Bundesliga joint-top goalscorers Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski lead the way in Fantasy Manager after seven matchdays, while Florian Wirtz and Patrik Schick are two of the four Bayer Leverkusen representatives among the best points-earners at this stage.
Here’s the Fantasy Team of the Season so far after seven rounds of fixtures…
There really is no way of knowing before a season which goalkeeper is going to be the ideal pick for the campaign ahead. Last year it was Stefan Ortega for struggling Arminia Bielefeld, but this time it’s Hradecky for joint-top Leverkusen. Die Werkself are equal third for fewest goals conceded, but it’s that fact combined with the Finland goalkeeper’s league-leading 31 saves that put him way out ahead of Mark Flekken in second.
Netherlands U21 international Frimpong had the second half of last season to settle into Bundesliga life in an inconsistent Leverkusen side after moving from Celtic, but now he and his team are flying under Gerardo Seoane. The right-back has played every minute so far in a defence that has kept three clean sheets, whilst winning a stonking 75 challenges at both ends of the pitch and providing three assists. And he remains a bargain at 7.8M.
Mr. Consistency in the only team still unbeaten in this season’s Bundesliga, Freiburg captain Günter doesn’t miss a minute for the league’s joint-meanest defence. He may have won half as many challenges as Frimpong, for example, but it’s his 21 points for passes to a shot that put him ahead. Playing mostly in a wing-back role, he’s a defender given great licence to get forward and also has two assists.
Left wing-backs at Union are simply gold dust in Fantasy. It started with Christopher Lenz two seasons ago and has now continued with Gießelmann, who at 4.3M is behind only Joe Scally and Jordan Beyer for best-value rank in the entire league. He has two goals and an assist already this term, and has picked up good points for 10 shots – striker Lewandowski, for example, has had 30. He gets points and does so for next to no cost.
It may have been a slow start to the season for eighth-placed Leipzig, but not for Nkunku. The French midfielder has been afforded a more attacking role by Jesse Marsch and become the chief threat for Die Roten Bullen. Scoring four times and providing an assist – plus 24 points for efforts on goal and another 12 for passes to a shot – has seen him claim the status as the best midfielder in Fantasy up to this point, having also made the top XI last season. Although more expensive than teammate Dominik Szoboszlai, who started the campaign well, that extra 4.2M spent has been well worth it.
Watch: Nkunku - Leipzig's new star showman
It’s very difficult to go wrong with a Bayern player in Fantasy. No matter their position, they will generally accumulate points at a pace. Leon Goretzka is fifth for midfielders, but Kimmich makes this team with three goals and as many assists already. As the taker of Bayern’s set pieces and all-round playmaker, he’s always going to be involved in chance creation. He's developed a knack of getting on the end of balls, too.
Only Haaland has been directly involved in more goals this campaign than Wirtz, who’s scored four and set up five. Since missing the opening weekend, no Leverkusen game (in any competition, in fact) has been completed without the teenage sensation either getting a goal or an assist (or both). The Germany international is the leading light in Leverkusen’s exciting style of play and averaging 14 points per game midfield – again, second only to Haaland across all players.
Watch: Analysing Wunderkind Wirtz
There is perhaps no more result-proof player in Fantasy than Kostic. Frankfurt didn’t get their first league win of 2021/22 until Matchday 7 – a shock 2-1 result at Bayern that was down to his assist and then winning goal – but the Serbian winger has still been racking up the points. Five goal contributions is the headline stat, but the 28-year-old adds to his tally with further shots and passes to shots. He was the top points scorer outside of forwards last season and looks to be at it again this year, too.
Some 26 per cent of managers still don’t have Lewandowski in their team. Do you watch football? The reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player and European Golden Shoe holder has got off to a flyer again this season and is averaging a goal a game. Two blanks in a row ahead of the international break is a seriously rare blip for someone who just went 15 Bundesliga games in a row scoring. And even without a goal, he still had a decent return in the defeat to Frankfurt by providing an assist and taking four shots. You simply need to have him in your team, or risk being left behind.
Watch: How Lewandowski and Haaland score their goals
As you need to with Haaland as well. Don’t be fooled by the stat that only 68 per cent of managers have selected him, that’s because many offloaded him following news he was again injured for Matchday 7. But the fact he’s missed the last two games also makes his numbers even more astonishing. The leading scorer in Fantasy from only five appearances, averaging 19 points a time. Seven goals and three assists means he’s had the most goal contributions in the division. Fantasy Bundesliga is the only place you’ll see the Norwegian in the same team as Lewandowski – and that should include yours.
Schick has taken his form from UEFA Euro 2020 – where he was joint-top scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo – into the new Bundesliga season for free-flowing Leverkusen. He’s only one goal behind Lewandowski and Haaland after netting six times from 25 attempts. He’s only failed to appear on the scoresheet twice from seven outings. Those numbers all add up for big points in Fantasy. Only Bayern have more goals as a team than Die Werkself, with Schick looking the ideal (and still cheaper) third member of your forward line.