• Ribery tends to enjoy himself against Bremen.
  • Wolfsburg's Gomez on a mini goalscoring run.
  • Köln's Olkowski raked in 17 points on Matchday 17.

A new year in the Bundesliga is always a bit of a leap into the unknown, and friendly matches and training camps are often rendered somewhat meaningless when the whistle sounds to restart the campaign.

Thankfully the campaign is now back underway in earnest, and so I’ve analysed all nine matches from last weekend in detail to bring you my Fantasy Bundesliga five-a-side team for Matchday 18.

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Pavel Olkowski (DF, 1. FC Köln, 5.25M)

My colleague James ‘The Coach’ has been a big fan of Olkowski for some time now, and in this case, surprisingly enough, he deserves some credit. Olkowski played on the right of Köln’s 3-5-2 formation at Mainz last weekend, giving him more freedom to get involved both going forward and tracking back. He won a remarkable 20 challenges and helped his team keep a clean sheet, winning him and his managers 17 Fantasy points. In a word: sign him up!

Olkowski has been a key part of a miserly Köln defence this season.

Raphael Guerreiro (DF, Borussia Dortmund, 10.55M)

Yes I’ve mentioned Guerreiro many times and no, I don’t receive a percentage of the millions that you guys have spent in signing him. I’m just completely and utterly convinced that he’s pure quality. I was at the game in Bremen last week when he came off the bench on 70 minutes and swung the game in BVB’s favour. He won six challenges in his time on the pitch and was involved in the winning goal. I’m pretty certain he’ll start against Mainz this weekend, and that he’ll score double figures in points.

Guerreiro (c.), back from injury, could be a key weapon for Dortmund in the next few weeks.

Leon Goretzka (MF, FC Schalke 04, 11.65M)

While Schalke didn’t hit many heights against Ingolstadt last week, Goretzka stood out thanks to his 16 successful challenges and four shots at goal, exploits that earned him 12 points. It’s that combination of tenacity and a willingness to get forward that makes him a great investment for managers out there, so make some room for him in your side!

Goretzka's predilection for tackling and getting into the box makes him a handy pointscorer.

Franck Ribery (MF, FC Bayern München, 12.1M)

Somewhat surprisingly, Ribery was left out of the starting line-up away at SC Freiburg, but he impacted upon the game immediately when he came on, assisting Robert Lewandowski’s winning goal with a trademark weaving run down the wing. He could start against Bremen, and if he does, expect him to score heavily against his favourite side to play against: in 16 matches versus Werder, he has scored ten goals, provided eight assists and never lost.

Ribery has been involved in 18 goals in 16 appearances against Matchday 18 opponents Bremen.

Mario Gomez (ST, VfL Wolfsburg, 12.5M)

With three wins in a row, Wolfsburg are on the right track to leaving the relegation zone behind, and an important factor in that run has been Gomez rediscovering his scoring touch. He’s netted the winner in the last two matches and I’m confident he’ll continue that run against FC Augsburg this weekend. In Yunus Malli and Paul-Georges Ntep, he’s also got two great new providers to feed him.

Gomez scored in recent wins over Gladbach on Matchday 16 and Hamburg on Matchday 17.

Now I know you can only make a maximum of three new signings each week, so pick the three from my A-Team that will best suit your line-up. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Stay fantastic,

Your Scout Flo

Watch: Recap the surprisingly high point-scorers from Matchday 17: