Robert Lewandowski and Christopher Nkunku lead the way in Fantasy Manager heading into the final round of unlimited transfers before the winter break.
Here’s the Fantasy Team of the Season so far after 11 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 Flekken for surprise package Freiburg. Die Breisgauer's club record unbeaten start was ended by Bayern Munich on Matchday 11, but the Dutchman still accrued 11 points in a 2-0 defeat. He's the last line of defence in the stingiest defence in the Bundesliga (nine goals conceded), the division's top dog for saves to shots (82 percent) and one of the cheapest first-choice custodians in the game.
Club: Bayern Munich
Davies is more of a premium purchase, but the Bayern left-back is proving to be worth every penny. In terms of pure points, the Canadian is the second-highest scoring Fantasy defender of the season so far, handsomely outdoing similarly priced left-backs Raphael Guerreiro (58pts) and Angelino (48pts). Although Phonzy has become more involved in an attacking sense under Julian Nagelsmann, as evinced by his three assists and seven shots on goal, he's actually Bayern's best for challenges won (119). Happy days for those managers putting their faith in the prodigious winger turned world-class left-back.
Only Günter is outscoring Davies, among defenders. The Freiburg captain may have won around half as many challenges as his Bayern contemporary, but it’s his 36 points for passes to a shot, combined with his ever-present status in the Bundesliga's meanest back line, that put him ahead of the pack. What's more, playing mostly in a wing-back role, 'the Breisgauer Bobby Carlos' is a defender given great licence to get forward and also has four 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 4.7M is behind only Joe Scally, Erhan Masovic, Fabian Bredlow and Jordan Beyer for best-value rank in the entire league. He has three goals and two assists already this term, and has picked up 20 points for shots alone. For reference, striker Lewandowski has amassed 38 in the same category. He gets points, and does so for next to no cost.
Szoboszlai offers similar value, albeit for a higher outlay. The Leipzig playmaker started seven of his 11 Bundesliga appearances to date, registering two goals and an assist. In two of his three substitute appearances, he's struck once and set up two. He didn't manage to do either in the 2-1 win over Dortmund on Matchday 11, yet still picked up 15 points in a typically effervescent display in the final third. Indeed, 50 of his total points haul are the result of passes to a shot or direct efforts on goal. And the best bit? He's 4.4M cheaper than top-scoring teammate Nkunku.
Wirtz ranks fifth league-wide for combined goals and assists, with four and six respectively. Between Matchdays 2 and 8, no Bayer Leverkusen game (in any competition, in fact) passed without the teenage sensation either getting a goal or an assist (or both). The Germany international is Leverkusen's only Fantasy player to post 90 points or more, despite missing out on Matchdays 1 and 11 through injury, and fourth across the game for average points per match (11).
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Kimmich is the priciest, and justifiably so. The Bayern terrier has produced three goals and as many assists, and is his team's next best after Davies for challenges won. He takes set-pieces, with his creative streak reflected in 20 points for passes to a shot. He's also started every game, playing 90 minutes on 10 occasions, so there's little chance of him missing out on those days when Nagelsmann feels the need to shuffle his pack.
Club: RB Leipzig
Leipzig counterpart Jesse Marsch is in no rush to rest Nkunku, either. The Frenchman's tally of five goals and three assists – together with his 39 points for efforts on goal and another 16 for passes to a shot – make him the best midfielder in Fantasy up to this point, having also made the top XI last season. Although the second most expensive in his position on the market, it's money well spent.
It boggles the mind to think some 25 percent of managers still don’t have Lewandowski on the books. The Bayern No.9 has scored a league-leading 13 goals so far this season, only failing to fire in two of his 11 appearances. He's averaging a goal every 70 minutes and, with two braces and a hat-trick - not to mention as Bayern's first-choice penalty taker - bonus points are never far away. If the 2021 Ballon d'Or favourite isn't in your squad, expect to be left behind.
Watch: Robert Lewandowski's first 12 goals of the season
Club: Bayern Munich
Müller's a big part of Lewandowski's success. Only a handful of games haven't been treated to a Raumdeuter goal or assist, with his combined hand of 12 putting him level second with Erling Haaland, and behind only Lewandowski, for total goal involvement. His league-leading eight assists translate into 24 Fantasy points, and he's tallied four more for passes to a shot. Opposition defenders might not be able to pin him down, but you certainly can!
Why not add a fit Haaland to the mix, while you're at it? The Dortmund No.9 is second to Lewandowski in the scoring charts and third among Fantasy forwards for total points, despite making just six appearances during an injury-interupted campaign. He's found the net in five of those outings, sticking away braces in four, whilst chipping in with three assists. There's a chance the 21-year-old won't play again this calendar year, but don't be frightened to pull the trigger as soon as there's a hint of him being back in the first-team picture.