Bayer Leverkusen have scored five goals in each of their last two Bundesliga games, and if recent form is a good indicator, more of the same is expected this week against a struggling Stuttgart side, which is why Die Werkself’s players top the charts in our Bundesliga Fantasy player rankings for matchday 22.


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RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Robert LewandowskiFCB@BOC22.5M
2Patrick SchickB04vs VFB16.4MTwo games without scoring might seem like a drought for someone like Schick, who has surprised everyone by being a top contender along with Lewandowski for the golden boot. Now that he plays Stuttgart, a team that conceded three goals to a Kostić-less Frankfurt team that failed to create a single big chance, I expect him to be on the goal-scoring charts again.
3Thomas MüllerFCB@BOC20.1MLewandowski, Müller, and Sané are the only three forwards to have scores of 10+ in each of their last five starts, so it is never too late to double up on Bayern forwards.
4Moussa DiabyWOBvs VFB14.4MDiaby has been drawing plenty of attention lately and rightly so with four goals in his last two games, including a hattrick, while Schick has drawn blanks in the same period.

I think he is a great differential for this week solely based on the fact that he might go up against Stenzel, who is far from being one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga, to say the least.
5Leroy SanéFCB@BOC17M
6André SilvaRBLvs KOE17.2MIf you are still split about your third forward, Silva is a good shout. After scoring just twice in his first 12 games, he now has seven goals and an assist in his last nine games.
7Ihlas BebouTSGvs DSC8.9MBebou is quietly having a great season with seven goals and three assists so far. In the final game of the matchday against Arminia, a team conceding goals and shots by the bucket loads, he could thrive as the focal point of the attack now that Kramarić is out.
8Rafael Santos BorréSGEvs WOB9.6M
9Breel EmboloBMGvs FCA11.5M
10Stevan JovetićBSC@SGF10.5MAs bad as Greuther Fürth have been this season, it came as a surprise that they conceded four goals against Wolfsburg after a run of good defensive performances. I still don't expect many goals if any, but anything is possible in a relegation six pointer.




Midfielders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Filip KostićSGEvs WOB17.5MIf you took him out last week, then you can always bring him in for a guaranteed 8-10 points at least.
2Florian WirtzB04vs VFB14.4MThe writing is on the wall for this game. Leverkusen's attack has been at its very best with five goals in each of the last two games, while winless Stuttgart are at the top for shots conceded while being third for most goals conceded. I wouldn't be surprised if B04 score another five goals here, and Wirtz is the one midfielder that you must have from this game.
3Christopher NkunkuRBLvs KOE17.9MIf he can do it against Bayern, he can do it against any team.
4Jonas HofmannBMGvs FCA14.9MAlthough Augsburg kept a cleansheet against Union, I wouldn't count Hofmann out because they were fourth for the highest xGA (2.10) and were a bit lucky that Union didn't score.
5Jesper LindstrømSGEvs WOB9MWolfsburg might've won the last game 4-1, but this time against quality opposition like Frankfurt, I expect them to go back to their old ways of struggling to defend as well as score. If you like Kostić this week, you can't help but like Lindstrøm too.
6Joshua KimmichFCB@BOC17.2MBayern Munich is every newly promoted team's worst nightmare. The last time Bayern went up against Bochum, they scored seven goals with Kimmich being the top-scorer for the matchday with two goals for 21 points.
7Masaya OkugawaDSC@TSG7.6MWimmer's impact will be missed, but Okugawa can do more than just fill in. One to consider if you are expecting an open game.
8David RaumTSGvs DSC11.2MKramarić is out and Baumgartner is out of form, so even though he might be reverse OOP, Hoffenheim will have to rely on Raum to create goals again just like the last match against Mainz where he had six key passes.
9Julian BrandtBVB@FCU12.3M
10Corentin TolissoFCB@BOC9.6MCentral midfielders might be considered as bad in Bundesliga Fantasy, but all logic goes out of the window when you have two goals and an assist in your last four games with scores of 10,15,13 and 14.

Defenders

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Joško GvardiolRBLvs KOE10.8MFC Köln have been heavily reliant on Modeste's headers to score (9 of his 14 goals this season), and without a reliable target man to replace him, it looks bleak for them.
2Jeremie FrimpongB04vs VFB8MStuttgart currently have the worst attack in the league with just two goals in their last six games while conceding 13 goals in that period. Frimpong could possibly keep a cleansheet and also bag an attacking return for himself in this game.
3Ramy BensebainiBMGvs FCA10.7MHe was highly active in the attack against Arminia, with eight points for attempts on goal finishing on 13 points without a return. This week's opponents Augsburg are in the bottom six for least goals scored as well as most goals conceded, so he has incredible upside this week.
4Aarón MartínM05@SCF3.7MWhen two of the top three defences in the league go head to head, it is hard to predict which team will keep a cleansheet.
5Evan NdickaSGEvs WOB11.2MHow bad do you have to be to concede two goals against a Stuttgart side going through their worst goal drought in history? Hint: Pretty bad.

That being said, you are getting Ndicka for his attacking potential anyways, which rivals some of the best full-backs/wing-backs in the league. Frankfurt are second for the most set-piece goals (11), and Ndicka has been a massive threat, scoring three of them and also assisting two goals.
6Benjamin PavardFCB@BOC12.5M
7Nico SchlotterbeckSCFvs M059.5M
8Kevin AkpogumaTSGvs DSC5.3MEarly sub risk.
9Raphaël GuerreiroBVB@FCU13.6MBrandt taking over most of his set-pieces minimized his involvement in the attack significantly. It is best to avoid him until he finds form again even if he has a standalone fixture.
10Maximilian MittelstädtBSC@SGF7.5M




Goalkeepers

 

RankNameTeamOpponentValueComments
1Mark FlekkenSCFvs M057.7M
2Sven UlreichFCB@BOC1MEven if there aren't many shots to save, Bayern have the best cleansheet odds this week, and Ulreich should start for the next 3-4 weeks until Neuer returns.
3Lukas HrádeckýB04vs VFB9.4M
4Micheal EsserBOCvs FCB1.1MCould one of the greatest keepers in Bundesliga Fantasy history come up with a big performance against a mighty Bayern Munich side? I can see it.
5Robin ZentnerM05@SCF6.7MPlays for the second-best defence in the league, has the most cleansheets among keepers (8), costs a million less than Flekken, and is averaging 9.3 points in his last three matches.
BonusYann SommerBMGvs FCA9.5MIf you transfer in Sommer, you either get a negative score or 7+ points. There is no in between.

Value Rankings

 

RankNamePositionTeamOpponentValueComments
1Mitchel BakkerDEFB04vs VFB6.7MA double-up of Leverkusen defenders isn't always the best idea, but I can make an exception with games against Stuttgart, Mainz (early fixture), and Arminia coming up.
2Andreas LindeGKPSGFvs BSC4.7MPrior to the Wolfsburg game, Fürth were pretty solid defensively, and if you are looking for a cheaper keeper combo, you can pair him with Schwäbe as they rotate for the next 5/6 matchdays.
3Robert AndrichMIDB04vs VFB8.6MAndrich's recent performances have been no fluke. He has been a lot more attacking since he joined Leverkusen, is on set-pieces, and has a goal or assist in each of his last three games.
4Marvin SchwäbeGKPKOE@RBL1.5M
5Branimir HrgotaFWDSGFvs BSC7.9M
6Anton StachMIDM05@SCF5.4MHe has mostly been reliant on shots for his recent scores, so I wouldn't expect much against Freiburg.
7Jan ThielmannMIDKOE@RBL3.9MExpected to play OOP as a striker.
8Karim OnisiwoFWDM05@SCF9..1M
9Jonas WindFWDWOB@SGE9M
10Andres AndradeDEFDSC@TSG2.4MBoth teams failed to score in the reverse fixture, and it wouldn't surprise me if it happened again.

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