DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Bundesliga Matchday 26
The first major European soccer league to return to play is the Bundesliga. Daily fantasy players are in for a treat, as the Bundesliga averaged the most goals per game of any of Europe's top five leagues. Here's a look at the odds via FanDuel Sportsbook for the five-game slate that starts at 9:30 am eastern time on Saturday.
|RB Leipzig -330||450||Freiburg +750|
|TSG Hoffenheim +110||250||Hertha Berlin +230|
|Fortuna Düsseldorf +115||250||Paderborn +220|
|Borussia Dortmund -200||340||Schalke +500|
|Augsburg +250||240||Wolfsburg +115|
With that, let's look at the players to target on DraftKings for the main slate:
Forwards to Target
Timo Werner ($10,500): Outside of Robert Lewandowski, no forward has scored more goals than Leipzig's Timo Werner's 21 this season. He has also chipped in with seven assists as Leipzig have been one of the more free-flowing attacking teams in Germany. They are the biggest favorites on the slate as they take on a Freiburg side who have conceded the most shots per game in the league this season, per WhoScored.com. Werner is -210 to score a goal at any time in the match, giving him an implied 67% chance of scoring. His upside makes him a great play in tournaments.
Robert Skov ($7,700): Skov is a newcomer to the Bundesliga this season, having joined Hoffenheim in the summer. He hasn't lit up the scoresheet with just three goals and four assists in 22 league appearances. He has stayed relevant in fantasy, however, averaging 5.33 crosses per 90 minutes and being Hoffenheim's main set-piece taker, according to Rotowire. The matchup suits his skill set, as Hertha Berlin have allowed 22 crosses per game, the second-most in the league. Skov offers a good floor for a reasonable price.
Krzysztof Piątek ($5,900): One of the hottest names in Italian soccer last season was Krzysztof Piątek, as he burst on the scene with Genoa and scored 19 goals in 21 games. That earned him a move to AC Milan, where he scored 11 goals in 21 games. This season he disappointed however and wound up being sold to Hertha. He played just seven games and scored two goals before the season was paused. Piątek should be starting up front for Hertha in this game against Hoffenheim, who are middle of the road in terms of goals against and allow the fourth-most shots per game. Piątek has shown goal-scoring ability in the past and is worth a punt as a cheap player who could pay off with a goal.
Midfielders to Target
Jadon Sancho ($10,800): Sancho has been one of the most impressive players in the Bundesliga this season, and he just turned 20 years old during the break. He has 14 goals and 15 assists in the league, having a direct hand in 29 of Dortmund's 68 goals. He also gets a share of corner kicks and creates over 2.6 chances per 90 minutes. Sancho has only averaged just under three crosses per 90 in the Bundesliga this season, but that number could go up with tall striker Erling Haaland as a potential target for crosses into the box. Dortmund should benefit from restarting the season with a Revierderby against hated rivals Schalke, giving them extra motivation right from the beginning. This fixture has produced two memorable, high scoring matches the last two times these teams have faced off at the Signal Iduna Park, with a combined 14 goals scored in those games. If this game follows that pattern, Sancho could definitely be one of the players who could contribute to multiple goals.
Maximilian Arnold ($8,400): Arnold is a classic accumulator that we target in cash games for DraftKings soccer. He averages 5.32 crosses per 90 and 2.55 chances created per 90. He also draws fouls, averaging 2.29 fouls drawn per 90 minutes, which are good for a point each on DK. He gets a good matchup against Augsburg, the worst possession team in the Bundesliga. They also allow the fifth most crosses per game, and Wolfsburg are the most prolific crosses playing on this slate. Arnold is one of the safest plays at the midfield position, even if he is on the expensive side.
Angeliño ($6,200): Angeliño has been a good player since joining RB Leipzig on loan from Manchester City, and has become a valuable fantasy asset as well. He has double-digit DraftKings points in all five of his Bundesliga appearances. He has gotten in on some set-pieces as well, taking 13 corners in the last four league matches. With Leipzig expected to beat Freiburg, Angeliño should be able to get some crosses in and could get an assist to one of their prolific goal scorers.
Philipp Max ($5,900): Like Angeliño, Philipp Max is actually a defender who is listed as a midfielder on DraftKings. That shouldn't stop anyone from playing him, as he averages a whopping 7.26 crosses per 90 minutes and takes nearly every set piece for FC Augsburg. Augsburg were the worst possession team in the Bundesliga under former manager Martin Schmidt, who was replaced just before the break by Heiko Herrlich. If Max was able to put up those impressive numbers with just 40% of the ball, an increase of even a few percentage points could boost him even further. At just $5,900, Max rates as one of the best plays on the entire slate with the crossing floor he brings to the table.
Defenders to Target
Christian Günter ($5,100): Günter has a tough matchup against RB Leipzig, but is one of the most consistent crossers in the league. He has the second most crosses from open play in the league and is also Freiburg's primary set-piece taker. Freiburg did start the season off surprising observers of the league but fell off as the season went on. If they can regain their early-season form, Günter would be a big part of that as he is a big part of their attack.
Bastian Oczipka ($4,800): Oczipka is another defender on an underdog team who will cross and get set-piece duty, like Günter. Oczipka and Schalke could benefit from Dortmund being without the famous yellow wall of fans at the Signal Iduna Park, so the away match won't be as intimidating as it normally is. With losing guys like Angeliño and Max to the midfield position, the defender position is a bit barren of options who have solid floors. If Schalke can compete in this match against Dortmund, Oczipka should be able to chip in with some fantasy points.
Goalkeepers to Target
Oliver Baumann ($5,200): Baumann and Hoffenheim face a Hertha Berlin team that average the fewest shots per game and have scored the fifth-fewest goals in the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim are favorites in this match so a win and clean sheet is certainly a possible outcome for Baumann.
Leopold Zingerle ($4,500): Fortuna Düsseldorf and Paderborn face off in a game both teams need to win to attempt to fight off relegation. Zingerle is the cheaper staring goalkeeper despite playing against Düsseldorf, the team that has tied for the fewest goals in the league this season. Zingerle is a value at goalkeeper with little risk of getting completely blown up against a low scoring team and rostering him should allow you to pay up at other positions.
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