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.
The Bundesliga has returned and new stars are quickly emerging. bundesliga.com mulls over some of the surprises from last weekend to help you get the best out of Matchday 17...
The choice of Leverkusen’s goalkeeper may raise some eyebrows considering they’re facing Borussia Dortmund, but there is some method to the madness. The six most popular goalkeepers among Fantasy managers all play on Wednesday on Matchday 17, so finding one for the Tuesday is a good idea. Clean sheets aren’t necessarily what you look for in a Fantasy goalkeeper, but saves are. Hradecky makes saves, Dortmund are always happy to pull the trigger. It could equate to decent points if you back him.
Ortega remains the top-scoring goalkeeper in Fantasy as his side battle relegation. Bielefeld sit fourth from bottom but have conceded fewer goals than Bayern this season, while the 67 saves by Arminia’s goalkeeper is the most in the league and has seen him concede only once in the last four games. Win, lose or draw against VfB Stuttgart, Ortega usually delivers regardless of the result.
Müller has only one point fewer than Manuel Neuer but for over 9m less, with eight of those points coming in Munich at the weekend despite defeat. Freiburg have been in very good form of late, which is reflected in Müller’s haul. Their last three home games have produced three wins, conceding only one goal. That record will be tested against Eintracht Frankfurt, but you’d still back Müller to come out with decent points.
There will be members of the Hinti Army a bit disappointed with how their man has performed this season, having scored eight times in 2019/20, but the Austrian’s form has been on the up. That’s coincided with Frankfurt’s own upturn in fortunes as the only team to have won all three Bundesliga fixtures in 2021. With David Abraham now gone, Hinteregger is Eintracht’s leader at the back – perhaps that added credit could help him unfreeze his goals account in the financial capital.
It’s very easy to understand the wariness to include any Schalke player in your Fantasy team this season, but if you were to consider any, it may be Kolasinac. The left-back’s return from Arsenal heralded the Royal Blues’ first league win in almost a year on Matchday 15 against Hoffenheim, also keeping a clean sheet as he wore the captain’s armband. While another defeat followed last weekend in Frankfurt, a home game against fellow strugglers Cologne could prove fruitful, with Kolasinac ripe for the picking.
Illness has put the brakes on Lacroix’s rise so far in 2021, but the young French centre-back is back and already first choice in defence in his maiden Bundesliga season for Wolfsburg and Fantasy managers. Tied with Borna Sosa as the game’s highest-scoring defender under 7m and playing for a team that doesn’t concede many – this week away at lowly Mainz – he will feature heavily in Fantasy squads.
No midfielder has earned more points this season than the Gladbach captain, while only four players have scored more goals than him. Playing in the matchday’s first kick-off slot, you’re able to make a decision on Stindl right up until the last minute. But with nine goals and four assists, there’s little reason why he wouldn’t play, especially against Werder Bremen, against whom he has a personal best seven Bundesliga goals.
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Another pick for those looking to avoid a Wednesday-heavy team this Englische Woche. Darida may not be the most prolific in a team that is also hardly free-scoring, but he is no slouch and has developed into one of Hertha’s most creative forces with a club-leading five assists – a figure only six players in the league can top. It’s a pick worth mulling over considering the Berliners host an out-of-sorts Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
Coulibaly has the second-best points-per-value rank among midfielders, only slightly behind teammate Mateo Klimowicz. His 66 points at only 1.1m is fantastic, and even more enticing when looking at Stuttgart’s list of absentees. In particular, Silas Wamangituka’s suspension opens up a starting position for Coulibaly away at Bielefeld. VfB are the league’s best team on the road this season, so managers could really benefit from a true budget buster seemingly guaranteed to play.
Given that almost three quarters of managers have Robert Lewandowski in their team, it’s understandable that people prefer to use their remaining budget in other positions. But sometimes you have to throw some money at your team, and the target this matchday should be Weghorst. Eleven goals puts him fourth in the scoring chart and equals Wolfsburg’s club record after 16 matches set by Grafite. And away at a Mainz side – on Tuesday, as a bonus – yet to win at home all season, you’ll be annoyed having not picked the big Dutchman when the perhaps inevitable happens.
For those more averse to throwing money at other forwards, maybe Demirovic is more your guy. Freiburg’s summer signing is now first-choice centre-forward and one of the form players in Fantasy, having scored two goals and provided four assists in the last six games. While the Black Forest club’s five-game winning run was ended in Munich on Sunday, they have won each of their last three at home, scoring 11 goals, making the Hamburg native an enticing option if you fancy Freiburg against Frankfurt.
Kalajdzic is no stranger to the budget buster section this season and makes yet another appearance for Matchday 17. With Nicolas Gonzalez serving a suspension, the league’s tallest player is set to lead the line for Stuttgart’s trip to Bielefeld. When he does play, he tends to do well and has five goals and three assists to his name – with four of those goals coming in the closing 15 minutes.