Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 2
By Christian Andrick
Ahead of Matchday 2, 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: Filip Kostić, Midfielder (SGE, 15.1M, 10%, 8 pts last match) - With a staggering 11 crosses from open play in the match against Bielefeld, it’s baffling Kostić and Frankfurt did not come away with more. After multiple opportunities just missing the back of the net, Frankfurt should come into the Friday night matchup with a chip on their shoulder after falling short in round one.
D: Dodi Lukébakio, Forward (BSC, 11.2M, 1%, 10p) - A first half stoppage-time goal solidified a strong opening performance for Lukébakio as he looks to improve on last year’s seven goals. Berlin could have a formidable front three if Lukébakio, Cunha and Piątek can all stay healthy.
Borussia M’gladbach v. Union Berlin:
M: Lars Stindl, Midfielder (BMG, 12M, 2%, -1p) - It was not a great start of the season for Gladbach but it was also a tough first matchup with Dortmund. With an easier test against Union, Marco Rose’s men will be looking to bounce right back. Stindl has the extra bonus of being listed as a midfielder in the Fantasy game but residing more as a forward in real life.
D: Alassane Pléa, Forward (BMG, 15M, 1%, -1p) - Along the same lines as Stindl, Pléa will be looking to make up for a lackluster performance against Dortmund in which he was subbed on and only played 33 minutes. Pléa should feast upon a Union back line that gave up three goals to Augsburg in the first matchday.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v. RB Leipzig:
M: Yussuf Poulsen, Forward (RBL, 11.4M, 6%, 14p) - With Werner gone to Chelsea, Poulsen wasted no time in leading the Leipzig line in their 3-1 win over Mainz. He grabbed a goal and led all players last match day with seven shots.
D: Lucas Alario, Forward (B04, 10M, 0%, 5p) - With a possible chance to start again over Patrik Schick, Alario registered three shots with one on goal in the nil-nil draw against Wolfsburg.
DSC Arminia Bielefeld v. 1. FC Köln:
M: Sebastian Andersson, Forward (KOE, 10.3M, 1%, 13p) - After signing just days before the new season started, Andersson made a clear impact and showed why Köln made a wise decision in bringing him in from Union. With reports of Anthony Modeste just now getting back to full training, Andersson will have plenty of time to make his impact on the squad.
D: Ritsu Dōan, Midfielder (DSC, 7.1M, 0%, 6p) - Bielefeld showed just why they were 2. Bundesliga champions last year by putting in a valiant performance in their draw with Frankfurt. Involved in much of Bielefeld’s build-up play and also a possible set-piece taker, Dōan and Bielefeld might be no pushover this season.
1. FSV Mainz 05 v. VfB Stuttgart:
M: Robin Zentner, Goalkeeper (M05, 5.1M, 4%, 7p) - Tied with the most shots saved on the match day with six, Zentner was still able to put up seven Fantasy points after also giving up three goals. With an inexpensive price, Zentner should be a must in your lineup and will be making saves week in and week out behind Mainz’s porous defense.
D: Roberto Massimo (VFB, 2.1M, 1%, 6p) - Listed at just 2.1M, the 19-year old forward is one of the cheapest starting forwards in the game. Not expected to make much of an impact, he is one of the best options available, however, if you are looking to free up cash to bring in Bayern players that you missed out on in the first week.
FC Augsburg v. Borussia Dortmund:
M: Giovanni Reyna, Midfielder (BVB, 7.2M, 22%, 11p) - The young American showed just how much of an integral role he will play in the Dortmund attack in their opening drubbing of Gladbach. While also priced at a measly 7.2M, Reyna can bring you the most bang for your buck in the Dortmund lineup.
D: Iago, Defender (FCA, 5.2M, 1%, 9p) - After the talismanic wingback Philipp Max and his eight goals and six assists left this summer for PSV, many Augsburg fans worried who would fill his boots. They may have found his replacement as Iago looks to provide that attacking relief from the left.
FC Schalke 04 v. SV Werder Bremen:
M: Ludwig Augustinsson, Defender (SVW, 9.2M, 1%, 10p) - Augustinsson was one of the few bright spots in the Bremen squad and made most of his attacking opportunities. As the set-piece taker, Augustinsson had a total of 10 crosses from the spot and six from open play, ultimately assisting on Davie Selke’s goal in the second half.
D: Goncalo Paciencia, Forward (S04, 10M, 0%, 4p) - Paciencia was loaned to Schalke just days before the start of the season. He had a strong campaign last year with Frankfurt finishing with seven goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances. He should compete for the regular starting striker role every week.
TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Bayern München:
M: Leroy Sané, Midfielder (FCB, 17.4M, 30%, 25p) - Pick your poison when it comes to Bayern players this season as it seems no one is going to stop them from winning their ninth consecutive Meisterschale. Sané’s value comes from being listed as a midfielder and getting the extra bonus point for goals.
D: Dennis Geiger, Midfielder (TSG, 7.1M, 0%, 7p) - Geiger’s only value comes from taking the majority of Hoffenheim’s set-pieces. There is a slight chance Hoffenheim could catch Bayern napping on a corner.
Sport-Club Freiburg v. VfL Wolfsburg:
M: Nils Petersen, Forward (SCF, 10.3M, 2%, 11p) - Petersen played the full 90 and found the back of the net after the eighth minute. He has hit double digit goals for Freiburg in each of the last four Bundesliga terms and this season looks to be no different.
D: Joao Victor, Midfielder (WOB, 7.1M, 1%, 6p) - After an uneventful stalemate against Leverkusen in the first week, Wolfsburg’s identity is still up in the air. With Victor, we have another mislabeled midfielder starting up top that can get you an extra goal point.
Looking for other Fantasy Bundesliga articles ahead of Matchday 2? Check out our predicted line-ups here and our general Fantasy Bundesliga tips here.