Matchday 24 proved to be a flummoxing round of fixtures! Other than Robert Lewandowski's goalscoring exploits, upsets were the order of the day, especially from an Official Fantasy Bundesliga perspective.
Naby Keita scored less than seven points for only the second time in his last 16 starts, Sandro Wagner's goalscoring drought continued and Mathew Leckie made the Official Fantasy Bundesliga Team of the Week without chipping in with a goal or an assist. Madness! Well here’s hoping this weekend goes more according to the script, and I've got three fixtures that I reckon could provide strong returns.
Dortmund hit another bump in the road last weekend, but even with a rescheduled midweek cup tie against Sportfreunde Lotte, I reckon that they'll bounce back on home soil. BVB have never lost at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK under Thomas Tuchel, while Ingolstadt have failed to pick up a win in their last three outings. The fact Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (23) has almost scored as many goals as the entire Ingolstadt side (24) says it all.
Andre Schürrle (MF, 77pts, 12.45M): With Marco Reus out injured, Schürrle's trigger-happy nature and average of just under 10 challenges won a game should provide dividends.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FW, 207pts, 17M): Aubameyang is a must have. He may be a bit hit and miss in Official Fantasy Bundesliga, but when he hits, he hits big!
Both sides picked up wins last weekend, but it's Wolfsburg who have the potential to ensure their form is more than just a flash in the pan. The Wolves are unbeaten under Andries Jonker, who appears to have the magic touch when it comes to getting the best out of Mario Gomez. Keep that button at the ready! However, what speaks volumes is that Darmstadt haven’t picked up a single point on foreign soil and I can’t see that changing this weekend.
Robin Knoche (DF, 68pts, 6.1M): Knoche should start given Wolfsburg's lack of defensive options. He's picked up 25 points in the Wolves' last three wins and won’t break the bank.
Mario Gomez (FW, 152pts, 12.8M): Scored the winner against Leipzig and won the most challenges (18) of any player on the pitch. In this type of form, he’s hard to ignore.
Bremen are unbeaten in their last four, but my gut tells me that their run of form will be cut short on Saturday when they face a Leipzig side with a big point to prove after defeat to Wolfsburg. Now 10 points adrift of Bayern at the top, the newly promoted side’s priority will be staving off any challenge Dortmund and Hoffenheim pose, starting with the game against Bremen, who have the fourth-worst home record this season.
Marcel Halstenberg (DF, 183pts, 10.5M): Averages 10 challenges won a game and has set-pieces in his locker to boot. A slightly cheaper, but very effective alternative to Willi Orban.
Stefan Ilsanker (MF, 142pts, 8.7M): Want a player who guarantees points no matter the result? Ilsanker's your man. He’s notched seven points or more in his last five appearances.
Only Darmstadt have a worse record away from home this season than Schalke, so don't write off Mainz's star players this weekend. Three transfers, three chances to make an impact before the international break, so don’t let them go to waste.
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