Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland in the same side? You can make it happen with Official Bundesliga Fantasy Manager this season. - © DFL
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Bundesliga Fantasy Manager scout: tips and picks for Matchday 8

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…

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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.

bundesliga.com has your Fantasy fix for Matchday 8 with the advantage of unlimited transfers during the October international break…

Goalkeeper

Premium pick

Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen): 9.1M

You might go through the fixture list each matchday looking to avoid a goalkeeper who’ll be facing Bayern Munich, but there is method to the madness. Hradecky currently has the most points among goalkeepers in Fantasy by some distance. That’s down to a combination of being in the joint-third meanest defence (only seven goals conceded) and his league-leading 31 saves. It’s the latter point that makes him the top pick for goalkeepers this weekend, because he will certainly be called into action when Bayern visit the BayArena in Sunday’s (standalone) top-of-the-table clash.

Lukas Hradecky is the top-scoring goalkeeper in Fantasy so far this season. Worth the little extra cash from your budget? - Lars Baron/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

Mid-range option

Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim): 7.4M

Baumann is fourth among goalkeepers for points in Fantasy and fifth for his number of saves. He’s perhaps a touch on the expensive side for what you’d want in a goalkeeper, but this week he’s playing on the Friday against a Cologne side who are behind only Bayern and RB Leipzig for shots they’ve taken this season. And if he doesn’t do as well as you’d hoped, you simply sub him out for someone playing on the Saturday or Sunday.

Budget buster

Fabian Bredlow (VfB Stuttgart): 1.3M

Last matchday we had the first goalkeeping surprise of the season when Marius Funk (1.3M) ousted Sascha Burchert (4.6M) in the Greuther Fürth goal. Now, VfB Stuttgart No.1 Florian Müller has been ruled out, leaving Bredlow as the most senior available first-team goalkeeper. A staggered kick-off time on Saturday evening also gives you flexibility with him as an added safeguard.

Defender

Premium pick

Christian Günter (Freiburg): 12.3M

The top defender in the Fantasy Team of the Season so far, Freiburg captain Günter plays in the league’s tightest defence and (perhaps surprising to some) the only unbeaten team remaining this season. But it’s actually going forward where the 28-year-old earns the bulk of his points at left wing-back. Freiburg are riding a high and play the first Bundesliga match at their new Europa-Park Stadion home this weekend against a Leipzig team who have scored just once away from home in the league this season.

Christian Günter leads Freiburg into a new era in a brand-new stadium this matchday. - Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

Mid-range option

Benno Schmitz (Cologne): 5M

If you had Schmitz on your Fantasy radar ahead of the season, grab yourself a Kölsch, because the Cologne full-back has been a steal. He averages 10 points per game – which is the same as Raphael Guerreiro for three times the price – in part thanks to three assists in an attacking Billy Goats team. And that average is maintained over six appearances. He’s first up on Friday night, so gives you added flexibility.

Budget buster 

Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach): 2.5M

Incredibly, only 11 per cent of managers currently have Scally in their team. Maybe you just don't like a bargain. He comes 15th for points by defenders but costs you next to nothing. In fact, he’s got the best value rank of any player in any position. He was recently called Gladbach’s "best player this season" and is now playing in an advanced wing-back role for the Foals, even getting his first senior goal last matchday. This week he’s in the late Saturday standalone slot at home to Stuttgart.

Midfielder

Premium pick

Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt): 15.2M

When considering players, you tend to think about how their team are going to perform in a certain fixture. You don’t need to do that for Kostic. The Serbian winger is about as result-proof as they come in Fantasy, still averaging 11 points per game despite the fact Frankfurt have won only once all season. And that victory came about because of Kostic’s goal and assist away at Bayern last matchday – a 17-point reward for those who’d stuck with him. Now up and running, he and Eintracht host a Hertha Berlin team seriously low on confidence.

Watch: Kostic got a goal and assist to beat Bayern last matchday

Mid-range option

Florian Kainz (Cologne): 7.9M

It still feels strange promoting Cologne players in Fantasy after they came so close to the drop last season. But what a difference a summer and change of coach makes. Steffen Baumgart has the Billy Goats playing like European contenders and with an exciting, attacking brand of football. One of the biggest beneficiaries of that has been Kainz - now up into our mid-range options but still the only player in the top seven for midfielders to cost under 12M. And don’t forget he’s up on Friday against Hoffenheim as well, so you can always react if he has an off night.

Budget buster

Patrick Wimmer (Arminia Bielefeld): 4M

Very much still an under-the-radar player, but one who can save you plenty of cash while still earning you a decent haul of points. Wimmer is averaging six points per game from his five appearances, having only got into the team on Matchday 3. It’s a return not to be baulked at when considering that Bielefeld are yet to win a game this season. And this week they’re in a standalone fixture as they close out the matchday on Sunday against Augsburg, who are only a point ahead in the table. There’s flexibility and some potential to be had in that game.

Forward

Premium pick

Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim): 15.4M

We’ve already put forward two Cologne players for Friday night, but there’s also an excellent option lining up against them in Kramaric. The Hoffenheim forward is another who seems pretty result-proof this season, notching up the fourth-most points of all forwards and averaging nine points per game in a team that’s been inconsistent thus far. With Patrik Schick playing against Bayern on Sunday, Kramaric on Friday is next in the pecking order.

He may only have one goal, but Andrej Kramaric has still been producing the goods for Hoffenheim. - Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Mid-range option

Sam Lammers (Eintracht Frankfurt): 7.3M

Given that Frankfurt are averaging just about a goal a game this season, putting forward one of their strikers may seem strange. But Eintracht will be boosted by their first win last time out in Munich and are up against the division’s most porous defence in Hertha, who have also conceded a league-high eight times from set pieces. That’s how Die Adler got one of their goals against Bayern, and 6’2’’ Dutchman Lammers is very likely to start up top given Rafael Borre’s trip to South America and back on international duty.

Budget buster

Omar Marmoush (Stuttgart): 3.8M

September was a breakthrough month for Marmoush as he got his first Bundesliga goal on debut with Stuttgart, was named the league’s Rookie of the Month and then earned his maiden call-up to Egypt’s senior national team – again scoring on his debut. You don’t get better bang for your buck with strikers than Marmoush and the 22-year-old is averaging seven points a game. And he provides good flexibility this matchday with Stuttgart away at Gladbach in Saturday’s late kick-off.