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After a low scoring affair on Friday between Leverkusen and Freiburg, we get our precious classic slate back, with 4 games and 8 teams on the docket to choose from. For this article, I’m going to be changing up the format a little in the interest of time. What you’ll find below are my favorite plays, position by position (in no particular order). At the bottom of the article, you will find a CORE to use for cash game roster construction. As always, feel free to shoot me a question on Slack if you would like me to glance over your lineup before slate lock!
- FC Schalke 04 (+145) vs. SV Werder Bremen (+190)
- FSV Mainz (+175) vs. TSG Hoffenheim (+135)
- Hertha Berlin (-115) vs. FC Augsburg (+290)
- VfL Wolfsburg (-105) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (+270)
Renato Steffen | Vfl Wolfsburg | $7,700 | GPP
Steffen was recommended in my previous article, and he scored, so there’s no reason to hop off the wagon here against a Frankfurt squad that just gave up a 5 spot in Munich, and ranks 13th in GA. The Swiss winger has 5 games in double digit DKP over his last 10 and 8 games with 8+ DKP, so the floor is starting to make sense in cash games as well. That said, there are safer options in cash at that price tag. Instead, I plan on turning up my Steffen exposure levels in tournaments and hopefully can continue to ride last week’s wave.
Matheus Cunha | Hertha BSC | $8,200 | Hybrid
Cunha catches my eye at this price point in a game where he’s likely to start on a favored team against an opponent that has surrendered the 2nd most amount of goals on the season. Let’s not forget that before his most recent performance, he had scored in 4 straight games. I’ll have a lot of exposure inside / out of Hertha stacks, but Cunha is where I think I’d start in the Hertha front 4.
Wout Weghorst | Vfl Wolfsburg | $6,900 | GPP
Weghorst will need a goal to matter on this slate, but his recent game log could draw people off of him. This makes for intrigue in a situation where VfL are one of the top offenses to target on Saturday. No floor to speak of, but Weghorst still has 11 goals on the season, and makes sense at this price in tournaments. BONUS: Stack with Maximilian Arnold or Kevin Mbabu.
Robert Skov | TSG Hoffenheim | $9,800 | Hybrid
Hoffenheim is one of my favorite teams to target on this slate, as they face a team in Mainz that give up the most GA in the league (61 goals allowed). This offense orbits around Robert Skov, who is likely to start on the wing. Skov leads Hoffenheim in assists, crosses, corners and takes set pieces. He may not have a tremendous path to a ceiling normally, but this is about as good of a matchup as you could ask for. With that said, I think I want to be over the field on him with the hope that he can produce his normal peripheral stats and generate a goal or assist once or more times.
Christoph Baumgartner | TSG 1899 Hoffenheim | GPP
Baumgartner flashed his upside in a 3-1 beatdown of Koln a couple of days ago, and was an offsides call away from having a hat trick in the affair. His two goals netted him 33.3 DKP, demonstrating that he’s one of the hottest M/F in the Bundesliga at this very moment. Baumgartner’s floor is low however, so he’s only a GPP only play for me.
Others to Consider: Rashica (SVW), Ibisevic (BSC), Quaison (MO5), Caligiuri (S04), Richter (FCA), Silva (SGE), Niederlechner (FCA)
Filip Kostic | Eintracht Frankfurt | Hybrid
I paid the tough price of not playing enough Kostic the last time he was on the slate, and he bitch slapped me for 34 DKP. Not going to let that happen again, but he’s expensive, so make sure to have builds in place without him as well. There is no-one on this slate that can match Kostic’s combination of floor/upside.
Maximilian Arnold | VfL Wolfsburg | Hybrid (Cash Preferred)
Generally a strictly “Cash” play, Arnold has now eclipsed 30 DKP twice in his last 8 games. I’m fine including him in VfL stacks in GPPs, and there’s no doubting his floor, which consists of a team lead in assists, crosses, corners, and set pieces taken. This Wolfsburg offense revolves around Max Arnold, but all things considered I’d feel safer paying that price in cash games.
Vladimir Darida | Hertha BSC | $5,700 | Hybrid
Darida sharing set piece duties on a favored squad for under 6k? Where do I sign up? Darida is probably a bit safer for cash, but I think he has the upside to make sense while playing in an advanced position / favorable matchup against Augsburg.
Dodi Lukebakio | Hertha BSC | $6,300 | GPP
Yet another Hertha player makes the list, as Lukebakio has found a spot on the scoresheet 11 times on the season already. At $6,300, with upside for a goal against a bad defensive team, I’ll surely take some shots on him.
Phillip Max | FC Augsburg | $7,900 | Cash
Max won’t WOW you with Traumtor goals, but what he does by means of setting up others is what sets him apart as a solid cash play. Max leads Augsburg in crosses, corners, and takes the majority of their set pieces. The midfielder also ranks 2nd on the team with 5 assists. If putting together a squad for cash, Max is definitely in the conversation.
Leandro Bittencourt | Werder Bremen | $8,000 | Cash
Bittencourt and Rashica seem to be cannibalizing each other’s fantasy value lately, as both players like to take set pieces when the opposite doesn’t play. If both make the XI, it will diminish both of their values for me, but if either is out, the other becomes a solid play. It’s a see-saw with these two, but there is floor/upside given the right situation for each player.
Others to Consider: Kunde (M05), Lowen (FCA), Rudy (TSG), McKennie (S04), Klassen (SVW), Vargas (FCA), Baku (M05), Kaderabek (TSG)
Maximillian Mittelstadt | Hertha BSC | $6,700 | Hybrid
Mittelstadt may be my highest exposed play on the slate based on how much Hertha I plan on having. If you haven’t noticed, I’m all over Berlin tomorrow, and Mittelstadt should be able to build on his 9.3 DKP average with fellow defender (and dead ball / set piece specialist) Marvin Plattenhardt out with a concussion. For your reference, Mittelstadt once had 18 crosses in a game earlier this season, and should be able to fly up the flanks to distribute the ball to finishers like Lukebakio and Cunha.
Daniel Brosinski | FSV Mainz | $6,100 | Hybrid
Brosinski is one of the most aggressive / involved defensemen in the Bundesliga, and I tend to be overexposed to him when he gets the starting nod. Brosinski has 9+ crosses in 3 of his last 4 games, and will also get a share of the set pieces. If he we find him in the starting XI, I’ll likely stalk up depending on how slate value shakes out. As of right now, Aaron Martin ($6,800) looks to be out of the projected XI, but would become a fantastic play at that price if he were given the opportunity to start as well.
Bastian Oczipka | FC Schalke | $6,200 | Hybrid
Oczipka makes it even harder to decide who I want to pay up for as he’s also put together some great performances recently (9 crosses / 1 assist on 5/27 vs Dusseldorf). Oczipka will get forward and make attempts on the flank to stimulate the Schalke offense. Fine with him in stacks, as a one-off, however you please, but you’ll likely need to weigh if he’s a better option than the two players mentioned above in order to justify it.
Kevin Mbabu | Wolfsburg | $5,500 | GPP
Mbabu has been quite effective since entering the lineup as an offensive minded defenseman 4 games ago. If Wolfsburg have their way in pushing the ball up field, Mbabu could become the beneficiary of a cross heavy game plan (20 crosses in his last 4 games).
Marco Friedl | Werder Bremen | $4,600 | Cash
Friedl will occupy the left wing back midfielder role tomorrow and is priced at an amicable $4,600. You can probably expect a few crosses and maybe a shot or two per game, which isn’t terrible at that price.
Others to Consider: Toure (SGE), Hinteregger (SGE), Roussillon (WOB), Pekarik (BSC), Gebre Selassie (SVW), Sane (S04)
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