- Matt keeps faith with Robert Lewandowski.
- Raphael Guerreiro returns to Flo's squad.
- James' five has a very Ruhr district feel to it.
All three Official Fantasy Bundesliga insiders had reason to be happy on Matchday 9: For the second week in a row, Matt "The Expert" Howarth picked the strongest team of the "Project 50" crew.
James "The Coach" Thorogood had a personal-best haul of 136 points and Flo "The Scout" Reinecke defended his lead on his fellow insiders in the overall game with a respectable 124 points.
Before the last Matchday, the "Expert" picked 1. FC Köln's right-sided duo Frederik Sörensen and Marcel Risse, RB Leipzig's Marvin Compper at the back, with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's surprise package Kerem Demirbay up ahead with FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski leading the line. That quintet earned 58 points. James (47 points) and Flo (45) could only watch on. Who will have the last laugh this weekend? Remember, it's two defenders, two midfielders and a striker with an in-game budget of 50M!
Matt 'The Expert' Howarth
I'm looking to make it three Project 50 victories in a row on Matchday 10. James and Flo will be quaking in their boots when they see my team...
- Mitchell Weiser (DF, Hertha Berlin, 11.55M) The highest-scoring defender in the game, Weiser is not only effective at both ends of the pitch, he has also won a heck of a lot of points through successful challenges this season. I’m backing him to come out on top in the majority of his duels against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday.
- Pascal Stenzel (DF, SC Freiburg, 1.9M) The Borussia Dortmund loanee picked up 10 points in SC Freiburg’s last home game against FC Augsburg. With struggling VfL Wolfsburg visiting the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Saturday, Stenzel should reach double figures again on Matchday 10.
- Benjamin Henrichs (MF, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 5.7M) I picked Henrichs in my original Project 50 side on Matchday 8. I’m not a fan of choosing the same players over and over again, but Henrichs was outstanding in Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s UEFA Champions League victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. I couldn’t leave him out.
- Naby Keita (MF, RB Leipzig, 13.35M) RB Leipzig face a tricky encounter at home to in-form 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday, but Keita has come up trumps in big games this season. I’m hoping the Guinean international can add to his personal tally of three league goals at the Red Bull Arena.
- Robert Lewandowski (FW, FC Bayern München, 16.05M) Yes, I know I had him in my side last week, but If you can afford him you might as well use him. With four goals in his last two appearances in all competitions, Lewandowski is back to his best. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are flying high this term, but can they keep Lewy quiet on Saturday? I suspect not.
Flo 'The Scout' Reinecke
Despite managing 45 points, I only took third place on the last Matchday. I have to save face in front of my colleagues. But with these grains for those headless chickens, it'll be all over this weekend - thanks to these five players…
- Sead Kolasinac (DF, FC Schalke 04, 10M): I fell in love with his unbelievable stats at during the goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund in the Revierderby. SV Werder Bremen are favourable opponents for the Royal Blues on Sunday.
- Raphael Guerreiro (DF, Borussia Dortmund, 11.15M): My favourite defender in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga is back after a break, and I'm celebrating that fact with by giving the Portuguese defender, who has lined up in midfield in recent weeks, a place in my five-a-side team.
- Marco Fabian (MF, Eintracht Frankfurt, 10.85M): Fabian scored against the champions FC Bayern München when Eintracht Frankfurt were down to 10 men. Why should he not manage a goal against 1. FC Köln.? Fabian loves the big stage, so the game against Köln should be right up his street.
- Alessandro Schöpf (MF, FC Schalke 04, 6.9M): The Austrian is up against the weakest defence in the league when Schalke take on Bremen. I think I can smell a first goal for the attacking midfielder.
- Dario Lezcano (FW, FC Ingolstadt, 10.4M): Sure, Ingolstadt only have two points on the board, but they could add to that haul against FC Augsburg. Lezcano, meanwhile, is guaranteed to score points, regardless of the result.
James 'The Coach' Thorogood
If Anthony Modeste hadn’t missed a penalty last weekend I’d have come out on top. On Matchday 10 I’m backing four players who I recommended in my favourable fixtures article - live by the sword, die by the sword!
- Sokratis (DF, Borussia Dortmund, 13.3M) He didn’t play last time I picked him in my Project 50 side, but Sokratis is a must-have for me based on challenges won and the fact that I can’t see a Hamburg side, who have scored just once on foreign soil, spoiling any clean sheet points.
- Benno Schmitz (DF, RB Leipzig, 1.4M) A risky decision, but with Lukas Klostermann and Bernardo out injured, Benno Schmitz should return to the Leipzig starting line-up. Based on the way the newly-promoted side have been playing they should stifle a Mainz side weary from their midweek exploits.
- Alessandro Schöpf (MF, FC Schalke 04, 6.9M) A mainstay of Schalke’s starting line-up in recent weeks, Schöpf has racked up 28 points in his last four games and you have to fancy the in-form Royal Blues’ chances at home to Werder Bremen.
- Andre Schürrle (MF, Borussia Dortmund, 12.65M) Hamburg could be forced to field their fourth-choice keeper on Saturday and as a result I would expect Dortmund to have a field day in front of goal. Schürrle poses a goal threat, but is very handy when it comes to challenges won as well.
- Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FW, FC Schalke 04, 13.4M) Choupo-Moting should start up front just like he did in midweek on account of Embolo, Huntelaar and Di Santo all being sidelined so, taking into account he has picked up 26 points from challenges won alone this season, he could be in for a big tally this weekend.