m no mathematician, but I’m sure it’s a lot.
About Flo: From shoe sizes to the number of goals scored in training, Official Fantasy Bundesliga Scout Florian knows everything there is to know about every single member of the Bundesliga's all-star cast. He claims to have discovered Fritz Walter and Franz Beckenbauer, and now he wants to share his talent-spotting prowess with you.