Less than 10 days remain for the start of another action-packed Bundesliga season and in this article, we look at some important things you should know about as a Bundesliga Fantasy manager including our own tips and all the set-pieces takers for each Bundesliga club this season!
Fantasy Bundesliga Rules
In Fantasy Bundesliga, you will have a squad of 15 players in your team with free transfers each week to replace any player in your squad with a player who plays in the same position within the budget constraints. You cannot take any hits to get additional players and there are no chips or powerups. The biggest change this season is that you will have five free transfers every week instead of the usual three.
Breakdown of your 15 man squad:
- 2 Goalkeepers
- 5 Defenders
- 5 Midfielders
- 3 Forwards
You will have a purse of 150 million to purchase players from and there is no limit on the number of players that you can get from a single team.
Unlimited transfer periods
Unlike last season where we had five unlimited transfer windows, Bundesliga has decided to reduce it to just three this season:
- September international break: 19-30 September
- FIFA World Cup/winter transfer window: 14 November – 20 January
- March international break: 20-31 March
Tip: There is an early game on Friday for almost every week so you can try and capitalize on it by getting players from the game that you can star.
For each gameweek, you must have one starting keeper and 10 outfield players. You can choose any formation, as long as you’ve picked one goalkeeper, at least three defenders, at least three midfielders and at least one forward in your starting XI. Formations can also be changed midweek as you make substitutions and bring in players off the bench. The valid formations in the game are:
Tip: It is recommended to confirm your team at least five minutes before the deadline because there have been instances of teams not saving with 2-3 minutes left.
The player pricing will fluctuate according to the performance of each player in comparison to the positional average. The positional average is the average scores of all players in the same position like forward, midield, etc, who played on the matchday.
From the first matchday onwards, an average score will be calculated for every player in each position every week. If a player scores above or below the average points of his counterparts in the same position, his price will rise or fall accordingly. There will only be a price change for a player if he plays a minimum of 70 minutes in the respective week.
400,000 – 10 or more points above the positional average300,000 – 6 to 9 points above the positional average
200,000 – 3 to 5 points above the positional average
300,000 – winning the official Bundesliga Player of the Month award
100,000 – winner of an “in-form card” in the official “Team of the Week” in FIFA
No change – 0 to 2 points above the positional average
200,000 – 3 to 5 points below the positional average
300,000 – 6 to 9 points below the positional average
400,000 – 10 or more points below the positional average
No change – 0 to 2 points below the positional average
-100,000 if a player does not feature for a single minute in a matchday
-100,000 for any player receiving a red card independent of minutes played
A player’s value can not drop below 1,000,000 and the player value is determined after all the matches of the week have been played. Transfers are locked until the transfer market opens for the next matchday and all the changes take place only once it is open.
Tip: It is recommended to build up some team value early because after a certain point most managers will have a high squad value and similar teams so it becomes difficult to gain ranks.
Bundesliga Fantasy Substitutions
You can substitute players in and out at any time of the matchday if they are yet to play but you will lose points if you place a player that has already played in your starting XI on the bench and you cannot put him back on the field and get his points.
The changes that you make will be saved automatically as there is no save button. You can sub any bench player to your starting XI as long as it is in a valid formation.
Tip: It isn’t necessary to have 11 players in your team at the end of the week so in case you have any player who got negative points, you can take him out and finish the matchday without a full XI.
Fantasy Bundesliga Stars
Instead of the ordinary captain and vice-captain multipliers, Fantasy Bundesliga uses the concept of “stars” instead. You select a star for every outfield position (forward, midfield and defence) and the points of the players you have selected are multiplied by 1.5x. You can change your star throughout the matchday for every individual match according to the timings so you can always try different combinations if you aren’t happy with the scores of your players.
Tip: 15 points for a star player (without the multiplier and 22 with it) is considered good enough by “sharks” for forwards and midfielders whereas 12 points (18 with multiplier) is considered a decent score for defenders in most cases. Even if your star player gets a good score, you can always try your luck and get more points by starring another player with a better fixture as long as they are yet to play.
General Scoring Rules
The game has a performance-based scoring system and based on their production on the pitch, they will either receive positive or negative points. There are no changes in the scoring rules this season and players will score points according to the following table:
|All Players||Played 1-69 minutes (1)||+1|
|Played 70+ minutes (1)||+2|
|Scoring two goals in the same game||+1|
|Scoring three goals in the same game||+3|
|Scoring the winning goal (2)||+1|
|Losing team by 3 or more goal difference||-2|
|Yellow card (3)||-1|
|Yellow-red Card (3)||-3|
|Red card (straight red)||-5|
|Foul causing a penalty||-2|
|Converted Penalty (4)||+3|
(2) The winning goal of the game is scored by the player who turned a draw into a victory for his team last time. For example, if the score at HT is team A 2-2 team B and team A goes on to win 4-2 then the player who scored the goal that gave them the 3-2 lead will get points for the winning goal.
(3) After a sending-off the affected player is out of the scoring for the rest of the match. The previously received points remain.
(4) There is no assist for the player that wins the penalty.
|Every 2 passes to a shot (2)||+5||+3||+2||+2|
|Clean sheet (3)||+3||+3||-||-|
|Every 5 duels won||-||+2||+1||+1|
|Every 2 shots on goal||+5||+4||+3||+2|
|Every 2 shots on goal saved||+3||-||-||-|
|Every goal conceded||-1||-1||-||-|
(2) A pass to a shot is awarded to a player who plays the final successful pass of an attempt that does not lead to a goal.
(3) Clean sheet points will only be awarded to a player if the following two conditions are met: (1) their team doesn't concede a goal in the entire match and (2) the player plays more than 61 minutes of the match.
A player will lose his clean sheet even if he is subbed out before the team concedes and -1 for every goal conceded will be added to his score as well.
Tip: The game incentivizes managers to pick players based on performance rather than relying on goals, assists and clean sheets so it is a proven strategy to own players that are heavily involved in their team’s attack who take lots of shots and create lots of chances. Players who have authority over set pieces are a reliable source for bonus points.
Bundesliga Set Piece Takers 2022-2023
The clubs have been sorted according to their league position last season while set-piece takers for each club have been sorted according to the first to the sixth choice from left to right.
|Team||Penalties||Direct free-kicks||Corners and indirect free-kicks|
|Bayern Munich||Sadio Mané, Thomas Müller||Leroy Sané, Sadio Mané||Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané, Thomas Müller|
|Borussia Dortmund||Sébastien Haller, Emre Can, Marco Reus||Marco Reus, Raphaël Guerreiro, Thorgan Hazard||Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, Raphaël Guerreiro, Giovanni Reyna, Mahmoud Dahoud, Marco Reus|
|Bayer Leverkusen||Patrik Schick, Kerem Demirbay||Kerem Demirbay, Adam Hložek, Robert Andrich, Florian Wirtz||Kerem Demirbay, Adam Hložek, Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby|
|RB Leipzig||Emil Forsberg, André Silva, Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai||Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai||Dominik Szoboszlai, Angeliño, Christopher Nkunku, Emil Forsberg|
|Union Berlin||Jordan Pefok||Paul Seguin, Andreas Voglsammer, Sheraldo Becker||Christopher Trimmel, Niko Gießelmann, Paul Seguin|
|SC Freiburg||Vincenzo Grifo, Michael Gregoritsch, Nils Petersen||Vincenzo Grifo||Christian Günter, Vincenzo Grifo|
|FC Köln||Anthony Modeste, Mark Uth||Florian Kainz, Mark Uth||Florian Kainz, Mark Uth, Ondrej Duda|
|FSV Mainz 05||Jonathan Burkardt, Marcus Ingvartsen||Anton Stach, Aarón Martín, Angelo Fulgini||Aarón Martín, Angelo Fulgini, Anton Stach, Silvan Widmer|
|TSG Hoffenheim||Andrej Kramarić, Robert Skov||Robert Skov, Andrej Kramarić, David Raum||David Raum, Dennis Geiger, Robert Skov, Andrej Kramarić|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach||Ramy Bensebaini, Alassane Pléa, Jonas Hofmann, Lars Stindl||Jonas Hofmann, Lars Stindl||Jonas Hofmann, Patrick Hermann, Luca Netz|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||Lucas Alario, Rafael Borré, Filip Kostić||Filip Kostić, Jesper Lindstrøm||Filip Kostić, Jesper Lindstrøm, Daichi Kamada, Mario Götze, Christopher Lenz|
|Wolfsburg||Max Kruse, Omar Marmoush||Maximilian Arnold, Omar Marmoush, Aster Vranckx||Maximilian Arnold, Patrick Wimmer, Omar Marmoush, Maximilian Philip|
|VfL Bochum||Philip Hofmann||Kevin Stöger, Kostas Stafylidis, Danilo Soares||Kevin Stöger, Kostas Stafylidis|
|FC Augsburg||Daniel Caligiuri, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw||Daniel Caligiuri, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw||Arne Maier, Daniel Caligiuri, Niklas Dorsch, Mads Pedersen|
|VfB Stuttgart||Saša Kalajdžić, Silas Katompa Mvumpa, Tanguy Coulibaly||Borna Sosa, Chris Führich||Borna Sosa, Chris Führich|
|Hertha BSC||Davie Selke, Stevan Jovetić, Dodi Lukebakio||Marvin Plattenhardt, Stevan Jovetić, Marco Richter||Marvin Plattenhardt, Maximilian Mittelstädt, Vladimir Darida, Marco Richter|
|Schalke||Simon Terodde, Sebastian Polter||Thomas Ouwejan, Rodrigo Zalazar, Florent Mollet||Thomas Ouwejan, Florent Mollet, Rodrigo Zalazar|
|Werder Bremen||Niclas Füllkrug, Marvin Ducksch||Marvin Ducksch||Marvin Ducksch|
You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 22/23 season here.
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