By Christian Andrick

Fantasy Bundesliga: Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 5

Ahead of Matchday 5, 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.
VfB Stuttgart v. 1. FC Köln:

M: Sebastian Andersson, Forward (KOE, 10.7M, 0%) - While having not scored since back on the first matchday, Andersson still has been the main driving force of the Köln attack with Anthony Modeste still not 100%. He is fourth in the league with 15 shots and the guys in front of him all have multiple goals. It is just a matter of time before his tally starts raising.

D: Nicolás González, Forward (VFB, 8.7M, 0%) - Stuttgart’s top goal scorer from last year in the 2. Bundesliga, González will be hoping to get off to a fast start after looking fully fit for the first time this season. Stuttgart had a very solid performance in their win last week against Hertha and will be hoping to follow that up with the same.

FC Bayern München v. Eintracht Frankfurt:

M: Kingsley Coman, Forward (FCB, 12.9M, 2%) - Scoring twice in Bayern’s thrashing of Atlético Madrid in the Champions League, Coman is playing some of the best football of his life. As with all Bayern matches, pick your poison for the game.

D: Douglas Costa, Forward (FCB, 12M, 0%) - Serge Gnabry has tested positive for Covid which opens the door for Costa to get the start on the wing. Costa will certainly want to make an impact on his first league start since leaving two years ago.

RB Leipzig v. Hertha BSC:

M: Angeliño, Defender (RBL, 13.9M, 18%) - Playing some of the better football in the world at the moment, Angeliño has scored four times in the last three games, beauties as well. The attacking responsibilities that Angeliño carries for Leipzig will ultimately bring large returns at times. Ride him while he is hot.

D: Willi Orban, Defender (RBL, 11.2M, 1%) - With reports that Lukas Klostermann needs knee surgery, Orban will see plenty more game time. Hertha also looked dreadful in their loss to Stuttgart.

1. FC Union Berlin v. Sport-Club Freiburg:

M: Christian Günter, Defender (SCF, 11.3M, 4%) - Scoring 15 points with no assists or goals in a 1-1 draw shows the type of strength and potential Günter possesses. In a match against Freiburg that is sure to play out similarly to last weekend's against Bremen, we can expect to get a decent return.

D: Sheraldo Becker, Forward (FCU, 2.9M, 1%) - Posing more of a threat than Kruse, Becker has one assist, seven shots and 11 crosses in four appearances this season. With Freiburg’s defense proving suspect, he has a great chance to bag his first goal of the season.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v. Borussia M’gladbach:

M: Ramy Bensebaini, Defender (BMG, 12M, 5%) - After a demoralizing draw to Inter midweek, Gladbach will look to bounce back against last place Mainz. Bensebaini has a great chance of a clean sheet as well as getting on the scoring sheet.

D: Jean-Paul Boëtius, Midfielder (FSV, 8.9M, 1%) - On the flip side, with Gladbach reeling after a last minute draw, they could take Mainz for granted. On short rest, Mainz could catch Gladbach napping.

Borussia Dortmund v. FC Schalke 04:

M: Erling Haaland, Forward (BVB, 17.9M, 54%) - After a thorough dismantling in the Champions League by Lazio, Favre and Dortmund will need a statement win in the derby against Schalke to curb any doubters. With Favre possibly on the hot seat and Jadon Sancho continuing to underperform, Haaland will be relied upon to turn things back around.

D: Steven Skrzybski, Forward (S04, 4.7M, 0%) - It is the Revierderby so crazier things have happened. If there was a time for Schalke to strike, now would be the time while Dortmund is wounded and possibly overlooking this Schalke side.

VfL Wolfsburg v. DSC Arminia Bielefeld:

M: Wout Weghorst, Forward (WOB, 14.4M, 1%) - Weghorst had his best game of the season so far last week against Borussia M’gladbach, getting off four shot attempts and bagging a goal in the 85th minute. Having scored 33 league goals in the last two seasons, Weghorst should start hitting the back of the net more often.

D: Riddle Baku, Midfielder (WOB, 6.9M, 0%) - The newly signed man from Mainz had a fantastic game against Gladbach as well. Baku had an assist, one shot, two chances created, four crosses, three clearances, two interceptions and one block. He should continue to start and make an impact in the Wolfsburg midfield.

SV Werder Bremen v. TSG Hoffenheim:

M: Leonardo Bittencourt, Midfielder (SVW, 9.6M, 3%) - A game full of differentials, it looks to be an open match. Bittencourt is almost a Fantasy Manager's dream in that he loves to take a shot from anywhere on the pitch. With one goal on nine shots so far this season, he is bound to net a couple more.

D: Mijat Gaćinović, Midfielder (TSG, 7M, 0%) - The former Frankfurt man was very active in Hoffenheim’s loss to Dortmund as they look to fill the void of an injured Kramaric.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v. FC Augsburg:

M: Kerem Demirbay, Midfielder (B04, 12.5M, 3%) - The usual catalyst of Leverkusen’s attack, it was a pretty lackluster performance from Demirbay last week against Mainz. After strong performances in all other matches, he should be back to normal after taking on an Augsburg side that may be coming back down to Earth.

D: Leon Bailey, Forward (B04, 11.2M, 1%) - After starting on the bench the previous two games, Bailey started last week and made his presence known. He tallied the assist on Alario’s goal, while also attempting five crosses and getting off two shot attempts.

Looking for other Fantasy Bundesliga articles ahead of Matchday 5? Check out our predicted line-ups here and our general Fantasy Bundesliga tips here.

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