My gut and I have not been friends since last weekend – just so you know. I have always been able to rely on my gut feeling to choose the right captain for my Official Fantasy Bundesliga team this season. But it was a disaster on Matchday 30.
First of all, I plumped for Sandro Wagner (5 points) over Kerem Demirbay (10), then for Robert Lewandowski (4) instead of Max Kruse (23) and finally for Jannik Vestergaard (5) in place of Raphael Guerreiro (13). Aaargh!
Nico Elvedi (DF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, 6.85M)
Elvedi’s start under Dieter Hecking was not a happy one as the Swiss defender suffered an injury and lost his place in the starting XI. He has returned to the starting side in the last four games, however, and showed especially against Hertha and Cologne what he’s all about, collecting 27 Fantasy points in those two matches alone. Following defeats against Hoffenheim and Dortmund, Gladbach’s run-in is now against teams in the bottom reaches of the table. That could make Elvedi a top bargain for the final four matchdays. Don’t miss out!
Willi Orban (DF, RB Leipzig, 11.9M)
Willi Orban is one of the fantasy stars of this season with 238 points so far. You therefore don’t need a scout to know that Orban is a top signing. He was suspended for the last home game against Freiburg, so some of you may have sold him. Those of you who didn’t bring him back in last week should absolutely do so now with Ingolstadt the guests in Leipzig. Die Schanzer typically put in a lot of challenges, which could lead to a big haul for Orban. He’s also a candidate for the captain’s armband.
Dominik Kohr (MF, FC Augsburg, 9.9M)
Dominik Kohr was forced to watch Augsburg’s 3-1 defeat to Frankfurt from the stands due to suspension. That’s actually a positive for all fantasy coaches as the midfield enforcer, who averages 13.5 challenges per 90 minutes, cannot be suspended again for accumulation of yellow cards. "Hardkohr" will once again return to give all he has against Hamburg, and that is always a reliable source of points in Official Fantasy Bundesliga.
Thiago Alcantara (MF, FC Bayern Munich, 14.7M)
Watch: Thiago signs new Bayern deal
The champions will still be incredibly disappointed following their DFB Cup exit to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, but I reckon there will be an instant reaction at Wolfsburg. There is now no reason for Carlo Ancelotti to rest players, and the Italian will send his best team out onto the pitch. That, of course, includes Thiago. Anyone who had previously not signed the Spaniard because they had worries about him being rotated in and out of the team no longer needs be concerned. Thiago is nailed on in my and Ancelotti’s midfield. What about yours?
Max Kruse (ST, Werder Bremen 11.7M)
Watch: Walking in a Werder wonderland
Max Kruse is the form striker in the Bundesliga and has contributed more goals than anyone else since Christmas with eleven goals and four assists. Werder may have a tough set of remaining fixtures, but there is plenty of reason to believe in Alexander Nouri’s side based on their current form (eight wins and two draws in their last ten). Kruse currently has 13 goals this season, and I’m going to stick my neck on the line and say he’ll finish with at least 15. He might even reach this mark on Saturday against Hertha – it wouldn’t surprise me!
I will as ever follow my three golden rules this matchday and hope for a top-ten finish at the end of the weekend. And Thiago will help with that as one of three new signings.