Max Kruse may cost 13.2M, but there are some serious steals among the winter movers. - © DFL
Max Kruse may cost 13.2M, but there are some serious steals among the winter movers. - © DFL
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5 winter transfers worth buying in Fantasy Manager

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The winter transfer window may have slammed shut for clubs, but for Fantasy players you still have the chance to add some recent movers and shakers to your squads.

Players changing clubs can be a boon for Fantasy managers, suddenly able to pick up differential players, some of whom provide incredible value with increased minutes likely to be theirs.

bundesliga.com takes a look at five you should consider...

Andreas Linde (Greuther Fürth): 4.8M

Andreas Linde has 15 youth caps with Sweden and made his full debut in 2017. - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Sweden international Andreas Linde joined Greuther Fürth from Molde and looks like he could slot straight in as Die Kleeblätter's No.1 with neither Sascha Burchert (4.2M) nor Marius Funk (1M) wholly convincing so far this season. With Cologne's Marvin Schwäbe (1.3M) the only guaranteed starter in the game cheaper than Linde, the big shot-stopper could be a shrewd pick. Linde has made 67 saves in his 25 league games for Molde this term and figures to be at least as busy for the Bundesliga's basement-dwellers.

Ansgar Knauff (Eintracht Frankfurt): 1M

A promising attacking talent who has already been trusted to start for Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, Ansgar Knauff has left on loan for Eintracht Frankfurt in search of more first-team minutes. Who could well get them, too, with Daichi Kamada (12.3M) injured and Jens Petter Hauge (10.3M) struggling for match fitness. If a space in behind Rafael Borre (9.5M) is indeed Knauff's to be had, Fantasy players could snare attacking returns for the cheapest possible price.

Max Kruse (Wolfsburg): 13.2M

Max Kruse has already proved a shrewd Fantasy investment this season, his five goals and four assists for Union Berlin helping him to 123 Fantasy points at an average of eight per match - the second-best AP among strikers who don't play for Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund after Cologne's Anthony Modeste (9.7M). Kruse had 22 goal involvements in his previous season at Wolfsburg in 2015/16 and gets his second stint underway on Sunday against Fürth.

Watch: Kruse was central to Union's impressive Hinrunde

Gonzalo Castro (Arminia Bielefeld): 5M

Castro picked up 142 points whilst at VfB Stuttgart last season, making him the second-highest points scorer among midfielders priced at 5M or less. Now added to an upwardly mobile Arminia Bielefeld squad, the evergreen 34-year-old looks to have joined at the right time, and Fantasy players could do worse than to get on the boat whilst his ownership remains at less than one percent.

"Pssst, I reckon we can rack up Fantasy points whomever we play for" - Dominique Heintz (l.) and Gonzalo Castro (r.) are donning new threads in the Rückrunde. - IMAGO / Thomas Bielefeld

Dominique Heintz (Union Berlin): 2.2M

With Fantasy favourite Marvin Friedrich (8.5M) heading to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Union moved quickly to replace him with the acquisition of Dominique Heintz from Freiburg. Union's style could be good news for players of the game: Heintz is likely to line up on the left as one of two underlapping centre-backs in a defensive three. The others on the books (Paul Jaeckel, 4.6M, and Timo Baumgartl, 5.4M) have averaged five points from that position, and at 2.2M, Heintz is also a great budget buster.