Ethan Ampadu, Kingsley Coman and Goncalo Paciencia (from l.) all look solid bets to win you Bundesliga Fantasy Manager points on Matchday 1. - © DFL
Ethan Ampadu, Kingsley Coman and Goncalo Paciencia (from l.) all look solid bets to win you Bundesliga Fantasy Manager points on Matchday 1. - © DFL

Fantasy Manager: Three picks for Matchday 1

The new 2019/20 season is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing for Official Fantasy Bundesliga Managers: it's high time to get the Matchday 1 transfers sorted.

But who to pick? Never fear, has done the homework on three good fantasy picks for the first fixtures of the campaign.

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Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

Upcoming opponent: Hertha Berlin (h)
Position: Midfield
Fantasy price: 15m

Bayern have averaged 2.1 points per match on the opening weekend of a new season and have more wins (35) and goals (123) than any other team. It's safe to say, then, that you'll want somebody in that game when the reigning champions kick-off the campaign at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday 16 August.

Robert Lewandowski would be the obvious choice given his proven track record, but his 18m fantasy fee eats up a big chunk of your 150m budget. Here's where Coman could prove a shrewd investment.

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The French winger is back to full fitness and has been in electric pre-season form, terrorising the defences of Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan on the club's US tour in July with his pace and direct running. He picked up a knock against Tottenham Hotspur recently, but played the full 90 minutes of the Supercup against Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old scored six times and provided four assists in just 17 Bundesliga starts last term, had 33 shots at goal – attempts that also chalk up the fantasy points – and found the net against Hertha in the DFB Cup quarter-finals. An attack-minded player with a point to prove on the wing now that Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have departed? Sounds like a winning recipe.

Goncalo Paciencia (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Upcoming opponent: Hoffenheim (h)
Position: Forward
Fantasy price: 9m

There are so many reasons why Paciencia would be a great pick for your team that it's tempting to choose another player here so as not to give away what could be a very useful fantasy secret weapon.

First up: Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic have both left Frankfurt, so Paciencia will play. New signing Dejan Joveljic is 2m cheaper than his strike partner, but the Serbian attacker has come off the bench in four of Frankfurt's last five games, whereas Paciencia has started.

Goncalo Paciencia is now the leading man at Eintracht Frankfurt and looks set to bang in the goals this season. - imago images / Jan Huebner

Secondly, Frankfurt play on Sunday. In terms of your tactics, it's always a good idea to have squad members playing on different days in order to make substitutions.

Thirdly, his 9m price tag looks to be a steal. Injury kept Paciencia on the sidelines for much of last season, but he still managed three goals and an assist in just 388 Bundesliga minutes and had 19 shots on goal in that time. The 24-year-old also hit a hat-trick in a recent friendly against FC Wels and will be relishing menacing a new-look Hoffenheim side still getting used to playing under new head coach Alfred Schreuder. In short: he'll get you points.

Ethan Ampadu (RB Leipzig)

Upcoming opponent: Union Berlin (a)
Position: Defender
Fantasy price: 7m

At this stage, Ampadu might represent a bit of a gamble on paper: he's an unknown quantity in the Bundesliga, is still just 18 and is at a new club in a new country.

Already a full international at 18, Ethan Ampadu (c.) will lace his boots in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig in 2018/19. - imago/Sportimage

Fortune favours the bold, however, and there can be no doubting the talents of a player who is already a senior Wales international. Although listed as a defender for the purposes of Fantasy Manager, Ampadu can also play in defensive midfield.

Given the ongoing absence of Tyler Adams, the Chelsea loanee could be given a chance to shine against a Union Berlin side playing in the Bundesliga for the first tie ever. At just 7m, there aren't many better bargains around.