The Bundesliga's Official Fantasy Manager game is up and running for the 2020/21 season, which kicks off on 18 September when champions Bayern Munich host Schalke. Alphonso Davies could be key that Friday and beyond!
bundesliga.com looks at why the Canadian wonderkid should be in your Fantasy team from the off…
Davies shot to fame last season, making Bayern's left-back spot his own and ending the campaign with his second Bundesliga and DFB Cup winner's medals, a first UEFA Champions League title, as well as a Bundesliga Rookie of the Season award and a nomination for the 2020 Golden Boy.
His on-field performances and off-field persona are reason enough to love Davies as a player and person, so naturally, it would be difficult to overlook him as a Fantasy star. But there is cold, hard logic behind giving him a place in your Fantasy.
The first is that Davies is now recognised as a defender in the game after being a midfielder in 2019/20. Having arrived at the Allianz Arena from Vancouver Whitecaps back in the winter of 2018 as a winger, Davies was brought into Bayern's starting line-up after a host of defensive injuries to play at left-back last term.
Ten months later and Davies has made the position his own and is now recognised as one of the world's best. In Fantasy terms, it means Davies - and in turn, you - will be rewarded more for his abundant attacking contributions.
Watch: How Davies dominates for Bayern!
The Ghanaian-born speedster will now earn an extra point for scoring, assisting, for every two passes to a shot as well as earning three points for every Bayern clean sheet when he plays – of which there were 13 from his 29 league appearances last season. He stands to gain around 120 more points this season with the positional shift - and that's assuming there isn't more to come from the 19-year-old!
For those reasons, wing-backs are the order of the day when it comes to selecting your defenders in the Fantasy game. Those who are able to contribute at the other end of the pitch are the best rewarded, and while Davies' price may have risen to 15m, there's no defender quite like him in the Bundesliga heading into the new season.
The reality is that Davies' season at left-back during 2019/20 was a bedding in campaign which saw the teenager learn his trade while playing alongside a great in David Alaba, who duly moved to left centre-back with Davies drafted in. Now, after building his experience and continuously improving, who knows what is to come in a season which will see Davies turn 20.
"I've had a lot of big dreams ever since I was a kid, and Bayern are helping me achieve those dreams," Davies told the Player's Tribune. "But trust me, there is more to come. I'm just getting started."
Take Davies' word for it, people. The 19-year-old scored three goals and added nine assists in all competitions last campaign and heading into his first full season as Bayern's first-choice left-back, those numbers should continue to rise and rise. The Canadian international's solo-assist for Joshua Kimmich's goal in the 8-2 UEFA Champions League quarter-final win over Barcelona last month showed exactly how far he has already come.
"Regarding that assist, I say 'wow!' It was world class," teammate Jerome Boateng said. "In terms of his development it's not often there's such a talented youngster who explodes like that and finds their position. I'm really happy for him because he's a really likeable boy away from the pitch, he's kept his feet on the ground and hasn't gotten carried away."
Playing for the eight-time consecutive Bundesliga champions, Davies can expect to win more games – and keep more clean sheets – than most, while his style of play will allow him to rack up the points on the attacking side of the game.
Add in the self-confidence he has built up during his time in Bayern's first-team squad and Davies becomes one of the most deadly defenders in the German top-flight, both in the real and Fantasy world. You don't want to miss out on the rewards that he will hand out throughout 2020/21.