- Flo 'The Scout' is top of the standings ahead of Matchday 7.
- Only three players have kept their place in his squad since the opening day.
- The Fantasy Upgrade has afforded Flo plenty of wiggle room to improve yet further.
There is still time to take advantage of unlimited transfers during the international break and give your Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad a makeover. This week, our insiders reveal how they used the Fantasy Upgrade to overhaul their team from Matchday 1 to the line-up they’re sending out on Matchday 7. Next up: Florian 'The Scout' Reinecke.
Do you remember that warm late-summer sun at the end of August? It was idyllic weather, the landscape a lush green, and Kevin Volland, Arturo Vidal and Naldo were the bedrock of my fantasy team. At least in theory. Since then not only has the view from the office window changed, but so has my squad, which is now also barely recognisable.
Only three players who were part of my squad at the start of the season are still in my virtual locker room today. And that's not simply because of the possibilities afforded by the fantasy upgrade. I have also been able to use my budget of 153.2 million, which I now have at my disposal thanks to good business in the transfer market. First of all, every player from my "Project 50" are in the squad.
Before the season I opted for RB Leipzig's Peter Gulacsi in goal, but it took only one matchday for me to turn to FC Bayern München stalwart Manuel Neuer. I have not regretted the change. With the Fantasy Upgrade, I have even been able to recruit VfL Wolfsburg's Koen Casteels as a strong back-up choice. That may sound crazy, but it makes sense to me. In the 10 games until the winter break, Bayern and Wolfsburg only kick off at the same time on three matchdays. So I can change my goalkeeper - depending on the result - within a matchday and have two chances of a clean sheet.
In defence, I did not completely overhaul my side until Matchday 6. Naldo has lost his place at FC Schalke 04 and Mats Hummels scored too few points in comparison to his price at the heart of the Bayern defence. Since Matchday 2, Sokratis has been my defensive stalwart, but the Greece centre-back is unlikely to play for Borussia Dortmund against Hertha Berlin on Friday. His teammate Raphael Guerreiro is therefore an undisputed member of my back-line. Alongside the Dortmund man I have picked Nico Elvedi, Konstantinos Stafylidis and Jean-Philippe Gbamin in my starting line-up. Wolfsburg's Robin Knoche does not play until Sunday evening and could push the weakest point scorer out of the starting line-up.
From my original cast of players, I have had to replace Leonardo Bittencourt and Gonzalo Castro due to injury. The rest I have exiled from the squad due to their performances. The only midfielder I still have in the team is Christoph Kramer, who could only make my bench at the start of the season. By Matchday 6, I only made one change, replacing Diego Demme with Benjamin Henrichs. This is a change I would not have made with the Fantasy Upgrade, because Demme would also be a good choice. The lower price gave Henrichs the edge. The Young Bayer 04 Leverkusen man is initially on the bench because his team are in action on Saturday night. It is quite possible that after the afternoon games he will slip into the team.
Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were there from the start, and I picked up Jhon Cordoba after the first matchday. My strike trio is perfect, however, I changed to a 4-4-2 formation on Matchday 7 because it is the only system that allows me to make a change in every section of the team during a matchday. With Aubameyang playing on Friday, Lewandowski on Saturday and Cordoba Sunday, I can decide before the Mainz game kicks off on Sunday whether or not to use Cordoba. If the Bayern and Dortmund strikers each scored double points, then I would leave Cordoba on the bench. Otherwise he would get the nod, such have been his achievements in recent weeks.
Now my cards are on the table and I am optimistic that I can keep my colleagues at bay with this squad.
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.