Bundesliga Fantasy Manager scout: tips and picks for Matchday 26
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For each position in the game - goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards - our scout offers one must-have option and a potential differential most likely to get you ahead. And with five transfers per matchday as of this season, you've got plenty of room to manoeuvre.
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Ralf Fährmann (Schalke): 2.6M
You may be getting bored of us promoting Fährmann every week, but those who’ve followed our advice certainly aren’t fed up. And his popularity continues to rise. Since the former captain was restored as No.1 on Matchday 18, Schalke have gone unbeaten to move off the foot of the table. He’s averaging nine points per game in that time – to overtake Alexander Schwolow’s 64-point haul from the entire Hinrunde – for a measly 2.6M that will only keep rising if his performances continue. The Royal Blues have another home game this week as well against Leverkusen, which is where you’d expect them to get the majority of their results.
Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg): 11.5M
Things are currently neck and neck between Casteels and Freiburg’s Mark Flekken. They are tied as the most expensive goalkeepers, joint-top for most clean sheets (10 each) and are separated by only five points at the top of the Fantasy standings. It’s the Wolfsburg man who leads the way and is less popular (seven to 14 percent). The Wolves are unbeaten in four, have managed shutouts in three of the last six and are at home to an Augsburg side who have lost all five of their away games in 2023.
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Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund): 13.8M
It’s often been feast or famine with Guerreiro the left-back in Fantasy, but his recent move into midfield means we’re enjoying a bumper harvest from the 29-year-old. He’s averaged 25 points over the last two games, scoring twice and providing three assists from his new central position. He and Joao Cancelo are now the only two defenders to average double figures per game this season. The pair of Portugal international teammates could now come face to face in Der Klassiker if both selected in Munich on Saturday. And if you think this could well be Dortmund’s year, Guerreiro is likely one you want in your team.
Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Mönchengladbach): 11.2M (on sale)
Bensebaini has been a reliable performer in an unreliable team so far this season. The Algerian left-back averages eight points per game and is available at a discounted price this weekend as he returns to the fold following a two-game suspension. Often on penalty duty as well and a double goalscorer in the reverse fixture against a Cologne side very much out of form, Bensebaini could be your route to a bit of the Rheinderby Fantasy pie on Sunday.
Watch: Guerreiro is one of the nominees for March's Player of the Month
Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig): 16.3M
In the prolonged absence of main man Christopher Nkunku, Szoboszlai has now gone top of the Leipzig Fantasy charts. Only Jude Bellingham and Vincenzo Grifo are more popular for managers among midfielders as the creative source for Die Roten Bullen, who have a point to prove as we return to action after just one win in three prior to the international break. Leipzig also have previous against Mainz, averaging three goals per game against the 05ers, including their biggest-ever Bundesliga win (8-0 in November 2019).
Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen): 8.6M (on sale)
If you’re looking for a bargain, look no further than World Cup winner Palacios. The Argentine is on sale this week and will no doubt attract further attention after his match-winning brace of penalties last matchday against Bayern. Coach Xabi Alonso this week said of his midfield protégé that as he has improved, so has the team. Leverkusen won all three league fixtures last month and will feel confident going to Schalke.
Watch: Palacios double downs Bayern
Niclas Füllkrug (Werder Bremen): 9.7M
It’s still remarkable that the top scorer in division and Fantasy costs you less than 10M, but Füllkrug just keeps on banging them in for promoted Bremen to sit three goals clear of the rest in the race for the Torjägerkanone. The 30-year-old has netted in the last two home games and took his form into the international break with three more goals in Germany’s friendlies against Peru and Belgium. Werder have a standalone fixture this weekend as they welcome lowly Hoffenheim to close out the Matchday on Sunday.
Watch: All of Füllkrug's Bundesliga goals and assists this season
Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich): 17.4M
Sane’s price tag can be quite off-putting, but he is still only second to Jamal Musiala for Fantasy points among Bayern forwards. While Musiala is a doubt for Der Klassiker, Sane – who is owned by only five percent of managers – has had a week off to prepare after not being called up for Germany. Much is up in the air as to how the champions will line up under Thomas Tuchel, but expect Sane to feature. He could well prove a good call if you think Bayern will reclaim top spot with victory over Dortmund.
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