- The Coach decided against picking four-goal Aubameyang on Matchday 10.
- Weiser still ticks all the boxes.
- Fixture knowledge the key.
My wife would likely describe it as paranormal activity, but Matchday 10 got me thinking.
I came away with another 100-point haul courtesy of five players scoring in double digits, pretty good right? But I had to listen on with a streak of envy as a colleague of mine at Bundesliga headquarters revelled in every goal his Official Fantasy Bundesliga captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted as his points tally went through the roof.
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Aiming for a double-digit minimum
With Borussia Dortmund up against a Hamburger SV outfit in dire straits, I had toyed with the idea of bringing in BVB's star striker, but ultimately plumped for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Why you ask? Well coming into Matchday 10, Aubameyang had only scored more than six points twice in his last five outings, while Choupo-Moting had racked up 32 points in three games before a minor knock kept him sidelined.
So it begged the question: Is plumping for players who will guarantee a steady stream of points, but may not often break double digits a more successful approach than picking players like Aubameyang, who don’t guarantee a steady return, but can produce the odd phenomenal performance?
Live by the sword, die by the sword?
Now if you’ve been following my coverage of the Official Fantasy Bundesliga, you’ll know I’m more of the gambling type. No risk, no reward, right? However, I’ve been going back and forth on the idea ever since the end of play on Sunday and my honest opinion is that this is far from a black and white situation.
Ultimately a blend of the two is the only way to move forward. If you have a team of high-risk players that don’t win a lot of challenges and rely upon their goal-scoring abilities alone, sure you may have a standout week, but you’re also in danger of sucking out. If you go purely for the slow and steady approach, you’ll likely never have a weekend that you can really brag about, but could slowly creep up the standings.
Few players fit both categories
Hertha Berlin’s Mitchell Weiser is one of the exceptions to the rule considering he’s only once scored below six points, but has also enjoyed returns of 14 points or more on four occasions. Even the highest-scoring player in the game, Anthony Modeste, has twice picked up just five points on a weekend, including Matchday 10.
So this is where my tinkering mindset comes in. Boasting the likes of Marcel Halstenberg, Julian Weigl and Benjamin Henrichs, the core of my team is built on the premise of a steady stream of points. My three transfers every week are aimed at picking players that could have that standout performance against a weaker opponent.
Choupo-Moting picked up 10 points, which wasn’t bad, but playing as the lone striker it could have been better. That gamble didn’t pay off in hindsight, but it was still a gamble worth taking. So I’d encourage you to frisk the fixtures every week to try and work out who may struggle and who may soar. As I’ve proven, it won’t come off every time, but as my colleague on the weekend said "15 million for 50 points - bargain!".
Never tactics bored,
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