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Fantasy Bundesliga:
Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 18

By Christian Andrick

Ahead of Matchday 18, 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.
Saša Kalajdžić
Saša KalajdžićPhoto: Eintracht Frankfurt
Sport-Club Freiburg v. TSG Hoffenheim:

M: Kiliann Sildillia, Defender (SCF, 5.2M, 4%) - Sildillia scored nine points last week, almost double digits which would have given him that accolade three out of the last five games. He is always going to be an attack minded defender and is still at a reasonable price of only 5.2M.

D: Andrej Kramarić, Forward (TSG, 14.3M, 1%) - Kramarić has scored eight Fantasy points or higher in each of the last four games as well as two goals to go over that span. If Hoffenheim do not want to start free falling in the table, it will be up to Kramarić, like always, to save them.

1. FC Köln v. Borussia Dortmund:

M: Jadon Sancho, Forward (BVB, 15M, 5%) - Most probably aren’t surprised that Sancho was back to himself in the yellow and black after the disaster in Manchester. If the old Sancho does return, Dortmund are certainly going to be expected to at least grab a Champions League spot.

D: Thomas Meunier, Defender (BVB, 6.8M, 2%) - Meunier is the closest major differential starter on the Dortmund squad. The chances of the Billy Goats stealing anything in this match seems slim to none.

VfL Bochum 1848 v. VfB Stuttgart:

M: Chris Führich, Midfielder (VFB, 11.7M, 32%) - It was a tough first game back from the break for Stuttgart but they still are a team to fear for the rest of the season. Führich has scored double digit points in two of his last four games even with a poor match against Gladbach. Expect him to turn things around this weekend.

D: Joshua Vagnoman, Defender (VFB, 8.2M, 1%) - After missing the first 10 games, Vagnoman is settling in well. He has started three of the last four games and has notched a goal and an assist over that time frame. He will be a real asset in the attack with some of the key players Stuttgart are missing at the moment.

1. FC Heidenheim 1846 v. VfL Wolfsburg:

M: Patrick Mainka, Defender (HDH, 3.5M, 18%) - Heidenheim are firing on all cylinders, getting help from everyone on the pitch in their recent success. Mainka has been a defensive mainstay and is super cheap at only 3.5M.

D: Adrian Beck, Midfielder (HDH, 2.8M, 0%) - Beck scored off the bench last weekend which should earn him the nod in the starters lineup as Heidenheim hopefully continue their spectacular run. At only 2.8M, it is a small gamble for a potential large return.

SV Darmstadt 98 v. Eintracht Frankfurt:

M: Saša Kalajdžić, Forward (SGE, 11M, 0%) - Eintracht have won two in a row and are right back in the thick of European qualifications. With some of the new but old faces added to the squad, like Saša Kalajdžić, they could continue to push for the Champions League.

D: Niels Nkounkou, Defender (SGE, 9.2M, 1%) - Nkounkou has been fantastic over the last two matches, scoring 30 total points over the two as well as two assists. Against lowly Darmstadt, Nkounkou should have no problem down the flank again.

RB Leipzig v. Bayer 04 Leverkusen:

M: Alejandro Grimaldo, Defender (B04, 14.8M, 78%) - Eight straight games with double digit points for Grimaldo. This matchup with Red Bull is a definite must-watch.

D: Christoph Baumgartner, Midfielder (RBL, 15M, 0%) - Leverkusen do have to fail at some point, right? The only true, attacking starter with virtually no ownership in this matchup is Baumgartner.

FC Bayern München v. SV Werder Bremen:

M: Alphonso Davies, Defender (FCB, 16.9M, 25%) - Davies has been in great form lately, scoring double digit Fantasy points in two of the last three games. Just in time for Bayern to go on their usual run towards the title.

D: Kingsley Coman, Forward (FCB, 13M, 2%) - Coman should be healthy to start this weekend and is a great differential pick up with his low ownership. He is also on sale this week so you are getting two deals in one with his rostering.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v. FC Augsburg:

M: Rocco Reitz, Midfielder (BMG, 3.1M, 14%) - Reitz has started the last nine matches in a row and has supplanted himself as an integral part of the Gladbach midfield for now and the future. He has four goals and an assist over that time and it also doesn't hurt that he is super cheap as well.

D: Robin Hack, Midfielder (BMG, 7.4M, 1%) - The goal exploits are not normal but Hack is playing superbly, scoring double digit Fantasy points in two of the last three games. Gladbach came out of the break firing on all cylinders so we will see how long that can continue.

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