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. - © DFL
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. - © DFL
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Bundesliga Fantasy Manager scout: tips and picks for Matchday 34

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.

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Premium pick

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich): 14.3M

Yes he's pricey and yes, Alexander Nübel was given a run-out between the posts on Matchday 33, but expect Neuer to be on the pitch again this Saturday. Bayern will receive the Bundesliga trophy after the final whistle and with Robert Lewandowski (see below) pushing for a new goals record, Hansi Flick is set to field a strong line-up. Bayern have kept clean sheets in their last two games with Matchday 34 opponents Augsburg and have won eight of their last 10 matches against them, making Neuer as close to a points guarantee as you're going to get.

Pricey but worth it: Manuel Neuer is set to return in goal for Bayern Munich this weekend. - Peter Schatz/Peter Schatz / Pool

Mid-range option

Ralf Fährmann (Schalke): 7M

If you prefer to live life a little more on the edge then Fährmann could be for you. Schalke have conceded more goals (85) than anyone else this season, but with relegation long since confirmed, they can play with a certain freedom. That much was evident in their surprise 4-3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 33, in which the 32-year-old still earned nine points despite letting in three times. This Saturday he's likely to face plenty of shots from a Cologne side fighting tooth and nail to avoid joining the Royal Blues in the second division next term.

Budget buster

Pavao Pervan (Wolfsburg): 1M

Wolfsburg have the second best defensive record this season, having conceded just 34 goals all term. First-choice goalkeeper Koen Casteels has kept a whopping 14 clean sheets, but the Belgian is to undergo foot surgery this summer, ruling him out of Euro 2020. As such, his understudy Pervan could be given a run-out on Saturday, especially as fourth spot and the accompanying UEFA Champions League berth have already been secured. Given that all matches kick-off at the same time on Saturday, you can wait until the line-ups are confirmed before drafting him in.

Defender

Premium pick

Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund): 18.4M

A nominal defender playing in an advanced role in one of the most attack-minded sides in the Bundesliga: if Guerreiro isn't in your team yet, you really have no excuse. The second-highest scoring player in his position in Bundesliga Fantasy (only Leipzig's Angelino has more), the Portugal international has averaged close to 12 points per game across his last four appearances. And with Dortmund needing a win to secure third place ahead of Wolfsburg, there's no chance they will ease off as Edin Terzic's charges seek to end the season on a high note with a seventh straight win at home to Leverkusen.

Guerreiro scored his fifth goal of the season for Dortmund against Mainz on Matchday 33. - Pool/Sascha Steinbach - Pool/Getty Im

Mid-range option

David Alaba (Bayern Munich): 12.8M

The Austrian is set to make his final appearance for the club he joined as a teenager before departing this summer. He'll be lining up in central midfield again in Leon Goretzka's absence, and what better way to bow out than with a goal and a win? That will be the objective at any rate, so expect a big haul from him this Saturday.

Budget buster

Jannes Horn (Cologne): 1.3M

If your budget won't stretch as far as that, you could do a lot worse than picking Horn. The Billy Goats need to win at home to bottom club Schalke on Saturday to have any chance of avoiding automatic relegation, meaning they have to get forward. Horn is expected to begin at left-back and provide support for the front line with crosses into the box. Is it a risky punt? Perhaps. But a differential that could pay off big time: Horn picked up 11 points in the Matchday 30 win at home to Leipzig, after all.

Midfielder

Premium pick

Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg): 15.1M

Grifo won 21 points in Freiburg's draw with Bayern last weekend, reason enough to pick him again now. Still not convinced? He earned 23 points in the previous game, a 4-1 win over Cologne. The most in-form midfielder in the game and fourth-highest scoring midfielder all season, he is also at least 3M cheaper than any of the other top seven players in his position, and out to show why he's been named in Italy's preliminary Euro 2020 squad. Freiburg still have an outside chance of qualifying for Europe and head coach Christian Streich is not one to tolerate his side easing off anyway. It'll be tough away to Frankfurt, but if Grifo can do the business against Bayern he can do it against anyone...

With nine goals and 10 assists already this season, Grifo is by far Freiburg's most dangerous outlet in attack. - DFL

Mid-range option 

Ondrej Duda (Cologne): 9.8M

If you're not sure about Horn given Cologne's tendency to concede, his teammate Duda offers much of the same chance for rewards without the risk. With the Billy Goats scrapping for survival, the Slovakia international is their best chance of scoring: after all, he is their top scorer this season with seven goals and four assists. From his central position in attacking midfield, he'll be the man charged with finding the holes in Schalke's defence.

Budget buster

Roberto Massimo (VfB Stuttgart): 1M

Stuttgart's squad has been severely depleted by injuries of late, offering 20-year-old Massimo a route into the first team. Largely used as a substitute earlier this season, he has started each of the last four games and is set to continue in the line-up at home to a struggling Bielefeld side. If you don't have much money left over but still need some guaranteed points, Massimo's your man.

Forward

Premium pick 

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 26.5M

The FIFA Best Men's Player in the World is gunning for a new scoring record, having equalled Gerd Müller's 40-goal haul last time out. The highest-scoring player in the game, Lewandowski's price tag obviously reflects that, but given that he's registered 20 goals and five assists in 16 Bundesliga games against Saturday's opponents Augsburg, the chances are good that he'll be among the goals - and Fantasy points - again on Saturday.

Mid-range option

Ihlas Bebou (Hoffenheim): 10.8M

Hoffenheim are one of just six teams whose position can't change on Matchday 34, meaning they are guaranteed to finish in 11th place. However, they're in good form and will be eager to finish the season on a high note on home turf by extending their unbeaten streak to seven consecutive games. Bebou is set to lead the line again, having started each of the last four fixtures, and in light of him recording double-digit scores in four of his last six home outings, the 27-year-old is potentially a great differential to help you edge the other Fantasy teams in your league.

Budget buster

Jessic Ngankam (Hertha Berlin): 1M

With senior attackers including Krzysztof Piatek, Jhon Cordoba and  Dodi Lukebakio all absent due to injury, Hertha head coach Pal Dardai has had to reshuffle his side of late - with Ngankam one of the beneficiaries. The 20-year-old scored the winner against Schalke on Matchday 31 and played for 90 minutes against Cologne last weekend, and should keep his place again now. At just 1M, you can't really go wrong.