- Bundesliga Rückrunde starts on Friday 20 January.
- Unlimited fantasy transfers until then.
- Flo 'The Scout' picks his trio of must-haves.
The long wait is almost over and now there are just a few more days left until the Bundesliga starts up again – and to say I'm ridiculously excited would be a massive understatement.
Thankfully I've kept myself busy by using the unlimited transfers over this period to tinker with my team. It's a tricky task, as I'm eager to keep Matt 'The Expert' and James 'The Coach' at arm's length in our own mini league.
The lists of the top fantasy performers are very useful in this regard, but there are also certain players who don't appear on them but who are nonetheless top signings for any side. If this trio can remain injury free, they'll be in my squad for Matchday 17.
Raphael Guerreiro (DF, 10.55M, Borussia Dortmund)
After hitting the ground running at the start of his first season at BVB, the Portugal international only appeared sporadically due to injury before the winter break. Still, the 23-year-old picked up 46 points in the six games he started, making a rough average of eight per match. I have a feeling he'll better that in 2017, especially as Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel seems to like playing him in midfield, where he can showcase his attacking repertoire. BVB start the year with awkward trips to SV Werder Bremen and 1. FSV Mainz 05, but with Guerreiro fit once more I reckon Dortmund will do well.
Karim Bellarabi (MF, 12.8M, Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
The first half of the season was over before it had properly begun for Bellarabi, who sustained an adductor injury against Hamburger SV on Matchday 2. The winger is now fully fit once more and was firing on all cylinders at the Florida Cup. On Matchday 1 he won 12 duels, had three shots on goal and provided an assist, so his playing style is clearly suited to the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. Leverkusen start the Rückrunde with home games against Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach, so I'm optimistic Bellarabi will collect plenty of points for me in those games.
Mario Gomez (ST, 12.3M, VfL Wolfsburg)
Tuchel isn't the only one forced to shuffle his frontline during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's participation at the Africa Cup of Nations: there are more than 30,000 fantasy managers who will need to do the same. My advice? Bring in Mario Gomez. The Germany striker earned a total of 20 points on Matchdays 15 and 16 at the end of last year and I'm confident he can continued that form in the Wolves' first couple of games at home to Hamburger SV and FC Augsburg.
So, three of the members of my squad are already in place – now I just need to make the most of the last couple of days to finalise matters.
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