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Fantasy Bundesliga Differential Picks: Matchday 26

This could be the final week before a possible wildcard so getting those players with low ownership and big potential is more important than ever in our Fantasy Bundesliga differential picks for matchday 26.


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Patrick Schick Vs Hertha BSC (A)

“Die Werkself” were the last unbeaten team to concede a loss in the Bundesliga this season but have seen their rank drop from first to sixth since then. Opponents Hertha have been the worst team in the Bundesliga since Pál Dárdai rejoined as manager and Leverkusen will rely on Schick to secure a win and guide them back to a European spot as he is the only player in the team with form having scored in each of his last two games.

 


Midfielders

 

Amine Harit Vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (H)

Borussia have lost in each of their last seven games across all competitions and conceded in all of them. Their recent form and lack of motivation mean this game could end up being similar to Hoffenheim’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Schalke. Harit scored 29 points in that game and will be a key player if Schalke is to cause an upset again. If you are looking for a differential that could boost your rank before a possible wildcard then Harit is the one.

 

Florian Neuhaus Vs Schalke 04 (A)

Neuhaus has been one of Borussia’s best players this season and has more points (156) than Hofmann (153) in Fantasy Bundesliga but has played more games this season. He is active in attack and always puts himself in good positions to score which explains his five goals and four assists in Bundesliga this season. If you expect Borussia to score multiple goals and have an easy win against Schalke then Neuhaus is sure to have some involvement.

 

Marco Richter Vs SC Freiburg (A)

Few would’ve imagined Richter to be the highest-scoring player in matchday 25 but he put in a MOTM performance with a goal and an assist en route to a monster haul of 23 points. He also led the team in shots, dribbles and with Richter possibly playing as a #10 and Hahn playing as a winger instead of a striker, he could be an even better pick than the budget-buster against Freiburg.

 





Defender

 

Timothy Chandler Vs FC Union Berlin (H)

Frankfurt have tried to replace the injured Durm with different players but have found no success so far. So they decided to give homegrown player Timothy Chandler another shot at RWB again. He was a fantasy favourite last season whenever he played OOP on the wing and was never shy from being involved in the attack and taking shots. Each game between Frankfurt and Union in the Bundesliga has had three goals at least so Chandler could be a go big or go home pick.

 


Goalkeeper

 

Frederik Rønnow Vs Borussia Mönchengladbach (H)

If Rønnow conceding five goals last week is a concern then it shouldn’t be against Borussia who haven’t scored above two goals in their last 11 games. It doesn’t matter if Schalke wins or loses this game as Rønnow should still accumulate plenty of save points against one of the league’s most inconsistent teams.

 


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Fantasy Bundesliga Differential Picks: Matchday 21

Milot Rashica might be out of touch in terms of form but is a proven asset in fantasy and holds potential as a differential against Freiburg along with Union players who take on Schalke in our Fantasy Bundesliga differential picks for matchday 21.


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Taiwo Awoniyi Vs Schalke 04 (H)

 

The Super Eagles striker joined Union Berlin from English Champions Liverpool on loan in the summer and started off on a really good note scoring five goals and assisting two in his first 10 games but has struggled since then. Union will be desperate to shrug off their bad form against bottom-placed Schalke and Taiwo Awoniyi who costs just 7.5M in-game will fancy his chances to add to his tally against the worst defence in the league.

 


Midfielders

 

Jamal Musiala Vs Arminia Bielefeld (H)

 

The absence of first-team members Thomas Müller due to Covid-19 and Serge Gnabry due to thigh injury has skimmed the Bayern Bench thin and head coach Hansi Flick will be forced to give the youngsters some game time in the upcoming games. 17-year-old Jamal Musiala is Flick’s replacement for Müller at #10 and with three goals already this season, he offers goal-scoring ability on a budget at just 1.7M.

 

 

Milot Rashica Vs SC Freiburg (H)

 

A forgotten hero from the bygone years in Bundesliga Fantasy, Rashica has made just three starts for Werder Bremen in the league this season. If you have owned him in previous seasons, you will know that he is a player capable of moments of individual brilliance and possesses a floor that rivals other FBL favourites such as Kostić, Nkunku and Olmo. Rashica offers set-piece threat, has a knack for scoring searing rockets from outside the box and conjuring shots out of nowhere – something that next opponents Freiburg will be wary of since they currently stand as the team with the most shots conceded (294) after Schalke (354).

 





Defender

 

Julian Ryerson Vs Schalke 04 (H)

 

The joy around Niko Gießelmann as the cheapest defender from Union Berlin was short-lived but he is expected to be replaced by an even cheaper option instead – Julian Ryerson (1.8M). He is a good shout for a clean sheet against Schalke who have scored the fewest goals this season (15) but is bound to lose his spot once Christopher Lenz returns. If you can afford, Christopher Trimmel is the best option from the “Eiserne” and has just 4% ownership which puts him in differential territory.

 


Goalkeeper

 

Loris Karius Vs Schalke 04 (H)

 

He is the third Union Berlin player to feature in this list but playing against Schalke could result in a treasure trove of points in Fantasy Bundesliga. Only teams such as Leipzig, Wolfsburg and Leverkusen have conceded fewer goals than the Berliners and it just makes Schalke scoring against them look even more of a daunting task.

 


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Fantasy Bundesliga Differential Picks: Matchday 19

Our weekly article on Fantasy Bundesliga differentials is back after a short break and we look at the best differentials for the week including players you could get from individual fixtures for star flexibility.


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Silas Wamangituka Vs FSV Mainz 05 (H)

 

He might be a left wing-back on paper but is essentially a winger in posession that is always prowling in the box. Wamangituka is currently tied fourth in the league with 10 goals and is an indispensable member of a Stuttgart team that is currently tied on third for most goals scored this season, averaging the most shots per game after Bayern and Nicolás González’s penalty miss last week means there is some speculation he might take over spot-kicks again. Stuttgart have games against Mainz, Leverkusen, Hertha, Koln and Schalke coming up so he could be a reliable goal-scoring option below 10M.

 

 


Midfielders

 

Daniel Caligiuri Vs Borussia Dortmund (A)

 

Borussia Dortmund’s ability to defend set-pieces was the biggest talking point after they conceded two goals from it in a 4-2 loss against Borussia last week. Now only Schalke have conceded more set-piece goals (11) after Dortmund (9) and it could be a rewarding tactic that Augsburg coach Herrlich won’t be shy of exploiting. Caligiuri is the undisputed set-piece taker for the team and is Dortmund’s boogie man having scored six goals and assisted another six in 19 games against them, including a goal and assist in the reverse fixture which Augsburg won 2-0. It is his best record against any team in his career and he will look to be the difference against a wobbly BVB side.

 

 

Jeong Woo-Yeong Vs Wolfsburg (A)

 

This week there is a lack of flexibility due to most of the popular players playing at the same time on Saturday but Woo-Yeong remains a cheap enabler at just 1.3M. Hence, the Bayern academy graduate could be a good bargain for the week since he plays last against Wolfsburg.

 

Leonardo Bittencourt Vs Schalke (H)

 

There was some optimism that the Schalke defence would improve after they kept a clean sheet against Hoffenheim in a 4-0 win but have conceded an average of three goals a game since then. Bittencourt is the second undisputed set-piece taker in this list due to all the absentees in the squad and will be the most key-player in attack against Schalke this week. Scores of set-piece takers against Schalke in the last three weeks – Kimmich (31), Kostic (14) and Duda (10)

 





Defender

 

Niklas Süle Vs Hoffenheim (H)

 

A bit of a surprise inclusion and any other Bayern defender would get the nod over Süle on any other day but he was very active in attack against Schalke last week at right-back, registering four shots and finishing on 21 points. Flick was impressed by his performance and he might start on the right again this week. Since Hernandez has been benched there hasn’t been any reliable option from the Bayern defence in Bundesliga Fantasy that could either get bonus consistently or be involved in attack so Süle could be a differential option as long as he keeps playing in his new position.

 

 


Goalkeeper

 

Robin Zentner Vs VfB Stuttgart (A)

 

Florian Müller’s 22 pointer last week was an example of the potential points keepers could get against Stuttgart – A team that isn’t afraid of taking shots. Keepers have averaged 12 points over the last three games against Stuttgart and Zentner is guaranteed to stay busy between the sticks when these teams meet each other for the first game of the matchday.

 

 


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Fantasy Bundesliga Differential Picks: Matchday 17

Find out why Wolfsburg player Yannick Gerhardt could be an early gem along with other differential picks in our Fantasy Bundesliga differential picks for matchday 17.


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Saša Kalajdžić Vs Arminia Bielefeld (A)

 

Kalajdzic was the go-to budget forward before he was replaced by Nicolás González due to a string of subpar performances but now replaces him against Arminia since he is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards. The Austrian target man might be rescinded due to the bench but he is having an underrated season with five goals and three assists in 15 games. Six of those games off the bench. Stuttgart boasts the best away record in the league and will look to secure another away victory at the Bielfelder Alm with 4.9M Kalajdzic leading the line.

 

 


Midfielders

 

Yannick Gerhardt Vs FSV Mainz 05 (A)

 

Wolfsburg has always been in the need of a creative midfielder since KDB’s departure after his record-breaking 21 assist season back in 14/15. Many players have tried to fill in but they’ve been unable to so far. In desperation to create some chances, Head coach Oliver Glasner pushed Gerhardt up the pitch as an attacking midfielder. He has had stints as a defensive midfielder and in defence but stitching key-passes and creating goal-scoring opportunities might be his hidden talent. Gerhardt has lead Wolfsburg in key passes over the last two games including six key-passes which resulted in two assists and 15 fantasy points last week against RB Leipzig. He is certainly one to watch as he settles into the playmaker role and could be a budget gem at just 6.5M.

 

 

Ondrej Duda Vs Schalke (A)

 

To say that Koln is due a goal is an understatement. They’ve now failed to score in five Bundesliga games in a row and face the worst defense in the league this week – Schalke. This fixture has, surprisingly, been a goal-scoring one in the past with minimum two goals the last four times these teams met each other. Duda has been filling in out-of-position (OOP) in the absence of striker Sebastian Andersson and will look to exploit the worst set-piece defending team’s vulnerabilities with his free kicks and corner kicks. Teammate Marius Wolf deserves a shout for his recent performances of 10,8,10 at just 4.5M. He is a cheaper entry and offers a higher floor than Duda.

 

 





Defender

 

Jannes Horn Vs Schalke (A)

 

Koln might have conceded five goals in their last away game against Freiburg but they are still the joint second-best away defense in the league with just nine goals conceded. There was some hype that Schalke would turn their season around after the 4-0 win against Hoffenheim – or at least their attack would but they only registered four shots against Frankfurt and scored with the only one on target. These are two bottom teams playing each other but Koln has a much better chance of keeping a clean sheet here than Schalke. If you want to go more budget than 2.2M  Horn then Sava-Arangel Čestić will start and costs just 1M. So you won’t feel anything even if Schalke happen to score.

 

 


Goalkeeper

 

Koen Casteels Vs FSV Mainz (A)

 

Wolfsburg have kept a clean sheet in each of the last four times these sides met and looking at Mainz’s recent performances, I am hopeful that it will be five clean sheets in a row. That being said, saves matter more in this game than clean sheets and Mainz keeper Robin Zentner is another option for his shot-stopping ability.

 

 


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Fantasy Bundesliga Differential Picks: Matchday 16

There is a special emphasis on players from lower-ranked teams such as Frankfurt and Arminia this week for our Fantasy Bundesliga differentials this matchday as they take on Schalke and Hoffenheim respectively.


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Patrick Schick Vs Union Berlin (A)

 

Jamaican International Leon Bailey was the go-to forward from Bayer Leverkusen but as his form has cooled down over the past few weeks, the question arises again about who is the best forward in Fantasy Bundesliga from the Die Werkself. If we talk only about this week’s game against Union Berlin then Schick is the perfect match. His towering presence at 6’1″ has made him a threat on the team with the most set-piece goals this season (10) and his opponents for the week are tied for being the second-worst set-piece defending team after Schalke. So he is bound to cause some trouble in the early fixture.

 

Ermedin Demirović Vs Bayern Munich (A)

 

Freiburg currently have the best form in the league winning five games in a row and all of them were against teams in the bottom eight – Arminia, Schalke, Hertha, Hoffenheim and Koln. However, this Bayern Munich defense has been mediocre, to say the least having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 Bundesliga games and only teams in the bottom eight have conceded more goals than them (24). Ermedin Demirović will be high on confidence after scoring or assisting in each of his last three games and given the contrasting form of both teams, any result is possible here. Game on!

 


Midfielders

 

Mateo Klimowicz Vs Borussia M’gladbach (H)

 

The son of former Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund player Diego Klimowicz, Mateo Klimowicz has just begun his Bundesliga career with VfB Stuttgart and already ranks third for shots on target for the team. From a Bundesliga Fantasy perspective, he is averaging 8.8 points when he starts without a goal or assist and is a great budget option for just 1.9M. However, he is bound to rotate with Didavi and Coulibaly occasionally so you could look at Castro (5.5M) if holding a player for the long term takes priority.

 

Ritsu Dōan Vs Hoffenheim (A)

 

Another player for whom the bulk of his fantasy points is made up of bonus, Ritsu Dōan leads Arminia in every offensive category – goals, assists, shots, key passes and dribbles. Schalke were the worst offensive team in the league and they were able to expose Hoffenheim’s defensive frailties in a 4-0 thrashing. Arminia Bielefeld will be hopeful of three points in this game and their most dangerous player has to be involved if they are to score.

 





Defender

 

Cedric Brunner Vs Hoffenheim (A)

 

Hoffenheim’s firepower was on display in the first two matchdays of the season when Kramarić scored a hattrick against Koln in a 2-3 win and when they beat Bayern 4-1 the next week. Fast forward 13 matchdays later and they have now failed to score in a loss against the worst defense in the league in Schalke. In a change of fortunes, newcomers Arminia began the season as punching bags for the already established teams but now they have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three games. Arminia Bielefeld’s right-back Cedric Brunner will have a good opportunity to add another clean sheet to his name when these two teams meet each other and could be a bargain at 4.2M.

 


Goalkeeper

 

Jiri Pavlenka Vs FC Augsburg (H)

 

There are few decent keepers to choose from in Fantasy Bundesliga that are owned by 5% or less but Pavlenka is a good shout for a cleansheet against an Augsburg team where their forwards last scored a goal on matchday 6 in October (Hahn against Mainz).

 


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Fantasy Bundesliga Differential Picks: Matchday 15

A lot of top teams go up against each other this week in Bundesliga Fantasy so differentials are more important than ever and these are our picks for Fantasy Bundesliga differential picks worth considering:


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Taiwo Awoniyi Vs Wolfsburg (H)

 

There hasn’t been much talk about Awoniyi but his recent performances are generating a lot of noise. The Nigerian striker on loan from Liverpool has been a gem of a find by Union and he has been their best player after the injury to Kruse. He has scored five goals, assisted two and has only blanked against Bayern in the last six matchdays. Union Berlin have some tough games coming up with Wolfsburg, Leverkusen (Friday kick-off) and Leipzig one after the other but high-flying Union have been good enough to compete with the big boys this season and Awoniyi will be their most key player until Kruse comes back.

 

Mark Uth Vs TSG Hoffenheim (H)

 

Schalke were destined for a relegation battle this season and with each passing game, it seems even more difficult for them to stay up in the Bundesliga. With just 20 games left until the end of the season, it is time to make or break for the team and this game is more important than the others because if they fail to beat Hoffenheim, they will tie the record for the longest winless streak in the Bundesliga of 31 games. It is do or die for the team and Uth has been one of their better and more motivated players. Hoffenheim have failed to keep a cleansheet along with Schalke and conceded the most goals after Schalke and Mainz so something is in their favour in a game they will be desperate to win.

 


Midfielders

 

Nadiem Amiri Vs SV Werder Bremen (H)

 

Amiri is currently one of the most in-form players in the league and his Puskas contender goal last week to evade Durm and finish with a backheel doesn’t come as much surprise considering the talent he possesses. He has scored or assisted in each of his last five games and has returned with double digits in each of those games in Fantasy Bundesliga. Amiri is certainly one of the best assets to have from Leverkusen and he is still owned by just 4% of the Fantasy Bundesliga managers.

 





Defenders

 

Ismail Jakobs Vs SC Freiburg (A)

 

Freiburg might be on a purple patch right now winning their last four games but now they play Koln at home. A fixture where even bigger teams have struggled. Teams such as Leipzig, Dortmund and Stuttgart have failed to score more than one goal at home against the team with the best away defensive record in the league so far and Jakobs could be a shrewd pick having scored in the same fixture last season for which he was rewarded 19 points.

 

Marvin Plattenhardt Vs Arminia Bielefeld (A)

 

Plattenhardt’s teammate Mittelstädt would be preferred ideally but a defender on free kicks and corners with a decent clean sheet shout against the second-worst attack in the league could be a good differential.

 


Goalkeeper

 

Robin Zentner Vs Eintracht Frankfurt (H)

 

Mainz are far from being a good defensive team but their winning streak in the last three games against Frankfurt is impressive and while the same result might not repeat itself, Zentner could collect some save points for himself.

 


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