- Challenges won a sure-fire way to get ahead.
- Hoffenheim's Demirbay - low on price, big on points.
- Cordoba chose up front for his physical prowess.
Over the past few weeks I haven't been able to shake the feeling that I need a new challenge in Official Fantasy Bundesliga.
I'm all on my own at the top of our internal league, and although Matt 'The Expert' and James 'The Coach' have the chance to completely overhaul their sides thanks to the Fantasy Upgrade, I can too. That's why I've given myself a new task this week: 'Project 50'.
The rules are pretty straightforward: with a budget of just 50m I will put together a team of five players (two defenders, two midfielders and a striker) who I think will collectively earn at least 50 fantasy points on Matchday 7. It'll be a tall order, especially as I'll be doing without a captain, so nobody will get double points. However, I'm confident I can do it. Here's the quintet I have chosen to do the business for me:
Robin Knoche (VfL Wolfsburg, 7.2m)
Wolfsburg are yet to concede a goal with Knoche in the starting line-up. The homegrown centre-back has recovered his place from summer signing Philipp Wollscheid and I'm expecting him to win plenty of challenges – and therefore fantasy points - at home to RB Leipzig.
Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund, 11.3m)
Are you getting bored of me talking about this guy yet? Then put him in your side! The Portuguese all-rounder is currently only in eight per cent of all Official Fantasy Bundesliga teams, which is far too low for a player of his quality. I'm anticipating another impressive performance from the 22-year-old at home to Hertha Berlin.
Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach, 13.2m)
Kramer is like a Swiss watch – he never lets you down. The defensive midfielder may have only chalked up double figures in fantasy points on two occasions, but he's never earned fewer than six points per game, even in Gladbach's 4-0 defeat to FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 6. I'm expecting the tackles to go flying in when they face Hamburger SV at home this weekend – which plays right to Kramer's strengths. I've got a feeling he'll be back in double figures here again.
Kerem Demirbay (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 3.2m)
There's not a great deal more I need to say about Demirbay – like Guerreiro, I've been recommending him to you all for a while now. What makes him an appealing choice this weekend is that Hoffenheim are at home to an SC Freiburg side yet to earn a point on the road this season, plus the fact that the 23-year-old's price tag frees up plenty of funds for more expensive stars.
Jhon Cordoba (1. FSV Mainz 05, 12.5m)
I'm a huge fan of Cordoba, a player I believe has got what it takes to become an absolutely top-class forward. I've had the Colombian in my squad for weeks now and there's no way I'm taking him out, regardless of the Fantasy Upgrade. His robust style of play is tailor made for Official Fantasy Bundesliga, as he wins an average of 15.7 challenges per 90 minutes. That equates to the same amount of points as him scoring a brace. He could well do both on Sunday, with Mainz at home to struggling Darmstadt.
So, if you're still undecided about how to set your team up for Matchday 7, I wholeheartedly recommend these five players. And I haven't even used up my 50m 'Project 50' budget: their total comes in at 47.5m.
I'll let you know how I got on next week, Scout's honour!
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