It has been a frenetic past few days for Bundesliga Fantasy managers given the packed schedule of midweek fixtures, and if your head is a blur of balancing transfer targets with your budget, you’ve come to the right place for assistance on Matchday 29!
Allow bundesliga.com to highlight some surefire candidates...
Next opponent: Eintracht Frankfurt (h)
It's the holy grail of fantasy football: an under-the-radar, affordable player who's guaranteed to get you points. Yet as elusive as such seemingly mythical creatures are, we've only gone and found you one: Wolfsburg's Renato Steffen.
The diminutive left footer has started all three of the Wolves' games since the Bundesliga restart and, given the continued absences of fellow attacking midfielders Felix Klaus and Admir Mehmedi, he looks set to begin once more against a Frankfurt side that have leaked 11 goals in their last three outings.
Why is that good news? Well, Steffen has scored all six of his Bundesliga goals this season since the turn of the year, including two in his last three against Augsburg and Leverkusen. He's averaged 11 points per game across that period, is a relative bargain at just 9.5M and - here's the kicker - zero per cent (yes, a big fat 0) of fantasy managers have selected him in their teams. What are you waiting for?
Next opponent: Augsburg (h)
Similarly highly sought-after fantasy players are those listed in one position, but who tend to play a lot further forward, thus giving them more points for goals and assists. Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi is the prime example of this; a defender who operates as an attacking midfielder in real life. Yet the BVB star costs a whopping 16M, whereas at 7.4M Mittelstädt is an extremely attractive alternative.
The Germany U21 international is likewise listed as a defender, but he is given license to roam forward by new head coach Bruno Labbadia. Bayern Munich are the only side to have earned more points (nine) than Hertha (seven) since the Bundesliga restarted, with the Old Lady averaging three goals per game in that period. They've also kept two clean sheets, giving Mittelstädt bonus points as a member of the backline.
Mittelstädt has started the last two games on the bench, admittedly earning single-digit fantasy scores in each. However, you need only look at his 23-point tally when he started against Hoffenheim on Matchday 26 as evidence of how devastating he can be. And as only two per cent of all managers have him in their teams, you stand to gain a real advantage in your leagues.
Next opponent: Paderborn (a)
Spreading out your players over the various staggered kick-offs on a Bundesliga matchday is accepted best practice in terms of making substitutions, so with Dortmund playing in the penultimate fixture you'd do well to make sure your side has the necessary BVB flavour.
Hazard is by no means cheap at just over 19M, but after Erling Haaland picked up an injury against Bayern Munich and with Marco Reus still on the sidelines, the Belgium international is the prime candidate to play in the lone striker's role. Bear in mind that Dortmund will still be hurting from their damaging Klassiker defeat against Bayern, so will be looking to unleash their frustration on a team propping up the table with an average of two goals conceded per game.
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And if you're still not sure whether to splash the cash, remember that Hazard is the fourth highest scoring forward in Fantasy Manager this season, having chipped in with six goals and 12 assists so far in 2019/20. And in the unlikely event that he doesn't score big, he can still be substituted out as Cologne play RB Leipzig on Monday.