Not sure which players should be in your Bundesliga Fantasy team? Fear not, for every week bundesliga.com scouts out tips and picks ahead of the matchday. From premium players to budget-busting differentials, look no further…
For each position in the game - goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards - we take a look at one player per price bracket (premium picks, mid-range options and budget busters) most likely to get you ahead.
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Dortmund’s fixtures with Hoffenheim are usually wide open, averaging over three goals per game in 27 Bundesliga encounters. Perhaps not what you want to hear if considering a BVB defender or goalkeeper, but it’s actually a potential bonus. Hoffenheim will likely create chances against a Borussia backline that hasn’t always looked solid, but Kobel has been a safe pair of hands behind them and could chalk up a decent total with the amount of stops the stats show he’ll have to make back at his former club.
A Friday game is always a chance to get a head start on rivals with some wise picks before the rest of the weekend action begins. Admittedly, Ortega isn’t the Fantasy machine he was last year, but Bielefeld are a seriously tough nut to crack. Despite being third from bottom, they have conceded fewer goals than second-placed Dortmund. Away at in-form Frankfurt, Ortega can expect to be busy on Friday night, prompting a healthy haul of points. And even if he doesn’t, you’ve got all weekend to try again with a second goalkeeper.
You probably think we’re mad sometimes when we propose a goalkeeper about to face Bayern. There is method to the madness because those custodians normally have an above-average number of saves to make. Schwolow and Hertha also face them in a standalone Sunday game for added line-up flexibility. We admit the approach doesn’t always work as the league leaders are going at over three goals a game this season, but they do slip up occasionally and opposition goalkeepers tend to produce big returns when they do. Consider it…
A somewhat below-bar Hinrunde saw Pavard ownership drop to just five per cent, but the French defender has started averaging over eight points per game over the last eight outings, including 14 last time out from his role as a centre-back – the position he says he wants to be in. He might not get to stay there, but maybe you should have him in your Fantasy team as an improving differential. And again, Bayern’s game at Hertha is the final one of the weekend so you can move stars and make subs for it.
Simakan has been on the radar for most of the season due to the number of challenges he wins and what it means for Fantasy points. Leipzig’s indifferent start to the campaign, however, meant he wasn’t always a great option. But they have now found their groove again under Domenico Tedesco and suddenly look more appealing in Fantasy terms. Leipzig’s opponents on Sunday are Wolfsburg and target man Wout Weghorst, so expect a physical game where Simakan can earn some big points against a team that has also failed to score in five of their last six league fixtures.
Bell is the 11th-highest scoring defender in the game, but costs just 4.9M and is owned by only two per cent of managers. His consistency is key to his haul: a regular starter, he chalks up points for minutes played, duels won and clean sheets (Mainz have a joint-best seven this season). He also likes to get forward, with almost a quarter of his points having come from attacking moves. He’ll likely have plenty of opportunity to bolster both tallies against bottom club Fürth.
The teenager with the most assists across Europe’s top five leagues looked back to his best last week as he set up his ninth goal of the campaign in Leverkusen’s victory at Gladbach. That helped him to a haul of 15 points. Die Werkself have never ever lost to Augsburg, who they host this Saturday. Wirtz scored in the reverse fixture, and you’d back him to do some damage again this time.
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One of the surprises of the winter, Prömel’s last three games have seen him amass totals of 13, 16 and 13 after having a hand in at least one goal in each of them. Union are on the up while opponents Gladbach are struggling for confidence despite another famous win over Bayern to kick off 2022. The midfielder has been afforded a freer and more attacking role of late, so could strike gold again for the under one per cent of owners in Fantasy.
Freiburg tend to bounce back after painful defeats – look at what they did to Gladbach on Matchday 14 after losing in Bochum the previous week. They’re still smarting from the 5-1 thumping in Dortmund but can climb back into the top four with another rebound against struggling Stuttgart. Jeong has been a reliable source of points all season, playing mostly in a more advanced position that makes him a valuable asset in Fantasy.
Silva has five goals in as many games under Tedesco as he’s come to life at Leipzig. In fact, Die Roten Bullen have also suddenly been given wings and climbed up to seventh. They face a seriously out-of-form Wolfsburg on Sunday, so you’d be confident putting a star on him if you’re not happy with your Saturday forwards.
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Silva could provide a good finish to the weekend, but Borre might be the man to get it off to a flyer. The Colombian is in excellent form for a pretty paltry price with a direct hand in at least one goal in each of the last six games. You may not fancy him as much if Filip Kostic isn’t passed fit to start, but the Friday game means you can wait until the line-ups are announced before firming up your transfers and line-ups.
Bochum are a different beast when at home, and Pantovic is averaging nine points across the last five at the Ruhrstadion. Cologne are in decent form but do ship goals on the road, opening the door to the likes of a confident Pantovic. Not even one per cent of managers have the former Bayern man in their teams despite his excellent bang for buck. And playing in the late Saturday game is even better for flexibility.