• The Coach has axed underperforming stars.
  • Just three players have survived from Matchday 1.
  • Challenges won the driving force behind choices.

There are less than 24 hours to take advantage of unlimited transfers during the international break and give your Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad a makeover. This week, our insiders reveal how they used the Fantasy Upgrade to overhaul their team from Matchday 1 to the line-up they’re sending out on Matchday 7. Last up: James ‘The Coach’ Thorogood.

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Normally I’m not a fan of international breaks, mainly because watching England gives me nowhere near as much pleasure as watching the Bundesliga, but let’s not open that can of worms! However, this time round the Fantasy Upgrade made the lack of football all the more bearable and gave me 12 days to tinker with my team to my heart’s content.

As a result I’ve breathed new life into my squad, set out new targets and prioritised certain qualities in my players that I believe can take me to the top of the table with just three members of my original side surviving the cuts. I’ve done my part, now it’s time for the players to deliver.


Manuel Neuer (15.8M), Christofer Heimeroth (1.4M)

No other Bundesliga keeper is performing as consistently as FC Bayern München's Manuel Neuer. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

The safest pair of hands in the Bundesliga, there was a reason Matt ‘The Expert’ picked Bayern’s shot-stopper supreme as his “irreplaceable”. Neuer holds similar stock in my mind, considering that he will be the most reliable source of clean sheet points from now until the end of the season.


Jonathan Tah (12.3M), Raphael Guerreiro (11.3M) Frederik Sörensen (10.7M), Nico Elvedi (7M), Konstantinos Stafylidis (6.7M)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's next five fixtures should see them climb the rankings and I'm expecting Jonathan Tah to reap the benefits. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Prioritising clean sheets was a mistake I made with my backline when Official Fantasy Bundesliga kicked off. Far more valuable are players that will guarantee a points return for challenges won. I didn’t have to break the bank to draft in Nico Elvedi and Konstantinos Stafylidis, while Jonathan Tah and Frederik Sörensen both have a favourable run of fixtures ahead of them. Raphael Guerreiro will be in my team when he’s fit, but for Matchday 7, I’m eyeing Matthias Ginter as his replacement.

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Julian Weigl (13.3M), Kevin Kampl (12.4M), Vincenzo Grifo (11.5M), Benjamin Henrichs (5.5M), Kerem Demirbay (3.2M)

Julian Weigl is the big-money signing in midfield © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

My midfield selections gave me the most headaches. Benjamin Henrichs and Kerem Demirbay were must haves on account of their value rank amongst high-scoring midfielders. Vincenzo Grifo and Kevin Kampl are two of the most well-rounded fantasy players as they pose a threat up front and aren’t afraid to get stuck into challenges. Julian Weigl got the final nod. Despite only coming off the bench on Matchday 1, the Dortmund youngster is just six points shy of being the top-scoring fantasy midfielder on account of him winning an average of just under 12 challenges a game.


Robert Lewandowski (15.7M), Anthony Modeste (14.8M), Jhon Cordoba (12.5M)

Yes Anthony Modeste, I am watching you! If you tail off like last season, Chicharito and Yussuf Poulsen are waiting in the wings. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Lewandowski is a no-brainer, which is why he’s the only outfield player to have survived since Matchday 1. For my other two spots up front I had a choice between four players. With Köln at home to Ingolstadt and Mainz hosting Darmstadt though, Modeste and Cordoba pipped Chicharito and Yussuf Poulsen to the post. I’ll be keeping a close eye on Modeste in particular. Last season he scored six goals in the opening eight games, but then failed to find the net from Matchday 9 through 16. The first sign of that happening again and I won’t hesitate to drop the hammer.

So since Matchday 1, big name players like David Alaba, Arturo Vidal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have fallen by the wayside. Stars aren’t the key in this game, players with passion, drive and an enviable work ethic are what I, as a coach, am looking for and I’ve reckon I’ve got a great blend of all those qualities. Flo, watch your back!

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