Robert Lewandowski is the highest scoring Official Fantasy Bundesliga player, but goals aren't necessarily the only way for strikers to be successful. - © imago
Robert Lewandowski is the highest scoring Official Fantasy Bundesliga player, but goals aren't necessarily the only way for strikers to be successful. - © imago
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The Expert: Official Fantasy frontline options

We’re five matchdays into the new campaign and I’m happy to announce that my team is improving week by week! I’ve also learned never to drop Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez from my starting XI. Not that that happened last weekend. It really didn’t. Honestly.

Have you set up your team yet? No?! Then what are you waiting for - get over to the Official Fantasy Manager page now!

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Leckie flying high

I trust you’ve read my previous two columns (whether you enjoyed them is another matter) - and now know which qualities to look out for in Official Fantasy Bundesliga defenders and midfielders. As there isn’t a great deal of science behind choosing the right goalkeeper (spoiler alert: clean sheets = points!), let’s take a closer look at the strikers in the game.

What can I tell you about the Fantasy Bundesliga strikers? Well, you’ll be stunned to hear - or maybe you won’t if you’ve been reading my columns - that goals are not the highest source of points for Official Fantasy Bundesliga strikers. Neither are attempts or assists.

Granted, Robert Lewandowski (63 points), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (44) and Anthony Modeste (57), three of the four players currently on four or more goals for the season, are also among the top four highest-scoring strikers in the game. Vedad Ibisevic (48), who scored his second and third goals of the campaign on Matchday 5, is third. Mathew Leckie, yet to score this season, is fifth. Wait, what?

Which strikers am I looking to sign?

Chicharito, who scored a superb hat-trick on Matchday 5, is only three places higher than Poulsen on 37 points, having registered four league goals so far. The Mexican’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen colleague Joel Pohjanpalo, also on four goals for the season, is down in 25th (on 26 points). To cut a long story short, goals alone do not guarantee a place among the creme de la creme of Fantasy Bundesliga strikers.

What does that mean for your Fantasy side? Well, you’d have to expect the likes of Müller and Chicharito to score enough goals over the course of the campaign to join Lewandowski, Aubameyang and Modeste at the very top of the highest-scoring forwards chart. Eventually, the strikers with the most goals will rise to the top (are you listening, Mathew!).

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