The last matchday of 2021 and the “Hinrunde” or first half of the season is upon us, and these are our Bundesliga Fantasy player rankings for matchday 17.


Forwards

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Robert LewandowskiFCBvs WOB20.8MHe is one goal away from breaking CR7's record for most goals in a calendar year. It just so happens that Wolfsburg is his favourite team to play against as Lewandowski has scored in every game except one against Wolfsburg since the match where he scored five goals in nine minutes in 2015 (19G, 4A since then in 11 games).
2Erling HaalandBVB@BSC18.4MCrosses and set-pieces are Hertha's kryptonite as they've conceded the most goals from those situations (9, tied with Fürth), and Haaland would not miss out on such a great opportunity to add some goals and push himself for the golden boot.
3Andrej KramarićTSGvs BMG15.8MOver the past four gameweeks, Borussia have conceded the most goals (17) and xGA (11.50), even more than Fürth. With their away woes, injuries and simply bad form overall, Hoffenheim could score plenty of goals with a differential such as Kramarić possibly having a big game as the talisman.
4Anthony ModesteKOEvs VFB9MIn a match that pits two contrasting teams against each other, Köln are second for shots on goal, whereas VFB have conceded the most. Specifically, Modeste is the league leader for shots, so a high floor is almost guaranteed. If he chips in with a goal and adds to his tally of 10 goals on Sunday, even better.
5André SilvaRBLvs DSC16.1MSilva is probably the biggest winner from the managerial change since he actually plays as a striker who is the attack’s focal point. The fact that he has 10 shots and a goal in each of his two games under Tedesco is proof of that, and an in-form Leipzig against bottom-feeders Arminia spells trouble.
6Thomas MüllerFCBvs WOB18.3MJust like Lewandowski, Wolfsburg is one of Müller's most favourite teams to play against with 10 goals and 11 assists in just 22 games.
7Patrick SchickB04@SCF15.7MSchick has only failed to score once in his last seven Bundesliga games, but I feel that he has a limited upside against the best defence in the Bundesliga that is Freiburg.
8Serge GnabryFCBvs WOB16MI don't want to be reactionary but if Steffen fills in for the injured Otávio and Roussillon, he will have plenty of chances to score again just like the last game where he scored a hattrick.
9Jonathan BurkardtM05@SGE7.8MBurkardt is a rising star in the league with seven goals and two assists this season and is still the best sub-8M forward by far.
10Breel EmboloBMG@TSG10.6M




Midfielders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Christopher NkunkuRBLvs DSC17.1MOnly Haaland (16) and Lewandowski (13) are averaging more points per game than Nkunku (12), so I am not too worried about his blank against Augsburg last week and have full confidence in him this week.
2Julian BrandtBVB@BSC11.7MHaaland needs someone to spam crosses to him, and Brandt's set-pieces should certainly help.
3Filip KostićSGEvs M0517.1MHe has double-digit scores in each of his last five games, but Mainz are a tough nut to crack under Bo and tend to perform their best against the top six teams. Mainz is also one of the teams that Kostić has his worst Bundesliga record against with just two goals and an assist in 14 games. He only has a worse record against BMG among clubs with the same or more games he has played against (1G, 1A in 15 matches).
4Vincenzo GrifoSCFvs B0414.6MLeverkusen's defence looks far from stable right now as they've choked a lead for two games in a row while conceding seven goals.
5Florian KainzKOEvs VFB8.8M
6Florian WirtzB04@SCF13.5M
7Jamal MusialaFCBvs WOB12.7MDespite playing as a central midfielder, he averages 10.5 points per game, and I could see him being involved in the attack in a fixture where Bayern always does dominate.
8David RaumTSGvs BMG10.7MDespite being reverse OOP, Raum is the only Hoffenheim midfielder who is worth a shout since Baumgartner is out, and he has been doing pretty well for himself with a goal, three assists, four shots and 13 key passes in his last four games.
9André HahnFCA@SGF7.4MAugsburg is the worst team possible to face Fürth when it comes to Fantasy, and Hahn is the only player worth considering from the team since he will play OOP as a striker.
10Lars StindlBMG@TSG13.4MStindl hasn't scored above zero points in his last three games, but if Borussia are to turn things around, it has to start with their only playmaker/second-best attacking player in the absence of Hofmann.

Defenders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Alphonso DaviesFCBvs WOB15.3MWolfsburg have scored just once in their last three visits to the Allianz Arena, so a cleansheet isn't much of a worry, although the minutes Davies gets is since he started in both the games over the Englische Woche.
2AngeliñoRBLvs DSC14.3MAngeliño is another player that has improved and found old form under Tedesco because he has the freedom to bomb forward in attack and play as a winger at times like he used to - something that Nagelsmann resented him for.
3Niko GießelmannFCU@BOC5.3MGießelmann has been quiet for a while now, so he is due a big game.
4Silvan WidmerM05@SGE8M
5Christian GünterSCFvs B0412.9M
6Benno SchmitzKOEvs VFB4.9MThis feels like the game where FC Köln could finally keep their first cleansheet, but I wouldn't bet on it...
7Evan NdickaSGEvs M0510.6MNdicka might not have the best match on paper but is involved in the attack and has a goal and assist in his last two games. His heatmaps prove that he is all over the pitch and is something incredible for a center-back. It would put even Davies and Guerreiro to shame.
8Jeremie FrimpongB04@SCF7.9MFrimpong has never scored above six points without a return, but he is often involved in goals and leads all defenders in the league for assists with four.
9Nico SchulzBVB@BSC5.2MA one week punt against a team that had just one shot on target in the entire game against Mainz? Also adds star flexibility as he plays in an individual game.
10Pavel KadeřábekTSGvs BMG9.6MMight or might not get subbed early.




Goalkeepers

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Manuel RiemannBOCvs FCU5.9M
2Mark FlekkenSCFvs B047.8MLeverkusen have a formidable attack, so a cleansheet won't be easy in this game, but he should still have plenty of shots to save.
3Stefan OrtegaDSC@RBL8.3MOrtega is slowly getting back to his old form, making a ton of saves and bailing his defence out every time. He is worth a shout as a ceiling pick in a game where he will be bombarded by shots.
4Andreas LutheFCU@BOC5.4M
5Robin ZentnerM05@SGE6.5MIf you haven't noticed, Zentner has scores of 5+ in his last 6/7 games. Consistency.

Value Rankings

 

RankNamePositionTeamOpponentValueComments
1Georginio RutterFWDTSGvs BMG8MIf it gets ugly for Borussia again (like the last three games where they've conceded 4.6 goals on average), I could see Rutter having a big game, especially with Kramarić to support him as the #10.
2Nico SchlotterbeckDEFSCFvs B049.3MEven though the spotlight is on Christian Günter, Nico is the one who has been getting more points with scores of 10,12 and 20 in his last three games.
3Jesper LindstrømMIDSGEvs M057.8MFrankfurt's Danish wunderkind that has a goal in each of his last two games.
4Amine AdliMIDB04@SCF8.2M
5Kostas StafylidisDEFBOCvs FCU3.8MBochum have only conceded five goals at home so far, even less than Bayern with six.
6Taiwo AwoniyiFWDFCU@BOC9.1MAwoniyi is one of the best strikers in the league right now, but he has failed to score in his last two games and faces the best home defence in the league.
7Marvin SchwäbeGKPKOEvs VFB1M
8IagoDEFFCA@SGF6.9MFürth always find a way to score no matter who the opposition is but have the lowest xG (1.34) over the last three weeks so they have been overperforming.
9Branimir HrgotaFWDSGFvs FCA7.4M
10Philipp FörsterMIDVFB@KOE6.2M

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