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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. BNMC
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Got Sane in, not sure how long I'll keep him after this GW but that City fixture seems irresistible.

      Good luck everyone!

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I did same Mate and captaining him too!!

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Me too. Squeaky bum time...

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      vFPL:
      A) Aubameyang/Perez > Aguero/Buendia
      B) Aubameyang/Perez > KDB/Ings
      C) Aubameyang/Perez > KDB/ (Other 7.3m)
      D) Aubameyang/Perez > Sané/(Other 8.6m)

      1. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        B

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Cheers 🙂

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        B

      3. RECKLESS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Any reason to remove Auba? Not nailed?

    • BNMC
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Tonight marks the 10th unique player I've captained in this vFPL season so far.
        I've been having way too much fun with captaincy...

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I've captained Mane 15 times, the other 3 he was suspended for 🙁

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            And this week? Mane again?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Of course.

              1. Gentle_Turks
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Didn't fancy a cheeky punt on Mahrez?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Mane is permacaptain unless injured/suspended. Doesn't really help in vFPL but no stress with captaincy.

                  1. BNMC
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      We are literally polar opposites as to how we treat captaincy in this game.

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Only one of us plays it seriously also.

        2. RECKLESS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Worth doing
          1)Auba to Kane for free. Just cant decide as although Kane is more nailed, Auba has extra match.
          2) Downgrade Doherty/Cantwell to afford Jota to DCL?

          1. BNMC
              1 month, 27 days ago

              How is Auba not nailed? If anything he's the only nailed outfield player at Arsenal.

          2. BNMC
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Perez was benched!? Glad I sold him.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Likewise.

              2. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Sold Mount and Tielemans myself,not the most inspired move i ever made.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Damn dude that's unlucky.

                  1. Ógie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Lost patience with them so i probably deserved it.

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              James making a solid alternative for himself vs. Alonso...

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                (Sadly doesn't start consistently.)

            • MartialMatas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              What move would you make?

              Pope
              TAA Gomez Maguire
              Salah KDB Fernandes Traore
              Aguero DCL Wood

              McCarthy Stephens Taylor Cantwell

              2ft £0.1m

            • TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Mane predicted points vs Man Utd away?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                3, more than most games 🙂

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Interesting outcome there.

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Predictable given their history.
                    Free hitters did ok although the Pool CS didn't help.

                  2. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    The attacking numbers were interesting though.

            • TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              The Mahrez show up next 😆

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Injured for 8 weeks. I'm glad since you put me off getting Sané.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Sane was the obvious choice.
                  Mahrez was obviously not starting.

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Hence why you got him lol

                2. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Mahrez back to Bruno.

              2. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Mahrez 1 pointer 🙂

            • BNMC
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Sane had more than double the attacks of any other City player...

              • leo_messi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Bought Sane for Martial and gave him C.I wish I have same luck in real FPL 🙂

                1. Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Great move,well done.

              • Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Mahrez out for 8 weeks makes a move for Sane a lot less risky.

              • TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                At least DCL did something.

              • TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                FFS HoF number 3 now leads vFPL.

                1. Basil1977
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  tell me about it!! Everything going right for him this week, brought in Sane (C) him this week

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Expect him to win tbh. Still a long way to go.

                    1. Basil1977
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      To be honest, i'm chuffed to be in the top 100. There are alot of very good fpl players in vfpl with a lot better history then me.
                      Determined to stay in the top 10 now thou, nice gap now down to 10th, but like you say a long way to go.

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        You have done very well. You'll stay up there for sure.

                        1. Basil1977
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          He has pick a good week to have an excellent week, everybody near the top is on about 50 points and he is on 87.
                          Totally smashing this week

                          1. TorresMagic™
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Wildcard for him next GW too.

                        2. Basil1977
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          scrap that last comment, he owns Alli aswell, like i said everything is going his way

                          1. TorresMagic™
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Top GW score now 😀

                            1. Basil1977
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 27 days ago

                              like i said what a week to have an excellent week where the average score is 50, i'm up to 61 now but getting over 100, just wow!!
                              No wonder he is 3rd in the HOF,
                              Jonty should get him on meet the manager to talk about real fpl plus vfpl, this week, couldn't think of a better choice for this week

                              1. TorresMagic™
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                Would be a great choice, hasn't posted on here in years but obviously lurks a bit.

                2. Lindelol
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  He has assembled a great team

                3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  How are other top 10 HoFers doing (if they play)?

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Don't think any play but Ragabolly might know.
                    Denial is 11th HoF and around 130th in vFPL.

              • Daghe Munegu
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Real fpl

                How can I use 1 of my 2 ft. Or even both? 0itb

                Pope MCarthy
                TAA Doherty Walker Lascelles Holgate
                Salah KDB Fernandes Martial Traoré
                Ings Jimenez DCL

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Walker looks a bit rich.

                  1. Daghe Munegu
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    What would you do TM?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      One of the United defenders

                      1. Daghe Munegu
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        OK. Thank you

              • The Mandalorian
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Out of the cup, opponents players all scored points unbelievable

              • TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Alli and Son 😎

              • Lindelol
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Vardy + Traore to Son(c) + DCL went well

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Why not Alli or Sane?

                  1. Lindelol
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    i thought Sane was rotation risk. Friendlies made me pick Son over Alli

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Fair enough, Pool next not great.

              • Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Aurier out for 2 weeks.

                That’s one of my 2FT used then.

              • Lindelol
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Cup rival has 23 point on the bench (cathcart 10, DCl 130). Hope Basham, Egan and Ings starts now

              • Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Woohoo up to No.6.

                Wolves are up to 6th in the PL table. 😀 ;-D

              • BNMC
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Another week, another small green...

                  1. BNMC
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Edit: I refreshed the page once more and my rank moved up again... 64th now!

                  2. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Can someone please explain my Webster 1 pointer?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Commentary is comment, wrong in lineups. Should be a clean sheet 😛

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        correct*

                      2. Ragabolly
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        The code to put the sub in the lineups couldn't identify "Groß" as Gross 😀

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          I'll forgive you this time 😡

                  3. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Managed a small green carrying Mane(c) and Mahrez. Not difficult from my current rank 🙂

                  4. gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    In virtual FPL, how do you find out how many weeks a player is out injured for?

                    1. BNMC
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Go to "suspensions" and it will tell you when they will return

                    2. Nomar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Took a hit in vFPL

                      Harry Wilson, Aurier and Greenwood to Cantwell, Ward and Calvert-Lewin.

                      Have to do something to halt these red arrows.

                      1. bitm2007
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        I think I'm going to mini WC as well, have to do something to stop the rot. I lost 49 points to the leader in one GW (56 to 105) and am now over 100 back.

                        1. Nomar
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Tell me about it!:-(

                    3. gooberman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      How do you play the wildcard? I've done all my changes but when I click submit team there is no option to play wildcard.

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Under captain/vice captain.

                        1. gooberman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          I have to do that first and then do my transfers?

                          1. Ragabolly
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Either way will work

                          2. TorresMagic™
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Have you played WC earlier in season? Should be there after transfers.

                      2. Basil1977
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        i had this problem when i played my wildcard,
                        you have to select wildcard before you make the transfers

                      3. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        So I think ( but would appreciate confirmation As playing WC tomorrow ) that you select team you want and submit ( irrespective of number of hits ) and then go to My Team and hit WC button which is above Save Team button.

                        1. Ragabolly
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          This is correct. Also works the other way, activating first then going crazy with transfers.

                          1. dunas_dog
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Thanks. Appreciate confirmation and all your great work on this game. Having got myself into a good position would hate to throw it away by mistake.

                    4. Scott Talent
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Good evening TM. How are you doing ?

                    5. Poseidon.
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Hazza Maguire he legend

                      1. Poseidon.
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        RF

                        1. lespaul
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Utd were a club and still are

                          1. Poseidon.
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Huh

                            1. Poseidon.
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 27 days ago

                              Im talking present tense not past tense - i dont know how you english say it

                    6. Poseidon.
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Bundesliga re-opening bad news for us imo. We need Haland and Sancho to keep quiet to keep prices down. Probably cost us 100m altogether as it is. Still 60m after selling Lingard and Jones

                      1. Scott Talent
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Fantasy land if you think that they would sign for a small club such as Man U.

                        1. Poseidon.
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Ooh the biter ABU coming out we got 20 titles or something like that bro

                          1. Scott Talent
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Nothing bitter I can assure you , torally practical. There are more attractive career progression clubs to sign for .

                          2. Scott Talent
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            "We". You're priceless Poseidon.