- Flo 'The Scout' picks a team of the best players in the Revierderby.
- Six from Dortmund, five from Schalke make up the perfect Revierderby XI.
- Aubameyang and Choupo-Moting expected to get the goals.
While Matt 'The Expert' Howarth will be analysing and computing the number of corners, throw-ins and goals these two sides average, and James 'The Coach' Thorogood will no doubt be speculating about the gameplans Thomas Tuchel and Markus Weinzierl are likely to employ, I am the only one asking the pertinent question this weekend: what would my Fantasy Revierderby team look like?
After careful consideration, here is what I think will be the best XI to accrue maximum Fantasy points.
Roman Bürki (Dortmund, 12.1M)
I cannot expect either team to keep a clean sheet this Saturday, so it's going to be difficult for both goalkeepers to pick up Fantasy points, but Bürki has, in my opinion, the better chance of keeping his opponents at bay, and that is why he would be in my goal.
Naldo (Schalke, 13.8M)
The summer recruit from VfL Wolfsburg lost his starting berth earlier this season, but some effective performances have seen him muscle his way back into the starting XI lately. In addition to his defensive qualities, Naldo also impresses with a great goalscoring threat. His first goal for Schalke is therefore looking imminent.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Dortmund, 13.3M)
In the 3-3 draw against Ingolstadt, the Greek stopper was sorely missed, but he showed on his return in the DFB Cup in midweek what a model athlete he is, going the whole 120-minute distance. Thanks to his determination to enter into – and win – tackles, he is an ideal choice for any Fantasy manager.
Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke, 11.2M)
As a Schalke player through and through, Höwedes is going to be particularly motivated for this derby. On average, the Schalke captain wins 8.3 tackles for each 90 minutes he plays, but I expect him to have an extra portion of adrenaline in Dortmund and push this up into double figures.
Julian Weigl (Dortmund, 13.4M)
He sits in front of the defence and has fantastic feet: Weigl has picked up 24 points alone in his last four games by winning tackles. Against Schalke, where nobody can be expected to hold back, Weigl is just the right man to pick up points in this department.
Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke, 9.65M)
The new signing is in exceptional form and has netted three goals in the past two games. He was also given a bit of a rest in midweek, when he played just an hour, and that should make him extra fresh to let off some steam in his first derby.
Watch: Bentaleb finding his feet at Schalke:
Leon Goretzka (Schalke, 11.1M)
Goretzka is a skilful and potent midfielder, but at the same time he is strong in the tackle. That is an excellent combination for the Bundesliga, and for Official Fantasy Bundesliga.
Christian Pulisic (Dormtund, 9.05M)
The USA international proved in Ingolstadt that he is the man for the important goals and he is already showing willingness to take on responsibility, which could make him a key figure in the derby too.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Schalke, 13.4M)
Returned from injury to play the final half hour of Schalke's DFB Cup win and that was enough to prime him for a start at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. His enthusiasm and eagerness make him a good choice in Official Fantasy Bundesliga.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund, 15.7M)
Dortmund's goalgetter has not only scored in each of his side's past two Bundesliga matches, he has also already scored four goals in previous Revierderbies. I, just like Thomas Tuchel, cannot do without him leading my attack.
Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund, 12.5M)
The 19-year-old raw diamond is one of the best assist providers in the Bundesliga. His dribbling and build-up play compensate for his lack of goals (he has scored just one this season), and they have helped him pick up 54 points already, despite regularly springing from the bench.
So there it is, my top 11 for the Revierderby. "Such a dream team is unaffordable," I hear you say. Well not quite – this star-studded troop would set you back 'just' 135.2 million, leaving you a bit left over for reserves. So, let's get this derby going! Do we really have to wait until Saturday?
Your Scout Flo