Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 8
By Christian Andrick
Ahead of Matchday 8, we have highlighted a must-have player (M) and a differential pick (D) from each game that you should consider for your Fantasy Bundesliga team.
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M: Alphonso Davies, Defender (FCB, 16.2M, 31%) - Davies has been on a great run of form despite Bayern’s less than stellar performances lately. He has scored double digit Fantasy points in three of his last four matches, even grabbing 10 points in a loss last match day.
D: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Forward (B04, 13M, 0%) - Almost a month into his Bundesliga journey, Hudson-Odoi is starting to gel with his new teammates. He got his highest Fantasy point total last match day with six points and has an opportunity to let the league know of his presence in the Friday night lights.
RB Leipzig v. VfL Bochum 1848:
M: Timo Werner, Forward (RBL, 14.2M, 7%) - Losing three of their last five league matches, Leipzig must change things around quickly if they still want to be a part of the title race. It all starts with Werner and him finding his pre-Premier League form. This should be the weekend to break out of the funk.
D: Xaver Schlager, Midfielder (RBL, 10.7M, 0%) - Leipzig’s best chance of making amends for their loss to Gladbach last match day is to come out firing against Bochum. Schlager should get the start as he still is working on building chemistry with his new squad.
Sport-Club Freiburg v. 1. FSV Mainz 05:
M: Ritsu Dōan, Midfielder (SCF, 9M, 10%) - Dōan is proving to be a spectacular Fantasy player this year, sitting in the top 10 in total points for midfielders. He also costs less than 10M when most top tier players are 13M and above. .
D: Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Midfielder (SCF, 4.8M, 0%) - Kyereh has started the last two matches for Freiburg and is a great differential pick compared to the heavy usage of the other stars on the squad.
1. FC Köln v. Borussia Dortmund:
M: Jonas Hector, Defender (KOE, 10.5M, 29%) - Hector sits just one point shy of being the top Fantasy defender in the game. He has done this well despite only grabbing one assist so far on the season. The Billy Goats have shown flashes of brilliance and if it can continue, Hector will surely be in the middle of the action.
D: Donyell Malen, Forward (BVB, 11.7M, 0%) – Malen got his first start in over a month last match day and had a great game in the derby win, sending in eight crosses. He will be a much needed attacking option for Dortmund going forward as they deal with other injuries to players like Reus.
Eintracht Frankfurt v. 1. FC Union Berlin:
M: Jordan, Forward (FCU, 8.1M, 8%) - Jordan has not been quite the Fantasy superstar as his counterpart Becker, but he has still proven to be a top five Fantasy forward. A bit of controversy with missing out on the US National team will hopefully have him playing with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.
D: Kristijan Jakić, Midfielder (SGE, 8.3M, 0%) - If Jakić can shake a knock he picked up in the international break, he should continue his good form. He has started the last five matches and grabbed a goal last match day against Stuttgart.
VfL Wolfsburg v. VfB Stuttgart:
M: Borna Sosa, Defender (VFB, 12M, 2%) - After earlier reports of Sosa missing the match due to illness, it seems he is back training with his teammates on Thursday. Sosa is starting to hit his stride after a slow start to the season. If the last match haul of 17 points are any indication of what’s to come, his owners are in for an exciting time.
D: Lukas Nmecha, Forward (WOB, 11.6M, 0%) - Nmecha scored three goals in the first seven games, a solid return for the new German international. As long as his injury during the break wasn’t serious, he will have to step it up even more as Wolfsburg are in dire need to turn things around.
SV Werder Bremen v. Borussia Mönchengladbach:
M: Ramy Bensebaini, Defender (BMG, 12.4M, 15%) - The top Fantasy defender in the game, Bensebaini is having a great season, having started and played the full 90 in six of the seven matches. Out of those six, he has scored double digit points in five of them.
D: Lars Stindl, Midfielder (BMG, 10.1M, 1%) - Starting the last two games back from injury, Stindl has looked much like his old self which Gladbach could not expect at a better time. He made a huge impact in their win against Leipzig, taking eight shots and securing one assist in the match.
Hertha BSC v. TSG Hoffenheim:
M: Ozan Kabak, Defender (TSG, 7.9M, 13%) - Kabak is a top ten Fantasy defender with double digit points in four games so far. At a price of only 7.9M, he is a fraction of the cost compared to other top defenders.
D: Georginio Rutter, Forward (TSG, 10.9M, 1%) - Rutter has definitely been taking his chances, recording 14 shots with six on goal in the last five games. He has one goal and an assist over that time frame and with a bit more luck, those totals could be much higher.
FC Schalke 04 v. FC Augsburg:
M: Rafał Gikiewicz, Keeper (FCA, 7M, 10%) - Augsburg had the match of their lives against Bayern and Gikiewicz was a major factor. He’s the second best Fantasy keeper to Sommer and is 3M cheaper.
D: Iago, Defender (FCA, 8M, 1%) - In that match against Bayern, Iago had an assist before going off with an injury. He should be good to go after the break and provides huge attacking upside.
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