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.
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!