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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.
Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt): 9.8M
Eintracht Frankfurt No.1 Kevin Trapp comes up against a Borussia Mönchengladbach who have scored just 48 of their 369 shots on goal on Saturday. Big money might normally be better spent on outfield players you can star for multiplied points, but Trapp has also averaged 7 points for saved shots alone over the last four games.
Stefan Ortega (Arminia Bielefeld): 7.2M
Simply the best goalkeeper to own in the Fantasy game. No first-team regular has averaged as many points as Arminia Bielefeld's Stefan Ortega (7), who even boasts an assist this season. Saturday's opponents Augsburg were out of sorts against basement-dwellers Schalke last Sunday, so Ortega could potentially pick up a few more for being on the winning side.
Marwin Hitz (Borussia Dortmund): 1.5M
Frederik Rönnow has been usurped by Ralf Fährmann at Schalke, Rune Jarstein remains sidelined for Hertha Berlin, and Pavao Pervan will only get a chance for Wolfsburg if Koen Casteels is indeed injured. It leaves Marwin Hitz as the safest pick among the 1M-club goalkeepers. Borussia Dortmund are also favourites against Werder Bremen in a Sunday fixture which brings welcome flexibility.
Angelino (RB Leipzig): 16.6M
The best player in Fantasy not called Robert Lewandowski for most of this season, Angelino has been waylaid in recent weeks by a thigh injury. The Spanish left-back-turned-winger has had a direct hand in 19 goals in all competitions, and is pushing to return to RB Leipzig's starting line-up against Hoffenheim. With that being a Friday kick-off, you can also wait for the teams to drop before deciding whether or not to bring him in.
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Borna Sosa (VfB Stuttgart): 6.3M
The most in-form defender in the game, averaging 10 points over his last four outings, Sosa, like Angelino, plays much higher up the field than a traditional left-back. But the Croatian also has set pieces in his catalogue - delivery akin to David Beckham's if sporting director Sven Mislintat is to be believed. Five of Sasa Kalajdzic's nine goals in 2021 have been assisted by Sosa, and you could do worse than doubling up when VfB Stuttgart take on Union Berlin on Saturday.
Anderson Lucoqui (Arminia Bielefeld): 1.2M
Jacob Laursen's loss has been Anderson Lucoqui's gain in recent weeks, the Dane's thigh injury allowing the Angolan to sneak back into Arminia Bielefeld's team. He has seized his chance, earning 10 points in last Friday's 1-0 win over Freiburg for the four percent of Fantasy players brave enough to back him. At 1.2M, the former Germany youth international also frees up loads of budget to spend elsewhere.
Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig): 16.6M
With big-ticket midfielders like Daichi Kamada and Florian Neuhaus playing each other when Frankfurt take on Gladbach, and Leon Goretzka touch and go to make it for Bayern Munich's trip to Wolfsburg - which also figures to be a tricky game - Marcel Sabitzer could be the best way to go this weekend. The Leipzig captain has outscored the more popular Dani Olmo and Christopher Nkunku in recent weeks, too, hitting double digits for Fantasy points in each of his last three games.
Leandro Barreiro (Mainz): 5.3M
Leandro Barreiro has been one of the big beneficiaries of Bo Svensson's appointment at Mainz. In theory, the Luxembourger and Dominik Kohr should take it in turns to join in with the 05ers' attacks from central midfield, but in practice it is Barreiro who goes nearly every time. He picked up 17 points when Mainz beat fellow Karneval club Cologne last Sunday, and might be worth another punt in Sunday's late kick-off against Hertha Berlin.
Tanguy Coulibaly (VfB Stuttgart): 1.7M
With Silas Wamangituka injured, Tanguy Coulibaly has made Stuttgart's right flank opposite Sosa's his own. The young Frenchman managed 12 points in Stuttgart's 3-2 defeat to Dortmund last weekend, and his result-proof credentials are further boosted by the fact that he could even find himself lining up behind Kalajdzic on Saturday with club captain Gonzalo Castro in a race against time to prove his fitness.
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund): 21.2M
Erling Haaland is perhaps due a big performance, having gone four games without a goal in all competitions for the first time in his Dortmund career. Thomas Müller might have seemed an obvious choice to spend the Lewandowski injury-money on, but his assists have been harmed by laying the ball on for Lewy's understudy, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. Haaland for 2M less, against underdogs Bremen, with Sunday flexibility, might be too good to pass up.
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Ermedin Demirovic (Freiburg): 7.8M
Schalke won their first Bundesliga game in 13 attempts with victory over Augsburg last Sunday, but Freiburg's opponents on Saturday have still conceded a league-high 71 goals - 21 more than next-worst Cologne. Ermedin Demirovic and Lucas Höler were suspended last time out, meaning Freiburg will also have fresh legs against the league's weakest defence.
Ansgar Knauff (Borussia Dortmund): 1M
Alongside Haaland in Dortmund's attack against Bremen is likely to be Ansgar Knauff. Edin Terzic's faith in the youngster is beyond question having started him home and away against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League. Those games sandwiched the Stuttgart victory last Saturday, in which Knauff came off the bench to score the winner.