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.
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 of the stand-out midfielders...
Watch: The Top 5 Official Fantasy Bundesliga players of the season so far:
1)Thiago Alcantara(FC Bayern München, 142pts)
Although expensive at 14.1M, the Spanish midfielder is worth every cent. Thiago has impressed in the tackle: 66 of his 142 points have come from challenges won. Three goals and three assists have also contributed to the 25-year-old's impressive points return, as has the fact that he has started 14 of Bayern's 16 games so far this season.