With 2020 coming to an end it offers a period of reflection for Fantasy Managers going into the New Year, so bundesliga.com thought it the perfect time to look at the game's Team of the Season so far as we prepare fantasy resolutions for remaining 21 matchdays in 2021...
Club: Arminia Bielefeld
There are some good value goalkeepers out there this season, like Schalke’s Frederik Rönnow (1.7M), but sometimes it pays to spend a little more. Bielefeld are hovering over the automatic relegation zone at halfway, but the fact they're not in it is testament to Ortega. Although he's conceded 23 times in 13 games - the joint-fourth highest number across the division - he's made 50 saves - putting him level in that regard with Union Berlin's Rafal Gikiewicz, who costs almost 2M more, and behind Mainz's Robin Zentner (51). The 28-year-old also swelled his tally significantly with an assist in Arminia's first win back in the big time, against Cologne, on Matchday 2 - incidentally his second clean sheet of the campaign. It's all about balance.
Club: RB Leipzig
Few have enjoyed such an explosive start to the season as Leipzig’s Manchester City-owned left-back. No defender has scored more goals than the Spaniard (four), who is benefitting from Leipzig’s attacking style and Julian Nagelsmann’s use of wing-backs, which allows the 23-year-old to pick up big attacking points for a defender. Playing in the Bundesliga’s meanest defence also means he’s been docked just nine points so far for conceding goals.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
With three goals this campaign, the vastly experienced Hummels has continued his run of scoring in the Bundesliga to 13 straight seasons. He’s also already just two strikes short of equalling his personal best of five in the league and bagged his first brace since January 2010. Winning challenges (Hummels has 50 points from duels won alone) and keeping five clean sheets at the business end all mean big points for the Dortmund centre-back.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Guerreiro took a little while to get going this season but is still among the best defenders for points. Dortmund’s run of four straight clean sheets kept this nominal defender’s points ticking over, but two big hauls in crunch matches in the Revierderby against Schalke (20 points) and in Der Klassiker against Bayern (22), thanks to strong attacking displays, have propelled him up the standings. Injury worries now behind him, the Portuguese European champion always has what it takes to produce when needed for club and Fantasy managers.
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Like fellow teenager Gio Reyna, 17-year-old Wirtz offers an attractive prospect at just a nudge over 8M and has been a central figure in Leverkusen's excellent run that has them stationed second at the winter break. His goal in the 4-0 win over rivals Cologne was his second of the season, but it is Wirtz's creativity that stands out for potential owners. Wirtz has laid on four assists worth 16 points, while earning 22 more points from passes that have led to shots on goal from his teammates.
Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
The Gladbach skipper has ended the year superbly with four goals in his last two matches that propelled Stindl to 116 fantasy points. His penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on Matchday 13 made it four-out-of-four from the spot for Stindl this season, a very handy record for managers to consider when looking for extra opportunities to register points from set pieces. Stindl also scored a thumping free-kick with the first of his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt the week previously, as the 32-year-old bag 25 points on Matchday 12.
Watch: Stindl hat-trick salvages Gladbach point at Eintracht
Club: Borussia Dortmund
American teenager Reyna still offers incredible value for money at under 9M and is fourth on the list of most points from midfield. He’s earned his place in Dortmund’s starting XI and consistently produced, scoring three and providing another four assists. But it isn’t necessarily in the final third where he shows his value to Fantasy managers. The midfielder’s 155 challenges won is the eighth most in the league and has earned him almost a quarter of his points. It often pays to investigate more than just goal statistics – as 37 percent of players have done with Reyna – when it comes to midfield, where the pack is tightly bunched and every point is crucial.
Watch: Reyna: like father and mother, like son
Grifo is the highest scoring midfielder in the game going into the New Year, with his six goals and four assists reaping fine rewards for Fantasy Managers with the Italian in their ranks. From Freiburg's unbeaten period of Matchday 9-13 alone, Grifo personally chalked up 71 points by virtue of scoring in four of those five outings and laying on a further two goals for his teammates.
The Dutchman is another player whose industry equals points in the fantasy realm, with 24 of his collection coming from getting the better of challenges with his opposition. Otherwise, Weghorst is a bit more route one when it comes to his fantasy haul, grabbing 67 of his points - more than half - directly as a result of shooting on goal. In total, his nine league goals have, in various ways, earned 41 points and the other 26 are attributed to his 33 shots on goal - a number only Robert Lewandowski (50) and Andre Silva (43) can better. A costly option up front, however, means Weghorst is only been picked by eight percent of managers.
Watch: Weghorst nominated for November Player of the Month
Club: Bayern Munich
The only Bayern player to have featured in all 22 of their competitive matches this season, starting in all but one of those - more starts than any of his teammates - Müller looks to only be getting better with age. Now 31, the Raumdeuter is far from slowing down and instead leading the treble winners’ domestic charge yet again with six goals and seven assists already – the latter being a league high alongside fellow Bayern schemer Kingsley Coman. He's also picked up 34 points from passes to a shot, with another 22 coming via won challenges. Perhaps only his price explains why just 15 percent of people have picked Müller for their teams.
Club: Bayern Munich
Müller’s aforementioned low number of selections may well be as a result of his move from midfielder to forward this season in Fantasy that means it’s a bit of a gamble having two of the three forward positions occupied by Bayern players, because it’s quite frankly criminal not to have, and star, Lewandowski. Last season’s top goals and points scorer is at it again in 2020/21 and his 17 goals after 13 matchdays are frankly ridiculous. It's little surprise that Lewandowski is the first man to breach the 20M mark and is already just 11 points off a double century at the turn of the year. There is quite simply no reason not to have the 2020 UEFA and FIFA Men’s Player of the Year in your team – and he passed 250 Bundesliga goals with a brace against Wolfsburg on Matchday 12. His 18 points that day made it the ninth time this season that Lewandowski has hit at least double figures in Fantasy from his 12 appearances this term.
Watch: Lewandowski: 250 in the Bundesliga