If you want to be successful in Official Fantasy Bundesliga then you need to be able to assemble a crack squad to lead you to the title. The key for picking defenders is how many challenges they win. bundesliga.com brings you the top ten Fantasy defenders from last season.

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1) Jonas Hector (KOE, 257 points)

Cologne’s Germany international was the best defender in the game for 2016/17. He was regularly deployed in midfield by Peter Stöger last season but was consistently a top performer. Can you afford not to include him?

2) Jannik Vestergaard (BMG, 239 points)

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Great Dane is not just important in defence but his almost two-metre tall frame makes him an asset going forward too. He provides plenty of goals – and therefore points – from set pieces.

3) Willi Orban (RBL, 238 points)

Orban was one of the key performers in the RB Leipzig side to finish second as their on-field leader. It would be unimaginable to drop him, so you can’t go wrong by signing him.

4) Frederik Sörensen (KOE, 232 points)

The second Cologne player in the top five as the Dane impressed at both centre-back and full-back. There will be added competition in the Billy Goats’ defence this season, but don’t let that put you off.

5) Marcel Halstenberg (RBL, 231 points)

Yet another Leipzig player who had a strong campaign. Halstenberg was an almost ever-present down the left for RB and was impressive in both defending and going forward. The perfect candidate for your team?


6) Benjamin Hübner (TSG, 223 points)

His move from Ingolstadt to Hoffenheim a year ago seems to have been the perfect transfer for Hübner. He firmly established himself in a back-three and is now even more important to TSG following the departure of Niklas Süle to Bayern.

7) Sokratis (BVB, 214 points)

The defensive leader at Borussia Dortmund loves a battle and rarely loses a challenge. Despite added competition from new signing Ömer Toprak, new Dortmund boss Peter Bosz will surely not be able to ignore his qualities.

8) Bastian Oczipka (S04, 214 points)

It’s no surprise that Schalke have brought him in from Frankfurt as a defensive reinforcement. Oczipka did an excellent job down the Eintracht left last season, picking up an impressive 214 points for the Eagles.

9) David Alaba (FCB, 202 points)

Bayern Munich’s best defender in terms of points was also one of the most dangerous defenders in front of the opposition goal. He found the back of the net four times last season for Bayern, including three direct free-kicks. Definitely a not-so-secret weapon in your backline.

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10) Mats Hummels (FCB, 201 points)

Following his move to Bavaria from Dortmund, Hummels immediately took over responsibility for the record champions’ defence as well as putting in a string of top performances. A sure-fire source of points for any Fantasy manager.

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