- Experts reveal their top bargain buys.
- Unlimited transfers available during international break.
- Hoffenheim, Leipzig and Leverkusen stars recommended.
If you want to taste success in Official Fantasy Bundesliga, you need to strike the right balance between expensive stars and bargain buys in your team. If you’re still looking for the right mix, now is the time to take advantage of Fantasy Upgrade!
During the international break, you can make unlimited transfers. But which bargain buys will boost your points tally? Our experts are on hand to reveal the best value signings.
The Scout: Kerem Demirbay (1899 Hoffenheim, 3.2m)
I recommended Demirbay ahead of the midweek fixtures recently, but the attacking midfielder has exceeded even my wildest expectations since then. A goal, an assist and 32 successful challenges earned him 29 points from his last three games. With an average like that over the full six fixtures, he would have been the best midfielder in the game. Ahead of a certain Franck Ribery.
Kerem Demirbay’s performances have seen his value increase from 2.8 to 3.2m. That translates in a return on investment of….hmmm….let me think, how do you work out percentages again? Where is Matt when you need him? Anyway, it’s enough to make the Hoffenheim man a must-have.
The Expert: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen, 5.5m)
One of the cheapest regular starters in the game Benjamin Henrichs’ current tally of 47 points is the fourth highest for an Official Fantasy Bundesliga midfielder and the 14th highest points total in the game. Deployed as a full-back by Bayer 04 Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt, Henrichs has won more challenges (he has 28 points in this category) than any other Fantasy midfielder, which more than makes up for the fact that the 19-year-old is ineligible for a clean sheet bonus.
Henrichs, who has also played every minute of Leverkusen's campaign since appearing as an unused substitute on Matchday 1, is one of only three players in the list of highest-scoring midfielders who costs under 10 million (Genki Haraguchi and Diego Demme are the others), while only Hoffenheim’s Kerem Demirbay represents better value for money. What are you waiting for?!
The Coach: Peter Gulasci (RB Leipzig 5.3m)
Everyone loves a good bargain and I’m no different, especially when it comes to my Official Fantasy Bundesliga team. Budget players not only give you the opportunity to rotate your side during a Matchday should a high-value player under perform, they also allow you to allocate funds elsewhere.
That’s why for me Peter Gulasci, one of only two top-flight No1s under 6M, has to be considered one of the best bargains available. He’s only picked up half as many points (22) as Manuel Neuer (15.8M, 44), but he costs almost a third of the price. RB Leipzig have proven a tough nut to crack under Ralph Hasenhüttl and that’s unlikely to change after the international break. The money you save on Gulasci could be the key to you picking the perfect high-value three-man frontline with the fantasy upgrade.
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