Bundesliga Fantasy Manager: The Scout’s ‘Magnificent Seven’

The midweek fixtures are over and the rings around my eyes are slowly receding. Getting a bit of sleep for once has worked wonders. I’ve drawn on Hollywood for inspiration for my latest column to proudly present the Official Fantasy Bundesliga Magnificent Seven.

To make it more interesting, I’ve decided to forego the top five performers so far – Robert Lewandowski (63 points), Anthony Modeste (57), Konstantinos Stafylidis (56), Frederik Sörensen (51) and Franck Ribery (50).

Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund, def, 11.3m)
The European Champion was an obvious choice you say? Well you’d be right because for my money, Guerreiro is the hottest property in Official Fantasy Bundesliga at the moment, especially as Thomas Tuchel has been playing him in midfield rather than at left-back. The only deficit could be that he misses one or two games due to squad rotation.

Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach, def, 7.1m)
Loyal readers will remember that I included the 19-year old Swiss defender in my initial squad at the start of the season. My only worry was the game time he would receive. But he’s now been in the starting line-up in three of the last five matches and has constantly improved. You won’t get a defender from a top club for that price anywhere else.

Kerem Demirbay (1899 Hoffenheim, mid, 3.1m)
Last week, I mentioned Demirbay as one of the beneficiaries of squad rotation. But he has now staked his claim to a regular starting berth. The attacking midfielder claimed his first assist in the victory over FC Schalke 04 and his value has gone up 300,000 since Tuesday thanks to 19 points from two games. That will only increase.

Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen, mid, 5.4m)
Despite a successful pre-season, 19-year old Henrichs didn’t make the starting line-up on Matchday 1. Leverkusen lost that match and since then, Henrichs hasn’t missed a minute of action. A midfielder by trade, coach Roger Schmidt has been playing him at full-back – a position that guarantees him points thanks to lots of successful challenges.

Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt, mid, 10.4m)
It took a while, but the winter signing has finally arrived in the Bundesliga. His last two matches were a revelation. Fabian has picked up double-digit points in each of his last three outings. That’s what you call top form.

Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha BSC, for, 10.5m)
Just how many Indian summers is Vedad Ibisevic going to enjoy? Has anyone been counting? The 32-year old Bosnian is rolling back the years in front of goal. You won’t find a more goal-hungry striker for that price. The only downside is that he has been substituted off in every game he has played so far. However, he has still managed to pick up 48 points in total and is the third-best striker in Official Fantasy Bundesliga.

Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen, for, 10.1m)
Although I recommended Gnabry last week as well, he simply can’t be missing from this list either. His all-action style guarantees points, even though he will probably score fewer goals than Ibisevic. He put in his most effective performance of the season against Wolfsburg with nine points, and he will only get better.

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