The excitement is building, as on Friday, for the first time ever, points will be distributed in the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. For me personally this is the biggest event since the invention of the ball. We are all entering new territory this weekend. And by the way new territory is a key term, because several players will make their debuts for new clubs this weekend. Divided into three price categories, I have outlined, which players you should buy for your team.
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The top-5 transfers between 13 and 15 million
For me personally, Kevin Volland (14m) is the top transfer in this price segment, and I have included him in my fantasy team. The former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim player fits perfectly into Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s system. The left footed striker guarantees goals, assists, and shots on goal, and is therefore a sure-fire point getter. Andre Schürrle, meanwhile, impressed with a strong performance in the first round of the DFB Cup. Schürrle seems to be tailor-made for Tuchel’s system and is therefore worth the 13 million outlay.
The same is true for Christoph Kramer (13m), who I'm backing to blossom after returning to Borussia Mönchengladbach from Bayer Leverkusen. Brazilian defender Naldo (14m) will definitely become an important puzzle piece at his new club FC Schalke 04, futhermore his strong tackling and goal scoring skill should also make him a strong candidate to play at the heart of your fantasy teams' backline. FC Bayern München’s summer signing Mats Hummels is ranked slightly below Naldo only on account of his 15 million price tag. Hummels will also most likely be involved in fewer tackles than Naldo, but on the other hand is expected to get more points for clean sheets than the Brazilian.
The top-5 transfers between 10 and 12 million
Mario Gomez would have been highly ranked no matter his value. Being surrounded by the likes of Daniel Didavi, Julian Draxler, and Daniel Caliguri, I'd back Gomez to score by the bucket load. However, Gomez will not be available on Matchday 1, and I would therefore suggest buying him a little later in the season. Matt 'The Expert' will tell you why.
In midfield I would suggest buying Sebastian Rode (12m) and Alen Halilovic (11m). Both players have completely different skill sets. Rode is a tackling machine, and therefore gains most of his points through his defensive qualities. Halilovic, meanwhile, is a more attack-minded player. Marc Bartra also presents himself as a prudent purchase. Despite not being a tackling monster like his teammate Rode, the Spaniard will certainly have a good points tally at the end of the season. Jannik Vestergaard (12m) should be ranked higher, but it is hard to tell how many minutes the tall Dane will get at his new club.
The top-5 transfers for less than ten million
Branimir Hrgota remains a top pick after the first round of the DFB Cup. The Swede was the best player for Eintracht Frankfurt, as he managed to score for his new club. You can be certain that Hrgota will score on a regular basis for Frankfurt, and with a price of just 6 million he will be the perfect alternate forward for your fantasy squad.
Bobby Wood (8m) is my second choice. The US international appears to be the first-choice striker at the Hamburger SV. Furthermore, Wood should benefit from the service provided by the likes of Filip Kostic and Alen Halilovic. Wood could be an excellent choice if he manages to stay in the starting eleven. Following the two strikers are two midfielders that are not known for tbeing flashy: Kevin Vogt (8m, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), and Tobias Strobl (9m, Borussia Mönchengladbach). Artjom Rudnevs (7m) is my final choice, as the Latvian striker had a strong pre-season, and is expected to start against SV Darmstadt 98. The reward may out the risk should you choose to put him in your starting line-up.
Alright my friends that is it from my part, as I have to finish the final touches on my own Fantasy squad. Remember, keep your eyes peeled when you are putting together your squad, and watch out for those hidden gems. I'll be doing the same
Scout's honour, Flo
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