• Köln's Hector earns a Bundesliga-high 87 points for duels won.
  • Bayern man Thiago tops midfielders' category.
  • Leipzig forward Poulsen leads from front.

If you're a football fan who likes your Official Fantasy Bundesliga team to have bark and bite, we have the men who can provide it as runs down the top ball-winners of the Hinrunde.

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Jonas Hector gives 1. FC Köln a lot going forward, but the Germany international certainly does not neglect his day job. The left-back registered the most points for duels won of any Bundesliga player as he proved an almost impassable barrier to his team's goal.

Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln, 87 pts, 14.9M)

Willi Orban (RB Leipzig, 81 pts, 11.65M)

Douglas Santos (Hamburger SV, 75 pts, 10M)

Frederik Sörensen (1. FC Köln, 75 pts, 11M)

Wendell (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 75 pts, 12.4M)

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Thiago Alcantara's ball-winning skills have served Bayern well. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA


Thiago Alcantara adds silk to the FC Bayern München midfield, but the Spain international also provides a surprising amount of steel, winning the most duels of any Bundesliga midfielder in the Hinrunde.

Thiago (FC Bayern München, 66 pts, 14.1M)

Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 58 pts, 5.7M)

Diego Demme (RB Leipzig, 56 pts, 7M)

Sebastian Rudy (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 54 pts, 10.8M)

Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund, 54 pts, 13.3M)

Yussuf Poulsen has been useful to Leipzig with and without the ball. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA


If RB Leipzig have made such an impact this season, their hard-running, high-energy game has been a major contributor to their success, and no-one embodies their play better than the combative Yussuf Poulsen. The Denmark international's lung-bursting efforts as his team's first line of defence and as the go-to-guy in times of trouble would have netted you a handsome 70 points.

Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig, 70 pts, 12.35M)

Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt 04, 66 pts, 13.7M)

Sandro Wagner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, 60 pts, 14.7M)

Jhon Cordoba (1. FSV Mainz 05, 60 pts, 13M)

Dong-Won Ji (FC Augsburg, 54 pts, 5.9M)

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