Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 16
By Christian Andrick
Ahead of Matchday 16, 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: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Forward (FCB, 5.8M, 25%) - Choupo-Moting finished off 2022 in fine form, scoring three goals in his last three Bundesliga matches while also grabbing one in the World Cup for Cameroon. His low price point of 5.8M makes him one of the more desirable players in the game at the moment.
D: Dani Olmo, Midfielder (RBL, 11.5M, 1%) - A new discount feature is giving select players 10% off their normal price for the matchday. Olmo came off a very successful World Cup where he started all four matches for Spain. He will look to begin 2023 in the right direction after a poor 2022 by his standards.
1. FC Union Berlin v. TSG Hoffenheim:
M: Sheraldo Becker, Forward (FCU, 11.2M, 7%) - After starting the Bundesliga season on fire, Becker cooled off the last half of the Hinrunde. If Union want to continue to fight for a European qualification spot, they will need to see the Becker who scored seven times in the first 11 matches last year.
D: Kasper Dolberg, Forward (TSG, 11M, 0%) - The 25 year-old Dane is coming to Sinsheim from French side Nice, although plying most of his trade last year at Sevilla, on a six-month loan deal. With Georginio Rutter signing a massive contract with Leeds United, Dolberg will be integrated into the squad immediately.
Eintracht Frankfurt v. FC Schalke 04:
M: Randal Kolo Muani, Forward (SGE, 12.7M, 21%) - The French forward had a great end to 2022. He scored and assisted twice in his final two Bundesliga games while also scoring one in the World Cup against Morocco. Kolo Muani should continue to shine for an Eagle’s side that only lost once in their final five league games before the break.
D: Ansgar Knauff, Forward (SGE, 8.1M, 0%) - Knauff has resumed training and should be back in the starting lineup for this weekend’s action. He did score his first goal of the season three games before the break so as long as he can stay healthy, he’ll continue to impress and supplant his role in the Frankfurt squad.
VfL Wolfsburg v. Sport-Club Freiburg:
M: Michael Gregoritsch, Forward (SCF, 9.6M, 6%) - Gregoritsch finished the season strong before the break, scoring and assisting twice in his last three matches. Freiburg are sitting in second place and continued success from Gregoritsch will help them stay in that spot.
D: Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Midfielder (SCF, 5.1M, 0%) - Healthy and expected to be back in the starting lineup, Kyereh could benefit the most any player in the league with the players he has to his side. With Grifo and Doan expected to dominate out wide, Kyereh could be the recipient of their spoils.
VfL Bochum v. Hertha BSC:
M: Oliver Christensen, Keeper (BSC, 3.4M, 11%) - Christensen did keep a clean sheet in Hertha’s last match before the break but his real value comes from being one of the cheapest starters in the league. He also has the best opportunity to keep a clean sheet compared to the matches his other cheaper counterparts have to endure.
D: Philipp Hofmann, Forward (BOC, 5.2M, 0%) - Hofmann scored double digit Fantasy points in his last two matches before the break. In matchday 15, he did that without scoring a goal or an assist, showing the amount of work in other areas he puts in each game.
VfB Stuttgart v. 1. FSV Mainz 05:
M: Aarón Martín, Defender (M05, 8.4M, 4%) - In the last three matches before the break, Aarón sent in an astounding 24 crosses that somehow bore zero fruit. He never went more than two games without a goal or an assist before that so expect him to start the new year on a tear.
D: Tiago Tomás, Forward (VFB, 8.3M, 0%) - Tomás had a goal and two assists in his last four matches, getting the start in three of those. As he continues to work his way into the first team more regularly, his stats should start to increase as well.
1. FC Köln v. SV Werder Bremen:
M: Florian Kainz, Midfielder (KOE, 10.1M, 25%) - Fresh off a new contract, Kainz can continue the superb play he showed in the first half of the season. He has scored five and assisted four times in what could become the best season of his career.
D: Marvin Ducksch, Forward (SVW, 8M, 1%) - Ducksch will hope to further build his relationship with fellow striker Niclas Füllkrug as Bremen continue to make noise in their first year back in the top league. He has started every game this year with three goals and three assists to add.
Borussia Dortmund v. FC Augsburg:
M: Julian Ryerson, Defender (BVB, 5.6M, 15%) - One of the best defenders in the Fantasy game just made a dream move to Dortmund and could slot right into the starting lineup. Ryerson was already having a breakout year with Union so the sky's the limit at this point.
D: Giovanni Reyna, Midfielder (BVB, 11.5M, 1%) - Reyna is finally fully healthy and just needs to put all the USMNT drama in the rearview mirror. If he can channel the media mess and produce on the field, we could all be in for an amazing show.
Borussia Mönchengladbach v. Bayer 04 Leverkusen:
M: Jonas Hofmann, Midfielder (BMG, 15.7M, 17%) - In the chance Thuram misses the match due to injury, Hofmann will bear the brunt to carry Gladbach in this intense matchup. He has also scored double digit Fantasy points in two of his last three games, with a massive 22 point haul in matchday 15.
D: Exequiel Palacios, Midfielder (B04, 9M, 0%) - The recent World Cup winner is expected to be in the lineup after starting the last two league games before the World Cup. He did grab an assist in that last match and hopefully the magic of the World Cup win can continue on in his play going forward.
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