Kai Havertz, Jonjoe Kenny and Alassane Plea (from l.) offer flexibility and all have the potential to score big on Matchday 5 - © 2019 DFL
Kai Havertz, Jonjoe Kenny and Alassane Plea (from l.) offer flexibility and all have the potential to score big on Matchday 5 - © 2019 DFL

Fantasy Manager: Three picks for Matchday 5

Whether it be in the pursuit of exclusive Bundesliga prizes or simply a chance to claim bragging rights over friends, Official Fantasy Bundesliga Managers will be wondering how best to set up their teams for Matchday 5.

With three transfers available, bundesliga.com has produced its report on three potential fantasy picks for the coming weekend…

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Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Upcoming opponent: Union Berlin (h)
Fantasy price:

Owned by 32 per cent of Fantasy Managers, Havertz has tested the patience of those that plumped for him as one of their premium midfield options and, for some, he may be in the last-chance saloon heading into a home tie with Union Berlin.

A 17-point haul against Paderborn on Matchday 1 led many to believe the 20-year-old phenom was ready to recreate the form from his 17-goal season in 2018/19, but in the three games that followed he's failed to hit double digits, racking up just 12 points in total.

Watch: ALL 17 of Kai Havertz's Bundesliga goals in 2018/19 for Bayer Leverkusen

There's no reason to panic just yet though. Let's not forget he scored just once in the opening eight games of last season and still ended the campaign as the highest scoring midfielder with 383 points! The visit of Union followed by a trip to Augsburg is the perfect chance for Havertz to prove his doubters wrong against two sides conceding over two goals a game on average.

Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke)

Upcoming opponent: Mainz (h)
Position: Defender
Fantasy price: 8.5M

Looking for a perfect low-budget pick from Matchday 5's Friday night game? Why not take a look at Schalke's Kenny, the Official Fantasy Bundesliga's highest scoring defender under €10M - and that's with the minus 3 points he picked up in the loss to Bayern on Matchday 2!

The Royal Blues' next two home games are against Mainz and Köln and, even with a trip to league leaders Leipzig wedged in between, Kenny could be the perfect foil to any big-budget members of your backline given his propensity for making an impact in the final third.

Watch: Kenny: "Thank you to everyone!"

Of defenders this season, only Frankfurt's Danny da Costa (23) has provided more crosses from open play than Kenny (17), which makes up for the lack of set-piece duties compared to his Schalke counterpart on the opposite flank, Bastian Oczipka (€10.5M). Make him your star man on Friday night and the Englishman could lay the foundation for a successful weekend.

Alassane Plea (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Upcoming opponent: Fortuna Düsseldorf (h)
Position: Forward
Fantasy price: 13.1M

Sitting just outside the Top 5 highest-scoring fantasy forwards in the 2019/20 campaign, Plea could be the perfect differential to crack the 'Big Four' of Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner, Wout Weghorst and Paco Alcacer.

Only Lewandowski (21) and Werner (17) boast more shots on goal than the 26-year-old in the current campaign and it's worth noting that 11 of his 16 efforts on goal have come from inside the opposition's penalty area. Just as impressive is his ability to pick up points for 'passes to a shot' making him Gladbach's most influential fantasy asset.

The Frenchman has broken double digits in three of his four outings this season and you would back him to follow suit on Matchday 5 given that Gladbach have won eight of their last nine Bundesliga home games against regional rivals Düsseldorf. Plus he gives you the added flexibility of having a striker in Sunday's fixtures.