- Wagner involved in five goals in just two appearances against Ingolstadt.
- Hummels' only Bundesliga brace came against Cologne.
- Badstuber, Bauer and Petersen also recommended.
What’s that? How did my Official Fantasy Bundesliga team fare on Matchday 22? Well, the good news is that I scored my biggest points tally of the Rückrunde last weekend. The bad news? So did everybody else, it seems.
Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick against Hamburg on Saturday earned him 20 points - 40 if you had him as your captain. Like me, the majority of Official Fantasy Bundesliga users handed the Poland international the armband and ended up scoring high. I’m unlikely to name any of the following five players as captain this weekend, but they might just sneak their way into my squad…
Sandro Wagner (14.5M, vs. Ingolstadt)
Some of you might find this hard to believe: I try not to recommend the same players over and over again in my fantasy columns. Mark Uth has scored in both his top-flight appearances against Ingolstadt, but the Cologne-born forward is currently nursing a rib injury. Luckily for you guys, Wagner has not only found the net in both his encounters with Die Schanzer, he has also provided three assists. So even though I recommended Wagner on Matchday 20, the Hoffenheim frontman features again this week. Apologies, everyone.
Mats Hummels (16M, vs. Cologne)
Lewandowski may have outshone the other four Bayern players in my starting XI, but Hummels (9), Thiago (5), Manuel Neuer (9), and Arjen Robben (16) contributed another 39 points to my overall tally on Matchday 22. I’m unlikely to drop any of them for the record champions’ visit to Cologne - least of all Hummels, who scored his only Bundesliga brace to date in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win at the RheinEnergieSTADION in January 2010. Hopefully he’ll find the net again on Saturday!
Watch: inform your transfers ahead of the weekend by finding out who were the top-scoring strikers last time out:
Holger Badstuber (6.4M, vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Schalke will be sick of the sight of Gladbach by the time the second leg of the two teams’ UEFA Europa League last-16 tie comes around. First up, though, they go head-to-head in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with both teams looking to climb the table. Bayern loanee Badstuber has started the Royal Blues’ last four league games, picking up 18 points in the process. At just 6.4M, Badstuber could well prove a bargain this weekend as he faces a team against whom he scored his only Bundesliga goal to date (in December 2009).
Nils Petersen (12.1M, vs. Eintracht Frankfurt)
Ordinarily I’d have backed Frankfurt to win this one on home soil, but the Eagles have lost their last three matches without scoring and face a Freiburg side enjoying an outstanding first campaign back in the top flight. Petersen not only set up both goals in the Black Forest club’s last away game - a 2-2 draw at Hamburg - he also netted his only Bundesliga hat-trick to date against Eintracht in 2014/15 (in a 4-1 success at the Schwarzwald-Stadion). Can he fire Freiburg to victory again this weekend?
Robert Bauer (7.15M, vs. Darmstadt)
Former Ingolstadt defender Bauer scored his only career goal to date against Darmstadt, but having registered nine points in both the last two matchdays, the Bremen man might have done enough to earn himself a place in my starting XI this weekend. Moreover, exactly half of those points came from won duels. With Darmstadt fighting tooth and nail to stay up, I expect Bauer to be involved in plenty of challenges on Saturday, too.