Must-haves and differentials for Matchday 26
By Christian Andrick
Ahead of Matchday 26, 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.
|Marco Reus and Dortmund face a must win against the Billy Goats.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche|
M: Marcel Halstenberg, Defender (RBL, 14M, 2%) - Halstenberg has been solid over his last three games for Red Bull, averaging 11 Fantasy points per match. He has not scored or assisted in those matches, gaining most of his points in Passes to Shot and Won Duels. Against an easier opponent, Halstenberg has the chance to hit the scoresheet as well as the clean sheet bonus.
D: Emil Forsberg, Forward (RBL, 11.4M, 1%) - A goal in each of his last two games, Forsberg is starting to find his form again after missing a month due to knee injury. He will also resume his role as the main set piece provider over Nkunku if in the match.
Eintracht Frankfurt v. 1. FC Union Berlin:
M: Daichi Kamada, Midfielder (SGE, 14.3M, 8%) - Kamada is in his best scoring form of the season, netting twice and assisting twice in his last four games. He has averaged almost 12 Fantasy points per game during this stretch.
D: Julian Ryerson, Defender (FCU, 1.9M, 0%) - Two starts in a row and Ryerson seems to have finally landed himself a cemented spot in the lineup. He has scored 13 and then six Fantasy points in his last two games, which is somewhat underwhelming for the actual performances he has put in. At a measly 1.9M, you hardly have to stress over him either.
FC Bayern München v. VfB Stuttgart:
M: Serge Gnabry, Forward (FCB, 18.8M, 14%) - Gnabry started his first league game last week since February 5th and promptly had a field day. He scored once on five shots to go along with three crosses and three chances created. If Coman is out injured, Gnabry should be sure to start.
D: Naouirou Ahamada, Midfielder (VFB, 1M, 0%) - Ahamada made only his second appearance of the season last week, coming on as a sub for 47 minutes. The Juventus loanee has an opportunity to start and is the only real differential between both squads. With Bayern’s superstars and Stuttgart’s budget-busters, they both have some of the highest ownership in the league.
1. FC Köln v. Borussia Dortmund:
M: Marco Reus, Forward (BVB, 18.6M, 3%) - Including Champions League, Reus has four assists in his last six games, his best haul of the season. This should be a sign of better things to come as Dortmund and Reus try to finish off the season in the European spots.
D: Ondrej Duda, Midfielder (KOE, 8.8M, 1%) - Duda grabbed a penalty goal last week and should start again as the striker for the Billy Goats. Duda will also always have the potential upside as the main set piece specialist.
SV Werder Bremen v. VfL Wolfsburg:
M: Josip Brekalo, Midfielder (WOB, 10.8M, 3%) - In his first start since January 19th, Brekalo was heavily involved with the attack, scoring once on three shots. With the other injuries and suspensions that Wolfsburg are dealing with, Brekalo should receive another well earned start.
D: Niclas Füllkrug, Forward (SVW, 10.5M, 0%) - Füllkrug was solid off the bench last week against Bayern, scoring Bremen’s only goal of the match. This has presumably earned him a start as Bremen face another tough test.
FC Schalke 04 v. Borussia M’gladbach:
M: Lars Stindl, Midfielder (BMG, 15.8M, 8%) - Gladbach and Stindl should be able to handily dispatch Schalke. Perhaps not a 5-nil beatdown like Wolfsburg laid out last week, but one could expect a few goals from the away side.
D: Alassane Pléa, Forward (BMG, 16.7M, 1%) - For the same reasons as Stindl, bet on the Gladbach attack. Pléa has started the last two league games and has registered seven shots in those matches.
TSG Hoffenheim v. 1. FSV Mainz 05:
M: Andrej Kramarić, Forward (TSG, 17.8M, 6%) - Mainz have kept two clean sheets in a row but they didn't face a striker such as Kramarić in those games. Kramarić has scored double digit Fantasy points in his last two games with one goal on 10 shots.
D: Phillipp Mwene, Defender (M05, 2.2M, 0%) - If you do want to bet on the Mainz defense, Mwene has been sensational in those two clean sheets. He has registered three shots and a remarkable 15 crosses to go along with double digit Fantasy points in both.
Hertha BSC v. Bayer 04 Leverkusen:
M: Nadiem Amiri, Midfielder (B04, 13.7M, 2%) - Amiri’s play has unfortunately not been rewarded with many Fantasy points in the last couple of matches. He has been active in the match and the attack, registering eight shots in his last three games. However, Leverkusen and Amiri need to translate that to goals immediately before they drop any further in the table.
D: Patrik Schick, Forward (B04, 15.8M, 0%) - Schick scored Leverkusen’s lone goal in their upset loss to Bielefeld last week. However, that does put him at two games in a row with a goal and double digit Fantasy points in both.
Sport-Club Freiburg v. FC Augsburg:
M: Daniel Caligiuri, Midfielder (FCA, 11.7M, 4%) - Caligiuri and Augsburg were fantastic against Gladbach last week. He grabbed an assist and was generally a nuisance down the side. They will hope to continue their good form against a slumping Freiburg side.
D: Ruben Vargas, Midfielder (FCA, 9.4M, 1%) - A goal and a strong 45 minute sub appearance last week should earn Vargas a start against Freiburg. He picked up a knock at the end of January and is now getting back into better shape.
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