- James 'The Coach' claims his first Project 50 win.
- Founder Flo 'The Scout' still winless but leads the overall standings.
- Schmitz and Modeste both selected by two of our insiders.
James 'The Coach' Thorogood got off the mark with his first win in the "Project 50" challenge between our three Official Fantasy Bundesliga insiders.
The name of the game is simple. With a budget of 50M, they have to pick two defenders, two midfielders and a striker. There were a few surprises for our trio on Matchday 11, as only four of their selected five players were used. James took the weekly plaudits with 36 points, while Flo consolidated his lead in the overall standings with 101 points. After three straight wins, it was a week to forget for Matt, but he will be looking to bounce straight back on Matchday 12. So, which players have they chosen this weekend?
James 'The Coach' Thorogood
I'm keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground after my first Project 50 win, but I wouldn't mind enjoying back-to-back victories and these five players, including three of my favourable fixture recommendations, could do the trick.
- Benno Schmitz (DF, 1.3M, RB Leipzig): I'm willing to take Flo's recommendation when it comes to Schmitz. He's a low-budget option and a great way to get points from a Leipzig backline who have conceded just nine times this season.
- Sead Kolasinac (DF, 10.3M, FC Schalke 04): The Bosnian has been in impressive form in 2016/17 and appears to be thriving in a more advanced role as part of Schalke's 3-5-2 formation. Schalke are odds-on to keep a clean sheet against SV Darmstadt 98 and it's only up from there for Kolasinac.
- Nicolai Müller (MF, 12.55M, Hamburger SV): Müller has notched up 28 points in his last two outings, scoring three times in the process. If Hamburg are to get anything from the Nordderby, they'll need their winger in top form and I'm willing to back him.
- Genki Haraguchi (MF, 9.4M, Hertha Berlin): With the international breaks forcing him to fly to the far-flung corners of the world to represent Japan, Haraguchi has gone off the boil a bit in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. I've got a feeling that will change this weekend.
- Anthony Modeste (FW, 15.6M, 1. FC Köln): A no-brainer! Modeste is in the midst of a prolific purple patch, which I can't see coming to an end at home to an FC Augsburg side who don't look as solid at the back as they did last season.
Matt 'The Expert' Howarth
Time to get back to winning ways this weekend! Here are my five players...
- Nico Elvedi (DF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, 7.1M): Elvedi was superb in Wednesday's draw against Manchester City FC. The Swiss international will have his work cut out against in-form TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but I'm backing him to come out on top against Sandro Wagner and Co.
- Willi Orban (DF, RB Leipzig, 10.05M): I regret taking Orban out of my XI before Leipzig's victory over Leverkusen last Friday. Now that I've recalled him, the 24-year-old had better come up with the goods once more!
- Benjamin Henrichs (MF, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 5.8M): Hoffenheim captain Sebastian Rudy suffered the same fate as Orban the week before, when Die Kraichgauer faced FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena. If Rudy can get eight points in Munich, Henrichs can too.
- Alessandro Schöpf (MF, FC Schalke 04, 7.25M): The Austria international has reached double figures in his last two appearances for the Royal Blues. I'm hoping he can continue his rich vein of form against struggling Darmstadt.
- Anthony Modeste (FW, 1. FC Köln, 15.6M): This one's pretty self-explanatory. 12 goals in 11 league appearances, Modeste is in red-hot form at the moment and will be looking to add to his impressive tally at home to Augsburg.
Flo 'The Scout' Reinecke
I founded "Project 50" and yet I'm the only insider who still hasn't won it! That's certainly not good enough for a Scout - but I'm counting on these guys to get the job done for me...
- Benno Schmitz (DF, 1.3M, RB Leipzig): I recommended Schmitz in my article about fringe players who are primed for their moment in the spotlight. I stand by what I wrote, so the Leipzig right-back comes into my team.
- Fabian Lustenberger (DF, 10.8M, Hertha Berlin): While classed as a defender in Official Fantasy Bundesliga, the Swiss is likely to be deployed as a defensive midfielder against 1. FSV Mainz 05, where I think he has the potential to clock up some useful points.
- Lewis Holtby (MF, 12.8M, Hamburger SV): Holtby put in an all-action performance in Hamburg's 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim last time out, setting up both of his side's goals and winning 12 challenges. HSV will need more of the same in the Nordderby against SV Werder Bremen, and I expect Holtby to deliver.
- Leon Goretzka (MF, 11.45M, FC Schalke 04): There are few players in the Bundesliga who combine elegance, physical presence and attacking threat as well as Goretzka. I think he will play a key role for the Royal Blues against a defensive-minded Darmstadt.
- Vedad Ibisevic (FW, 11.2M, Hertha BSC): The Bosnian has gone three Bundesliga games without scoring, but I have a sneaking suspicion that his mini-drought will come to an end against Mainz.
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