- Wagner's value increased the most this season.
- Orban the biggest climber in defence.
- Attackers dominate price growth index.
bundesliga.com is here to help, with a list of the five players whose value has risen the most over the first 16 Matchdays of the season.
Watch: The Top 5 Official Fantasy Bundesliga players of the season so far:
1) Sandro Wagner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, +1.7M)
With 14 goals for struggling SV Darmstadt 98 last season, Sandro Wagner was quite a snip at just 13M following his summer switch to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and he has proven precisely why with a value accrual of 1.7M over the first 16 games of the season. It may come as a surprise, however, to learn that it is not just the nine goals he has scored which have fuelled his rise to become one of the most expensive forwards in the Bundesliga, but more the way he has put himself about, earning 60 points for the duels he has won. With his heart on his sleeve and a sharp eye for goal, Wagner still looks a bargain at 14.7M.
2) Willi Orban (RB Leipzig, +1.65M)
Like much of the RB Leipzig squad, Orban was a relatively unknown figure when he took his first not-so-tentative steps on the Bundesliga stage in August. Five months on, he has become as big a household name as any, thanks in no small part to his 81 points earned from duels won (second only to 1. FC Köln's Jonas Hector). The fact he is practically the first name on Ralph Hasenhüttl's team-sheet, and invariably goes the full distance, means he is a guarantee for Official Fantasy Bundesliga points, although his value of 11.65M still makes him a bargain, despite a significant increase on his starting price.
3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München, +1.65M)
They say you only get what you pay for and at 15M in the summer, FC Bayern München's prolific Polish forward Robert Lewandowski was already the most expensive purchase you could have made, yet even that did not fully reflect his value to Official Fantasy Bundesliga. Last season's Bundesliga top-scorer has proven that by pushing his value through the roof with a glut of goals and even more attempts. Being on the winning team more often than not has helped Lewandowski's value rise 1.65M, and it is not likely to stop there.
4) Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln, +1.6M)
All the pre-season talk was whether Robert Lewandowski or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be the Bundesliga's top-scorer this season, but 1. FC Köln's Anthony Modeste has crept into that particular race anything but unnoticed. The Frenchman's 13 goals have sandwiched him between the two antagonists, and it would have been even more had he not squandered a penalty on Matchday 9 which would have seen him score four goals and not just three against Hamburger SV. His value has nevertheless grown by 1.6M, with his popularity multiplying.
5) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, +1.55M)
It stands to reason that the league's most prolific goalscorer so far this season has boosted his value, although a on Matchday 7 – which would have earned his side victory rather than a 1-1 draw – has also taken some of the gloss (and a bit of added value) off Aubameyang's season. The Gabon international has nevertheless added 1.55M to his worth with the majority of his points coming, understandably, from his 16 goals in 15 appearances.