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There are some good value goalkeepers out there this season, like VfB Stuttgart’s Gregor Kobel (5.3M), Arminia Bielefeld’s Stefan Ortega (5.1M) or Schalke’s Frederik Rönnow (2.1M), but sometimes it pays to splash out a little. Augsburg got off to one of their best-ever starts to a Bundesliga campaign with Gikiewicz, signed on a free from Union Berlin, proving shrewd business in goal with two clean sheets in the first three games, including against Borussia Dortmund. Saves also mean points in Fantasy, and the Poland goalkeeper has made the second most in the league (28) after Mainz’s Robin Zentner (29).
Club: RB Leipzig
Few have enjoyed such an explosive start to the season as Leipzig’s Manchester City-owned left-back. The Spaniard is the league’s top-scoring defender with three goals, 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 four points so far for conceding goals.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Joining Angelino on three goals this campaign is the vastly experienced Hummels, who 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 also bagged his first brace since January 2010. Winning challenges and keeping a league-high five clean sheets in seven games at the business end all mean big points for the Dortmund centre-back.
Club: Union Berlin
Lenz’s inclusion in the best XI may raise a few eyebrows but will also receive a nod of approval from those in the Fantasy know. A big favourite last season thanks to his budget price, he’s not let his increased value go to his head and continues to produce the goods for high-flying Union. Having seen off competition from summer signing Niko Gießelmann, Lenz has confirmed the left-back and left wing-back positions as his own, continued to win challenges and also contribute to the division’s second-best attack (yes, Union are behind only record-setting Bayern in terms of goals scored) and fourth-tightest defence. There’s no second-season syndrome for Lenz or die Eisernen.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Guerreiro has taken a little while to get going this season but is still among the best defenders for points despite only starting four games. 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: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Few people would have really had Hofmann on their radar when the season started in September, but the 28-year-old found himself a fixture in Marco Rose’s Gladbach team and immediately started repaying that faith. Fantasy managers who’d backed him were rewarded with solid hauls of seven and nine points from the first two games where the Foals failed to win, but three straight double-digit returns then saw 11 percent of you scrambling to copy Rose and get him into your team. A first Germany cap followed in October. Can he build on those two goals and four assists so far?
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Japan international Kamada has been excellent for Frankfurt since returning from his loan at Sint-Truiden in 2019. This season he’s become the creative force in the Eintracht team, which is seen most clearly in his three assists, but dig a little deeper and it’s actually the quantity of chances he’s created – without necessarily being put away by teammates – that’s earned him the big Fantasy points. His 22 passes to a shot is the second most in the league, while his 42 crosses is the outright most. With an average of nine points per game, Kamada is usually a solid bet.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
That being said, a cheaper alternative comes in the form of American teenager Reyna. He’s earned his place in Dortmund’s starting XI and consistently produced, scoring one and providing another three assists. But it isn’t necessarily in the final third where he shows his value to Fantasy managers. The midfielder’s 86 challenges won is the seventh most in the league and has earned him almost a quarter of his 60 points. It often pays to investigate more than just goal statistics – as 34 percent of players have done with Reyna – when it comes to midfield, where the pack is tightly bunched and every point is crucial.
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Club: Bayern Munich
The only Bayern player to have started all 13 of their competitive matches this season, 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 four goals and five assists already – the latter being a league high alongside Union’s Max Kruse. He also has a division-best 25 passes to a shot that accounts for 22 of his 92 points. Perhaps only his price explains why just 13 percent of people have picked Müller for their teams.
Club: Bayern Munich
Or perhaps it’s because of this man. Müller’s move from midfielder to forward this season in Fantasy 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. His 11 goals after seven matchdays equals the league record he set himself only last term – despite just playing six games this time around. There is quite simply no reason not to have the 2020 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in your team – and that also goes for Hansi Flick, who infuriated Fantasy managers all over the world when he rested Lewandowski on Matchday 6 at Cologne after a blockbuster nine goals in three games.
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Club: Hertha Berlin
While Hertha have had an up-and-down start to the season, Cunha has regularly delivered for club and Fantasy managers, only once registering fewer than nine points. His four goals and two assists are the headline stats, but the forward – recently called up to the Brazil squad for the first time – has been an all-round threat in attack, having the third-most shots (25) and fourth-most passes to a shot (18). A slightly cheaper alternative for the forwards but just as consistent, averaging almost a goal every other game since joining from Leipzig in January, which just five percent of managers have noticed so far.