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Fantasy Bundesliga:
Bargain players to consider for the rest of the season

By Jac Boulton

Looking to free up funds for premium Fantasy Bundesliga assets? Here's a list of bargain players you should consider.

Ismail Jakobs is listed as a defender, but plays on the wing.
Ismail Jakobs is listed as a defender, but plays on the wing.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

In this Fantasy Bundesliga article, we will be looking at players for under 6 million that are available in the game. All these players have played consistently since the restart and are great value picks to go alongside the Lewandowski’s, Werner’s, Havertz’s or Hakimi’s you may have in your squad.


Goalkeepers:

Florian Kastenmeier, Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1m
Final four fixtures: Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Augsburg, Union Berlin
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 5,11,2,1,3

Kastenmeier has been Dusseldorf’s goalkeeper since Matchday 18 after an injury to Zack Steffen, who hasn't played up to this day. Kastenmeier is at the lowest price possible, and for only 1m, there isn't a keeper around for that price at the moment that is starting every game. The next two fixtures coming up for Dusseldorf are very difficult, but there is an opportunity to pick up a lot of save points. You also have to take into account that Zack Steffen has returned to training, and he may be back in the squad before the season comes to an end.


Andreas Luthe, Augsburg, 1.5m
Final four fixtures: Mainz, Hoffenheim, Düsseldorf, RB Leipzig
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 2,9,8,5,1


Since the appointment of Heiko Herrlich, Luthe has played in every game for Augsburg. For only 1.5m, he is one of the best options for either a back-up keeper for a more expensive one – or to pair with another cheap keeper like Kastenmeier from Dusseldorf. He has also made some fairly solid contributions, picking up 25 points after the return of the league. This is more points than Horn (5.8m) and Gikiewicz (6.3m) during that time. Two out of his final four fixtures are also quite favourable.


Florian Müller, Mainz, 5.4m
Final four fixtures: Augsburg, Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Leverkusen
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 6,1,4,11,6

Mainz have some decent fixtures coming up, playing both relegation-threatened Augsburg and Werder Bremen, and if you have the money spare, Müller could be a good option. Müller has picked up 27 points since the restart, with 21 of those points coming from saves.


Timo Horn, FC Köln, 5.8m
Final four fixtures: Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 3,3,1,3,10

Timo Horn is another good option for under 6m, and Köln’s fixtures look great, with 3 of the final 4 games very winnable. Horn has picked up 20 points since the restart, and if you have the extra budget and don't want Muller, he is an alternative.

Defenders:

Noah Katterbach, FC Köln, 1m
Final four fixtures: Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 2,4,0,1,4

Katterbach costs only 1m, and for that price, you can't expect him to play every minute of every game for Köln, yet since the restart, he has picked up 11 points and has played over 70 minutes twice out of a possible 5 games. With good Köln fixtures coming up, Katterbach is a great option if you desperately need funds for other positions in your team.


Ismail Jakobs, FC Köln, 1.7m
Final four fixtures: Union Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 0,0,3,1,12

Jakobs has been a star throughout this season and is already well known with Fantasy Managers, with 11% of players owning him. Playing as a winger in the Köln side, he has picked up only 16 points since the return, but with some okay fixtures coming up, you might see Jakobs picking up an assist or two and maybe even scoring a goal. Only being 1.7m too means that picking him as your 5th defender is an easy option, with no defender around his price picking up as many points as him this season.


Peter Pekarik, Hertha BSC, 2.0m
Final four fixtures: Eintracht Frankfurt, SC Freiburg, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 12,8,1,15,0

Since the appointment of Bruno Labbadia, Hertha Berlin have improved greatly, going from a relegation-threatened side to a team pushing for a Europa League spot. They have also picked up 10 out of a possible 15 points, including three clean sheets. A returning player to this side is Peter Pekarik, who has returned to fill the right-back role for Hertha, picking up 36 points of his overall of 45 during the last five games. He seems nailed on to start at right back for the remainder of the season and is a great 4th or 5th defensive option.


Christopher Lenz, Union Berlin, 2.3m
Final 4 Fixtures: Köln, Paderborn, Hoffenheim, Düsseldorf
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 5,0,0,-2,0

Christopher Lenz has been the best budget option throughout the whole Bundesliga Fantasy season, picking up 173 points. A very popular choice, with 18% of all players owning him, Lenz was a must have up to the enforced break. Since the restart, though, he has struggled with injury and has only played a part in two of the five games, picking up only 3 points. Union Berlin have some great fixtures to end the season, and if Lenz is fit to play, he is a must-have in your team.


Tin Jedvaj, Augsburg, 3.2m
Final four fixtures: Mainz, Hoffenheim, Fortuna Düsseldorf, RB Leipzig
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 11,8,7,0,5

A great option for only 3.2m, Jedvaj has played a vital role in Augsburg’s relegation battle. Since the appointment of Heiko Herrlich as Augsburg coach, Jedvaj has played in 4 of the 5 games and has scored one goal and played a part in two clean sheets. During this time, he picked up 31 points. With some decent fixtures to end the season, Jedvaj could be a great 4th pick for your team and could be a great differential, with only 2% of all players owning him at this moment in time.


Raphael Framberger, Augsburg, 4m
Final four Fixtures: Mainz, Hoffenheim, Düsseldorf, RB Leipzig
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 4,10,9,-1,9

If you have the extra budget for a more expensive Augsburg defender than Jedvaj, you could choose Raphael Framberger. Costing 4m, Framberger has featured in every game since the restart and has played over 70 minutes in four of them, picking up 31 points in the process. He is more attacking than Jedvaj and has a higher chance of picking up points.


Stefan Posch, Hoffenheim, 5.9m
Final four fixtures: RB Leipzig, Augsburg, Union Berlin, Dortmund
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 3,11,8,12,6

A fairly expensive option, but for only 5.9m you get a defender that has picked up 40 points since the return of the Bundesliga. Posch is a great option for a third defender and is one of the best picks from Hoffenheim. Sandwiched between games against RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are two easier games against relegation threatened teams, which could mean some big points for Posch. After the recent sacking of Hoffenheim’s coach, Alfred Schreuder, it will be interesting to see how the players react and if the interim coaches will stick with the same line-ups or maybe change it up a bit.

Midfielders:

Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee, Augsburg, 1.8m
Final four fixtures: Mainz, Hoffenheim, Düsseldorf, RB Leipzig
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 0,8,1,2,10

Sarenren Bazee had a great game against Köln in the last matchday, winning a penalty and picking up 10 points during the game. He also chipped in with a goal against Schalke in MD27, and with a decent run-in with 2 really winnable games, he could be a great option for only 1.8m.


Leandro Barreiro, Mainz, 2.6m
Final four fixtures: Augsburg, Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Leverkusen
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 1,0,7,1,3

Barreiro has looked nailed on to play for Mainz since the restart, playing a part in each of the 5 games, picking up 12 points. Being 0% owned on Bundesliga Fantasy means that it is also a very big differential option, and if he starts picking up even more points in the final 4 games, it could mean you shoot up the ranks in your mini-league. With some favourable fixtures coming up, Barreiro is one to watch.


Florian Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen, 3.1m
Final four fixtures: Schalke, Köln, Hertha, Mainz
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 0,0,0,6,9

Since being added to the game in MD29, Wirtz has picked up 15 points, playing 129 minutes. He was substituted at half time when Leverkusen played Saarbrucken in the cup on Tuesday, but after Karim Bellarabi picked up an injury in that game, Wirtz may get more minutes. Leverkusen have four winnable games to end the season, and playing against a leaky Schalke defense in MD30 could mean some big points for Wirtz.


Nicolas Höfler, Freiburg, 5.2m
Final four fixtures: Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin, Bayern München, Schalke
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 5,4,3,4,4

Höfler is one of those players that is usually overlooked in Fantasy Football because of his lack of attacking contributions. But for only 5.2m, and for a guaranteed starter, Höfler could be a differential choice for your 5th midfielder. Picking up 20 points in his last five games, he is always certain for some dual points. His upcoming fixtures are fairly difficult, but as an emergency 5th option in midfield, he could be an interesting pick.


Robert Andrich, Union Berlin, 5.4m (SUSPENDED FOR MD31)
Final four fixtures: Köln, Paderborn, Hoffenheim, Düsseldorf
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 2,5,-1,0,9

Finally scoring his first goal of the season for Union Berlin last weekend against Schalke, Andrich looked like a great 5th midfield option at only 5.4m. Sadly, after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season, he will miss Matchday 31. Since the restart, Andrich has picked up 15 points, and if he was available for all of the final games, he would be the most obvious choice for your 5th pick in midfield.


Kenan Karaman, Fortuna Düsseldorf, 5.8m
Final four fixtures: Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Augsburg, Union Berlin
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 3,11,13,3,3

Playing as an attacker, Karaman is an interesting option, because he will be taking many more shots and will have a higher chance of scoring over any other midfielder at this price point. He has picked up 33 points since the restart and is a perfect 5th midfielder option at only 5.8m. Düsseldorf do have 2 difficult fixtures coming up, but after those, the Augsburg and Union Berlin games look quite interesting for Karaman.

Forwards:

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen, 4.1m
Final four fixtures: Paderborn, Bayern München, Mainz, Köln
Points since the return of the Bundesliga -1,3,3,7,2

Sargent is a very interesting pick if you need an attacker to sit on the bench and come in if any other players fail. Since the restart, he has featured in all games and has played over 70 minutes in the last 3 outings, picking up 12 points in that time. By picking Sargent, you get extra funds to be able to put into other positions. And except for the game against Bayern München, Werder Bremen have some favourable fixtures.


Taiwo Awoniyi, Mainz, 4.4m
Final four fixtures: Augsburg, Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Leverkusen
Points since the return of the Bundesliga: 7,0,2,7,8

There is a lack of cheap attacking options for Bundesliga Fantasy, and Awoniyi is probably the best option for under 6m. Costing only 4.4m, Awoniyi has played over 70 minutes in the last 2 games and has picked up 24 points over the last five matchdays. Mainz have some okay fixtures for the final run-in, and Awoniyi is almost guaranteed to pick up some points against Augsburg and Werder Bremen at least. If you do need a cheaper attacking option, but have more than 6m, someone like Lucas Höler from Freiburg could be a good choice, costing 8.7m.


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