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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
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 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
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    With Rudiger not available, which Chelsea defender to have?

    1. Tepid Turtle
        1 month, 15 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 month, 15 days ago

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

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Azpi

        3. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          James

        4. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          James

      • DagheMunegu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Bottomed

        Rudiger Shaw to Cancelo Christensen -4?

        Yes or no !

      • Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Oh great thanks Rudiger, Rudi > TAA it is then

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Easiest transfer of the season

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Haha sure is, cheers buddy

      • Ha.
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thoughts on WC?

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

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Where is Trent?

          1. Ha.
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

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

      • Jimmy Boy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I think you're hoping for a miracle there!

          1. Jimmy Boy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 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
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

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

          1. Jimmy Boy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

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

        3. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

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

      • Pukki Pies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 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?

      • sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 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
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Thank you, Dracula, cheers!

      • Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Lose one for Dias

        A. Rudiger
        B. Semedo

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rudi

      • CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 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

      • caldracula
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Play Livramento (LEE) or Allan (WHM)

        1. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Liv I think.

      • I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Think so yeah

        2. Firmino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 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
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Link?

          2. Firmino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 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
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              …so Dias is nailed

      • john25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

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

        Cheers

        1. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I don’t think a time frame was mentioned.

      • Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Any news on Coufal?

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

      • Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Foden/Toney vs Saka/Jimi on WC?

      • Reggie Nainggolan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        On WC

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

        1. Ha.
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A, Foden

        2. luk46
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          same question, Im on B right now

      • Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Rudi -> Cancelo or Dias (-4)

        1. lets talk about 6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          dias if no bench

          1. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I have Livra on the bench.

      • mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Start jota or raphina?

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Both

          1. mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Would mean benching Saint max

            1. NABIL - FPL otai
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

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

      • Kroos Kontrol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'd save

      • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Last spots on WC

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

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B with Cancelo

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        G2G?

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

        4.0 Marcal Omo Gilmour

      • Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        On wildcard…
        A. James or
        B. Chilwell ?

        1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Hames

        2. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

      • Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I have C only. So C

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Ok cheers buddy

        2. Are you Shaw?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Literally in the same boat right now

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 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
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 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
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Yeah agree on all points, may go Dias for safety

        3. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yep C TAA in time

          1. Salah’s Sonnet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Cheers mate, Burnley should be easy enough as well

      • TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Very true, the current issue i have above haha

        2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          No Trent but after 3 maybe

        3. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 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

      • DagheMunegu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 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
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

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

      • Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Foden/Toney vs Saka/Jimi

      • buzzkill
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Second option for sure

      • CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

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

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'd just play Tino

          1. CR7 is Home
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Cheers

      • HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 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
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          This week’s template

      • VIVA_RONALDO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

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