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Fantasy Bundesliga – 4 Bayern assets may be the key to success

This is my second season playing the Fantasy Bundesliga game, having joined when C-19 first curtailed the 19/20 FPL season. Bundesliga was the first league to return, and since then I have been captivated by every minute of the German league and the intricacies of its associated Fantasy Game.

The first thing I noticed was on FBL is its not for the faint of heart. If you want to succeed you need to be ‘on it’ during match days and ready to substitute and switch your star players (captaincy x1.5 pts) in each of the 3 positions, one defender, one midfielder and one attacker, choosing them according to kick-off times and adjusting between each set of matches and K.O times if your star player doesn’t perform well.

A generous budget of €150M, and no 3 player limit from any team either.

Having seen a fair number of drafts with only 3 Bayern Players, I wanted to put the case forward for having a least 4 from Matchday 1.

Firstly, and I realise I am Captain Obvious for stating this, but Bayern are the champions. They bossed almost every stat last season, scored the most goals and conceded the least. I expect them to win the league with relative ease again this year, with very little change to the playing staff and management in the close season recess.

The veterans up top, the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski and renaissance man Thomas Mueller were a brilliant duo in 19/20 and Lewa is the first pick in my team here.

Lewandowski (18M, 76% ownership) finished with 448 points and 27.1M his current price could represent immense value.

Serge Gnabry (17M, 23%) is my pick to pair with the talismanic German. His xG of 14.17 to his 12 goals and xA of 12.5 to the 10 assists he achieved last season suggests the German hasn’t reached his ceiling. He looked razor-sharp in his closing UCL and BL matches and if last year was scintillating for Serge then watch this space in 20/21. A hefty price tag but worth the outlay.

Mueller (16M, 11%) scored 320 points last season and finished with a value of 18.2M with an incredible 20 assists. However, his underlying xG/xA showed he punched above the expected 15 assists and about par on his 8 goals. A fine choice for those looking for a mini differential and only just edged out for me by Serge.

In midfield, the choice pick is likely Joshua Kimmich but despite his high ownership I’m avoiding for now as the data suggests there is better season value in defence.

With a record 21 CS last year and assists added into duels won points and pass to shot points, both Pavard (15M, 5%) and Davies (15M, 52%) are set for a fine season the pairing combining for over 112 crosses into the box between them last season.

I’m predicting at least 600-700 points across the season for this defensive pairing.

I would also favour both of these players for value over Neuer (13M, 26%). The GK position, like FPL, is where I tend to spend the least funds, to free up more investment further up the field.

Once the season is underway I’ll also be keeping a close eye on Leroy Sane (17M, 21%) in Midfield and seeing how he settles in but the above four of Lewandowski, Gnabry, Davies & Pavard is where I’m putting the investment for now.

FPL_Liger Bedraggled & beleaguered Fantasy football manager. FPL: 19k (0.2%), UCL- 0.7k (0.08%) 19/20 season. Current OR’s: ESN: 6.5k, SCO: 0.6k Best FPL OR= 18k 15/16.” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 3 hours ago

    Cheers Liger!

    448 points for Lewandowski last season - what change in the rules from the FPL game makes him score this highly, out of interest?

    1. Sokis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 2 hours ago

      There are a number of changes including:
      -points for shots on target
      -points for passes that resulted in a shot
      -points for interception(if i am not mistaken) etc etc
      Also captaincy is different but that would not affect total points.

    2. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Every 2 Passes to a Shot = 2 Points
      Every 2 Shots = 2 points
      Three Goals in Same Game = 3 Points
      Winning Goal = 1 point
      Converted Penalty =3 points
      Winning Penalty = 2 points

  2. FPL_Liger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 2 hours ago

    Hi guys, my twitter ID is @FPL_Liger - glad you're enjoying the article!

  3. troux
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Great write up FPL Liger!

    I've got 11m to spend on a MID. Who can you recommend? I already have Kimmich, T. Hazard, Kamada and Baumgartner.

    1. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Kamada at Ein Frankfurt could be a reasonable shout. I like the look of their first four fixtures too : Bielefeld (H), Hertha (A) Hoffenheim (H), Köln (A)

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        Second this, a good shout especially with Kostic suspended for Arminia

    2. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 22 hours ago

      Thankyou! I see you have Kamada already so one of these two from Bremen could be an option. Excellent opening fixtures too

      W.Bremen: Sargent, 8M - USA international has notched in 5 pre-season outings.
      Hertha (H), Schalke 04 (A), Bielefeld (H), Freiburg (A) Hoffenheim (H)

      W.Bremen: Klaassen, 10M - 7 goals and 5 assists last season
      Hertha (H), Schalke 04 (A), Bielefeld (H), Freiburg (A) Hoffenheim (H)

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        Just to add, Sargent will start the season and is a decent option but will still likely get subbed off before 70 mins and Klaassen is a great shout, i'm looking at him. Wish Fullkrug was more nailed

      2. troux
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 22 hours ago

        Are either of these two on any set pieces?

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 22 hours ago

          Klaassen is on most corners and free kicks

          1. troux
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 20 hours ago

            Ah, that's encouraging.

  4. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 22 hours ago

    I will add Goretzka to this list as the role he played towards the end of the season where he was averaging double digits is the one he played into the champions league and will likely start the season in, making him very attractice at 14m imo. I'm punting on Sane and will likely give him my star man - think Flick will give him a healthy dose 90 min outings to start the season and he looked sharp for Germany. I'm slightly put off by Gnabry as he hasn't looked as direct since Kovac left. I know that was a while ago and obviously I had him for much of Flick's tenure but at the beginning of the season when funds are more restricted I think i'll stay off of Gnabry (inevitably missing random hauls lol).

    The big power move to get ahead is always to have Muller and Lewa but the clear downside is being afforded so little star man flexibility so we'll see where I end up.

    What does your team look like Liger? It's great to see a fellow fbl player on this site.

    1. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 21 hours ago

      Have just posted my primary XI on my twitter feed- @fpl_liger , though my bench certainly needs work as made up of very budget players. Am hoping I can nab some 1M bargains once the season starts and we have a better idea on XI’s

  5. troux
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 5 hours ago

    Is Jude Bellingham worth a shot?

    1. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 19 hours ago

      I think see if he starts on MD1 then bring him in if funds allow

    2. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 21 hours ago

      I expect him to start but as Liger says he's fine as a wait and see given BMG is the first fixture. I like Reyna more though.

  6. Ben Phippen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 7 hours ago

    I'm giving this a try for the first time.

    Couple of questions -
    Is there an FBL FFS mini-league we can join?
    Will there be anymore FBL articles on FFS this season?

    1. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 21 hours ago

      That’s great! It’s a lot of fun. I did pose this question to the Moderators/ Scout In terms of an official but there isn’t currently one hopefully this will be sorted ahead of this weekend.

      My league code is newly set up here though if you wanted to join :: https://fantasy.bundesliga.com/invitations/league_invite/19012a869f6c6eadf96ed34b191049d8

  7. leepriest
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 18 hours ago

    I am looking for experienced fantasy players for my Bundesliga private league. League name:Golden league Password:555333

    1. FPL_Liger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Count me in

  8. FPL_Liger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 days, 8 hours ago

    Fantastic start for Sane, well done to those who owned him for MD1. -7 for some of the Schalke defenders though, imagine that score in FPL!