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The best Fantasy Bundesliga players for Matchday 8

Bundesliga is back after the international break, but still may be missing Erling Haaland (17.6m) for another Matchday after Marco Rose confirmed that the Norwegian superstar is still a doubt.

Matchday 8 is lacking in standout fixtures, and this Scout Squad is very light at the back and heavy in midfield as a result.

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GOALKEEPERS

MARK FLEKKEN (6.8m), MARIUS FUNK (1.3m)

The only unbeaten team left in the Bundesliga this season, SC Freiburg have been the surprise package for yet another season. Their five goals conceded is a league-best and they come into this game unbeaten in seven at home. Conversely, opponents RB Leipzig, are winless in six on the road. Although Leipzig looked to have improved after wins over basement-dwellers Hertha Berlin and VfL Bochum, there’s every chance of an upset for Freiburg this weekend. Mark Flekken’s 52 points currently make him the second highest-scoring goalkeeper in Fantasy Bundesliga and he’s a great option for this week too.

Marius Funk appears to have taken the starting keeper spot at Greuther Fürth from Sascha Büchert (4.6m), with manager Stefan Leitl confirming that Funk will keep his spot for Saturday’s game against fellow promoted side Bochum. Although they continue to struggle going forward, Fürth’s defensive numbers have improved as of late, best highlighted by only conceding three to Bayern and their strong first-half showing against Köln. In a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash, Funk will be key for them and, at just 1.3m, there’s only so far wrong you can go with him.

DEFENDERS

JOE SCALLY (2.5m), MARTIN HINTEREGGER (11.5m), CHRISTIAN GUNTER (12.3m), BENNO SCHMITZ (5.0m), NIKO GIESSELMANN (4.3m)

American full-back Joe Scally continues to go from strength to strength under Adi Hütter, taking advantage of Gladbach’s defensive injuries to become one of their key figures so far this season. Scally grabbed his first Bundesliga goal against Wolfsburg last time out as he managed a 16-point haul. Gladbach now host a Stuttgart side struck by both injuries and COVID-19, fresh from impressive wins against Dortmund and Wolfsburg. For his price, Scally is an incredible option, especially when you consider that Stuttgart have only won away from home once since March.

Like Gladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt are starting to improve under their new manager and their stunning away win to Bayern Munich on Matchday 7 confirmed this. Martin Hinteregger scored and picked up four points that reward goal attempts for the third time in his last four Bundesliga matches, highlighting his threat from set-pieces. Frankfurt’s home tie against a hapless Hertha Berlin side is perhaps the best fantasy fixture to target this week and Hinteregger has every opportunity to continue his strong recent form.

Christian Günter is currently the highest-scoring defender in Fantasy Bundesliga and has double-digit hauls from every outing, except Matchday 2. As with Flekken, Freiburg are flying at the moment and Leipzig’s away form leaves a lot to be desired.

Benno Schmitz has been one of Köln’s key creative pieces so far this season and he comes in at just 5.0m. The full-back has three assists already this season and grabbed 12 points against Fürth last time out. Although Köln’s form on the road has been poor so far this season, Hoffenheim have conceded 11 goals in seven games and this should give Schmitz plenty of chances to add to his 27 open play crosses.

Niko Giesselmann has been a Fantasy Bundesliga revelation in 2021/22 and has proven that he can score points regardless of the opponent. A key attacking piece for Union Berlin, facing a Wolfsburg side who are winless in three, Giesselmann is a great budget option who can pick up points through goals, assists, shots, chances created or clean sheets.

MIDFIELDERS

FILIP KOSTIC (15.2m), FLORIAN WIRTZ (12.4m), JONAS HOFMANN (13.1m), CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU (15.3m), DANIEL CALIGIURI (9.4m)

Since the transfer drama of the first few Matchdays has passed, Filip Kostic has re-discovered the form which made him last season’s highest-scoring fantasy midfielder. Kostic has 50 points from his last four Bundesliga games and faces a Hertha Berlin side with the worst defensive record. On set-pieces and a massive open play threat, Kostic is the best option at any position this matchday.

Despite facing Bayern on Matchday 8, Florian Wirtz comes into this tie in unbelievable form. 79 points from his last five games is nothing short of extraordinary and, after Bayern conceded twice to Frankfurt last time out, it’s clear that their defence isn’t bulletproof. Wirtz has had the joint-most assists and highest expected assists (xA) tally of 1.98 over the last four games and also scored the joint-second most goals (3).

Jonas Hofmann has been great whenever he’s played for Gladbach this season, with three double-digit hauls in his four Bundesliga starts. As discussed with Scally, Stuttgart come into this game beleaguered by injuries and have only won one away game since March. Although Lars Stindl (13.3m) is on penalties, Hofmann gets the nod for this squad based on his consistency and strong performances from open play.

Although Leipzig have been underwhelming, Christopher Nkunku is in the kind of form you simply cannot ignore. The highest-scoring midfielder in the game, Nkunku has 60 points from his last three Bundesliga matches and, as shown by his hat-trick against Manchester City, can score against anyone. Nkunku’s expected goals (xG) over the last four games (2.67) is second in the Bundesliga behind Robert Lewandowski and, despite the tough meeting with Freiburg, I cannot leave Nkunku out.

Daniel Caligiuri only has 30 points in Bundesliga Fantasy this season and is yet to pick up either a goal or an assist. However, in the tie of the two worst attacks, Augsburg and Arminia Bielefeld, he may finally have the opportunity to change this. Caligiuri dominates set-pieces for Augsburg and has some decent underlying stats. At just 1% ownership, Caligiuri could be a great differential this week.

FORWARDS

ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (18.4m), ANDREJ KRAMARIC (15.4m), BREEL EMBOLO (10.3m)

Robert Lewandowski is Robert Lewandowski. If he’s fit, he’ll be in this Scout Squad. He’s fit, so he’s in the Scout Squad. It doesn’t matter who he’s playing, he’s an incredible option in the league’s best team.

Andrej Kramaric has only scored once this season but has been putting up great numbers. His 28 shots are second in the league to Lewandowski and his four assists are second only to Wirtz. Although they’re under new management, Kramaric tormented Köln last season, with five goals in two games against the Billy Goats. Köln are winless in the Bundesliga on the road under Steffen Baumgart and Kramaric could score big this week.

Breel Embolo is back to full fitness for Gladbach and has played 90 minutes in each of their last two Bundesliga ties. He got a goal and an assist against Wolfsburg on Matchday 7 and also bagged two goals and two assists in two games for Switzerland over the international break. Gladbach have a prime fixture against Stuttgart and Embolo will be one of their star men.

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620 Comments Post a Comment
  1. C_G
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Have a feelin my subs will
    be at play this GW, how would you rank them?

    Williams (BHA)
    Allan (WHU)
    King (LIV)

  2. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    With Rudiger not available, which Chelsea defender to have?

    1. Tepid Turtle
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Same dilemma. James/Chilwell offer highest returns, with James seeming the safer of the two. I have 0 itb with .1 invested in Rudi, so deciding whether to take the leap with James.

      1. Tepid Turtle
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 2 days ago

        And Alonso obvs, just don't trust his minutes.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Azpi

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      James

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      James

  3. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Bottomed

    Rudiger Shaw to Cancelo Christensen -4?

    Yes or no !

  4. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Oh great thanks Rudiger, Rudi > TAA it is then

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Easiest transfer of the season

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Haha sure is, cheers buddy

  5. Ha.
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on WC?

    Ramsdale (Sanchez)
    Azpi, Dias, Cancelo (Livra, Duffy)
    Salah, Raph, ESR, Mbeumo (Luiz)
    Vardy, Jimi, Lukaku

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Where is Trent?

      1. Ha.
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Taking advantage of Chelsea and City fixtures... if Cancelo loses his spot then it's an easy sub

  6. Jimmy Boy
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Struggling to field three defenders now Rudiger is out. Any outside chance that Tsimikas plays against Watford then Robertson against Atletico? Both played 180 over the international break, got to think there's a chance Klopp rotates them this week.

    1. Pukki Pies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 2 days ago

      I think you're hoping for a miracle there!

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Definitely hahah, will be a wind-up if by only GW8 I'll have already wasted two of my free transfers getting Brandon Williams in then out.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Can't see Klopp resting Robbo when Alisson and Fabinho are missing.

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        That's a good point, B.Williams > Walker and Benrahma > Mbeumo for a -4 it is

    3. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      I have Tsimi too but don't think he'd play.. I really wish though

  7. Pukki Pies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA James Livramento
    Salah Jota Gray Sarr
    Lukaku Antonio Jiminez

    Steele Semedo Sissoko Rudiger

    0 ft, 0.7m ITB

    GTG or do Rudiger > Cancelo (-4), and play Cancelo instead of Livra?

  8. sirmorbach
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    I think it boils down to this:

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA / Cancelo / Azpilicueta / _______ / (Livramento)
    Salah / Raphinha / _______ / _______ (Bronwhill)
    Lukaku, Antonio, Toney

    A. 4-3-3: Dias + Zaha, Mbeumo first sub
    B. 3-4-3: Foden + Saka, Duffy first sub

    1. caldracula
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      A but not keen on Zaha, similar team team to mine but I’ve got for Hwang and Son over Antonio and Zaha.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Thank you, Dracula, cheers!

  9. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Lose one for Dias

    A. Rudiger
    B. Semedo

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Rudi

  10. CONNERS
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Assuming Willimas has lost his place, I have absolutely no bench following the Rudiger injury (team below).

    Would you risk having no subs or take a -4 to get James/Laporte for Rudiger?

    Sa
    TAA - Cancelo - Livra
    Salah - Greenwood - Benrahma - Sarr - Gray
    Antonio - Ronaldo

    Steele / Rudiger - Williams - Street

  11. caldracula
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Play Livramento (LEE) or Allan (WHM)

    1. CONNERS
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Liv I think.

  12. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Some guy on here said that Pep commented on Cancelo and Laporte but I can't find that anywhere. Was he just trolling?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Think so yeah

    2. Firmino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Pep said Stones could perhaps start against Burnley. Nothing on Cancelo as far as I know.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Link?

      2. Firmino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Pep Guardiola on John Stones starting vs Burnley: "Maybe. We will decide today. Stones is unlucky, he played so well alongside Ruben [Dias]. This season Aymeric [Laporte] played incredibly well alongside Ruben, it's fair to let him play..." [via @_joebray]

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 2 days ago

          …so Dias is nailed

  13. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Hey guys, any idea how long Rudiger is out for? Possible he's back next GW?

    Cheers

    1. caldracula
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      I don’t think a time frame was mentioned.

  14. Phlajo
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Any news on Coufal?

    And, would you play Coufal (if fit) or Livramento?

  15. Alex1995
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Foden/Toney vs Saka/Jimi on WC?

  16. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    On WC

    A) Jimenez & Foden/Grealish
    B) Hwang & Son

    1. Ha.
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      A, Foden

    2. luk46
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      same question, Im on B right now

  17. Pukkipartyy
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Rudi -> Cancelo or Dias (-4)

    1. lets talk about 6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      dias if no bench

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        I have Livra on the bench.

  18. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Start jota or raphina?

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Both

      1. mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Would mean benching Saint max

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 2 days ago

          I would. Bielsa might be making the decision for you though

  19. Kroos Kontrol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    WC-ed too early and it's an absolute mess. 1 FT, 1.6 itb. Any ideas?

    Sanchez (Steele)
    Azpilicueta Cancelo Dias Livramento (Rudiger*)
    Salah Jota Benrahma Sarr (Gilmour)
    Ronaldo Antonio (Dennis)

    Wanted Foden (and eventually Ronaldo -> Lukaku) but really not sure if I can afford Foden potential 1-pointer after Rudiger's injury.

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      I'd save

  20. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Last spots on WC

    A) Dias+Foden+Toney
    or
    B) Duffy+Mbeumo+Vardy

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      B with Cancelo

  21. AzzaroMax99
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    G2G?

    Guaita
    Cancelo Christensen Tierney
    Salah(C) Grey ESR Raphina*
    Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio

    4.0 Marcal Omo Gilmour

  22. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    On wildcard…
    A. James or
    B. Chilwell ?

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Hames

    2. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      A

  23. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Actually, I thought I’d easily do Rudi > TAA, but who would you rather have?

    Rudiger to:

    A) Dias
    B) TAA
    C) Cancelo

    Cheers guys.

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      I have C only. So C

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Ok cheers buddy

    2. Are you Shaw?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Literally in the same boat right now

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Haha it’s a toughie, but TAA was always the one I was gonna work in alongside one of Dias or Cancelo, so I’m still thinking TAA right now

        1. Are you Shaw?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 2 days ago

          In my notes I have Arnold coming in GW13 (after the rough fixtures)

          If I get a City defender.. I won't be taking them out for another 10 gameweeks (They have pretty good fixtures)

          The problem is I want Cancelo.. but Zinchenko coming back is adding to the headache

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah agree on all points, may go Dias for safety

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Yep C TAA in time

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers mate, Burnley should be easy enough as well

  24. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    To Trent or not to Trent, that is the question.

    Undoubtedly the best defender but coming back from injury and a tough few fixtures. The extra 1.5m allows me to go Son -> KDB. While still having an excellent second city or Chelsea defender.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Very true, the current issue i have above haha

    2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      No Trent but after 3 maybe

    3. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Ditched TAA in GW4.. feeling quite confident to go without him until GW12 or 13.

      That is, until the FOMO disease struck me

  25. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Defense is
    TAA Rudiger White Shaw Livramento

    Would you do Rudiger Shaw to Cancelo Christensen -4?

    Can't get Cancelo with 1ft

    1. Are you Shaw?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      The question is... is Cancelo going to play? How will Zinchenko affect his minutes?

  26. Alex1995
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Foden/Toney vs Saka/Jimi

  27. buzzkill
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Ok all, on a Wildcard, it comes down to this:

    Jansson and Benrahma
    or
    James and Mbeumo

    Foster - Ramsdale
    Alonso - TAA - Cancelo - Livramento
    Raphinha - Salah - Foden - Townsend
    Vardy - Toney - Antonio

    I have 0.3 tied up in Benrahma so if I'm dropping him I have to be sure. Does Antonio cover him? I know their fixtures are about to take a turn.

    Would appreciate anyone weighing in!

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      Second option for sure

  28. Eleven Hag
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Is Rudiger to Dias worth it for a hit or play Livra?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      I'd just play Tino

      1. Eleven Hag
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers

  29. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC?

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    Trent Cancelo Dias Christensen (Livramento)
    Salah Son Raphinha Mbeumo (DLuiz)
    Lukaku Antonio (Davis)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 2 days ago

      This week’s template

  30. EL_FENOMENO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 2 days ago

    a) Hwang, Son, 3.9 def
    b) Jimmy, Saka, Duffy