While high-flying FC Köln are in sixth position, which could be their best finish in the last few years, their high-line and attacking mindset make matchday 19’s opponents Bayern’s attackers a lock in our Bundesliga Fantasy player rankings for the week.


Forwards

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Robert LewandowskiFCB@KOE21.5MLewandowski has scored in each of his last six Bundesliga games against FC Köln, and while it might seem spectacular for most forwards, Lewandowski makes it seem normal.
2Serge GnabryFCB@KOE16.4MIt has become a custom to recommend three Bayern strikers weekly, and with Sané being a doubt, Gnabry takes his spot. It is known that Gnabry loves playing against teams that concede a lot of shots and have defensively weak full-backs.

Köln fit that bill perfectly, and Gnabry even scored a brace against them in the reverse fixture for 18 points, making him the highest-scoring forward for MD2. His ownership is 'just' 6%, so he could be a great differential for this week if you don't own both Lewandowski and Müller.
3Erling HaalandBVBvs SCF18.6MNico Schlotterbeck and Flekken have been the only players holding that Freiburg backline together, and with both of them missing out again and Uphoff starting, who had an error on both goals conceded last week, it could be a recipe for disaster for Freiburg again. It is the first game of the matchday, too, so Haaland is great for star flexibility.
4Thomas MüllerFCB@KOE19MRain or shine, win or lose, Müller just can't stop returning and collecting scores above 10 points. He has got a single-digit score just once in the last 11 matchdays, which makes me ask why only 14% of managers own him.
5André SilvaRBL@VFB16.6MSilva is slowly finding his old form with five goals in his last six games and could be a decent differential pick against the team that has conceded the most shots so far.
6Rafael Santos BorréSGE@FCA9.3MI am guilty of making fun of Borré's finishing earlier this season, but it makes me happy to see him prove me wrong. He now has a return in each of his last five games (four games and three assists) and has averaged 11 points per game during that period.

Frankfurt now face some of the worst defenses in the league in Augsburg, Arminia (early game), Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Köln in consecutive gameweeks and the Borré hype train is now accepting early entries for those who want to capitalize on these fixtures.
7Patrick SchickB04@BMG15.9MA slight doubt for the game against Borussia and facing a new and improved defence with Friedrich in the mix but always worth a shot because he is in unreal form with nine goals and an assist in his last five games.

Note: Ligainsider lists that he isn't doubtful anymore.
8Breel EmboloBMGvs B0411MThere isn't enough emphasis on the number of defenders Leverkusen are missing. Left-back Hincapié has been filling in at center-back, and now possibly Tah might be out too. It certainly explains why the team has conceded 13 goals in their last four games.
9Jonathan BurkardtM05vs BOC7.9MBlanked in four consecutive games, but he could turn his form around soon with a home game against newly promoted Bochum.
10Wout WeghorstWOBvs BSC15.7MThese are two teams/mediocre defenses desperately in need of a win, so maybe we could see some goals from them for once?




Midfielders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Dominik SzoboszlaiRBL@VFB12.5MIt is a guessing game whether Szoboszlai starts or not against VFB, but it should certainly be worth it if he starts.
2Christopher NkunkuRBL@VFB17.2MTwo of the biggest spammers in the game in Nkunku and Szoboszlai against the team that has conceded the most shots? I'll have both.
3Filip KostićSGE@FCA17.5M
4Patrick WimmerDSCvs SGF5.4MOn a yellow card warning but you can't ask for more from a budget midfielder who got 13 points without a return last week and plays against the worst team in the league this week.
5Jamal MusialaFCB@KOE13MThis game could be a goal-fest with how leaky FC Köln's defence has been this season, so a midfielder from Bayern could be worth punting on.
6Jesper LindstrømSGE@FCA8.1MA mini version of Kostić for almost half the price that loves scoring goals.
7Florian WirtzB04@BMG13.5M
8Vincenzo GrifoSCF@BVB15MThe return of Hummels did not have a significant impact on the BVB defence against Frankfurt, especially on their ability to defend set-pieces which Grifo specializes in.
9Grischa PrömelFCUvs TSG6.5MSince Union's promotion in 2019, they've lacked a good attacking midfielder in fantasy, and Prömel might finally change that. He has two goals and an assist for a total of 29 points over his last two games and has been instructed by his head coach to attack the opposition penalty area even more. So we could see him on the scoresheet more often.
10Julian BrandtBVBvs SCF11.8M

Defenders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Joško GvardiolRBL@VFB10.5MGvardiol has a better floor than Angeliño despite playing as a center-back and also saves you about 4M. An RB Leipzig defender is almost a must-have this week as they play Stuttgart, who haven't scored a single goal in their last three games, including the last match against Greuther Fürth.
2Raphaël GuerreiroBVBvs SCF14.1MA good thing is that BVB play first, so we will know whether he starts or not.
3Evan NdickaSGE@FCA10.6MDespite his -2 dud last week, I have confidence that he can turn it around against an Augsburg team that also failed to score against Greuther Fürth.
4Andrés AndradeDSCvs SGF2.5MGreuther Fürth have finally plugged their hole in defence with cleansheets in their last 3/4 games, but the attacking woes still remain the same with one goal in their last four games. Andrade could be key to unlocking some salary and also has a great fixture to go along with it.
5Silvan WidmerM05vs BOC7.6MMainz are seen as a good defensive unit, but their cleansheet prospects are questionable this week because they are missing all three first choice center-backs - St. Juste, Hack, and Niakhaté.
6Kevin AkpogumaTSG@FCU5.5MThere are no stats or eye test behind this pick other than the fact that Union are a bit light in terms of attack without Awoniyi, and it seems like the perfect kind of game for Akpoguma to get a jammy return like he does so often.
7Luca NetzBMGvs B044.6MThe trio of Ginter-Elvedi-Friedrich sounds incredible on paper, but it would take something special to hold Leverkusen at bay.
8Jeremie FrimpongB04@BMG7.5MEven though Borussia are still missing Hofmann, the Leverkusen defence has been too bad to seriously consider for me.
9Christian GünterSCF@BVB13.3M
10Niklas SüleFCB@KOE11.3MWith midfielders Kimmich and Sabitzer filling in as full-backs and only Süle and Pavard to choose from against an attack-only team such as FC Köln, I think I will pass on Bayern defenders.




Goalkeepers

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Stefan OrtegaDSCvs SGF8.1M
2Manuel RiemannBOC@M056.1MA strong play with decent cleansheet odds and potential for saves.
3Kevin TrappSGE@FCA9MAveraging 8.6 points in his last three games but still underrated by Bundesliga fans and BLFantasy managers.
4Robin ZentnerM05vs BOC6.2M
5Sascha BurchertSGF@DSC4.3MBefore I get judged for recommending Burchert, I would like to mention that he technically has a cleansheet in three of his last four games while averaging 7.75 points.

Value Rankings

 

RankNamePositionTeamOpponentValueComments
1Masaya OkugawaMIDDSCvs SGF7.1MAlthough Wimmer gets most of the attention, Okugawa is also a great pick and has scored in each of his last three games, averaging 14 points.
2Ihlas BebouFWDTSG@FCU9MBebou is a great player but has been high risk, high reward in fantasy. A game against Union, who just lost their best defender in Friedrich, makes him worth betting on.
3Marvin SchwäbeGKPKOEvs FCB1.3MEither he finishes with a negative score or saves a lot of shots to make up for it.
4Benjamin UphoffGKPSCF@BVB1.2MUphoff clearly looked distraught after making two big mistakes in the last game, and I hope he bounces back in the early fixture.
5Karim OnisiwoFWDM05vs BOC8.7M
6David NemethDEFM05vs BOC1MInjuries to the entire Mainz defence gives Nemeth an opportunity and he could be a good enabler with back-to-back games against promoted teams Bochum and Fürth.
7Marco RichterMIDBSC@WOB8MWolfsburg have the worst form in the league with a loss in each of their last six games, and Hertha will be confident of securing three important points over here.
8Maximilian MittelstädtDEFBSC@WOB7.1M
9Konstantinos MavropanosDEFVFBvs RBL6.8MAlmost certain he won't keep a cleansheet, but Stuttgart are desperate for a goal and might push him up the pitch while attacking.
10Bastian OczipkaDEFFCUvs TSG1.9MCould start the next game or two in Gießelmann's absence.

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