- Scout recommends Subotic and Havertz.
- Sandro Wagner set to start against former employers Darmstadt.
- Vestergaard and Walace both in scintillating form.
My fantasy team may have failed to live up to expectations last weekend, but my recommendations had decent games coming off the bench…
Only Stefan Kießling failed to feature. Bayer 04 Leverkusen teammate Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez was back to full fitness and took their game against Eintracht Frankfurt by storm, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win. A colourful collection of premium players and budget buys follow. Take your pick!
Neven Subotic (DF, 1. FC Köln, 3.3M)
The on-loan Borussia Dortmund centre-back made his first start for the Billy Goats in the 2-1 loss to SC Freiburg last Sunday. “Subo” won the most challenges of any player (17), picking up nine fantasy points despite the defeat. The Serbia stalwart is not guaranteed to start, but at that price, he’s worth a punt!
Jannik Vestergaard (DF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, 12.8M)
Gladbach have kept a clean sheet in three of their four encounters while netting ten at the other end. Vestergaard has played an integral role in the Foals’ recent resurgence under Dieter Hecking, who has handed the centre-back a regular first-team place. The Dane has collected twelve points in both his last two appearances, despite the fact he has failed to pose much of a goal threat during his time at Borussia. Maybe he’ll break his duck against Leipzig this weekend...
Kai Havertz (MF, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1.6M)
It remains to be seen whether Havertz will start against FC Augsburg on Friday. However, because the line-ups will be revealed before the Matchday 21 transfer window slams shut, you will have time to adjust your starting XI if the 17-year-old is not named in the Werkself side at the WWK Arena. Roger Schmidt handed him a starting berth alongside Chicharito against Frankfurt, and Havertz did not let his coach down, winning almost 15 challenges over the course of the 90 minutes. He virtually guarantees you points - provided he’s on the pitch!
Walace (MF, Hamburger SV, 8.1M)
An Olympic champion with Brazil, Walace has wasted no time in stamping his authority on HSV’s midfield. His displays in the DFB Cup victory against 1. FC Köln and the 3-0 success over Leipzig have made him indispensable to Markus Gisdol. Elegant on the ball and strong in the tackle, the 21-year-old has also looked dangerous in front of goal. What more do you want as an Official Fantasy Bundesliga coach?
Sandro Wagner (FW, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 14.4M)
Never mind Lewandowski, Aubameyang or Modeste - I highly recommend bringing Sandro Wagner into your team on Matchday 21. The 29-year-old is set to face his old club this weekend after serving a three-match suspension for his dismissal against Köln last month. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wagner comes back to haunt his former employers with a goal or two on Saturday.