Alvaro Odriozola, Wout Weghorst and Florian Kastenmeier (l-r.) could make a real difference to your Fantasy Manager team on Matchday 22. - © DFL
Alvaro Odriozola, Wout Weghorst and Florian Kastenmeier (l-r.) could make a real difference to your Fantasy Manager team on Matchday 22. - © DFL

Bundesliga Fantasy Manager: The top 3 picks for Matchday 23

A Friday night home debut for Alvaro Odriozola, the Wolves' main man back in form and the new cheap goalkeeping option at Fortuna Düsseldorf are just some of the players you should consider drafting into your Fantasy squads for Matchday 23…

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Alvaro Odriozola (Bayern Munich)

Next opponents: Paderborn
Position: Defender
Price: 9.6m

Bayern Munich have a slight defensive crisis coming into Matchday 23's opener against Paderborn at the Allianz Arena on Friday. With Jerome Boateng and Benjamin Pavard suspended, changes will have to be made by Hansi Flick and it could provide Real Madrid loanee Odriozola his opportunity to shine in your Fantasy team.

There are so many advantages to having Odriozola on your radar for this coming weekend. Firstly, he and Bayern will be playing on Friday night which means that you'll be able to wait and see if he indeed starts before selecting him, although Flick has stated that will be the case.

Alvaro Odriozola is ready to step up and help his Bayern Munich teammates this coming weekend against Paderborn, as well as your Fantasy team. - DFL / Getty Images / Simon Hofmann

Next is the fact that top-of-the-table Bayern welcome bottom side Paderborn. The defending Bundesliga champions have won each of their three Bundesliga meetings with Paderborn with an aggregate score of 13-2, and form would suggest that will only increase on Friday.

And finally, Odriozola is a big differential. Currently selected by 0 per cent of Fantasy players, he could quickly become your difference-maker for this coming week. You'll have to be wary that his time in the starting line-up may only be for one week, with both Boateng and Pavard available again on Matchday 24, so planning is also key.

Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)

Next opponents: Mainz (h)
Position: Forward
Price: 16.2m

The Wolves' main man had gone eight Bundesliga games without scoring but returned to his very best last weekend, scoring a hat-trick - including two penalties - in Wolfsburg's big win at Hoffenheim. Weghorst is back in form and at the perfect time for your Fantasy needs as he and his side host the Bundesliga's second-leakiest defence on Sunday.

Watch: Weghorst's hat-trick at Hoffenheim

When Weghorst scores, Wolfsburg tend to collect far better results. This season especially, when the Dutchman scored five goals through the first eight matches of the campaign which also saw the Wolves go unbeaten. After his trio of strikes last week, it could see a similar run begin for Wout.

Although Mainz kept their second clean sheet of the season last time out against Schalke, the Carnival club have only kept a team from scoring once away from home in 2019/20 - and that was struggling Werder Bremen. The same is unlikely to happen against a Wolfsburg side who, despite only scoring 28 times as a team this season, have also failed to score in just five of their 22 league games so far.

Florian Kastenmeier (Fortuna Düsseldorf)

Next opponents: Freiburg (a)
Position: Goalkeeper
Price: 1m

Fortuna's Zack Steffen quickly established himself as the prime goalkeeping option in the Fantasy world from the first whistle of the season. But with the USMNT No.1 now injured for the foreseeable future, it's his replacement, Florian Kastenmeier, who is taking the title of being the league's best cheap goalkeeping solution.

Florian Kastenmeier could have you celebrating like this on Matchday 23. - imago

Despite not enjoying a victory or clean sheet in any of his five Bundesliga games so far, Kastenmeier has shown he's capable of collecting points. He's tallied more than five points in three of his appearances already and could do the same at Freiburg - the Black Forrest side have scored just twice in their last four league games.

And with Steffen's return to action having no date in sight, Kastenmeier's position as Fortuna's No.1 while still costing you just 1m is a bargain that can't be barked at as we approach the business end of this season's Fantasy game. Every point counts at this stage of the campaign.