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. Unsure who to deploy at the heart of your team in midfield? Well, bundesliga.com brings you the top ten Fantasy midfielders from last season.
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1) Naby Keita (RBL, 273 points)
The 22-year-old was the heart of the Leipzig team with an outstanding campaign in 2016/17. Quick, assured on the ball and creative – Keita won over many fans last season after quickly acclimatising to life in the Bundesliga following his move from Salzburg. The Guinean’s inclusion in your team comes at a price, but he guarantees points.
2) Thiago (FCB, 250 points)
Thiago joined Bayern Munich from Barcelona in 2013 at the request of then-boss Pep Guardiola. After three injury-hit years spent finding his feet in the Bundesliga, he finally matured last season under Carlo Ancelotti. If last term’s efforts are anything to go by, he would be an automatic choice for any Fantasy manager in 2017/18.
3) Sebastian Rudy (FCB, 245 points)
Sebastian Rudy was everywhere for Hoffenheim last year doing everything. He’s not a hard tackler, nor an aggressive leader but a fine passer of the ball with that key ability to make the right decision. He ended last season as the third-best midfielder in Official Fantasy Bundesliga, and now he has joined the champions Bayern. A top man for your top team!
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4) Leon Goretzka (S04, 239 points)
The 22-year-old shone during Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph in Russia, scoring three goals and being named the third-best player of the tournament after Julian Draxler and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez. Goretzka had already shown his incredible talent during the season with Schalke, and he looks set to only get better this campaign.
5) Arjen Robben (FCB, 238 points)
The evergreen Dutchman has been with Bayern for eight seasons now, and despite being 33 he seems to be just as good as ever down the right wing. Will he go left? Will he go right? We all know the answer but it’s still so hard for defenders to stop him. Surely a must for your Fantasy side?
6) Diego Demme (RBL, 238 points)
Called up to Germany’s Confederations Cup squad after a season described as “a fairy tale” by his coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, Diego Demme’s rise has been meteoric. Demme has been with Leipzig since they were in the third tier, becoming the focal point of their midfield. A win for any team, including yours.
7) Jerome Gondorf (SVW, 220 points)
Finishing the season with the seventh-most amount of points is a massive achievement for a player who was predominantly on the losing side as Darmstadt were relegated. He is now with Werder Bremen, where sporting director Frank Baumann has described him as “a hard-working, combative midfielder who can add a lot to our play.” Without doubt a steal for your squad.
8) Kerem Demirbay (TSG, 218 points)
Demirbay has rediscovered his swagger at Hoffenheim after a disappointing time with Hamburg. “Kerem has improved massively in his first year with us and exceeded all expectations we had of him. But we still believe there’s even more to come from him,” said TSG sporting director Alexander Rosen. If you agree then there must be a place in your team for him.
9) Vincenzo Grifo (BMG, 211 points)
Vincenzo Grifo has been one of the shining lights in two impressive seasons at Freiburg as they won promotion and then qualified for the Europa League. No wonder, then, that Borussia Mönchengladbach came calling for his services over the summer. “His quality gives us more flexibility in attack,” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said. What more encouragement do you need to sign him than that appraisal from one of the Bundesliga’s best eyes for talent?
10) Z. Junuzovic (SVW) / D. Caligiuri (S04, both 199 points)
One is his team’s captain and almost led Werder Bremen from the brink of relegation and into the Europa League. The other made a big impression after signing for Schalke in the winter with his flexibility both on the left and right wings. Zlatko Junuzovic and Daniel Caligiuri give you a firm foundation on which to build your team.
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