Bundesliga Fantasy is back for the first time in 2022 as we navigate through an unlimited transfer period to start the “Rückrunde” or second half of the Bundesliga season. Here are our player rankings for matchday 18!


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RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Robert LewandowskiFCBvs BMG21.2MIf you ever needed a reason to have Lewandowski in your team, over the last five matchdays, no team has conceded more goals (16) and a higher xGA (13.74) than Borussia.
2Thomas MüllerFCBvs BMG18.7MBayern play Borussia, Köln and Hertha next. Three teams in the bottom six when it comes to goals conceded. So a Bayern double-up in attack should certainly payoff with Müller on track to have his best season ever. He has 5 goals and 13 assists in just 17 games this season.
3Erling HaalandBVB@SGE18.3MAlthough his blank in the last game was worrying, Haaland can't go too long without scoring. Especially when he has a record of three goals and three assists in the same number of games against the opposition team.
4Serge GnabryFCBvs BMG16.3MIf this game turns into a rout like the last time these teams faced off at this venue (FCB 6-0 BMG), I could see Gnabry turning Jantschke and Netz inside out just like he did in the game against Stuttgart.
5Andrej KramarićTSGvs FCA15.9MHoffenheim have a full-strength attack lined up against Augsburg, but I wouldn't be surprised if they blank like every time you least expect it.
6Patrick SchickB04vs FCU15.6M
7Anthony ModesteKOE@BSC9.3M
8Saša KalajdžićVFB@SGF10.4MRemember Saša? This 6'7" striker is finally set to start his first game this season. With a match against the worst defence in SGF that has conceded the most set-pieces after BSC, he will look to be among the goals again with Sosa to assist him. That being said, I will probably avoid him this week because he might just play around 60 minutes.
9Jonathan BurkardtM05@RBL7.9MI'd rather have a Mainz forward than a Leipzig one considering how awful the RBL defence has been even at home.
10Lucas HölerSCFvs DSC8.7M




Midfielders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Filip KostićSGEvs BVB17.3MNot the most ideal fixture with lots of players returning for BVB but Frankfurt have the best form in the league after Bayern with a win in their last 5/6 games and Kostić is as reliable as ever with double-digit scores in all but four games so far.
2Vincenzo GrifoSCFvs DSC14.8MIf Günter somehow misses out, that would make Freiburg rely on Grifo even more to create chances. That and he might have even more set-pieces to make things happen in his absence.
3Dominik SzoboszlaiRBLvs M0512.1MSzo has better underlying numbers than Nkunku and has been explosive whenever he starts making him a high-risk, high reward differential.
4Jamal MusialaFCBvs BMG13.1MWith Kimmich and Sabitzer possibly filling in as wing-backs, there is only one clear-cut option to choose from, and he isn't too bad with an average of 12.6 points in his last three games.
5Christopher NkunkuRBLvs M0517.2MNkunku isn't nailed on to start this week as he has just recovered from Covid-19.
6Florian WirtzB04vs FCU13.4M
7Christoph BaumgartnerTSGvs FCA11.6M
8Florian KainzKOE@BSC8.8M
9Chris FührichVFB@SGF4.8MIf you are worried about Sasa's minutes, Führich does not have the same problem and is expected to play OOP as a striker.
10Julian BrandtBVB@SGE11.8M

Defenders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Christian GünterSCFvs DSC13.1M
2Raphaël GuerreiroBVB@SGE14.1MHis only scores so far this season have been 17,13, and 8. So I wouldn't miss out on him since he plays early next week against Freiburg as well.
3Borna SosaVFB@SGF10.7MSosa has been a shadow of his old self but is slowly gaining form with 10+ points in his last 2/4 games. Fürth have scored just once in their last three games with an xG of 1.15, making him an exciting option with potential on both ends of the pitch.
4Jeremie FrimpongB04vs FCU7.9MLeverkusen might've not kept a cleansheet in their last four Bundesliga games but Union have a gaping hole in their attack this week with first-choice striker Awoniyi off to AFCON, second choice Becker having Covid-19 and third choice Behrens possibly missing out because of the birth of his third child.
5Evan NdickaSGEvs BVB10.9MHe is no Angeliño but has been more attacking and is also putting up solid scores with an average of 9.8 points over his last seven games.
6Silvan WidmerM05@RBL7.9MMainz have conceded the least goals at home with just five; meanwhile, Leipzig couldn't even do it in their last home game against the worst attack in the league.
7AngeliñoRBLvs M0514.4M
8Niklas SüleFCBvs BMG11.4MBayern are missing as many as eight players in defence, so I am not too high on a cleansheet even though they play first.
9Pavel KadeřábekTSGvs FCA9.9MHoffenheim have conceded just 22 goals in 21 Bundesliga games against Augsburg while keeping nine cleansheets - more than against any opponent.
10Danilo SoaresBOCvs WOB6.8MBochum have one of the best defensive records at home, whereas Wolfsburg have scored in just one of their last four games.




Goalkeepers

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Mark FlekkenSCFvs DSC7.8MThe best keeper in the league this season against potentially the worst attack in the league? Yes, please.
2Yann SommerBMG@FCB9MSommer has a habit of channeling his inner Yashin against Bayern Munich, so it wouldn't surprise me if he did it again.
3Manuel RiemannBOCvs WOB5.8M
4Florian MüllerVFB@SGF7.7M
5Sven UlreichFCBvs BMG1MWorth a shout for one week since he plays early.

Value Rankings

 

RankNamePositionTeamOpponentValueComments
1Marvin SchwäbeGKPKOE@BSC1.2MThe best second keeper if you aren't planning to splurge big. He should start in the next three matchdays at least till Horn recovers.
2Eduard LöwenMIDBOCvs WOB5.9MScores of 9,10,9 before injury and now plays a Wolfsburg defence that conceded the most goals and xGA over the last four weeks after Borussia.
3Lukas KüblerDEFSCFvs DSC4.4MThe cheapest Freiburg defender available, and it seems that Schmid isn't available yet, so there isn't much threat to his spot.
4Hiroki ItoDEFVFB@SGF1.2M
5Niko GießelmannDEFFCU@B045.2M
6Maximilian MittelstädtDEFBSCvs KOE7M
7Marco RichterMIDBSCvs KOE7.9M
8Branimir HrgotaFWDSGFvs VFB7.3MPlays Stuttgart and Arminia next, which means a lot of shots on offer.
9Kevin SchadeFWDSCFvs DSC1.2MSince Schade actually started playing as a forward, he has two goals and an assist.
10Maximillian PhillipFWDWOB@BOC7.8M

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