Philipp Lahm in holding midfield? Mitchell Weiser at right-back? Joshua Kimmich at centre-back? These were, at the time, baffling decisions, which turned out to be strokes of genius.

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One of the things I love to do most in Official Fantasy Bundesliga is to try and emulate those types of calculated choices. So while Flo ‘The Scout’ used his binoculars to discover under-the-radar stars and Matt ‘The Expert’ crunched the numbers on the big-money signings during the DFB Cup first round, I went in search of players whose potential could multiply on account of a position change.   

In my last article I discussed how to manipulate the system when it came to squad choices, but player choices offer just as much opportunity. Therefore, I’ve picked out five defenders who cater to a variety of budgets and could pick up two points for a clean sheet despite not playing at the back.

Jonas Hector, 1. FC Köln

Fantasy value: 14M

Fresh from his exploits with Germany at UEFA EURO 2016, Hector once again lined-up for Köln in holding midfield as he had done for the majority of the second half of last season in their 7-0 win over BFC Preußen.

While moving into a more central position restricts his opportunities to whip in crosses, the points dropped from those situations should be offset by the 26-year-old adding to his weekly tally courtesy of things like successful challenges.

Jonas Hector is one to watch, especially considering Köln play host to Darmstadt on the opening weekend.

Abdul Rahman Baba, FC Schalke 04

Fantasy value: 11M

I was a big fan of Baba’s during his time with FC Augsburg so was delighted to see him return to Germany’s top flight, even if it is only on a one-year loan.

What made me even more excited is when I saw him fielded on the left wing in front of Sead Kolasinac in the Royal Blues defeat of Villingen. With a deadly cross and the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Franco Di Santo and Breel Embolo to aim for, Baba would be a great pick up even if he is shifted into the backline with the return of Max Meyer.

Pavel Kaderabek, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Fantasy value: 9M

Let’s not ignore the glaringly obvious fact that Kaderabek got sent off for picking up two bookings in the space of 12 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 6-0 thrashing of 1. FC Germania Egestorf/Langreder.

In his defence, however, it’s worth noting that the Czech international didn’t get sent off once in 28 appearances last season. With Julian Nagelsmann toying with the idea of a back three, Kaderabek could be a hidden gem when getting into more advanced positions from right-wing back.

He may not be the most spectacular of players, but Pavel Kaderabek could be a solid choice at the back.

Gideon Jung, Hamburger SV

Fantasy value: 7M

Bruno Labbadia is a head coach who prides himself of keeping things tight at the back, but doesn’t have a wealth of options to protect his backline which is probably why Jung was utilised in the narrow 1-0 win over FSV Zwickau.

Jung will likely make way when Lewis Holtby returns from a shoulder injury. In the meantime, however, Jung has the chance to impress at holding midfield especially with a Matchday 1 fixture against last season’s second lowest-scoring side, FC Ingolstadt 04.

Sandro Sirigu, SV Darmstadt 98

Fantasy value: 5M

Plenty of Darmstadt players caught the eye in their resounding 7-0 win over Bremer SV. Flo picked out Antonio Colak for good reason, but it was Sandro Sirigu who grabbed my attention with his exploits on the right wing.

The Ulm native made just six top-flight appearances in 2015/16 yet has featured prominently in pre-season under new head coach Norbert Meier. If his performances in the summer months are anything to go by then Sirigu has the potential to rocket in value.

Sandro Sirigu (l.) could be a risky choice, but the rewards may just be worth taking the plunge.

My team selection will be revealed shortly so stay tuned for that. For now, have fun tinkering!

Never tactics bored!

JT