I’ve certainly had better Official Fantasy Bundesliga weekends, but there were two things that I took encouragement from. On the one hand, Matt ‘The Expert’ and James ‘The Coach’ both picked up less points than I did, while on the other, the players that I recommended last week almost all delivered.
Raphael Guerreiro was the only disappointment, but Almog Cohen (16 points) and Janik Haberer (12 points) both made up for that with top performances. That’s the curve I’ll be grading myself on again on Matchday 19. I’m expecting big performances and lots of fantasy points from these five players.
Sokratis(Borussia Dortmund, 13.5M)
I’m a big fan of Sokratis, but due to injuries this season, he hasn’t always been the no-nonsense centre-back with an uncanny presence in challenges we’ve come to know. However, in Mainz Sokratis was back to being the bruising Greek gladiator, who has been known to frustrate the best strikers in the world. He won 18 of his 23 challenges, meaning that he picked up 11 fantasy points despite Mainz scoring a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw. The 28-year-old is now facing a big test with BVB hosting RB Leipzig – a challenge I believe will spur Sokratis to a peak performance.
Thomas Delaney(SV Werder Bremen, 10M)
A winter signing from FC Kobenhavn, Delaney has quickly become the boss of Bremen’s midfield. He came through his baptism of fire against Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München with flying colours. Werder didn’t pick up any points, but Delaney received plenty of plaudits. The fact that he won 23 challenges against the top two German teams from the last couple of years was very eye-catching. Bremen’s next four games are all against teams in the bottom half of the table so this could be the perfect time to bring in the battling Dane.