- Summer signings starting to settle at new clubs could be a fantasy goldmine.
- Bremen turning the corner after slow start.
- Schalke striker Choupo-Moting a great option up front.
I haven't seen our Official Fantasy Bundesliga 'Expert' Matt this happy since his girlfriend got a tattoo of Pythagoras' theorem on her arm: he picked up his first win of the season in our mini-league on Matchday 7.
But that will only serve as even greater motivation for me to increase my lead at the top, and in order for me to do that the best way is to bring in players that other fantasy managers don't know about.
With that in mind, this week I'm bringing you the names of six players who are starting to come good after a slow start to the season. Furthermore, they're not even in one per cent of all Official Fantasy Bundesliga teams!
Santiago Garcia (SV Werder Bremen, 10.5m)
A Bremen defender? You might think I'm crazy seeing as the Green-Whites have conceded more goals (18) than any other team this season, but hear me out. Under new coach Alexander Nouri they're looking much more solid at the back. Garcia made his first appearance of the campaign against Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the weekend after recovering from injury, and he earned an impressive nine points after winning 12 one-on-one duels. I expect the left-back to consistently achieve those kind of numbers, as Bremen often look for him with long balls out wide in their build-up play, meaning he'll contest plenty of aerial challenges. On top of that he's dangerous getting on the end of set-pieces, so all in all he's a decent option.
Douglas Santos (Hamburger SV, 10m)
The Brazilian, who won Olympic gold in his homeland over the summer, is becoming an increasingly important player in Hamburg. The 22-year-old never shirks a tackle and has won at least ten one-on-one duels in three of his last four outings. As an attack-minded left-back he is frequently involved going forward too, and his excellent crosses mean he is always likely to pick up the odd assist.
Alexander Hack (1. FSV Mainz 05, 3.8m)
Despite starting the season as fourth-choice centre-back, the 23-year-old has not looked out of place in the starting XI after replacing the injured Leon Balogun alongside Stefan Bell at the heart of the Mainz back four. His form speaks for itself: Hack has won 21 fantasy points over the last two matchdays, and at just 3.8m is an absolute bargain.
Alexander Esswein (Hertha Berlin, 10.9m)
The 26-year-old needed a bit of time to find his feet in the German capital following his move from FC Augsburg over the summer, but now he looks settled and raring to go. The winger's intensity and on-field battling qualities are a fantasy manager's dream: he's won 25 points across the last three matches.
Lewis Holtby (Hamburger SV, 12.9m)
Under new coach Markus Gisdol, Holtby is a guaranteed starter in defensive midfield so he will collect plenty of points just for minutes played. His position also means that he needs to contest numerous challenges – a task he goes about with gusto. In the 0-0 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 7 he won 18 one-on-one duels, more than any other player on the pitch. That is reason enough to consider him for your squad.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FC Schalke 04, 13.5m)
The Cameroon international has 57 points to date, far more than anyone else on this list, but he features in fewer than 500 fantasy teams. That will soon change if keeps up his current form: the 27-year-old has earned at least ten fantasy points in each of the last two games for the Royal Blues. He's a solid bet and will be a great addition to your front line.
All that's left for me to do now is decide which of these players to draft into my side for Matchday 8. After all, I don't want Matt to get into the habit of winning!
I'll be back soon with more, Scout's honour!
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.