Already have Robert Lewandowski, Jadon Sancho and Dayot Upamecano in your Official Fantasy Manager team? The bundesliga.com scout has even more tips and picks for the coming matchday. - © /
Already have Robert Lewandowski, Jadon Sancho and Dayot Upamecano in your Official Fantasy Manager team? The bundesliga.com scout has even more tips and picks for the coming matchday. - © /
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Bundesliga Fantasy Manager scout: tips and picks for the next matchday

Not sure which players should be in your Bundesliga Fantasy team? Fear not, for every week bundesliga.com will scout out tips and picks ahead of the matchday. From premium players to budget-busting differentials, look no further…

Not sure which players should be in your Bundesliga Fantasy team? Fear not, for every week bundesliga.com will scout 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 will look at the two players per price bracket (premium picks, mid-range options and budget busters) most likely to get you ahead on any given matchday.

Champions Bayern Munich open the campaign at home to Schalke on Friday, while there is a Battle of the Borussias between Dortmund and Mönchengladbach on Saturday, but where does the Fantasy value lie on Matchday 1?

Goalkeepers

Premium picks

Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach): 12m

Sommer is the second-most expensive goalkeeper in the game behind Bayern's Manuel Neuer (13m), but he also scored more Fantasy points last term, by virtue of having to make more saves (126 vs. 84).

They may be rivals on the pitch and in Fantasy, but Manuel Neuer (l.) and Yann Sommer (r.) have great respect for each other. - Peter Schatz/Peter Schatz / Pool

Rafal Gikiewicz (Augsburg): 7m

Only Sommer made more stops than Gikiewicz's 115 last season, or scored more Fantasy points among goalkeepers. Former club Union Berlin will look to keep him busy on Matchday 1.

Mid-range options

Robin Zentner (Mainz): 5m

Mainz's declared No.1, and sure to be put to the test against RB Leipzig on Saturday. A clean sheet may evade Zentner, but he averaged four saves per game in 2019/20.

Gregor Kobel (VfB Stuttgart): 5m

A Fantasy steal whilst at Augsburg two seasons ago, Kobel enjoyed 11 clean sheets as VfB Stuttgart secured a swift return to the Bundesliga last term. At home to Freiburg on Saturday.

Budget busters

Florian Müller (Freiburg): 4m

Mark Flekken (7m) was named as Freiburg's No.1 with Alexander Schwolow Hertha Berlin-bound, but duly injured his elbow. Müller has been drafted in on loan from Mainz and should be given the chance to shine against VfB Stuttgart.

Pavao Pervan (Wolfsburg): 2m

Perhaps riskier than Müller, Pervan could yet feature when Wolfsburg take on Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday with first-choice Koen Casteels (9m) cutting his lip on international duty with Belgium.

Defenders

Premium picks

Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich): 15m

Listed as a midfielder last season and a defender this, that alone should account for an upswing of more than 100 points this term. Davies has blossomed into one of the world's best left-backs. Star him against Schalke on Friday for near-guaranteed returns.

Watch: Davies under the tactical microscope

Angelino (RB Leipzig): 14m

Another listed as a defender who could find himself even further forward if Julian Nagelsmann elects to play a 3-4-3 against Mainz, left-sider Angelino had one goal, two assists and five clean sheets in 13 Leipzig appearances last term.

Mid-range options

Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin): 10m

No defender in any of Europe's five major leagues had more set piece assists than Trimmel's eight last season. The Union captain is also guaranteed to start at home to Augsburg.

Daniel Brosinski (Mainz): 9m

Aaron Martin is out of favour, Brosinski takes penalties - to the tune of six converted in his Bundesliga career. Leipzig may not be the ideal opponents, but he'll be a differential this weekend, and a must-have against promoted Stuttgart next.

Budget busters

Daley Sinkgraven (Bayer Leverkusen): 6m

Sinkgraven looks to have pulled ahead of Wendell (9m) as Bayer's first-choice left-back; and he's also more attacking than his Brazilian counterpart. What better way into Leverkusen's defence?

Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt): 4m

With Evan N'Dicka injured, it's almost cheating how cheap Hasebe is. The Japanese is likely to start at the back against Arminia Bielefeld. A clean sheet could be his, and he also likes stepping up into midfield where there are more Fantasy points to be won.

Midfielders

Premium picks

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund): 17m

Sancho plundered 17 goals and 16 assists in 2019/20, and having reaffirmed his commitment to Dortmund could do just as well again. Another return of 369 Fantasy points would make the England winger well worth the outlay.

Watch: All 33 of Sancho's goals and assists in 2019/20

Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt): 15m

The top-scoring midfielder last season - at least in Fantasy terms - with 387 points. The beauty with Kostic is that he's almost result-proof. Frankfurt won't always win, but the Serbian will fire in crosses and attempts on goal regardless. A real gem.

Mid-range options

Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach): 12m

Positional dissonance can make for Fantasy heaven. Gladbach captain Stindl scored nine and assisted three more last term. Having overcome a broken shin, the forward can expect a greater return, with those goal involvements as a midfielder carrying more weight in Fantasy terms.

Christoph Baumgartner (Hoffenheim): 10m

Baumgartner's return of seven goals and two assists in 2019/20 may not seem that impressive at first, but consider that all but two of those goal involvements came after Christmas. The 21-year-old Austrian is on an upward curve, and doesn't break the bank.

Budget busters

Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund): 7m

Reyna showed shoots of promise last term, the 17-year-old scoring a wonder-goal against Werder Bremen in the Cup. Four goals in three pre-season games suggests his quantity might match his quality this season. If Reyna gets the nod to do Marco Reus's job for 6m cheaper than the Dortmund captain, it could be a big win for Fantasy players.

Gonzalo Castro (VfB Stuttgart): 4m

Stuttgart's captain is one of the cheapest players in the game. He may be 33 but Castro had three goals and six assists in Stuttgart's promotion campaign, and is set to line up in the final third behind Sasa Kalajdzic against Freiburg.

Forwards

Premium picks

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 18m

The deadliest striker in the world, Lewandowski won his third consecutive Torjägerkanone with his 34-goal haul last season. He may be the most expensive player in Fantasy, but no other player came close to the Bayern man's 448 points last time around.

Watch: All of Lewandowski's 34 Bundesliga goals in 2019/20

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund): 17m

Another hefty fee, but if 13 goals in 15 games doesn't persuade you to part with your Fantasy funds then we're not sure what will. Haaland plays Augsburg on Matchday 2 - the scene of his 20-minute hat-trick debut in January.

Mid-range options

Hwang Hee-chan (RB Leipzig): 12m

Hwang is set to assume Chelsea-bound Timo Werner's role for Leipzig. The South Korean scored 11 and assisted 13 for Red Bull Salzburg last season. A goal and an assist against Nuremberg in the DFB Cup suggests he is acclimatising to the German game quickly.

Florian Niederlechner (Augsburg): 10m

The most dangerous German player not called Werner in 2019/20, 13-goal, six-assist Niederlechner will lead the line for an Augsburg who have bolstered their squad throughout.

Budget busters

Cedric Teuchert (Union Berlin): 5m

Sebastian Andersson has moved to Cologne and new arrival Max Kruse is still nursing an ankle injury, meaning Teuchert could be given his chance to shine in Union's attack. The former Germany U21 striker had two goals and one assist in pre-season.

Sasa Kalajdzic (VfB Stuttgart): 4m

Another potential beneficiary of injuries to others. Stuttgart's 14-goal top scorer Nicolas Gonzalez is out for four to six weeks, meaning Kalajdzic is probably the cheapest starting striker in the Fantasy game on the opening day.