FanTeam German €50k Monster – GW29 – 30/31 May 2020

Following on from our article on the FanTeam German Monster GW28, this weekend it’s time for gameweek 29 in the German Bundesliga. Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) German 50k Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000 participants. The first 555 will partake in the prize pool and for this particular weekend, the winner will take home a cool €7,500 this weekend. Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and which apply to this weekend’s German 50k Monster as well. If you’re not sure how to play FanTeam Fantasy Bundesliga then check out our step by step video guide.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the German 50K Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the German 50K Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Finally, a new format is being applied to the upcoming German Monster, called Pursuit. In this game mode, you get more bonus points the cheaper your players are (you gain 1 point for every 2 million euros underspent). Your captain will get double points, but he will also cost twice as much. Your vice-captain will get 150% more points, but he will also cost 150% more. You can read about the Pursuit mode in more detail on the FanTeam website.

Don’t forget, the deadline for the upcoming German 50K Monster is set at 2.30PM (UK time) on Saturday, May 30th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the 2.30PM (UK time) games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 2:30PM deadline, but not after.

German 50K Monster matches in gameweek 29

(Times: UK+1 hour)

How did our German 50K Monster team fare last week?

Formation: 4-4-2 |  Budget used: 99.9m |  Finish: 1790 / 2600 |  Prize pool: ///

RETURNS 
Lewandowski (Bayern) home vs Frankfurt1 goal, Impact+1
Goretzka (Bayern) home vs Frankfurt1 goal, Impact+1
Havertz (Leverkusen) away vs. Gladbach2 goals, Impact+1
Alaba (Bayern (home vs FrankfurtImpact+1

Our team suggestion for the German 50K Monster in gameweek 29

Formation: 4-4-2 |  Budget used: 152.4m

General approach

After a few tight gameweeks in terms of available budget, for gameweek 29 of the Bundesliga FanTeam have the Pursuit mode active for this round which means the budget is effectively unlimited and you can choose who you want, albeit you suffer a slight points deduction the more you spend. This has allowed us to load up on potential big hitters, especially considering the fact that this round is providing us with a few very favourable fixtures, on paper at least. We have gone with three Bayern stars (at home to Düsseldorf), three Dortmund stars (away against Paderborn), two Wolfsburg defenders (at home versus Frankfurt), two Gladbach defenders (home against Union Berlin), and an interesting out-of-position Hertha defender.

Goalkeeper

When it comes to away games, Eintracht Frankfurt are currently the worst-performing team in the Bundesliga with 7 points from 13 games in which they scored just 13 goals and conceded a worrying 30. Combine this with the relatively decent (defensive) stability of this weekend’s opponent Wolfsburg, who have conceded just 15 goals in 14 home games, and you can see the potential of Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels. Die Wolfe have not kept a clean sheet since the return of German football two weeks ago, but we should note that they have played two away games (Augsburg, Leverkusen) and one home game (Dortmund). The home game against Frankfurt on Saturday looks like a good opportunity to get that clean sheet taste again, albeit the lack of fans at games does indicate that home advantage may no longer exist.

Defenders

For that reason we have doubled up on Wolfsburg defensive assets. We ended up going with right-wing back Kevin Mbabu mainly based on two important parameters: since the injury of the main rival for his spot (William), the Swiss-Congolese defender is a fixed part of Wolfsburg’s defence, and as part of that defence, he is the one with most attacking returns (1 goal and 2 assists in 14 Bundesliga games). In their own Volkswagen-Arena against a fragile Frankfurt setup, the 25-year will be looking first and foremost for a clean sheet, but we’re hoping for some action at opposite side of the pitch as well.

For gameweek 29, we have opted for a four-men defence and two spots are taken up by two Borussia Mönchengladbach assets, namely Stefan Lainer and Ramy Bensebaini. The former is a fixed feature on the right wing, while the latter fulfils a very similar role on the far left side of the defensive block. Should one or both of them not start on Sunday though, the safety net covers our team as Lainer and Bensebaini are currently the most expensive defensive Gladbach options.

The reason for doubling up Gladbach defenders despite the active stacking penalty is the fact that Die Borussen represent a much coveted fantasy football combination: fixture plus form. The last two games were not great in terms of results (a home loss against Leverkusen followed by a draw away to struggling Bremen), but overall, their season is pretty good so far. They are currently in fourth place, which would mean qualification for the early phases of the Champions League next season. When looking at home games only, Gladbach even sits in third, thanks to taking 29 points from 14 games (31 goals scored, 19 conceded).

Then there is this weekend’s opponent, Union Berlin. A thirteenth place after 28 games out of a total of 34 is really not a bad situation to be in for a newly-promoted side, but it’s mainly the result of Union’s strong start of the season. Since the end of the corona-break, Die Eisernen have taken just 1 point from three games (this week’s midweek 1-1 draw at Mainz). The game against Bayern (0-2 at home) and the derby against Hertha (4-0 away) were both lost without netting. As a matter of fact, we need to go back to February 24th for Union’s last Bundesliga victory, which was three games before Germany’s lock-down. Where opponent Gladbach sits near the top when it comes to home games this season, Union find themselves in 17th place when it comes to away games (14 games played, 11 points won, 14 goals scored, and 29 goals conceded). In other words, this encounter is looking like a great fantasy opportunity for Gladbach picks.

Our final defensive pick is kind of our joker, seeing as Robert Skov is the only player to represent one team in our selection for gameweek 29. The Hoffenheim right-back operates mostly as a right-winger this season, which turns him into a very interesting out-of-position fantasy asset, especially when considering Hoffenheim are playing away against Mainz this weekend. Skov already has 4 goals and 5 assists to his name this season, which is a fantastic return for a player listed as a defender, while Mainz will be battling against relegation until the end of the season. Only four teams have conceded more goals at home than Mainz’s 26 in 14 games, while only one team has scored less at home than Die Nullfünfer’s 15 goals. Hoffenheim, at the same time, perform tend to be very stable away from home (13 games, 20 points, 17 goals scored, and 13 conceded), so we’re seeing a potential haul for Skov in this one.

Midfielders

We’re starting the review of our midfield picks with Borussia Dortmund, seeing as we have stacked our midfield for gameweek 29 with no less than three Dortmund assets. Revelation and star man Erling Haaland is set to miss this weekend’s away encounter with Paderborn, which is why we decided to avoid any related risk and leave him out of our selection. As a result, our team now features Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Raphaël Guerreiro, who have scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists combined in the three games since the end of the corona-break.

It’s true that away games have not been Dortmund’s forte in the Bundesliga this season, as all of their direct rivals for the Champions League spots (Bayern, Leipzig, Gladbach and Leverkusen) are above them in the rankings when looking at away games exclusively, but at least one thing has not faltered them away from home: their ability to score goals. In 14 away games, Die Schwarzgelben conceded a sub-par 23 goals, but they also netted an impressive 29 times. Only reigning champions Bayern München and current number three have scored more.

Then there is Paderborn. The home team are currently last in the league, 8 points behind sixteenth place (which avoids direct relegation) and 9 points behind Mainz in fifteenth, which avoids the play-offs for promotion/relegation. They have conceded 55 goals in 28 games overall and an unacceptable 32 of those goals have fallen in front of their own fans. That’s also why we expect Sunday afternoon’s game to largely become a 90-minute struggle for Paderborn, especially when considering the likely possibility that Dortmund feel they have to make up for something after losing to Bayern at home this week and Paderborn won’t have any fans to cheer them on.

As far as our individual picks go, the expectation is that Thorgan Hazard will be replacing Haaland up front for this one, though we can see the Norwegian’s spot being filled intermittently by each of our three picks during the game. Hazard already has 6 goals and no less than 12 assists to his name, Sancho currently sits on a rather unbelievable 14 goals and 16 assists, and Guerreiro has scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists. With the absence of crowds in the stadiums seemingly reducing home advantages and away disadvantages considerably, we’re hoping for an extremely attacking Dortmund side and an overall goal fest.

Our Dortmund trio in the midfield is joined by the man who decided the midweek top-of-the-table clash between Dortmund and Bayern with a magnificent effort (check it out if you haven’t yet), Joshua Kimmich. In the last three games, the right-back/central midfielder scored 1 goal, provided 1 assist and recorded 2 clean sheets for a total of 21 points on FanTeam. The 25-year old is a nailed-on part of Bayern coach Hansi Flick’s starting eleven and he is responsible for plenty of set-pieces as well. That’s also one of the big reasons for his tally of 7 assists this season, on top of the 3 goals he has to his name already. Bayern’s home fixture against Düsseldorf is probably the most attractive Bundesliga fixture from a fantasy point of view this weekend and we can see Kimmich perform well here.

Forwards

We expect the real Bayern fantasy fireworks this weekend from striker Robert Lewandowski (our captain for GW29) and shadow striker Thomas Müller (our vice-captain) who form our team’s forward line for gameweek 29. Looking purely at their numbers so far this season, there might not exist a more compatible attacking duo in world football at the moment. Lewa is the finisher, the killer in the area with 27 goals to his name from 26 games (as well as 3 assists), while Müller is the provider, the Bundesliga’s assist king with 17 decisive passes. Of course, for a real idea of their compatibility we would need to look at how many times these two players actually set each other up for a goal, but we’re stating these tallies for a more general reason. They simply show the great form in which these players find themselves this season and they are combining that form this weekend with a very favourable home fixture against Fortuna Düsseldorf. If one of them is rested then we have the cheaper Gnabry waiting in the wings under the safety net (and he will still score 200% or 150% if replacing our captain or vice-captain).

Die Flingeraner were promoted to the Bundesliga at the end of last season and at the moment they sit in 16th place, which would avoid direct relegation but would mean play-offs for promotion/relegation. It’s not the worst result for the new boys, but seeing as the gap with number seventeen Bremen is 5 points and the gap with number fifteen Mainz just 1 point, they are definitely still in the race to retain their Bundesliga status for next season. That’s also why we’re sure they won’t be making it easy for Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, but we simply feel the reigning champions in their own home will be a bridge or two too far for Düsseldorf. They have conceded 29 goals in 14 away games, which represents an average of just over 2 goals per game, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Bayern exceed that average this weekend.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Midweek German Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 25,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

FanTeam German €25k Midweek Monster – GW28a – 26 May 2020

Following on from our article last week on the FanTeam German Monster GW27, it’s now time for the Midweek Monster in the German Bundesliga.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€25k prize pool) German 25K Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 1,667 participants. The first 278 will partake in the prize pool and for this particular weekend, the winner will take home a cool €5,000 this weekend. Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and which apply to this weekend’s German Midweek Monster as well.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the German 25K Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead. If your captain or vice-captain don’t start then in Pursuit their replacement will score the 200% or 150% points increase instead so you can be more relaxed about choosing who to captain and vice captain.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the German 25K Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Finally, a new format is being applied to the upcoming German 25K Monster, called Pursuit. In this game mode, you get more bonus points the cheaper your players are (you gain 1 point for every 2 million euros underspent). Your captain will get double points, but he will also cost twice as much. Your vice-captain will get 150% more points, but he will also cost 150% more. You can read more Pursuit in more detail on the FanTeam website.

Don’t forget, the deadline for the upcoming German 25K Monster is set at 5.30PM (UK time) on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the 5.30PM (UK time) games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 5.30PM deadline, but not after.

German 25K Monster matches in gameweek 28Tuesday

(Times: UK+1 hour)

How did our German 50K Monster team fare last week?

Formation: 4-4-2 |  Budget used: 99.9m |  Finish: 1790 / 2600 |  Prize pool: ///

RETURNS 
Lewandowski (Bayern) home vs Frankfurt1 goal, Impact+1
Goretzka (Bayern) home vs Frankfurt1 goal, Impact+1
Havertz (Leverkusen) away vs. Gladbach2 goals, Impact+1
Alaba (Bayern (home vs FrankfurtImpact+1

Our team suggestion for the German 25K Monster on Tuesday in gameweek 28

Formation: 2-2-3 |  Budget used: 96.3m

General approach

The German 25K Monster varies from the classic Weekly Monster format in a few ways. Select a team consisting of 7 players from the eight teams playing on Tuesday, May 26th. The 7 players are subject to a maximum 3 Forwards, a max 4 Midfielders and a max 5 Defenders (so you can choose 3 forewards and 4 midfielders if you want i.e. no defenders or a goalie) but no more than 4 players per team and, because this is the Pursuit mode, it means that managers are rewarded bonus points in their score for selecting cheaper assets (so you can pick who you want but the more you spend the more it costs you more in terms of points; in other words you gain 1 point for every 2 million euros underspent). The budget given by FanTeam to select 7 players should equate to the total of the top higest priced 7 players (with captain’s price doubled and vice-captain’s price at 150%) so you can pick who you want (strictly the highest budget you can use is 1.3m under the 106.3m budget due to the restriction on max 4 players per club and max 3 forwards). Both the stacking penalty and the safety net still apply to this tournament.

We have gone all in on two teams, namely Leverkusen (at home versus Wolfsburg) and Gladbach (away against Werder Bremen) and a single Bayern star in support. Budget would have allowed us to go all-in on attacking assets, for example, but considering the active Pursuit mode, we decided to trade in some budget expenditures for bonus point rewards (5). Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is our captain for 26.2 million (2 x 13.1m) and Gladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini is our vice-captain for 13.4 million (1.5 x 8.9m).

BAYER LEVERKUSEN (home vs Wolfsburg)

Picks: Kai Havertz, Kerem Demirbay, Daley Sinkgraven

The Bundesliga has returned and it has done so with all engines blazing. Since restarting the season on May 16th, we have already had two match days and the third one, gameweek 28, is upon us with the first four games tomorrow. Gameweek 29 is then set to start on Friday, which means a hellish rhythm of four gameweeks within 14 days. In other words, keep this in mind when considering starting line-ups for the German 25K Monster. This is another reason the Bundelsiga allow 5 substitutions per match so players can be rested to help prevent injury.

Leverkusen have come out of the corona-break in good form, taking six points from two games (1-4 at Werder and 1-3 at Gladbach). Super talent Kai Havertz played a big role in these victories with 3 goals that saw him record a total of 27 points on FanTeam. That has been in part due to him replacing usual striker Kevin Volland up top while the former was injured. The forward is said to be fit again, though it remains to be seen if trainer Peter Bosz starts him, considering Havertz’ blistering form. Whether he starts all the way up front or in his more natural number-ten spot, his current 10 goals and 5 assists in the league give us cause to believe that he can be decisive from any position. Therefore, he is also our captain in GW28a.

Our second Leverkusen pick is midfielder Kerem Demirbay, who, at 10.8 million and with Pursuit mode in mind, is 1.2 million less expensive than Bellaraby and 1.4 million less than Diaby. The German-Turkish player is a nailed-on part of Leverkusen’s central midfield and he already has 19 Bundesliga games to his name this season, with 5 assists and a goal to show for it. Since returning after the corona-break, he has recorded 1 goal, 2 assists, and a total of 19 FanTeam points. The fact that he is on plenty of set-pieces for Die Werkself reinforces our hopes of a nice return against Wolfsburg tomorrow.

We considered adding Bellaraby, Diaby, or even Volland to our German 25K Monster selection, but with Pursuit mode in mind, we decided to save a minimum of 3 million and a maximum of 3.3 million by selecting left wing-back Daley Sinkgraven. Besides budget and Pursuit considerations though, it’s also worth noting that the Dutchman is a starter in the league’s third-best defence overall (32 goals conceded in 27 games) and the second-best when looking at home games only (13 goals conceded in 13 games). On the other hand, Wolfsburg are not bad on their travels, but they’re no free-flowing goal-scoring machine either with 20 goals from 13 away games. We’re counting on Sinkgraven and his Leverkusen team mates here to justify picking him over more offensive assets in the form of a clean sheet and some bonus point rewards.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH (away vs Werder Bremen)

Picks: Alessane Plea, Marcus Thuram, Ramy Bensebaini

Whilst our Leverkusen picks are largely based on current attacking form and the fact that they are playing a home game (albeit against a relatively strong opponent), our Gladbach picks attracted our attention with their decent form, the horrid home game performances of their opponent so far, and the increasingly strong indication that home team advantage has been considerably diminished by the absence of crowds in the stands. In terms of the individual players we have picked, we have taken an approach largely similar to our Leverkusen tactic: two premium attacking assets accompanied by a defensive asset. This results in a bonus points reward, plus Werder is the lowest-scoring outfit in home games by far this season.

Our first pick is French striker Alessane Plea, who already has 24 Bundesliga games, 9 goals, and 8 assists to his name this season. What’s more, in the two games since the end of the corona-break, he has scored a goal (during the 1-3 away win at Frankfurt) and provided an assist (during the 1-3 home loss to Leverkusen), rewarding him with 12 FanTeam points. Die Fohlen are chasing a Champions League spot and last weekend’s loss versus Leverkusen was a deception in that sense, so we’re expecting them to make amends and get back on the right track on Tuesday. If they manage to do so, Plea will more than likely be at the centre of it.

We have chosen to have Plea joined in our attack by a compatriot of his, namely Marcus Thuram. The Gladbach winger and son of former-World Champion Lilian Thuram was bought from French side EA Guingamp in the summer of 2019, and in his first season for Die Fohlen, the Frenchman already has 27 Bundesliga games, 8 goals, and 8 assists to his name. Tuesday’s opponent Werder Bremen boast the league’s second-worst defence, with only Mainz conceding more than Werder’s 59 goals from 27 games. When it comes to home games only, Die Grün-Weißen have conceded a worrying 30 goals in just 12 games, a tally bettered by no less than 15 teams in the league.

Very unfortunately for the home team though, their defending is not the only issue. Werder have also scored just 9 goals in 12 home games, which is considerably less than any other team in the league. That’s also one of the main reason for picking Gladbach defender Ramy Bensebaini instead of midfielders Hermann or Neuhaus, or forward Stindl. This saved us a minimum of 2.1 million and a maximum of 2.4 million in terms of budget expenditures. The Algerian left wing-back arrived at Gladbach in the summer of 2019 and has made an impression since then: 13 Bundesliga games, 5 goals, and 2 assists so far in his first season. Werder Bremen look like the perfect opponent for him to further improve his numbers and for Gladbach to get back on Champions League track.

BAYERN MÜNCHEN (away vs Borussia Dortmund)

Pick: Robert Lewandowski

For our seventh and final pick, we could have picked a fourth asset from either Leverkusen or Gladbach, but instead, we went with Germany’s current top scorer. Since the restart of the Bundesliga, Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has continued doing what he was doing before the coronavirus put world football on hold: scoring goals. In 25 Bundesliga games so far, the Polish assassin has netted 27 times and provided 3 assists. He will be starting in the stand-out fixture of gameweek 28, when Bayern roll up to the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund for an authentic top-of-the-table clash. Not an easy game by any stretch for the reigning champions, not even when thinking back to their resounding 4-0 home victory over Dortmund in November of last year. Since then, Die Borussen were reinforced with the likes of Emre Can and the phenomenon known as Erling Haaland, leading to a run of 9 victories from the last 10 games. They will be raring to make it 10 out of the last 11 tomorrow and to reduce the current 4-point gap between them and the league leaders, but if there is one man who can rain on this potential yellow-black parade, it’s former-Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Midweek German Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 25,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

FanTeam German €50k Monster – GW27 – 23/24 May 2020

Following on from our article last week on the FanTeam German Monster GW26, this weekend it’s time for gameweek 27 in the German Bundesliga. Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) German 50k Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000 participants. The first 555 will partake in the prize pool and for this particular weekend, the winner will take home a cool €7,500 this weekend. Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and which apply to this weekend’s German 50k Monster as well. If you’re not sure how to play FanTeam Fantasy Bundesliga then check out our step by step video guide.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the German 50K Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the German 50K Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Don’t forget, the deadline for the upcoming German 50K Monster is set at 2.30PM (UK time) on Saturday, May 24th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the 2.30PM (UK time) games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 2:30PM deadline, but not after.

German 50K Monster matches in gameweek 27

How did our German 50K Monster team fare last week?

Formation: 4-3-3 |  Budget used: 99.9m |  Finish: 1027 / 2574 |  Prize pool: ///

NAME (club) (opponent)RETURNSPOINTS
Gikiewicz (UNI) (Bayern home)1 save, 2 goals conceded, impact-10.5
Angeliño (LEI) (Freiburg home)/////2
Mittelstädt (HER) (Hoffenheim away)Clean sheet, 1 assist, impact+110
Lainer (GLA) (Frankfurt away)Impact+13
Mbabu (WFB) (Augsburg away)1 assist, impact+16
Neuhaus (GLA) (Frankfurt away)Impact+13
Grujic (HER) (Hoffenheim away)Clean sheet, impact+1, 1 yellow4
Nkunku (LEI) (Freiburg home)/////2
Lukebakio (HER) (Hoffenheim away)/////3
VC Werner (LEI) (Freiburg home)/////3
C Lewandowski (MUN) (Union away)1 goal, impact+116

Our team suggestion for the German 50K Monster in gameweek 29

Formation: 4-4-2 |  Budget used: 99.9m

General approach

The 27th gameweek of the Bundesliga brings us a few more so-called favourable fixtures in comparison to last weekend. This has also resulted in a very expensive pool of potential player picks, which is also reflected in our team selection for this gameweek. We initially wanted to stick to players from just a few outfits (Bayern, Leipzig, Freiburg, Köln), but we had to start making some budgetary room eventually. As a result, our team consists of 3 Bayern players, 3 Freiburg players, 2 Wolfsburg players, a Leverkusen star, a Köln defender, and a Düsseldorf budget enabler.

Goalkeeper

We picked out goalkeeper with budget constraints in mind. In that sense, we were happy to see Wolfsburg playing at home this weekend, as Die Wolfe boast the league’s third-best defence, both overall and for home games only. That’s why, for 6.2 million, we brought in Belgian international Koen Casteels. As the seventh highest-scoring goalie on FanTeam’s German 50K Monster, he’s a more than decent pick, but the downside is that this weekend he is welcoming Borussia Dortmund in a crowd-less Volkswagen-Arena. A clean sheet looks complicated, but a few save points not so much.

Defenders

The first pick of our four-man defensive set-up is Bayern’s David Alaba, who, at 10.1 million, is also the most expensive defender in our team. The extremely versatile Austrian left-back, who can also play in the midfield or as a central defender, already has 21 Bundesliga games, 1 goal, and 1 assist to his name this season, and he will be starting against Eintracht Frankfurt at home coming Saturday. On top of that, when a set-piece is positioned well for a left-footed specialist, Alaba is one of the prime candidates for the reigning champions. Frankfurt are dead last when it comes to away games this season, with just 7 points taken from 12 games. Over that run, the scored just 11 and conceded a more than worrying 25 goals. Fingers crossed for returns at both sides of the pitch for our Bayern man.

Christian Günter is the first of three Freiburg assets in our team for gameweek 27. At a price of 7.8 million, he is not super cheap, but hear us out. Not only is he a nailed-on part on the left side of Freiburg’s defence, he is also given freedom to participate in attack. The tangible results until now: 2 goals and 7 assists in 26 games. Add to that the fact that current number 17 Werder Bremen are rolling up to the Schwarzwald-Stadion and Günter’s potential keeps rising. Bremen, after all, boast the league’s worst defence (conceding 59 goals in 26 games), while only Düsseldorf has a less prolific attack than them. In other words, we’re kind of counting on points here.

Our third defensive pick is Toni Leistner, the only Köln player on our roster this weekend. Considering Die Geißböcke were in decent form prior to the sudden corona-break and the fact that they are playing at home against Düsseldorf, we actually wanted to include at least one more team mate of Leistner’s, but budget made us decide otherwise. We stuck with the German 29-year old who arrived on loan from QPR at the very end of the last January transfer window and who has played 5 of the possible 7 Bundesliga games since then. He has no attacking returns to his name yet, but this weekend provides him with a good opportunity to get his counters going. Newly-promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf are coming to Cologne, who have scored just 14 goals in 13 away games, while conceding a whopping 27.

Our fourth and final defender is a complete budget pick. It basically came down to picking a defender from either Mainz (at home against Leipzig), Frankfurt (away to Bayern), and our pick, Düsseldorf’s Zanka. In the previous paragraph, we just pointed out Düsseldorf’s defensive frailty, so we are not expecting too much here. As a matter of fact, seeing as we have a defender from each team in the Köln-Düsseldorf game, we’d be extremely happy with a boring 0-0 draw.

Midfielders

Like our defence, our midfield is made up of four players with Bayern’s Leon Goretzka being the most expensive one at a price of 12 million on FanTeam this weekend. Our preferential midfield pick from the Bayern roster was actually Kimmich, but Goretzka gives us a good way into the starting line-up at 0.6 million less. On top of that, Kingsley Coman is priced 0.2 million lower still, which means that the Safety Net would apply automatically in case Goretzka doesn’t start. It’s very possible that Bayern won’t start with both against Frankfurt, but also extremely unlikely that neither Goretzka nor Coman will start, considering both are fit. The 25-year old German recorded a lovely 21 points on FanTeam from his last three Bundesliga games, courtesy of 2 goals and 1 assist, and he might just continue that purple patch on Saturday.

For gameweek 27 of the German 50K Monster, we have also gone with a real joker. Kai Havertz is the only Leverkusen player in our team, partly due to the prices of Leverkusen assets and partly due to the fact that Die Werkself are visiting Mönchengladbach coming Saturday afternoon. Defensively, Wolfsburg is very stable this season, but traditionally, this encounter has been full of goals. Just to give you an idea: 13 of the last 20 games between Leverkusen and Gladbach saw 3 goals or more scored between them. At the same time, Havertz resumed his Bundesliga in style by scoring 2 goals against Werder Bremen last weekend after trainer Peter Bosz started him all the way up front. Only three teams have scored more in away games than Leverkusen’s 24 goals, so we’re counting on their offensive prowess to deliver again this weekend.

Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo is joining Goretzka and Havertz on our midfield. The Italian-German left-winger is listed as a midfielder for FanTeam’s German 50K Monster, which gives him some additional out-of-position potential. In his first season for Freiburg, Grifo has already racked up 19 Bundesliga games in which he scored twice and provided 5 assists. This weekend, he is facing the league’s third-worst defence in terms of away games when Werder Bremen visit Freiburg. Die Grün-Weißen have conceded 29 goals in 13 games, while overall, this total reaches the worrying amount of 59. After Freiburg’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Leipzig last weekend, we’re hoping Grifo and his team mates will build on that result against Werder this weekend.

Our fourth midfielder is Wolfsburg player Xavier Schlager. The 22-year old central midfielder is a nailed-on part of Wolfsburg starting eleven, which is kind of the minimum you want from a fantasy budget-enabler. On top of that though, he plays for a more than decent team at home this weekend, though the opposition will be formidable. Borussia Dortmund are just coming off an impressive 4-0 home victory over derby rivals Schalke 04, so they’ll be brimming with confidence. Wolfsburg though, is a more than solid unit this season, which is illustrated by the fact that only Bayern and Leipzig have conceded less goals. At the same time, Dortmund are a bit leaky away from home, having given up 23 goals in 13 games already. In other words, Schlager has his work more than cut out for him in the middle, but we would be surprised if the home team don’t get a few good opportunities themselves as well on Saturday.

Forwards

Robert Lewandowski. We’re going to be brief here, because, what is there left to say? He scored 26 goals in 24 Bundesliga games so far. He scored last weekend. He’s on penalties. He’s the highest-scoring game on FanTeam’s German 50K Monster. He’s playing at home against Frankfurt. Yes, his 15-million price tag is extreme, but… just pick him, captain him, and move on to the rest of your team.

Joining our star man in attack is our third Freiburg pick, striker Nils Petersen. The experienced German has been at the club since 2015 and has grown into an inevitability up front for the Breisgau-Brasilianer since then. This season, his tallies stand at 8 goals and 2 assists from a total of 2’015 Bundesliga minutes. With eight Bundesliga games still to go, Petersen will be aiming for at least double digits in terms of goals and what better way to continue that mission with a home game against Werder Bremen at home? Die Grün-Weißen boast the league’s leakiest defence and are already 9 points behind the safe 15th spot (with one game in hand). Petersen might just be the one to complicate things further for them on Saturday.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam German Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

TOP 5 LOWER PROFILE PLAYERS FOR YOUR BUNDESLIGA FANTASY LINE-UP

We might have seen empty stadiums, spaced-out subs and socially distanced celebrations but it’s back. The Bundesliga got back this weekend. Finally, football is back! Then, very quickly, the same names dominate the headlines. So, what do you do if you want to add a sprinkling of under-the-radar stars to your fantasy team?

That’s right, you check out this list of players that won’t be lining up for Bayern, Dortmund or any other of the top six sides but may still bring you some much desired points.

Number 5. Kai Proger, Paderborn

On the surface of it, selecting a player from the club bottom of the league and 10 points from safety might sound like the move of someone who has lost the plot during the coronavirus lockdown. Bear with us though.

Paderborn might be struggling but Proger is having a terrific campaign – particularly given it’s his first year playing in the Bundesliga. In 24 appearances, 1,824 minutes to be precise, Proger has been involved in nine goals – scoring two and laying on a further seven. That means he’s had a hand in 30% of the team’s overall goals.

“A more than tidy contribution.”

Number 4. Robin Koch, Freiburg

Koch is the man closest to that top six we’re not delving into, with Freiburg currently sitting in seventh. He’s having a tremendous year too albeit without attracting the same headlines as the forward players get. Koch predominantly plays as a centre back where he dominates everything that comes into his zone but a recent transition into the deep lying midfield position has allowed him to show off his ball playing skills as well.

Whilst he’s not one to chip in with goals or assists on a regular basis he is one of the first names on the team sheet having missed just one game this season when suffering from illness.

“A steady name to have in your ranks.”

Number 3. Robert Skov, Hoffenheim

Last year, Skov was a goal scoring machine for Copenhagen in the Danish Superligaen with 32 goals and 10 assists in a total of 48 appearances. He’s settled into German football pretty well too. Okay, so Hoffenheim have switched him from right wing to left back, which obviously has an impact on his statistical output.

A goal involvement of just over one in three games (three goals and four assists) isn’t too shabby for a defender though. Hoffenheim do have the worst goals against column in the top half meaning you won’t be getting many clean sheets but, at the other end, give them a free kick and there is a decent chance that Skov picks out the top corner.

“A defender that is a dead ball specialist.”

Number 2. Sebastiaan Bornauw, Koln

Like with Skov, Bornauw isn’t likely to see to many shut outs recorded with Koln having shipped 47 goals so far this season. What Bornauw does bring though is a genuine defensive goal threat and five goals from centre half is impressive by anybody’s standards. This is his first year in the Bundesliga after joining for a £5m fee from Belgian club Anderlecht but he’s taken to it like a duck takes to water. He’s been a pretty consistent figure in the backline too with just a couple of fixtures missed through suspension and injury.

“A goal scoring defender.”

Number 1. Robin Quaison, Mainz

Everyone has heard of Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho. What about Robin Quaison? He’s not quite the household name – yet. Give it time though because he’s currently fourth in the goal scoring charts behind the trio listed.

The numbers backing that up, read as 12 goals (and two assists) in 25 games – all whilst in a team that’s teetering dangerously above the drop zone too. Next up is RB Leipzig, which is a tough fixture but then comes four winnable games where Quaison could add to his already impressive tally.

“An eye for goal and a kind set of fixtures.”

There you have it, five less than obvious Bundesliga players to boost your fantasy team. And if you fancy betting on Bundesliga games, click here to check out TonyBet Sport odds on the German topflight.