Seven different teams had players break into the Official Fantasy Bundesliga Team of the Week with moneybags full of points on Matchday 32, but who left with the biggest loot?
Making his first Bundesliga appearance in over three years, the veteran goalkeeper played his part in the champions’ narrow victory over Darmstadt. He saved Hamit Altintop’s 86th-minute penalty to ultimately condemn the Lilies to relegation. It’s the second time Starke has faced a penalty in the Bundesliga in Bayern colours, and the second time he’s saved one.
The centre-back returned to the Mainz starting XI for the first time in five weeks and immediately impressed by winning 60 per cent of his challenges as the 05ers secured a crucial point at relegation rivals Hamburg. His 15 successful challenges was the second most for Mainz as they kept a clean sheet at HSV.
Deployed as a holding midfielder in the relegation six-pointer against Mainz, the 22-year-old was an important screen in front of the Red Shorts’ defence, winning an impressive 19 of his challenges – the second-most on the pitch – against a combative Mainz team.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg, 14 points)
The Colossus of Katerini was once again an impassable force as he contended with live-wire Jhon Cordoba, winning a greater proportion of his challenges than anyone else on the pitch (72%) to keep the Bundesliga’s only ever-present side in the race for survival.
Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich, 17 points)
The Spanish full-back now has two Bundesliga goals this campaign for the first time in his three seasons with the record champions. His first goal at the Allianz Arena was also the match-winner for the Bavarians as they finally ended Darmstadt’s relegation resistance.
Watch: Bernat on pleasing the Bayern fans at the Allianz Arena:
The former Dortmund man now has three goals this season – including the first with his head. The 23-year-old also provided two assists in the Billy Goats’ goal fest against Werder Bremen, which is the first time Bittencourt has been directly involved in three goals in a Bundesliga game.
Making his 100th Bundesliga appearance, the 27-year-old gave the teetering Wolves the lead at Eintracht Frankfurt. It was the first time the midfielder had scored away from home in the league.
Bartels continued his rich vein of form on Friday night at Cologne, providing an assist as well as scoring a superb chipped goal. The pacey midfielder now has four goals in his last seven games, taking his total for the season to seven – just one shy of his personal best from last term.
Anthony Modeste (Cologne, 18 points)
Following an unusual three-game drought, the Frenchman was back amongst the goals against Bremen, snaring his six brace (or better) this season. That doubles his record from 2015/16 as he moves onto 25 goals for the campaign and chases down Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the title of Bundesliga top-scorer.
Bagging his fourth brace of the season at Hertha, Werner has fired promoted Leipzig into the Champions League group stage for next season. With two games still left to go, the 21-year-old is on 19 goals for the season and becomes only the fifth player under 22 to reach this mark in a Bundesliga campaign.
The 26-year-old’s brace against Schalke took his tally in the Bundesliga up to eleven and propelled Freiburg up to fifth and into an automatic Europa League qualification position. Niederlechner now has three Bundesliga goals against the Royal Blues – more than against any other club.
Watch: Niederlechner on a team performance by Freiburg: