Games

How to sign up and play Fantasy Bundesliga

The 2019/20 Bundesliga season resumes this weekend after a two-month absence.

There are a full complement of fixtures taking place, with all 18 clubs in the top tier of German football in action over the next three days.

As with any self-respecting league, there is an accompanying Fantasy game to go with it.

Had the coronavirus outbreak not brought English football and Fantasy Premier League to a standstill, then the chances are that many of us wouldn’t have given Fantasy Bundesliga much of a look-in.

However, as we’ve seen over the last couple of months, there are a sizeable number of managers who are desperate for a Fantasy fix of some variety or at least a bit of temporary escapism from the grim reality of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Everything from Faroese football to a 20-year-old computer title has been given the Fantasy treatment during the lockdown and we ourselves have been covering some of those games in detail, including Ragabolly’s Virtual FPL.

HOW TO SIGN UP

To get involved with Fantasy Bundesliga, click here to visit the site homepage and pick your team/register.

Much like the Premier League, the top-flight of German football is about to enter its final quarter of 2019/20.

And like FPL, Fantasy Bundesliga has been running since mid-August, so new entrants at this stage won’t be threatening the overall leaderboard.

However, the free-to-play game allows for mini-leagues to be set up, so those latecomers can still compete with friends and family.

New converts will also be eligible to win the weekly prizes on offer.

PICKING A TEAM

As with FPL, Fantasy Bundesliga managers have to pick a squad of 15 players (two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three strikers) and then select a starting XI from that.

The budget is set at 150.0m, with players varying in price from 1.0m to 25.0m and there being regular falls/rises depending on form rather than the weekly number of transactions made.

There are no limits on how many players a Fantasy manager can pick from one particular club, so long as it’s financially viable.

Unlimited transfers are allowed until this Saturday’s deadline and then three permitted between matchdays (the equivalent of Gameweeks) after that point.

Much like in UCL Fantasy, managers can manually substitute out players (if they have blanked, for example) and replace them with those that haven’t yet played.

Rather than captains, Fantasy Bundesliga bosses nominate three ‘star players’ (one each for defence, midfield and attack) that earn them 1.5 times the points they would usually get.

These too are changeable once the matchday has commenced, making this a more hands-on, Sky-type game than FPL.

There is an explanatory thread to be found on Twitter detailing the differences between the Bundesliga and Premier League’s official Fantasy games, which can be read here.

SCORING SYSTEM

Fantasy Bundesliga’s scoring system is almost a mish-mash of FPL, FanTeam and Sky Sports.

Points are awarded for appearances, goals, assists, saves and the rest, although they differ in a number of ways: defenders are awarded more points for assists (five) than midfielders (four) and forwards (three), for instance.

There are stricter punishments for straight red cards, own-goals and missed penalties, while those players converting spot-kicks aren’t handed as many points as if they had scored from open play.

Eschewing the type of Bonus Points System that we see in FPL, additional points are instead awarded for contributions such as duels, shots, key passes, multiple goals and winning strikes.

Players who are on a winning team gain an extra point, with those on the losing side similarly losing a mark.

As well as goalkeepers and defenders being punished for every goal they concede, Fantasy assets whose side lose by three or more goals are deducted an extra two points.

Assists are treated more stringently, meanwhile, and are not awarded to players who are fouled for converted free-kicks or penalties, force an own-goal or see their blocked shot rebound to a teammate.

A full breakdown of the rules can be viewed here.

TIPS

We won’t insult your intelligence by claiming to be hugely well-informed about Fantasy Bundesliga or indeed the league itself, with this author’s knowledge of the German top-flight peaking around the time Paul Lambert was patrolling the midfield at Borussia Dortmund.

Instead, if you’re needing a bit of help, check out the assortment of tweets below from those who are more clued-up:

455 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Will there still be free transfers? Up until it returns?

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Think so bro.

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks my g

  2. waldo666
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I hope I'm right in saying this is the last chance to use the first WC in vFPL?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Correct

      1. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers mate, team could certainly use a shake up.

  3. Gentle_Turks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    80. Jota repaying the faith again, Neto, Sane captain.

  4. Rhinos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Shooting for the stars with a vfpl fh. Didn't need to use it but unless get unlucky with multiple injuries I don't think we'll need it in any particular gw so why not.

    Ryan
    Baily Cancelo PVA
    Sterling Sane Mane(c) Martial Zaha
    Firmino Ayew

    Button Greenwood Bednarek Rico

    What I like bout using fh this week is no obvious clean sheets so don't need to spend too much on defence and also like that can fund some tasty premiums by starting Ayew at home to Norwich

    1. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      tomkins looks good could consider him over pva. id also want fernandes and dcl if i was free hitting. is bailly starting?

      1. Rhinos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        in a one off game I'd rather have Martial plus 0.8m. DCL a good pick but can't have everyone. Maguire injured

  5. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I hear that I have to use my first free wildcard now, but where are the rules shown ... I can’t see them

      1. comeonspurs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I still don’t see the rules ... so sorry, maybe it’s beacause I’m deunk

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          For the 70.19% of Virtual FPL managers who have yet to use their first Wildcard, this weekend represents the final chance to deploy it.

          This chip has to be used by the Gameweek 19 deadline, after which the second Wildcard becomes available.

          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/04/10/sign-up-now-as-new-fantasy-management-game-virtual-fpl-launches-this-weekend/

          The chips are the same as regular FPL, too, along with the scoring system (five points for a goal scored by a midfielder, four points for a defender who keeps a clean sheet etc) and free transfer allowance.

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I haven't written explicit rules because I am using essentially same rules as FPL.

      And the first wildcard does expire after GW19.

  6. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I still don’t see where it says about wildcards

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      The Wildcard chip can be used twice a season. The first wildcard will be available from the start of the season until GW19 deadline. The second wildcard will be available after the GW19 deadline and remain available until the end of the season. The Wildcard chip is played when confirming transfers that cost points and can't be cancelled once played.

      Please note that when playing either a Wildcard or your Free Hit chip, any saved free transfers will be lost. You will be back to the usual 1 free transfer the following Gameweek.

  7. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So can I play it now ... or in the morning when I feel more focussed..... and btw I still don’t see where it actually says it.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Anytime before the deadline.

  8. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    But where does it actually , literally say that in the rules about wildcards.....

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Same rules as FPL.

  9. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    There seems to be no rules set out clearly

  10. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I’ve clicked all the links and still no rules ... so frustrating

  11. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Where does it actually say it

  12. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I could use my wildcard thinking that I will have another to use but then be dissapointed

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Its a game.

  13. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Good grief... that’s just on here ... where doesn’t it actually say it..

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      It's virtually FPL. Ragabolly will post soon if he's not too busy.

  14. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Still no mention

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If your question is particularly about the rules page, I haven't done one but did announce main things through FFS as TM was pointing.

      If your question is about WC, last chance to use 1st WC is today before 7 pm. Then a new wildcard will be available at 7:01 pm.

  15. comeonspurs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So you mean before 7pm Sunday 17th May

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes exactly

  16. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    No more price changes for the regular 38 gameweek FPL season.

    1. BNMC
        1 month, 16 days ago

        What a fitting ending.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Anything worth a FT or just burn one?

      Pope McCarthy
      TAA Doherty Maguire Taylor Egan
      Fernandes Salah KDB Sarr Cantwell
      Auba Jimmy DCL

      2 FT, 0 in bank.

      Cheers

      1. BNMC
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Looks pretty template but I don't see anything that warrants changing

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Cheers.

      2. germanyozil10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Should i use BB?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          With no games in 38, no

      3. Trovsmash
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Is there a bundesliga fpl league that users here are in? assuming we all started this gw?

      4. germanyozil10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        PPope McCarthy
        TAA AWB Saiss Lascelles Basham
        Salah Mane KDB BF D.Luiz
        Jimenez DCL Wood

        2FT, GTG?

      5. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Norwegian Eliteserien is the way to go 🙂

      6. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Virtual fpl:
        Very happy wiht my first green arrow of the season yesterday :-). But not so happy about the Aurier injury:

        a. Aurier -> James, not sure about this Chelsea double defenders
        b. Aurier -> Duffy, not sure he will play
        c. save the transfer and play Simpson

        Henderson
        TAA, Alonso, Aurier, Doherty
        Salah, KDB, Martial
        Jimenez, Ings, Calvert-Lewin

        Button, Hayden, Simpson, Amartey
        1 FT, 0.4 million in the bank

        1. fc_skrald
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          First gray arrow...

      7. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        League two have decided to end the season with no relegation.

        Well whoop de f'ing do. Were still getting promoted from the national league

      8. paul1964
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        How do you transfer players in and out? It say I have unlimited transfers but it also says that the transfer window is closed....

        1. korbendallas82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          The Window has opened now. Open for 3 days, 8 minutes.

      9. korbendallas82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Hello. Do anyone have a Bundesliga site for tips and such, that They want to recomend?

        And i am unsure about the 3 fre tf, a week. Can i save up some tf?

        Any little tips are very much appreciated, since im a rookie.

      10. korbendallas82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Repost.
        Hello. Do anyone have a Bundesliga site for tips and such, that They want to recomend?

        And i am unsure about the 3 fre tf, a week. Can i save up some tf?

        Any little tips are very much appreciated, since im a rookie.

        1. korbendallas82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Anyone into the Bundesliga game?

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Post it on the current article.

            1. korbendallas82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Ok.

        2. korbendallas82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          GL to me.

      11. Pennywise
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Any improvements to this motley bunch?

        Leno
        TAA Alonso Coady
        KDB Mane Salah Fernandes
        Jimi Ings Jota

        Hoping it'll be strong enough to see me through the final stretch.

        1. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Maybe lose one of the Liverpool mids - likely to have the title wrapped up in the next game or two when things restart