As it does for the 18 Bundesliga head coaches, the winter break offers Official Fantasy Bundesliga players a chance to reassess and fine tune their teams as they go on the hunt for exclusive prizes.
1)Manuel Neuer(FC Bayern München, 95pts)
But who has impressed most in the opening 16 games of the 2016/17 campaign and who has racked up the most points in their respective position? bundesliga.com breaks down the numbers, starting with five players who have picked up 48 points on account of not missing a minute of action thus far…the goalkeepers.
Bayern currently occupy top spot in the Bundesliga, but have faced a greater challenge at the summit this season. Nevertheless, Bayern’s shot stopper is still almost 20 points clear of his closest competitor in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga stakes. The record titleholders have kept eight clean sheets with Neuer picking up 40 points as a result. If the German international goes on to equal or better his 20 shuts out from 2015/16 campaign, then Neuer could more than double his current tally in the second half of the season.
Watch: click the video below to see who the top five Official Fantasy Bundesliga players have been this season:
2)Lukas Hradecky(Eintracht Frankfurt, 77pts)
Sitting in the top four and boasting the second-best defensive record in Germany’s top flight, it’s fair to say that Frankfurt are flying high in 2016/17. Head coach Niko Kovac’s use of a three-man backline has plugged gaps in an otherwise leaky backline, but the improved performances of Hradecky have proven pivotal. Helped by the fact that Eintracht have only conceded more than once in a game twice this season, the Finn has racked up an impressive tally of 77 points, 35 of which have come from clean sheets.
Perhaps a surprise to see Marwin Hitz in the top five, but the Augsburg goalkeeper is worthy of his place. Die Fuggerstädter currently sit in 12th place, but also have the joint-sixth best defensive record in the current campaign having conceded just 17 times. Hitz has profited from the six clean sheets his side have kept, while fantasy players have profited from the fact the Swiss international is called into action more often than other keepers, earning him a whopping 27 points for shots saved.