Marin Pongracic, Chris Richards, Marcel Sabitzer, Dodi Lukebakio and Marcus Ingvartsen (l-r.) provide some Fantasy food for throught. - © DFL
Marin Pongracic, Chris Richards, Marcel Sabitzer, Dodi Lukebakio and Marcus Ingvartsen (l-r.) provide some Fantasy food for throught. - © DFL
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Sabitzer, Pongracic and the summer movers who could now be viable Fantasy options

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund bolstered their ranks with the deadline day acquisitions of Marcel Sabitzer and Marin Pongracic, but they aren't the only ones who could gain from players switching clubs...

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Fantasy managers now find themselves able to buy players - sometimes at a budget-busting price - who will now get their game, sometimes in a more advanced position than previously. bundesliga.com looks at five you should think about using your unlimited transfers on during the international break.

Marcel Sabitzer
Club: Bayern Munich
Price: 12.9M

Sabitzer still carries a premium price tag, but at 12.9M he is significantly cheaper than Bayern's top-scoring midfielder - in Fantasy terms - Joshua Kimmich, who comes in at 15.6M. How the two operate at the Allianz Arena could positively unlock Sabitzer.

Previously an attacking midfielder, the Austrian kept his powder dry for much of last season, anchoring the midfield as captain while the likes of Dani Olmo, Christopher Nkunku and Emil Forsberg were given free rein up ahead. But at Bayern, Kimmich is the deep-lying leader.

Watch: Sabitzer and Kimmich compared, tactically

The champions announced their summer transfer shopping as completed on signing Sabitzer - with the 27-year-old also able to occupy the wing position they wanted a fourth player for alongside Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman - and yours could be too, with a player who still racked up 220 points last term.

Marin Pongracic
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Price: 5.7M

The top-scoring centre-back in Fantasy last season was Mats Hummels, who plundered 244 points for his Fantasy owners. A knee injury means he is yet to play this season, though, and Emre Can has joined him on the sidelines for an indefinite period after tearing his thigh muscle. It leaves a gaping hole alongside Manuel Akanji at the heart of Dortmund's defence - one they have filled with the loan acquisition of Pongracic from Wolfsburg.

Watch: Pongracic bags a brace against Bayer

With John Brooks and Maxence Lacroix the favoured options at the Volkswagen Arena, Pongracic already had a budget-friendly price, but now he should get serious minutes at a team who are favourites to finish higher than his parent club. Pongracic owns a Bundesliga brace against Bayer Leverkusen and scored on his BVB debut on Wednesday. If he can prove as effective as Hummels in both boxes, he could be a steal in the game.

Chris Richards
Club: Hoffenheim
Price: 3.8M

Richards was one of the best value rank players in the game last season, scoring 67 points whilst coming in at just 1M. Most of those were picked up after the young American joined Hoffenheim in the Rückrunde. He may be slightly more expensive this term at 3.8M, but he also has a whole season of getting his game with the Sinsheim club after rejoining them on loan.

Watch: Richards took great strides with Hoffenheim last season

Richards is a favourite of Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß, with whom he won the 3. Liga with Bayern's reserves in 2020, and should slot straight into the right-back position currently occupied by Kevin Akpoguma. With an assist for Robert Lewandowski under his belt and the best of his career still ahead of him, now could be the time to invest in the 21-year-old.

Dodi Lukebakio
Club: Wolfsburg
Price: 8.2M

A 12.5M attacker in 2020/21, Lukebakio's five goals and five assists with Hertha Berlin contributed to his Fantasy haul of 152 points. With the Old Lady acquiring Stevan Jovetic and Kevin-Prince Boateng before the game's launch, Lukebakio was priced with that competition for places in mind. Then he joined Wolfsburg.

"Putting me out of the team?!" - Lukas Nmecha (r.) has more competition for places after the arrival of Dodi Lukebakio (c.). - IMAGO / Matthias Koch

UEFA Champions League qualifiers last season and among the favourites to do likewise this year, Wolfsburg's attacking assets in and around premium striker Wout Weghorst cost significantly more, like Ridle Baku (11.5M), Luca Waldschmidt (9.9M) and Renato Steffen (9.2M). If Lukebakio - who has tallied two career goals and two assists against Wolfsburg - can start finding the target for them, he could represent a fantastic way into their side.

Marcus Ingvartsen
Club: Mainz
Price: 5.9M

Another who costs significantly less than last season - down to 5.9M from 8.4M - Ingvartsen is a fine attacking player who helped Union Berlin into Europe with three goals and eight assists. He did so from a withdrawn position, too, with Max Kruse and Taiwo Awoniyi leading the way up front.

"We'll use him as a striker in Mainz," coach Bo Svensson said on securing his services until the end of the season, to the delight of Fantasy managers everywhere. "With Marcus, we get a player in his prime who's very keen on our project, brings a lot of quality and is also a great guy."

Karim Oniwiso was Mainz's top scorer last season with four goals, three assists and 144 points for 10.2M. With a full season of Svensson at the helm, Ingvartsen could be set to score more, for less.