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Bundesliga FanTeam Monster: May 30, Captain Tips

The introduction of the Pursuit mode will definitely affect the playing strategy in Bundesliga's daily fantasy on FanTeam. Given that, our premium captain section this week will consist of players below 13m, the differential captain section will include players below 11m, and in the ultra-differential captain section, we will cover the players below 9m. Read on if you are willing to try the new format this week on FanTeam

Pursuit mode

The budget for the 11-man team main slate has been increased to 178 million coupled with the Pursuit mode. In this mode, you are rewarded with 0,4 points for each million NOT spent on your squad. A vice-captain is introduced alongside the usual captain. His points are multiplied by x1,5 while a captain has his points doubled. In Pursuit mode, the captain's and the vice-captain's price is also increased  2 and 1,5 times respectively! That means that although you may draft all the premium players in the world with such an inflated budget, value picks and cheaper players with high-ceiling should be the primary focus when drafting your fantasy teams. 

Premium

Alassane Plea (Gladbach, 12.8)

Plea is my favorite option in the below 13m price bracket. The Gladbach striker has 17 attacking returns in 25 games of the season and is averaging 3 shots per game. The only disadvantage is that he is not on penalties.

Plea is given a 44% chance to score

Union Berlin concedes 2.07 GA in away games. Stacking Plea with Thuram, Stindl or Hofmann is certainly viable.

 

Julian Brandt (Dortmund, 12.9)

Brandt is likely to see lower ownership compared to his teammates Sancho and Hazard. Meanwhile, all of them are expected to form the attacking trio of Dortmund, and I don’t see a big difference in the upside between them. Brandt registered only 3 goals and 4 assists this season, but playing in a more advanced role might help him flourish.

Brandt is given a 35% chance to score

Paderborn is rooted to the bottom of the table. It will come as no surprise if Dortmund destroys them in this game.  

 

Alternatives:

  • Leon Goretzka (Bayern, 12.8)
  • Kingsley Coman (Bayern, 12.6)

 

Differential

Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha, 10.7)

The Bosnian veteran forward registered 2 goals and 2 assists after the break and is leading Hertha’s attack. He is known to score in bundles, which is certainly possible in a home game against Augsburg.

Ibisevic is given a 38% chance to score

Augsburg has given up 2.2 GA in away games this season, which is the third-worst result in the league. Krzysztof Piatek might start instead of Ibisevic, and he is a strong captain option as well.

 

Benjamin Pavard (Bayern, 10.8)

Captaining a Bayern defenseman might be a good idea this week. The pursuit mode makes Bayern’s attacking assets less attractive, but Bayern coverage is still almost obligatory. In this situation, I see the Munich defense as the best course of action. Bayern has a high probability to keep a clean sheet, and the attacking upside from the defenders is also there. My captain choice is Benjamin Pavard.

Bayern is given a 58% chance to keep a clean sheet

Pavard already has 4 goals and 3 assists this season. Unlike his partner Alphonso Davies, Pavard is more shot-oriented and therefore is more likely to produce monster points. Pavard looked lively after the break, shooting 5 times in 3 games played.

 

Alternatives:

  • Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg, 11.3)
  • Ramy Bensebaini (Gladbach, 9.6)

 

Ultra-differential

Robin Quaison (Mainz, 9.0)

The Swedish striker is yet to score after the resumption of Bundesliga, which means he is likely to fly under the radar this week. Quaison has 12 goals this campaign, which makes him sitting 4th in the Bundesliga goal-scoring table.

 Quaison is given a 38% chance to score

Hoffenheim is ranked 15th in the league in terms of xGA this season (52.31). Mainz could easily benefit from these numbers, and Quaison’s explosiveness (2 hat-tricks this season) is what we need exactly when we give a player the armband.

 

Milot Raschica (Bremen, 8.6)

Raschica is the leading player of Werder Bremen, with 7 goals and 4 assists to his name this season. He is the designated penalty taker of his team as well.

Raschica is given a 30% chance to score

Bremen is facing a struggling Schalke team, who lost 3 games in a row, giving up 9 goals in total. The opportunity looks good for Raschica to produce offensively.

 

Fade of the week

Fading a player in DFS — ignoring him entirely for the slate due to inadequate pricing or other reasons

Thomas Muller (Bayern, 14.4), Serge Gnabry (Bayern, 14.2)

The Bayern duo doesn’t provide any value at their prices since both of them are listed as forwards on FanTeam. This is obviously FanTeam’s mistake as Bayern plays with only one standalone striker - Lewandowski. The introduction of Pursuit makes our task to fade Muller and Gnabry even easier. Moreover, Gnabry is under the risk of not being backed up by the Safety Net rule. Stay away from Muller and Gnabry this week.

We hope these tips lead you to success this week on FanTeam! Enjoy playing Daily Fantasy in Europe and become the best!

Khan
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Khan

Khan, a Ph.D. student in Economics, loves studying advanced sports analytics and using it to his advantage in DFS. Having started to play daily fantasy sports in 2017, he currently has a net profit of over 70000 euros. Sits in the top-5 of DFS players in Europe, finished 3rd in FanTeam's WCOFF 2018 and WCOFF 2020.

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