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.
2) Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg, 120pts)
Grifo has been in sensational form this season as promoted Freiburg have . The attacking midfielder has returned 20 points alone from shots on target (the fifth-best in the game), while his certainty to start also makes him a shrewd investment: Grifo has been in the starting line-up for every game this season. He has registered three goals and four assists in that time, making him very nearly the whole package and a snip at 11.9M.
3) Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt, 117pts)
Fabian's return of three goals and four assists ensures him a place in the top three in the list of the Official Fantasy Bundesliga's best midfielders. Having made 13 starts this term, the Mexican superstar also benefits from playing in a side with the second best defence in the Bundesliga: Eintracht have only conceded 12 goals this term. Priced at only 10.95M, the unlimited transfers during the winter break could be handily used to snap up Fabian.
4) Naby Keita (RB Leipzig, 114pts)
The summer signing from FC Salzburg has been a revelation this term as promoted Leipzig have climbed into second place during the winter break. Although expensive at 13.95M in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga, Keita has proved value for money for the three per cent of coaches who own him. Expect the Guinea international to add to his four goals and two assists in the second half of the campaign.
5) Nicolai Müller (Hamburger SV, 114pts)
Although his side have struggled, Müller has thrived for Hamburg this term. A starter in 15 of 16 games this season, the attacking midfielder is the Bundesliga ever-presents' joint-top scorer, having scored four of HSV's 14 goals. The 29-year-old has teed up another two goals, and, priced at just 12.75M, is not even his side's most expensive midfielder – snap him up while you can!