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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:

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  1. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    eSports Virtual F1 GP Hits on Sky F1 is at least some bit exciting.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Is there a crowd?

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yeah, they seem to be enjoying it too.

        Aguero is having a great time,he is in 16th currently.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          In his taxi?

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            He is putting it all on the line.

            Could be red flagged soon though.

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Cool - enjoy your computer game watching.

        2. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Pity he doesn't use those driving skills when he's on the road!

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Let's hope they booked Fernando Alonso and not Marcos Alonso

  2. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    VFPL > Bundesliga
    i am living in Berlin
    but dont know what
    i expected watching
    this game. back to
    my dostojewski audio
    book

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      this is showing that fans are everything and how this industry is a bubble

      1. Feanor
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Most fans don’t falsely believe they are as important as the players like you do.

      2. Treadstone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This is like watching a game at your local park.....better quality of course but same atmosphere.

        1. Dr. Agabuse
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          you might watch for 10min but not a whole game

  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Hazardous Goalkeeping, not for the first time today

    1. Bada Bing
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Schalke's keeper is having a bit of a nightmare.

      1. Dr. Agabuse
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        he doesnt look a keeper mind you

  4. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Given the total lack of atmosphere in these crowd-free games, I was just thinking about when Liverpool win the title.

    Do you think Sky will create some sort of artificial 'cheer' when they lift the cup, or will it just be done in strange silence?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      The players and their bench will celebrate, surely 😆

    2. BNMC
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Klopp probably wants We Are The Champions on full blast
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqPk_4Y1RVw

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      You could always play your own crowd noise or music if it is that much of a downer for you.

    4. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I might let off a party popper just for the hell of it.

  5. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    The Faroe Island match on right now has more tempo then the Bundesliga 😆

  6. BNMC
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Hazard 3-0!

  7. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Put in a team this morning to fantasy Bundesliga . Have hazard . But only have 10 in starting team and haaland on bench. What's that all about. Do 11 not start automatically.

    1. beric
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Maybe you chose the wrong formation? I dunno

    2. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      i had to set formation manually.

  8. beric
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Today is the first time in my life ive had to ask 'are you queuing for lidl or poundland?'

  9. BNMC
    1 month, 23 days ago

    My vFPL team for tonight is just about ready, but I still have 3.7 ITB which kinda feels like I'm shooting myself in the foot.
    Perez to Sane worth a -4?

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      sure

  10. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Was expecting more players to subbed before 59 minutes with the new 5 sub rule to be honest.

  11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Basically a Jonjo Kenny assist with that offside trap

  12. Jet5605
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    What a brilliant player Julian Brandt is. Almost KDB like the way he's pulling the strings and threading passes through the Schalke defence.

  13. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Shalke04 has a fitting name

  14. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    With these more common multiple substitutions, they need boards that can show more than two numbers to speed it up.

  15. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Football without fans in the stadium isn't fun 🙁

  16. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Great goal for Hertha Berlin, 0-3!

  17. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Im watching a goal show where they are showing live all the Bundesliga games in the studio. Its more interesting than watching just 1 game live.

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Is it called 'Fusball Samstag mit Herr Jeff Stelling'?

      1. Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        no, its a Norwegian football studio on Viaplay sport. You can chose to watch single games or all of them at the same time where they broadcast chances and goals.

  18. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    What a load of scheisse. 🙁

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Has your celebrity computer games finished?

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yeah

        Might just watch a countdown repeat now for a bit of excitement.

        Rachel always manages to get my blood up.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Whatever stops the whinging! 🙂

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            You're a dab hand at yourself.

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              *at it

            2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Well that rinsed me.

    2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Was it that bad? Didn't see it.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I've seen worse games of football tbf PH but only starting to realize now just how important having a crowd chanting and roaring on the teams with the ebb and flow of the game is to the atmosphere and entertainment of watching it is.

        This probably shouldn't be a surprise to me being Irish and us not always having to most entertaining style of play at the best of times but we always made up for that in the stands.

        Maybe just need to get used of it but going off what i seen today i frankly found it depressing. 🙁

  19. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Watching football not involving a premier league club for the first time in 3 years

    No diving, no theatrics, just quality football. So refreshing to see

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yeah with no fans in the stadium there suddenly no need for players to hit the ground and roll over four or five times. Ref decisions not going to be impacted by crowd either.

  20. Poseidon.
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    How’s Andy doing in vFPL

    1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Lol

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Who cares real football is back.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Not yet.

        1. GARY AND JAMIE
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          German games at least. VFPL is about as exciting as rolling dice

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Are you saying it's a load of craps?

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Eurgh. Roll over and die.

  21. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    vFPL captain
    1. Son
    2. KDB
    3. Salah

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      De Bruyne.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Son

  22. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    VFPL folks, use triple captain on KDB or Sane tnite??? Or save??
    Thanks and best of luck to everyone!!

    1. Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Risky using it on a Man City player, id hold and use it on Salah when Pool have a nice home fixture.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Cheers for the advice mate!! Completely agree and would feel much happier using it on Salah!! Should have done it when they beat them 7-0 a couple of game weeks ago really

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Mahrez

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Only have KdB and Sane mate

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I got Mahrez for Bruno fwiw.

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Good move TM

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              A bit of fun, probably get Bruno back next GW. Utd probably beat Pool now.

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                Sod’s law mate!! I had Jota and he blanked and then was sub for 2 games, took him out and he’s got and assist and two goals, brought in Lacazette who had 3 goals and an assist in 3 games and he’s blanked both games and was booked in one of them too, typical!!

    3. Konig Luther
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      had a friendly with both teams, and norwich won 3-1.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        My friendly was 3-1 City.

  23. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    VFPL Team (2 FT) :

    Pope
    Alonso / Robertson / Doherty
    Salah / Fernandes / Perez / Snodgrass
    Aubameyang / Jimenez / Jota

    Button // Targett / Ward / Hayden

    Interested in Sané. Perez out?

    Aubameyang feels like the only possible make-weight. Can you see any moves I could make?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Are you sure Sané starts?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        No, but neither am I sure Perez score vs. Chelsea.

        I could get KDB too. Similar case, not sure who to replace Aubameyang with.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Sane only started 1 of 2 friendlies for me. KDB did nothing and got subbed off in both.

  24. gaurava1216
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Virtual FPL- if i haven't used my 1st WC yet do i use it ahead of gw 19 ? or now? And do i get 2 WC in total?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Either today or tomorrow before the games.
      2nd WC is available after tomorrow's deadline.

      1. gaurava1216
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        thank you

  25. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    V-FPL

    Captain choice

    A Son (AVL)
    B Aguero (NOR)

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Aguero

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      One is guaranteed to score, the other may have the bigger ceiling.

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        One is guaranteed to start.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Both will.

  26. gaurava1216
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Real FPL.... Been making transfers every week and have now ended up with this team going into GW 38... I guess have to just wait and see what happens now.....

    All 3 chips intact. WC intact. OR 44K. 0 FT. TV: 105.2M

    Pope ( Button)
    TAA AWB Saiss ( Baldock) ( Tangana)
    KDB Fernandes Son Salah ( Hayden)
    Rashford DLC Jimi

    Best case scenario 6-8 Gws to come with 2/3 doubles and top 10K is in sight

    Just wait and see now i guess......

  27. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Free-hitting this week in vFPL

    Pope
    Alonso Doherty Aurier
    KdB Sane Son Neto
    Kun Jimmy Deeney

    Seem OK? Obviously banking on a City win!

    1. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Jimmy or Alli?

      1. denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Jimmy for sure. Toon at home and huge ownership

        1. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          good thinking. Enough ITB to get Henderson?

  28. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    ran 3 friendlies for vFPL with City

    KDB started all 3
    Sterling started all 3
    Aguero started 2
    Sane started 2
    Mahrez started 0

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Ran 2 home games, Mahrez started both, got him in so expect a no show.

      1. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        It's a lottery!

  29. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    vFPL:
    A) Aubameyang/Perez > Aguero/Buendia
    B) Aubameyang/Perez > KDB/Ings
    C) Aubameyang/Perez > KDB/ (Other 7.3m)

  30. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Captain KDB or Auba?

    1. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      KDB