- Set-plays an invaluable source of Official Fantasy Bundesliga points.
- Swiss defender Rodriguez Wolfsburg's designated set-piece taker.
- Grifo, Malli and Rudy always a danger from dead-ball scenarios.
With bonus points for goals and assists on offer, it pays to have at least one dead-ball expert in your Official Fantasy Bundesliga team.
Whether it's from free-kicks, corners or the penalty spot, these are the kind of players that can flip your virtual fortunes on their head with just one kick of the ball...
Ricardo Rodriguez (VfL Wolfsburg, 12.1m)
As VfL Wolfsburg's designated dead-ball specialist, Rodriguez is a solid bet for your team. The left-back takes all corners, free-kicks and penalties – giving him frequent opportunities to score or provide assists. While the Wolves haven't been awarded a spot-kick so far this season, Rodriguez has taken five direct free-kicks, and scored against FC Augsburg on Matchday 1.
And remember, as a defender, Rodriguez racks up more points for attacking contributions than a midfielder or striker. Admittedly Wolfsburg haven't had the best of starts to the season, but they have so much quality that they are bound to come good sooner or later.
Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg, 11.5m)
Players from newly promoted sides are not the most popular in Official Fantasy Bundesliga, presumably because historically they tend to lose more games. As such, SC Freiburg midfielder Grifo is only in three percent of fantasy sides at present, despite the fact he is a point-winning monster. Indeed, alongside FC Bayern München's Franck Ribery, he has more points (50) than any other midfielder.
His set-piece expertise is a crucial component of Freiburg's game - and could reap benefits for you too. The 23-year-old has taken 30 corners in 2016/17, one of which has led to a goal, while he has fired in more direct free-kicks than any other player in the league (seven). On top of that, he's had 21 efforts on goal and created 45 chances for his team. At 11.5m, you can't really go wrong.
Yunus Malli (1. FSV Mainz 05, 14.3m)
OK, I admit that Malli doesn't come cheap, but as the saying goes, you have to pay for quality. And the Turkey international has that in abundance. He's the focal point of 1. FSV Mainz 05's attack, so is always involved going forward, and as their dead-ball expert he's accumulated his fair share of points.
Mainz haven't won a penalty yet this season, but Malli was the designated taker last term, so will inevitably get a couple as the campaign goes on. But it is from corners that the 24-year-old has come into his own: he has taken 34 thus far, of which three have led to goals - you won't find a better quota anywhere in the league. Add in the three goals he's scored himself and you have a regular contributor from midfield.
Sebastian Rudy (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 10.5m)
This guy is the very definition of an unsung hero. The 26-year-old hasn't missed a minute of action for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this season, so is guaranteed to get you plenty of appearance points. He may not have responsibility for penalties, but free-kicks and corners are very much Rudy's domain.
His three direct free-kicks haven't yielded any goals thus far, but Hoffenheim have scored twice from the 18 corners he's taken, while a further nine have led to shots on goal - meaning there is great potential for picking up more points. And if that still doesn't convince you, how about the fact he has 49 points so far this season, making him the third highest-scoring midfielder in Official Fantasy Bundesliga? And at 10.5m, you still have change to spare…
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Trust me on this. When I wasn't wooing the maths teachers with by mental arithmetic skills, I was finding the perfect angles with my free-kicks and penalties out on the school field.
Best of luck to you all,