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Bundesliga Fantasy Player Rankings: Matchday 18

The Hinrunde has come to an end in the Bundesliga and as we gear up to take on the final half of the season in Bundesliga Fantasy, we look at the best players for the week that you could get on unlimited transfers. And as is obvious, Bayern Munich and Leipzig will be the teams to target as they play Schalke and Mainz. All the best to the fantasy managers for the Rückrunde!



1Robert LewandowskiFCBVs S0422.9MSchalke have improved a bit since their 8-0 thrashing in the reverse fixture but a rout is still on the cards. I will be disappointed if Lewandowski doesn't get at least 15 points in this game with the form he is in.
2Andre SilvaSGE@DSC17.9MArminia has had some strong defensive displays lately but Silva and Frankfurt are coming in hot after going unbeaten for six games.
3Andrej KramarićTSGVs KOE16.4MA bit streaky but has great potential in this matchup after scoring a hattrick in the reverse fixture.
4Nicolás GonzálezVFB@SCF9.8MSlowly turning into a fantasy favorite, he is well rested and should be motivated against Freiburg. The team that has conceded the most shots in the league after Schalke, Arminia and Augsburg. So he will have plenty of opportunities to score and gain bonus points.
5Emil ForsbergRBL@M0511.4MA bit more goal dependent for points compared to the others on this list, he was the hero in the reverse fixture with a goal and an assist. Finishing on 20 points. One to consider if you expect Leipzig to score a lot of goals.
6Erling Braut HaalandBVB@BMG19MOne of the best strikers in the world is due a goal sooner rather than later but Dortmund simply aren't creating enough chances for him.
7Thomas MüllerFCBVs S0420.5MIt is a three way competition between Müller, Gnabry and Coman if you want to double up on Bayern forwards but the former gets the nod based on form.
8Ermedin DemirovićSCFVs VFB7.4M
9Matheus CunhaBSCVs SVW14.6MHertha haven't scored in their last three Bundesliga games but Cunha has to be the one to turn it around with all the chances that he gets.
10Leon BaileyB04Vs WOB13.8M



1Joshua KimmichFCBVs S0417.5MIt is either him or Sane but only Kimmich is predicted to start and it is too hard to pass up on a Bayern midfielder against Schalke.
2Christopher NkunkuRBL@M0514.8MNkunku isn't predicted to start by Kicker but is a good bet for double digit points if he starts.
3Filip KostićSGE@DSC16.4MIf Silva is to be benched for Jovic as per Kicker, I would like Kostić even more because of his chemistry with the fellow Serbia international.
4Jadon SanchoBVB@BMG19.7MThe arrival of Terzic has had a negative impact on most Dortmund players but Sancho is an exception. He is one of the more in-form players in fantasy currently and has scores above nine points in each of his six games under the caretaker manager at an average of 13.6 points per game.
5Dani OlmoRBL@M0516.5MThe more nailed on pick from the Leipzig midfield and in better fantasy form averaging 12.5 points over the last four games.
6Lars StindlBMGVs BVB15.2MIt is a toss up for who will do better between Stindl and Hofmann when they play together. One for the early kickoff along with Sancho.
7Christoph BaumgartnerTSGVs KOE11.5M
8Vincenzo GrifoSCFVs VFB14MA bit out of form and there are much better options in the same price range this week making him a differential.
9Florian WirtzB04Vs WOB8.3M
10Ritsu DōanDSCVs SGE9.4M



1AngeliñoRBL@M0516.4MThis would be a good game for him to get on the score sheet again.
2Raphaël GuerreiroBVB@BMG16.2MDortmund is essentially M'gladbach's boogie team having won each of the last 12 games against them other across all competitions and Guerreiro could slip in some bonus points and attacking returns if Dortmund are to win.
3Christopher TrimmelFCU@FCA10.7MHe is one yellow card away from suspension but still remains the best option from Union because of his attacking upside.
4Erik DurmSGE@DSC3.5MArminia were helped on by some hapless defending last week and still remain the worst attack in the league.
5Alphonso DaviesFCBVs S0414.1MIt is a roulette for who will start between Davies and Hernandez but the right decision could be a rewarding one against Schalke.
6Nordi MukieleRBL@M0510.5MThe Leipzig wingbacks are as tempting as the attackers but Mukiele is prone to heavy rotation due to the insane depth for RBL on the right.
7Christian GünterSCFVs VFB11.9MGünter's set-pieces might make him a winning pick when one of the best set-piece attacking teams takes on one of the worst set-piece defending ones.
8Borna SosaVFB@SCF4.7MA disappointing outing last time out but the return of Wamangituka and Gonzalez should improve the team and Sosa's returns.
9Felix AguSVW@BSC4.3MAgu has full attacking freedom despite being a rookie and plays Hertha who haven't scored in the last three games.
10Maximilian MittelstädtBSCVs SVW8.3MThis game could go either way but a 0-0 seems like a more likely result than not.



1Stefan OrtegaDSCVs SGE6.5MAn outside chance for a cleansheet but plays one of the more attacking teams in the league. So he will have saves atleast.
2Florian MüllerSCFVs VFB3.8M
3Gregor KobelVFB@SCF5.2M
4Rafał GikiewiczFCAVs FCU7.7MA worthy option for the long term but his price could get you two keepers instead of one on unlimited transfers.
5Andreas LutheFCU@FCA5.3MThe best chance for a clean sheet this week amongst keepers on this list.

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

Fantasy Bundesliga: Must-Have/Template Players for Matchday 18

We were surprised by the Fantasy Bundesliga team with unlimited transfers at the end of the Hinrunde sandwiched between the Englische Woche and now we look at some players that will be heavily owned and are worth considering for matchday 18.



Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski is owned by “only” 72% so this is for the 28% who don’t. If seven consecutive games with goals scored for a total of 10 goals at an average of 15.5 points per game in Bundesliga Fantasy can’t convince you to shell out whatever it costs to get him in your team then nothing else will.


Nicolás González

A good shout for the third forward spot on wildcard, he has spearheaded the dangerous Stuttgart attack with his six goals and two assists in just 11 games. González has scored in six out of seven games this season as a center forward which is his preferred position now and the best part is that he rotates really well with the other forwards such as Lewandowski, Halaand and Kramaric in the upcoming matchdays. Especially with an early fixture against Mainz in matchday 19.




Christopher Nkunku

This Leipzig attack might not be as lethal as it was before because of Werner’s departure but you will still need some attacking cover from RBL against Mainz. This is one of the most one-sided fixtures in the history of Bundesliga and Leipzig have won each of the last three games while scoring an average of 5.3 goals per game. His current numbers might not be as impressive as those of last season (five goals and 13 assists) but he has played limited minutes this season and has been Leipzig’s best creator almost every game. Nkunku is a bonus points machine and could easily go off in any game.


Joshua Kimmich

It is a Bayern midfield dilemma for Fantasy Bundesliga managers with the matchday result of Bayern Munich 8-0 Schalke still afresh in the back of everyone’s head. As it stands, Kimmich and Goretzka are the only midfielders in fantasy predicted to start so Kimmich might be the only option unless Sané somehow manages to make an appearance in the starting XI. Nothing to complain about though since Kimmich had 18 fantasy points and two assists in the reverse fixture. His set-pieces are going to be a dangerous weapon combined with the quality of Lewandowski and Schalke’s defensive fragility.


Florian Wirtz

Wirtz might’ve missed a few games recently but everyone was quickly reminded of what he is capable of with his performance against Dortmund last week. He scored a goal, had three shots, four key passes and eventually finished on 20 points. Leverkusen might have some tough games coming up with Wolfsburg and Leipzig next but there is still a possibility that they get six points out of those games with talented players such as Wirtz, Amiri, Bailey and others. 17-year-old Wirtz still remains one of the best midfielders under 10M.





He might’ve cooled down on his goal-scoring antics a bit but still remains an essential player on the best defense in the league. They have the chance to improve their defensive record even more as they play bottom teams such as Mainz, Schalke, Augsburg and Hertha within the next five weeks.


Erik Durm

The latest entrant for the budget defender of the year, he is giving Sosa run for his money in the sub 5M segment. Durm is one of the players whose form has massively improved as Frankfurt started winning games again and the world cup winner is now full of confidence and is freely taking shots as well as creating them. He has double-digit returns in three of his last four games and with consecutive games against lower teams such as Arminia, Hertha, Hoffenheim and Koln to come, we can expect more of the same if Frankfurt keep up their winning ways.


Felix Agu

The third budget defender in the template team, his spot in here depends totally on the availability of teammate Ludwig Augustinsson. He has made the most of the points for shots in just two Bundesliga starts with scores of 8, 22 and could be a shrewd acquisition with games against Hertha and Schalke next.




Stefan Ortega

The highest scoring keeper in the game, he has kept a clean sheet in four of his last five games while averaging 11.6 points during the same period. Only teams in the top six have conceded fewer goals than Arminia this season (24) and Ortega is the best value even at 6.5M.


The Template XI

Bench and other alternatives: Pavao Pervan (Scrub)/Andreas Luthe/Florian Müller (GK), Felix Agu/Christopher Trimmel/Christian Günter (DEF), Lars Stindl/Ritsu Dōan (MID), Filip Kostić/Christoph Baumgartner (MID), Nicolás González/Andrej Kramarić (FWD)

Total team value: 175.4M

Note: The bench isn’t necessarily template and you could replace those spots with differentials instead.

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

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.



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.





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.





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.





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.



Differential XI MD 17

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.


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.



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!




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.




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.




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).


Differential XI MD 16

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Bundesliga Fantasy Player Rankings: Matchday 16

The previous week in Bundesliga Fantasy had its fair share of surprising results last week with Schalke finally ending their winless streak against Hoffenheim, Arminia fighting tooth and nail to beat Hertha and Borussia stealing 3 points from table-toppers Bayern Munich. These are our Bundesliga Fantasy Player Rankings for the week:



1Robert LewandowskiFCBVs SCF22.5MBayern have lost their last two games in 2021 which is the same amount of games they lost in 2020 and Freiburg have won their last five games but we have seen Bayern snap two unbeaten streaks before and Lewandowski scored a brace in each of them against Wolfsburg and Leverkusen. He is now on a five game scoring run of his own.
2Erling Braut HaalandBVBVs M0519.1M
3Andre SilvaSGEVs S0417.2MSchalke might've kept a cleansheet last week in a convincing victory against TSG but I need to see more of that to be convinced that they are even remotely good. Schalke have conceded the most penalty goals this season whereas Silva has scored the most from the spot and his individual fixture at the end of the week makes him the perfect third forward.
4Nicolás GonzálezVFBVs BMG9.6MThis game has all the elements to be a high-scoring game and González is my choice for a forward in this game. He is one yellow card away from suspension.
5Matheus CunhaBSC@KOE14.5M
6Thomas MüllerFCBVs SCF20.1MThe second-highest scoring forward in the game is a early contender for a Bayern double up with games against Augsburg and Schalke coming up next.
7Patrick SchickB04@FCU14.9M
8Marco ReusBVBVs M0517.6MReus seems to have found some of his old mojo back in the last few games setting up other attackers.
9Ermedin DemirovićSCF@FCB7.3M
10Andrej KramarićTSGVs DSC15.8MIt is a waiting game now for when he gets into form next.



1Jonas HofmannBMG@VFB13.2MHofmann is as essential as Lewandowski and Angeliño are this season and he already has scores of 24 and 18 since his return.
2Filip KostićSGEVs S0415.9MIf we are talking about scores then Kostic has 11, 11 and 12 points his last three games without a goal or an assist. Any return against Schalke would be most welcome.
3Jadon SanchoBVBVs M0519.3MHe is well and truly reborn under Terzic and is hard to overlook with double digit scores in each of his last four games.
4Vincenzo GrifoSCFVs KOE13.9MIt would be questionable to recommend a Freiburg player against Bayern on any other day but this is the worst FCB defense we have seen in a long time.
5Lars StindlBMG@VFB14.6M
6Leroy SanéFCBVs SCF17.9MIt is 50/50 between him and Kimmich but he is starting to gain some form and plays in a more advanced position.
7Ritsu DōanDSC@TSG8.8M
8Nadiem AmiriB04@FCU13.6MHe might be the only midfielder worth considering from the early kick-off with Wirtz being a doubt against Union Berlin - A team that is vulnerable to set-pieces.
9Dani OlmoRBL@WOB16.1M
10Mateo KlimowiczVFBVs BMG1.9M



1Raphaël GuerreiroBVBVs M0516MGuerreiro could cash in from a possible drubbing here.
3Erik DurmSGEVs S043.6MHis 17 pointer last week was unexpected but if he keeps taking shots freely and gains bonus points consistently then he could be a good budget option for the long term. Especially with Frankfurt getting their defensive act back together.
4Maximilian MittelstädtBSC@KOE8.2MKoln have now gone four Bundesliga games without scoring and Mittelstädt could possibly fill in for Cunha on the left-wing rather than play as a left-back.
5Ludwig AugustinssonSVWVs FCA9.6M
6Christopher TrimmelFCUVs B0410.6M
7Borna SosaVFBVs BMG4.5M
8Christian GünterSCFVs FCB11.9MHis range for this game is anywhere from -5 to 15 points. Depends on Bayern's performance and you would rather use a transfer elsewhere.
9Ramy BensebainiBMG@VFB11.6M



1Stefan OrtegaDSC@TSG6.1MHoffenheim failed to score against the worst defense in the league last week and Arminia is far from that.
2Gregor KobelVFBVs BMG5.6M
3Jiri PavlenkaSVWVs FCA7MOnly the bottom four teams have scored fewer goals than Bremen and Augsburg so either team could get a cleansheet here.
4Rafał GikiewiczFCA@SVW7.7M
5Andreas LutheFCUVs B044.9M

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.

Bundesliga Fantasy Player Rankings: Matchday 15

As six of the top seven teams play each other in Bundesliga Fantasy this week, we look at the top 10 players in every position that you should consider. These are our Bundesliga Fantasy player rankings for the week:



1Robert LewandowskiFCB@BMG22.3MLewandowski has a brace in each of his last three games now and you might not have to look too far to get your star forward right since he plays first this week.
2Erling Braut HaalandBVB@RBL18.7MAn away game against the best defense in the league isn't ideal but Haaland scored a brace in the same fixture last season which indicates his possible ceiling.
3Andrej KramarićTSGVs S0415.7MIf you wanted a summary of how bad Schalke have been - They are one game away from equaling the all time Bundesliga winless record of 31 games. I expect Kramaric to do better against the worst team that the league might've ever seen than Cunha at least.
4Andre SilvaSGE@M0516.8MFrankfurt's two wins in a row after going winless for nine games is a vital sign but the same can't be said for Mainz who haven't won since MD8.
5Matheus CunhaBSC@DSC14.6M
6Leon BaileyB04Vs SVW13.2M
7Kingsley ComanFCB@BMG14.6M
8Nicolás GonzálezVFB@FCA9.2M
9Taiwo AwoniyiFCUVs WOB7.3MAwoniyi has been on a roll and could be the difference maker for Union again in this game.
10Wout WeghorstWOB@FCU17.2M



1Joshua KimmichFCB@BMG17MBayern have scored an average of 4.17 goals this season in the league when Kimmich has started compared to 2.14 without him. Kimmich has scored/assisted in five out of six games he has started this season.
2Filip KostićSGE@M0515.7MKostić has scored 11 and 12 points in his last two games without scoring or assisting. Just needs to find himself on the end of a goal.
3Vincenzo GrifoSCFVs KOE13.9MGrifo has been one of the best players in the Bundesliga this season with seven goals and four assists in just 14 games but be wary of Koln's defensive away tactics. They haven't conceded more than one goal away (best away record this season) and teams such as Leipzig, Dortmund, Stuttgart have fallen prey to it.
4Nadiem AmiriB04Vs SVW13.6M
5Christoph BaumgartnerTSGVs S0411.3MHe has been out of form lately but back-to-back games against Schalke and Arminia is the perfect opportunity to turn it around.
6Jadon SanchoBVB@RBL18.9MSancho almost had a perfect game against Wolfsburg last week with a goal and an assist and Terzić's gift of all corner kicks should definitely go a long way in helping him gain some of his past season form back.
7Ritsu DōanDSCVs BSC8.5MThere aren't many options for Sunday games but Doan is worth a shout with Caligiuri, Coulibaly and Darida also worth considering.
8Dani OlmoRBLVs BVB15.8M
9Jonas HofmannBMGVs FCB12.8MHofmann showed us glimpses of his start of the season form which made him essential and the positive is that he is playing more like a winger now than a central midfielder.
10Daniel CaligiuriFCAVs VFB11M



1AngeliñoRBLVs BVB16.2MThe biggest goal threat amongst all defenders.
2Raphaël GuerreiroBVB@RBL15.9MNot as much of a goal threat as the guy above but still got potential to get a good score in this game.
3Christian GünterSCFVs KOE11.9MFC Köln have failed to scored in three consecutive Bundesliga games now (305 minutes).
4Christopher TrimmelFCUVs WOB10.7M
5Alphonso DaviesFCB@BMG14.3M
6Ryan SessegnonTSG@S049MWhat is common between Schalke and Hoffenheim? Both the teams are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Sessegnon is an exception amongst TSG defenders because of his attacking potential. Punt-worthy for the next two weeks.
7Borna SosaVFB@FCA4.3M
8Lars BenderB04Vs SVW9.9M
9IagoFCAVs VFB5.1MStuttgart's failure to score in their last two games makes Augsburg an outside pick for a cleansheet for me.
10Ismail JakobsKOE@SCF6.5M



1Stefan OrtegaDSCVs BSC5.7MA bit unfortunate that Rønnow lost his place despite doing well but Ortega should suffice as your #1 for the rest of the season.
2Gregor KobelVFB@FCA5.6MAn incredible 17 points against Leipzig and he isn't a bad alternative to Rønnow.
3Rafał GikiewiczFCAVs VFB7.7M
4Robin ZentnerM05Vs SGE4.7MThe joy around the arrival of a new 1M keeper in Finn Dahmen was short lived as Zentner is back to takeover the keeping responsibilities again.
5Florian MüllerSCFVs KOE3.6M

You can find additional Bundesliga Fantasy resources for the 20/21 season here.