The Official Fantasy Bundesliga Autumn League turns the clock back and gives players the chance to start from scratch. Anyone who registers a new team by 18 November will automatically be entered into the Autumn League, with points from first nine matchdays not included.
The user ‘xxELITE-TEAMxx’ took full advantage of that opportunity and currently leads the Autumn League standings on 135 points. We take a closer look at his table-topping side and analyse what strategy was used to reach the summit.
Goalkeeper: Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig, 3 points)
Defenders: Konstantinos Stafylidis (FC Augsburg, 9 points), Bastian Oczipka (Eintracht Frankfurt, 9), Willi Orban (Leipzig, 15), Mitchell Weiser (Hertha Berlin, 16)
Midfielders: Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg, 5 points), Marco Fabian (Frankfurt, 10), Diego Demme (Leipzig, 8), Genki Haraguchi (Hertha, 5)
Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, captain, 50 points), Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln, 5)
Substitutes: Tom Starke (FC Bayern München, 0 points), Frederik Sörensen (Köln, 7), Marcel Risse (Köln, 2), Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha, 9)
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The first thing that stands out about this team is that apart from substitute goalkeeper Tom Starker, there are no FC Bayern München players present. Instead, the backbone of the side is made up of four of this season’s surprise packages: RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Köln, with 11 of the 15 players hailing from that quartet.
The advantage of such a strategy is that the players do not cost a fortune but still pick up a lot of points. For example, Leipzig’s Gulacsi is the cheapest of all the first-choice goalkeepers in the Bundesliga at just 5.7 million, but he currently has the fourth-highest fantasy points haul of all shot-stoppers.
Up front, xxELITE-TEAMxx has logically enough opted for regular goalscorers, but in midfield and defence he has chosen players who win a high proportion of one-on-one duels. For instance, both Fabian and Orban won well over 50 per cent of all their Matchday 10 fantasy points from successful challenges.
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The Autumn League leader fielded his side in a 4-4-2 line-up. This system is particularly advantageous as it means substitutions can be made in every position throughout the weekend.
For example, Ibisevic earned just nine points after failing to score against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Friday night game, so he could have been replaced by Dortmund’s Aubameyang. The important thing to note when making substitutions is that the points gained by players who are taken out of the first XI no longer count, and they cannot be put back in the side.
xxELITE-TEAMxx made the best possible choice in this regard on Matchday 10; after all, captains earn double points. Following Aubameyang’s internal club suspension for the UEFA Champions League earlier in the week, there was no guarantee he would start away to Hamburger SV, much less score four goals.
Yet the decision to make the Gabon international captain paid rich dividends, as he alone was responsible for 50 of xxELITE-TEAMxx’s 135 points. No Official Fantasy Bundesliga player has ever earned more on a single matchday this season.
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