All good things come to an end and, sadly, the same is true even for the Bundesliga. And there is something still worse: the Fantasy Manager will also head off for a well-deserved summer holiday after Matchday 34.
Sead Kolasinac(DF,Schalke, 11.3M)
Before then, there are still three Matchdays left, though Matchday 32 represents the last of the season with staggered kick-offs. From Matchday 33, tactics in the Bundesliga will still play a part, but much less so for all you Fantasy Managers, who will not be able to tweak your line-ups and captains. All you can do is consider your options all week long, make your choices and then pray they were the right ones.
For the moment, though, my three golden rules still ring true, so stick to them. My A-Team for Matchday 32 covers four of the five kick-off times, which means you can still rotate your squad and the captain's armband to your advantage. These five players could also help…
Marco Reus(MF,Dortmund, 14.25M)
If you're looking for a cheap, reliable defender, then I have just the man for you. The absences of Niklas Stark, John Anthony Brooks and Fabian Lustenberger have thrust the 19-year-old Torunarigha into the spotlight and he has not been dazzled. Despite the 2-0 loss to Bremen, the teenager showed he is a natural-born defender. His imposing physique means his strength is quite literally his strength, unforgiving in the tackle and blessed with the pace to catch even the most fleet-footed forwards. He won 70 per cent of his challenges at the Weser Stadium, and given he is likely to be even busier against RB Leipzig, you can cash in.
Not a week goes by without a Bremen player being in my thoughts. But you just need to take a look at the Rückrunde table — Alexander Nouri's men are second only to Bayern (31 points) with 29 points in the second half of the season — to see the reason for my one-track mind. His partnership with the red-hot Max Kruse means Bartels has been a major factor in that success. He has also been a real boon for his Fantasy Managers, racking up a mammoth 45 points in the last four games. Bremen's run-in isn't easy — Cologne (a), Hoffenheim (h) and Dortmund (a) — but the fact Bartels will play on Friday means you can easily take him out if he doesn't perform. But if he does…
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Lars Stindl(ST,Mönchengladbach, 14.8m)
With two home games — against Augsburg and Darmstadt — and a single away day in Wolfsburg to come, Gladbach can play a significant role in the relegation battle while also seeking to further their ambitions of qualifying for next season's Europa League. Stindl was mightily impressive in the 2-1 win over Mainz, and for me — given the remaining fixtures — is the second-best bet for you behind Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.
That should give you plenty of Fantasy food for thought.
Don't forget you have to have your transfers all wrapped up by 20:28CEST on Friday evening, so get wheeling and dealing now. The following week, the deadline is 15:28CEST on Saturday. Give it some thought, and draw the maximum from your squad. And have no doubt, I'll be doing the same.