Flo The Scout’s Matchday 23 A-Team

Matchday 22 was an absolute doozy in Official Fantasy Bundesliga! Torpedo Hammerborn was the highest-scoring team of the weekend with 159 points, but I have to say I was quite happy with my 130-point haul, especially as it meant I was able to extend my lead over Matt ‘The Expert’ and James ‘The Coach’.

I certainly didn’t have my recommendations from last weekend, Alexsandar Dragovic or Maximilian Eggestein, to thank for my success given that they only collected two points between them. They were promptly dropped to the bench before the end of the Matchday and now find themselves on the transfer list. There are plenty of other enticing alternatives out there and they’ll be of much more use than Dragovic and Eggestein. Promise!

Jhon Cordoba (ST, 1. FSV Mainz 05, 13.2M)

My admiration for Cordoba dates back to last season when he impressed in an away game against VfB Stuttgart. I expected big things of the Colombian in 2016/17, but for a number of reasons it just hasn’t been his season. That was until last weekend. In the 2-0 win over Leverkusen he put all of the qualities on show that make him so valuable. He won 23 challenges and, despite not getting on the score sheet, racked up 13 fantasy points. If you go back further he’s scored 10 or more in each of his last three outings. In that type of form, Cordoba has to be considered one of the best fantasy strikers and, just like Hübner, could be a secret weapon this weekend.

Benjamin Hübner (DF, 1899 Hoffenheim, 11.8M)

Despite being one of the most consistent Official Fantasy Bundesliga players, Hoffenheim’s defensive stalwart is in less than one per cent of teams! Hübner is an incredibly dependable source of points. In his last eight appearances he’s never won fewer than 10 challenges and has picked up an average of nine points. This weekend he comes up against Ingolstadt, who are a side that shy away from getting stuck in, but also rarely hit the back of the net. This would be the ideal moment to draft in Hübner as a secret weapon!

Benno Schmitz (DF, RB Leipzig, 1.2M)

If you’ve got enough money in the bank then Willi Orban (11.75M) should be your first choice when acquiring a member of Leipzig’s backline. However, if you’re in need of a cheaper option or a second defender from the newly-promoted high fliers then Schmitz is your man. The 22-year-old has climbed above Bernardo in the pecking order in recent weeks and looks to have locked down his place at right back. Compared to Orban he doesn’t win as many challenges and isn’t as great a threat in front of goal, but you’ll be hard pushed to find a better defender at his price.

Marco Reus (MF, Borussia Dortmund, 14.55M)

The Dortmund superstar is gradually getting closer to his peak form. He impressed greatly against Freiburg and, with BVB’s DFB Cup quarter final with Lotte in midweek postponed, Reus will be well rested coming into the clash with Leverkusen. With the quality he possesses, it’s only a matter of time before he grabs his third goal of the season. My gut is telling me it will happen on Saturday. Even if he doesn’t get on the score sheet, he’s always good for an assist or two, challenges won and lots of shots on goal, which all help in the fantasy points department!

Fin Bartels (MF, Werder Bremen, 11.05M)

In Eggestein, I was let down by a Bremen player last week, but I’m supremely confident that Bartels will be anything but a disappointment. Werder’s midfielder is a fine footballer and his dribbling skills will come in handy against a deep-lying Darmstadt side. He’s got three goals to his name already this season, but I’m backing him to add to that tally in the coming weeks. With Thomas Delaney expected to miss out again this weekend, Bartels is the best Bremen midfield option in Official Fantasy Bundesliga.

I haven’t made a final decision on who out of this quintet will be brought in to bolster my team this weekend, but there’s still time as I don’t like to confirm my transfers until the starting line-ups for the Friday evening game have been released. This week FC Augsburg kick things off against RB Leipzig. If Schmitz keeps his place in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s starting line-up, then he’s got a great chance of being rewarded with a spot in my squad!

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