Timo Werner has only scored one goal since his return to the Bundesliga. Still, with a match against Bochum, whose form is reminiscent of Schalke of 19/20, we are backing him to finally come good in our Bundesliga Fantasy player rankings for matchday 8.



1Sheraldo BeckerFCU@SGE10.9MOnly Bochum have conceded more goals than Eintracht Frankfurt this season. Becker is on a roll with six goals to go with three assists, and Union will want to hold their spot at the top of the table for longer.
2Jamal MusialaFCBvs B0413.1MThere will be a lot of retrospection from Bayern over the break. I expect them to come back harder now that they are lagging five points behind Union against a Leverkusen side that is just outside the relegation zone by a whisker.
3Marcus ThuramBMG@SVW11.9MShoots often but doesn't score as much, but it isn't a bad thing in Bundesliga Fantasy if you are putting up 7+ consistently without any returns.
4Leroy SanéFCBvs B0415.1M
5Timo WernerRBLvs BOC14.2MA bit controversial since he hasn't scored in six games, so buyers beware, but if he has to break his goalless streak then he has to do it against Bochum.
6Jordan SiebatcheuFCU@SGE8.1M
7Georginio RutterTSG@BSC10.9M
8Mergim BerishaFCA@S048.5MBerisha has been involved in every goal for the club since he joined, and even though it might only be two goals, they will rely on him again if they are to score against Schalke.
9Michael GregoritschSCFvs M058.4MSimilar to Thuram, he has only one goal in his last five games but is still averaging 7.2 points per game. There is still a game to go before Hack returns and Mainz fix their defensive mess by not having players play out of position in defence.
10Niclas FüllkrugSVWvs BMG6.5MNot a bad shout this week but getting past Sommer has been a herculean task lately.



1Dominik SzoboszlaiRBLvs BOC12.2MIf you missed his haul against Dortmund, you wouldn't want to miss it against Bochum.
2Jonas HofmannBMG@SVW15MJust over the last three matches, Hofmann is averaging 3 shots per game, 4.6 key passes per game and had a monster 28-point haul with a brace against Leipzig on MD7. He is the engine that keeps the Borussia attack ticking, and there aren't many fixtures that are as favourable for attackers as Werder Bremen.
3Christopher NkunkuRBLvs BOC15.9MThe recent news of him secretly undergoing a medical for Chelsea could be a bit unsettling if the club didn't already know about it, but as long as he starts, I am excited to see how big he and Szoboszlai go this week.
4Vincenzo GrifoSCFvs M0514.5MFernandes and Da Costa as wing-backs made Ejuke look much better than he is, and that should be a good sign for Grifo.
5Lars StindlBMG@SVW10.1MHe is becoming a serious option in fantasy again now that he is at full fitness for the first time in almost a year.
6Jude BellinghamBVB@KOE13.2MWith Reus and Reyna both injured, it will be difficult for Dortmund to create chances, but if anything, Bellingham has been highly active in attack and has looked more dangerous than Modeste in the box with his headers.
7Ritsu DoanSCFvs M059M
8Joshua KimmichFCBvs B0416.7MOverpriced and does not shoot enough. That might be the case if Goretzka keeps starting with him.
9Christoph BaumgartnerTSG@BSC12.1M
10Daichi KamadaSGEvs FCU11.2MDeserves a mention because of his good form (4G, 2A in 6 games), but it isn't by fluke that Union Berlin have conceded the least goals this season.



1David RaumRBLvs BOC12.6MThey might've scored in the last game through an own goal, but in the end, Bochum had zero shots on target against Koln despite playing at home.
2Benjamin PavardFCBvs B0412MA little safer than Davies whose form is on the rise but less likely to be involved in goals. I think I will ride the floor for now.
3Ramy BensebainiBMG@SVW12.4MHe wins duels like a defensive midfielder, finishes like a striker, and gets double-digit scores even without a cleansheet. No wonder he has the most points among defenders.
4Alphonso DaviesFCBvs B0416.2M
5Julian RyersonFCU@SGE5.6MIn this week's Fischer wing-back roulette, Ligainsider predicts that Ryerson is nailed and Trimmel could be rotated.
6Christian GünterSCFvs M0513.4M
7Raphael GuerreiroBVB@KOE12.3M
8Ozan KabakTSG@BSC7.9MNot the worst cleansheet odds this week and plays Werder Bremen in the early fixture next.
9Konstantinos MavropanosVFB@WOB11.7MKruse, Wind and Nmecha are all ruled out for this game. That adds insult to injury to a team that has scored just three goals in their last six games. To put that into perspective, their highest-scoring player from this week's predicted XI is Lacroix with one goal and their new frontline is yet to score a single goal.
10Jonas HectorKOEvs BVB10.5M



1Yann SommerBMG@SVW10.2MNot only is he second for shots saved (40) behind Riemann (44), he is also averaging an unreal 90.9% shots saved percentage. Rotates in each of the next eight games with Flekken, Gikiewicz and Schwolow.
2Mark FlekkenSCFvs M0511.1MFreiburg have kept a cleansheet in their last 4/5 games.
3Manuel RiemannBOC@RBL8.9MSaves are a more reliable source of points than cleansheets and the Bochum defence won't improve anytime soon. Just make sure you have a backup in place if you are getting Riemann. He rotates in each of the next seven games with Flekken and Schwolow.
4Rafał GikiewiczFCA@S047M
5Péter GulácsiRBLvs BOC9.6MThe best fixture in MD8.

Value Rankings


1Alexander SchwolowGKPS04vs FCA6M
2Oliver ChristensenGKPBSCvs TSG4M
3Serhou GuirassyFWDVFB@WOB8.3M
4Josip BrekaloMIDWOBvs VFB9.9MPossibly the most likely goal-scorer in this fixture after Guirassy?
5Kiliann SildilliaDEFSCFvs M053.9M
6Paulo OtávioDEFWOBvs VFB6.9MThese are two teams that have struggled to score this season and Wolfsburg might want to play it safe by being defensive with so many attackers being ruled out.
7Mitchel WeiserDEFSVWvs BMG4M
8Florian KainzMIDKOEvs BVB9.3M
9Marvin PlattenhardtDEFBSCvs TSG6.9M
10Luca PellegriniDEFSGEvs FCU8.1MGood for floor.
BonusTim OermannDEFBOC@RBL1MThe cheapest player predicted to start this week but he is avoidable for obvious reasons.

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