Official Fantasy Bundesliga: Timo Werner and the alternatives

Timo Werner has been a revelation in the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign both for RB Leipzig and Official Fantasy Bundesliga players.

However, fresh from making his debut for the German national team, the highest-scoring home-grown player in Germany’s top flight has been ruled out for the foreseeable future with a hamstring injury.

Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has suggested Werner could miss the newly-promoted side’s next three games against Darmstadt, Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen. “Timo will definitely miss the Englische Woche,” said the Austrian. “It’s catastrophic to lose a player in the type of form he’s in.”

So what does that mean for Official Fantasy Bundesliga players? Well I’ve picked out four players that will cost you less than Werner’s 12.65M price tag, but could prove just as prolific!

Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin, 11.8M, 208pts): Averaging 12 challenges won a game this season, the equivalent of four Official Fantasy Bundesliga points, Ibisevic is one of the most consistent strikers in the division. He’s racked up 47 points in his last five games, but it’s worth noting that Hertha have some tough fixtures coming up against Hoffenheim and Gladbach.

Emil Forsberg (Leipzig, 12.4M, 162pts): With Werner out, Leipzig have solid alternatives up front and, on his day, Forsberg is a real contender. However, consistency has been an issue, as proved by his nine-point haul over the last two games. Considering he picked up 30 points in the three games before that, though, he could be worth the risk with Leipzig at home to Darmstadt next.

Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig, 12.05M, 151pts): If you want a safer bet than Forsberg, then Poulsen is your man. He’s missed the last five games through injury and has only had a hand in two goals this season, but the Dane has only scored 11 points fewer than Forsberg! The challenge-winning beast returned to team training during the international break, but keep tabs on his fitness.

Florian Niederlechner (Freiburg, 11.8M, 147pts): Freiburg’s joint-top scorer with eight goals, Niederlechner has been a big success story for the newly-promoted side. Consistency isn’t his strong suit either – he’s scored 14, two and nine points in his last three games – but what makes him an attractive prospect is Freiburg’s next three games: against Bremen, Wolfsburg and Mainz.

I’d have plumped for Serge Gnabry based on Werder Bremen’s form going into the international break, but at the time of writing it’s still unclear how long the 21-year-old is going to be sidelined for. If he is available for Matchday 26 then don’t be afraid to draft him in.

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