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Bundesliga Fantasy Player Rankings for Matchday 22

Just 13 matchdays remain in the Bundesliga Fantasy season and we take a look at the best player picks including differentials that will give your team a boost in the final stretch of the season in our player rankings for matchday 22.



1Harry KaneFCB@BOC20.2MBayern's recent form definitely raises questions but if anything, they tend to play better after embarassing losses. And this is the one week where you would want to hoard Bayern players as they have scored an average of 5.2 goals in their last five Bundesliga games against Bochum including three 7-0 wins.
2Leroy SanéFCB@BOC19.4MThe ceiling here is too high to not punt on two Bayern forwards.
3Deniz UndavVFB@SVD12.1MSeems like he is nailed to start while Guirassy is doubtful.
4Lois OpendaRBLvs BMG16.5M
5Niclas FüllkrugBVB@WOB17MFive goals and two assists in his last four games while Wolfsburg haven't won in five games. Good for a sneaky punt.
6Thomas MüllerFCB@BOC13.7MThree Bayern forwards if you are feeling adventurous but I would still like to have some Stuttgart or Leipzig attacking cover personally.
7Patrick SchickB04@FCH11.5MShould be on penalties with Palacios out which gives him a slight boost against the team that has conceded the most penalties so far.
8Andrej KramarićTSGvs FCU15M
9Ermedin DemirovićFCA@M0512.4MHe has quietly returned in four games in a row but I think Mainz' defence is a lot better than people think even if their form suggests otherwise.
10Marvin Ducksch SVW@KOE12.8M



1Florian WirtzB04@FCH19.1M
2Xavi SimonsRBLvs BMG18.1M
3Jamal MusialaFCB@BOC17.4M
4Chris FührichVFB@SVD12.5M
5Joshua KimmichFCB@BOC16.1MOnly worth picking up if you believe that Bayern will score at least four goals in a game. This feels like one of those games.
6Julian BrandtBVB@WOB18.2M
7Jonas HofmannB04@FCH17.1MOn sale if you have an extra midfield spot left for a premium player.
8Dani OlmoRBLvs BMG13.9MWas the first name out of my midfield until I noticed that Borussia is the worst team in the league when it comes to conceding shots. Now I am giving it a thought but I still prefer some of the other midfielders on this list above him this week.
9Vincenzo GrifoSCFvs SGE17.5M
10Jan-Niklas BesteFCHvs B049.9MMassive home game player but the Leverkusen defence is a brick wall that hasn't been breached in the last three games.



1Álex GrimaldoB04@FCH16.4MA lock for star for the rest of the season pretty much.
2Jeremie FrimpongB04@FCH19MHis attacking potential is always there but Leverkusen have also kept a cleansheet in their last 5/6 Bundesliga games if you needed another reason to double up.
3Raphael GuerreiroFCB@BOC14.3M
4David RaumRBLvs BMG13.5M
5Maximilian MittelstädtVFB@SVD7.8MA hard decision to rank him over Maatsen in the top 5 since both are equally good but I am giving him a slight edge because Darmstadt are significantly worse than Wolfsburg and haven't scored in their last three games while having only one shot on target in two of them.
6Ian MaatsenBVB@WOB11.1M
7Noussair MazraouiFCB@BOC12.2M
8Mitchell WeiserSVW@KOE11MThe only player I would consider from the early game but the options in defence are really good this week to pick him over someone else.
9Benjamin HenrichsRBLvs BMG13.4M
10Pascal StenzelVFB@SVD4.4MBudget Stuttgart option that rarely starts but when he does he has a weird knack for big scores against bottom teams (MD1 - 25 vs BOC, MD5 - 18 vs SVD and 18 against Mainz last week).



1Lukas HradeckyB04@FCH12.4M
2Fabian BredlowVFB@SVD4.1MShould be the Stuttgart #1 for a week or two.
3Manuel RiemannBOCvs FCB7.9MMakes the most saves when he plays the best teams so might be worth a punt on the bench.
4Michael ZettererSVW@KOE2M
5Kevin MüllerFCHvs B046.7M

Value Rankings


1Josip StanišićDEFB04@FCH7.2MTriple Leverkusen defence might sound crazy but it works so it isn't.
2Moritz NicolasGKPBMG@RBL1.7M
3Nadiem AmiriMIDM05vs FCA7.3M
4Max FinkgräfeDEFKOEvs SVW1.8MPotential breakout star that has a high floor and tends to get 8+ even without returns. Koln fans will tell you that he is the next big thing.
5Anthony CaciDEFM05vs FCA5.8M
6Farès ChaibiMIDSGE@SCF8.8M
7Phillip TietzFWDFCA@M058.8M
8Justin NjinmahFWDSVW@KOE3.4M
9Benedict HollerbachFWDFCU@TSG6M
10Pavao PervanGKPWOBvs BVB1.9M

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 23/24 season here.

Bundesliga Fantasy Player Rankings for Matchday 21

Just 14 matchdays remain in the Bundesliga Fantasy season and we take a look at the best player picks including differentials that will give your team a boost in the final stretch of the season in our player rankings for matchday 21.



1Deniz UndavVFBvs M0511.9MScores of 22, 26 and 11 in his last three games while Stuttgart have scored the goals of any team in the same period (8) so Undav seems like a fun punt for this week against a second-to-bottom Mainz who only have one win this season.

The only worry is that Mainz somehow haven't conceded more than one goal in their last 11 Bundesliga games but I guess the streak has to end someday and Stuttgart are well poised to score multiple goals with Guirassy back again.

Update: Undav is now doubtful for MD21.
2Harry KaneFCB@B0420.4MA massive 6-pointer and the best chance that Bayern will have to claim the #1 spot against a tired Leverkusen side. I still think this match can go either way.
3Lois OpendaRBL@FCA18.1M
4Alasanne PleaBMGvs SVD12M
5Leroy SanéFCB@B0419.5MStill on the edge whether I should keep him in my team or not. Should have a decent floor this week if anything.
6Niclas FüllkrugBVBvs SCF16.6MThe most in-form Dortmund forward right now and Freiburg missing both first-choice center backs will definitely help if you are looking for a differential.
7Omar MarmoushSGEvs BOC11.9MKalajdžić is still struggling to fit in and is yet to score, so I prefer Marmoush's all-round game against one of the better set-piece defending teams in the Bundesliga.
8Andrej KramarićTSGvs KOE15M
9Serhou GuirassyVFBvs M0514.6MHopefully we have an update on whether he actually starts or not.
10Marvin Ducksch SVWvs FCH12.7M



1Xavi SimonsRBL@FCA16.2MOn an insane run of nine games in a row with a double-digit score, so Simons is as safe as it gets when it comes to the star pick.
2Julian BrandtBVBvs SCF18.2M
3Chris FührichVFBvs M0512.5M
4Florian WirtzB04vs FCB19M
5Dani OlmoRBL@FCA13.8M
6Kevin StögerBOC@SGE11.2MStöger with his floor is still a more reliable fantasy pick for me than Chaibi and hoping that he has a ceiling game.
7Jamal MusialaFCB@B0417.5M
8Jan-Niklas BesteFCH@SVW9.5M
9Jonas HofmannB04vs FCB19MDoubtful whether he starts after the Pokal game.
10Rolland SallaiSCF@BVB10MWill play OOP as a striker.



1Alejandro GrimaldoB04vs FCB14.4MConflicted because this feels like the one week I should move my star to someone else but I can't look beyond the fact that his lowest score in the last 11 matchdays is 14.
2David RaumRBL@FCA13.2M
3Maximilian MittelstädtVFBvs M057.4MMainz might have a good defence but they have only scored three goals in their last six games.
4Ian MaatsenBVBvs SCF10.7M
5Jeremie FrimpongB04vs FCB19M
6Benjamin HenrichsRBL@FCA13.3M
7Aurélio ButaSGEvs BOC8.1M
8Luca NetzBMGvs SVD7.9MBorussia have conceded the most shots and the most goals after Darmstadt but I am slightly optimistic about their defence this week as Darmstadt have failed to score in three of their last four games.
9Robin GosensFCUvs WOB11.6M
10Noussair MazraouiFCB@B0412.3MThe best option from Bayern's defence considering that Davies is out and Guerreiro might start over Boey. Still don't think I would want him against the second-best attack in the league even if they are worn out.



1Alexander NübelVFBvs M057.1M
2Moritz NicolasBMGvs SVD1.7M
3Michael ZettererSVWvs FCH2.2M
4Kevin MüllerFCH@SVW6.7M
5Oliver BaumannTSGvs KOE10M

Value Rankings


1Rocco ReitzMIDBMGvs SVD3M
2Maximilian BeierFWDTSGvs KOE7.9M
3Jamie Bynoe-GittensMIDBVBvs SCF7.8M
4Tim SkarkeMIDSVD@BMG5.3M
5Jan ThielmannMIDKOE@TSG5.6MPredicted to play OOP as a striker.
6Felix AguDEFSVWvs FCH2M
7Nadiem AmiriMIDM05@VFB7.2M
8Omar TraoréDEFFCH@SVW1.2M
9Pavao PervanGKPWOB@FCU2.1M
10Sven UlreichGKPFCB@B043.8MMight sneak a start over Neuer who is doubtful.

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 23/24 season here.

AFCON Fantasy: Quarter-Final Preview – Top Captain Picks and Differentials

AFCON progresses into the quarter-finals with the final eight teams ready to battle it out for Africa’s biggest prize. TheFPLManual reveals top captain picks and differentials to consider for the remaining rounds of AFCON Fantasy.

Senegal ❌, Morocco ❌, Cameroon ❌, Egypt ❌ and now top ranked nation in Africa, Morocco got eliminated last night to South Africa. If AFCON 2023 isn’t the best one yet, it will surely be remembered for the series of upsets football fans have witnessed each game week. Let’s take a look at the top performers from the last round




  1. Gelson Dala: The 4.8m forward impressed with two goals and an assist leading as the top-scoring AFCON  fantasy asset in the last round, accumulating 17 points for the Palancas Negras.
  2. Ademola Lookman: The Nigerian attacker secured two goals in a significant clash against Cameroon and finished with a total of 15 points.
  3. Ryan Mendes: Singled-handedly completing 11 duels won and scored the winning goal from the spot for the Blue Sharks, Mendes finished with total of 11 points.
  4. Bertrand Traore: Contributed a late penalty goal for the Stallions, accumulating a total of 10 points.
  5. Hamari Traore: Mali’s captain provided an assist for teammate Sinayoko, delivering a solid performance for the Eagles.
  6. Calvin Bassey: Scoring a whooping 11 points, the Nigerian defender completed an impressive 13 duels in the clash against Cameroon, provided an assist and secured a clean sheet for Nigeria.
  7. Fredy: Notched two assists, two key passes, and won four duels, playing a crucial role in helping Angola secure a win against Nambia.
  8. Kialonda Gaspar: The Angolan defender was fantastic behind for the Palancas Negras completing six duels won, seven CBIs and securing a clean sheet, finishing with eight points.




Victor Osimhen 12.1m 🇳🇬

TSB: 72% ownership

Despite scoring one goal since MD 1, the Nigerian striker has maintained an impressive average of 3.79 shots per 90 in his last four AFCON 2023 appearances. Contributing significantly to the Super Eagles’ attacking transitions, Osimhen provided an assist and completed 11 duels won in the clash against Cameroon. With his goal-scoring potential ready to manifest, Victor Osimhen could rise to the occasion and improve his goal conversion, which could lead Nigeria to the next round. I believe he is due a goal or two, and I still tip Osimhen to challenge for the top goal scorer before AFCON 2023 concludes on 11th February.


Ryan Mendes 6.9m 🇨🇻

TSB: 25% ownership

Having topped Group B in the group stage, Cape Verde is prominently labelled as the “dark horses” of AFCON 2023. In his last four AFCON appearances, The Blue Sharks captains has amassed an xG of 1.34, scoring two goals and providing an assist for his nation. After converting the last penalty against Mauritania in the last round, Ryan Mendes brings an additional feature of penalty duty to owners and is poised to accrue extra points for owners. Additionally, I have observed a consistent trend of Mendes winning duels for his nation, contributing an average of 5.75 duels completed in this competition. About to face South Africa, I tip Mendes as one of the top players to captain for the Quarter Finals.



Stanley Nwabali 4.7m 🇳🇬

Since making his first competitive appearance in Matchday 1 against Equatorial Guinea, Nwabali is the only goalkeeper in this contest to have conceded just one goal, keeping three clean sheets in his last four appearances. With eight saves so far, the Super Eagles’ goalie has amassed a save percentage of 88.9%, second only to Mali’s goalkeeper Djigui Diarra with 90.9%. However, there seems to be some injury concern around the Nigerian keeper after he was subbed off in the 77th minute in the clash against Cameroon. Nwabali is now back in training and could be ready for the upcoming game against Angola this Friday. With just 8% ownership and a great save rate, I nominate the Nigerian goalie as one of my major differentials heading into the Quarter Finals. 🧤



Mohamed Bayo 6.1m 🇬🇳

In 3 out of 4 starts for Guinea, Mohamed Bayo has showcased his impact by scoring two crucial goals. His recent late winner in Matchday 4 was a decisive factor that led to the elimination of our favored Equatorial Guinea fantasy assets. Delving into the statistics, according to FBRef, Bayo impressively averages 1.24 shots per 90, boasting a remarkable 57.1% shot on target rate. Currently ranking 15th for most shots on target per 90 minutes, he appears to be more clinical than some top forwards, including our top captain Osimhen.

While there are concerns within the fantasy community about Guirassy potentially affecting Bayo’s minutes, considering Bayo’s form and his ability to shine in significant matches, I predict Mohamed Bayo to be one of the main strikers to score in the Quarter Finals against DR Congo.


Honorable Mention

Themba Zwane 5.6m 🇿🇦

With two goals and an assist in his last four AFCON appearances, the South Africa attacker has elevated himself to become one of the top-scoring midfield options in AFCON Fantasy. This impressive performance has propelled his score tally to 27 points, placing him joint-highest with Ademola Lookman of Nigeria.


In concluding this article, I got a question from an X user @mlupescu0509 and he wanted to know who are the best options to get as he still has the Wildcard chip available and is trying to create the perfect draft.


With all the major favourite nations out, AFCON Fantasy managers are left with lots of cash in the bank but just a small pool of players to select from. If I were to play my wildcard ahead of the Quarter Finals, this team below would likely be my best draft squad:



  1. Gelson Dala and Mabululu remain solid choices but Nigeria’s robust defense may neutralize Angola’s fiery attack. Bayo emerges as a budget-forward option in this context.
  2. Haller’s return against Senegal indicates his readiness to contribute significantly to his nation’s advancement in the contest.
  3. Prioritize players who are penalty takers with Kessie, Tau, Mendes, and Osimhen fitting into this valuable category.
  4. An in-form Ademola Lookman becomes a template option following the exits of Mane and Sarr. Lookman’s confidence especially after a brace against Cameroon suggests he can find the scoresheet again.
  5. While Nwabali and Vozinha are strong goalkeeping options, Djugui Diarra remains a solid pick with an impressive save percentage of 90.9.
  6. Masuaku from DR Congo is the sole recommendation from their squad, as there is hesitancy in trusting their attacking options. However, Wissa remains a viable choice on paper if that direction is preferred.
  7. Stay vigilant for injury updates, particularly on players like Haller and Nwabali, who might not be 100% ready to start.

That brings me to the end of this article. Feel free to share this with your friends and other AFCON Fantasy Managers to aid in their decision making.

You can find additional AFCON 2024 Fantasy resources here.

Best Picks and Tipster Draft for AFC Asia Cup Fantasy Matchday 3

AFC Asia Cup Fantasy is back for matchday 3 and tipster Bornob shares his player picks and draft for the upcoming matchday.

Hello AFC Fantasy managers! You might look for some differential for match day 3, starting with the match of Lebanon Vs Tajikistan and Qatar Vs China on 22nd January 2024.


First of all, Qatar has qualified congratulations to Qatar fans and Qatar AFC fantasy managers, Qatar might rotate their Lineup resting key players like Moez Ali, Afif, and Meshal. But it can also happen they put a strong team because It’s against China. Japan will go full-on attack with Tomi starting on defence as they were missing him.

The plan is to take a hit and Bring on a Lebanon defender who might keep CS possibly as they face Tajikistan, and buy three Japan attackers the obvious picks are Minamino and Kubo and another one is their captain and leader of attack Junya Ito. I admire him a lot despite the fact he was not effective in the last two matches.


Jordan: You bet both their attacker will have an outstanding haul Against Bahrain. They outplayed South Korea, and surely it’s worth taking up two forwards who are Yazan Naimat And Mousa Tamari.


South Korea: Hwang benched Son and plays deeper Only viable valuable Lively option is Kang in Lee who might havoc on the Malaysian defence.


Saudi Arabia: Saud Abdul Hamid has been on my team for ages. But I am bringing up a last match day Captain option. It is Al-Hilal and Asia’s best attacker Saleem Al Dawsari.


Australia: They are favourites to win against the heroic Uzbekistan who is showing potential for the future big thing. Obviously, most manager owns Metcalfe but I am bringing Jackson Irvin who can be still changed to Uzbekistan Forward playing midfielder O’Runov as Aussie will go for a rotation in attack and despite their confirmed place in R-16 they might want to be Group Champions like Qatar so it can happen that they might not rotate.

You can find additional AFC Asian Cup Fantasy resources for the 23/24 season here.

Bundesliga Fantasy: Differential Picks for MD18

Tipster Andres Garcia shares his pick of players with below 15% ownership that could help you gain ranks in Bundesliga Fantasy.

We face another big Bundesliga match week, which means we have to try to approach the top spot in all our leagues. To help you with that, we bring you nine differentials for the week, so that you can differentiate from the rest of your league mates and win your match week.

Remember, a differential is a player who’s owned below 15% of teams.

Bundesliga Fantasy Differential Picks Matchday 18

Saša Kalajdžić vs Darmstadt (A) (FWD / SGE / 11M / 0%)

The forward with the best matchup this week. This may be a bit of a risky pick due to the question marks surrounding his level and a possible injury that may not allow him to start this week. But if he’s fit and starts the game (what is the most probable situation), he can be one of the top scorers of the match week.

Niels Nkounkou vs Darmstadt (A) (DEF / SGE / 9.2M / 1%)

Yes, another Eintracht Frankfurt player. I love the matchup for the team, and if we have in Nkounkou an offensive wingback, who has already made a difference for his team against RB Leipzig, it’s impossible for me to let him out of this list. He averages 8.28 ball recoveries/90min, 7.56 duels won/90min, and 0.36xA/90min. He has an amazing upside.

Josip Juranovič vs Mainz 05 (A) (DEF / FCU / 10.1 / 1%)

One of the few top players who still are in the FCU. The Croatian right wing back averages eight fpts per game since the match week 14 and nine fpts when his team wins. Against Mainz 05, who’s the second-worst attack in the league, this should be a high-upside matchup for Juranovič.

Luca Netz vs FC Augsburg (H) (DEF / BMG / 7.1M / 4%)

He has been a little bit inconsistent throughout this season. But his matchup this week is the best for a wing-back. Augsburg in the last four matches has allowed 15.25 fpts to wing-backs. So we can expect an explosive week from Netz.

Robin Hack vs FC Augsburg (H) (MID / BMG / 7.4M / 0%)

I’m repeating some matchups. But, Borussia Monchengladbach has an incredible matchup against the third-worst team in the last five match weeks. In this case, Hack has established himself as a starter in the last three matches, where he has provided 4G/A. He faces the fifth-worst defense in the last five matches, and his ability to create and score can make him a sleeper option in fantasy.

Phillipp Mwene vs FC Union Berlin (H) (DEF / M05 / 6M / 1%)

Even if he’s in the third-worst team in the league, Mwene has figured out to be a solid option in fantasy, especially in the last match weeks. He has averaged 10 pts in the last five match weeks, the fifth-best defender in that period. He’s still a differential and an unknown gem, so grab him before it is too late.

Niclas Füllkrug vs Köln (H) (FWD / BVB / 15.9M / 7%)

My favorite differential every week. The last season’s top goal scorer is in one of the best attacks in the league, and with the addition of Jadon Sancho, he can explode. This week he faces Köln, who have allowed five goals in the last three matches, where three of those goals came from strikers.

Bonus Differential Picks


Ian Maatsen vs Köln (H) (DEF / BVB / 10M / 0%)

The new signing of Borussia Dortmund had an impressive first match against Darmstadt. He’s a little bit overvalued but if we compare him to other left-backs who had arrived at the BVB with a similar talent, he can be cheap in the long term. In addition to this, Bensebaini is out due to the AFCON cup and Ryerson is injured, so he has a big opportunity to take over that left-back spot.

Kingsley Coman vs SV Werder Bremen (H) (FWD / FCB / 13M SALE / 2%)

I put him in the bonus just because of the question of whether he will be a starter. If he starts at the right wing, he can be a good option for the price that he has. The matchup is good and Coman has the stud potential of breaking out every game.

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 23/24 season here.

AFCON Fantasy – Top Differentials for Matchday 2

A recap of the African Cup of Nations’ first round reveals compelling results and the FPL Manual is here to share insights on standout performances from Matchday 1 along with notable AFCON Fantasy differential picks for Matchday 2.

With 10 out of 12 games completed in Matchday 1, football fans worldwide witnessed surprising upsets such as Namibia triumphing over Tunisia and Cape Verde stunning Ghana. The so-called “small teams” are posing significant challenges for the tournament favorites. Notably, Nigeria, Egypt, and Algeria had to settle for draws in their opening games.



  1. Seko Fofana: Scored the tournament’s opening goal, providing a strong start for the home nation.
  2. Lamine Camara: The young player secured two goals for the Teranga Lions in their first game.
  3. Djigui Diarra: Made six crucial saves for Mali in their pivotal 2-0 victory against South Africa.
  4. Mohamed Salah: Contributed a late penalty equalizer and an assist for the Pharaohs, accumulating a total of 12 points.
  5. Hamari Traore: Mali’s captain scored a goal and secured a clean sheet, delivering a solid performance for the Eagles.
  6. Youcef Belaili: Despite playing only 67 minutes, Belaili provided 1 assist, earned 1 clean sheet point, delivered 2 key passes, and won 7 duels for Algeria.
  7. Georges-Kévin N’Koudou: Notched 1 assist, 7 key passes, and won 8 duels, playing a crucial role in helping Cameroon secure a draw against Guinea.
  8. Alexander Djiku: Despite receiving a yellow card and conceding 2 goals to Cape Verde, the Ghanaian defender scored a goal, made 10 CBIs, finishing with 8 points.

I got a question from Twitter user Jonsku @turboveeti and he wants to know who is the best Afcon Fantasy asset to consider within the 5m-7m range for strikers and midfielders



Kamory Doumbia

  • Price: 6m
  • Ownership: 5%
  • Position: MID

Afcon Fantasy managers who made an early move to include Kamory Doumbia reaped the first fruits with 9 points. The Mali attacking midfielder showcased an impressive performance in the last match against South Africa, leading in key passes and duels won, creating an assist, and earning a clean sheet point. Following a crucial win and gearing up to face Group E rivals Tunisia, I anticipate Kamory Doumbia to deliver a similarly high score in the upcoming game ⚽🔥

Peter Shalulile

  • Price: 5m
  • Ownership: 2%
  • Position: FWD

Despite being unable to find the net in the last game for the Brave Warriors, Peter Shalulile showcased his attacking prowess with six shots in total, three of which were on target. He also won four duels, highlighting his contribution to the team. The Namibian forward played a crucial role in assisting his team in securing their first-ever AFCON win in the contest’s history. Set to face South Africa in Group E, Peter Shalulile is confident and eager to capitalize on his opportunities as he takes on Bafana Bafana.

José Machín

  • Price: 5m
  • Ownership: <1% ownership
  • Position: MID

With two key passes, an assist, and a total of 6 points for Equatorial Guinea, Jose Machin has emerged as a player to watch. The Nzalang Nacional winger displayed directness and impactful play for his nation.

Reasonably priced at 5m and prepared to face Group A rivals Guinea-Bissau in the next game, I predict that Jose Machin could play a significant role in the goal-scoring action in the early kick-off on Thursday.

Honourable mentions

Key Fantasy Assets like Seko Fofana, Youcef Belaili, Alexander Djiku, and Georges-Kevin N’koudou who are listed among the top performers above can also be considered as top picks.

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You can find additional AFCON 2024 Fantasy resources here.