DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Bundesliga Matchday 28
The Bundesliga has an "Englische woche" or English week for Matchweek 28, which just means there are games during the midweek. Tuesday's main slate on DraftKings features the three games kicking off at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Since the games are coming just three days after all these teams played their last game, keep an eye out for some squad rotation. Let's look at the odds of the three matches courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook:
|Leverkusen -140||+310||Wolfsburg +340|
|Eintracht Frankfurt +100||+270||Freiburg +250|
|Werder Bremen +360||+310||Mönchengladbach -145|
Forwards to Target
Alassane Pléa ($8,400): The forward position is somewhat thin at the top and filled with guys who we can't be sure will be in the starting XI. Alassane Pléa is one who should get the start for Mönchengladbach, and he has been fairly productive throughout the season. He has nine goals and eight assists and has at least a goal or an assist in six of his last eight matches. Now he faces Werder Bremen, who have conceded the second-most goals in the Bundesliga. Pléa averages nearly three shots per game and more than a foul drawn, according to Rotowire. This gives him a decent but unspectacular floor. That makes him enticing given the weakness of the forward position. The floor isn't really the selling point for Pléa, though -- it's the scoring upside against a team that allows loads of goals.
Vincenzo Grifo ($7,800): Grifo has been a solid contributor in the two games since the restart for Freiburg. He had an assist in the first game against RB Leipzig and had six crosses and three shots against Werder Bremen. Six crosses is what he averages on a per-90-minute basis, which gives him a reliable path to scoring fantasy points. He gets these crosses through his role on free kicks and corner kicks, where he splits duties with Christian Günter. Freiburg are going up against a struggling Frankfurt side, one that has lost five matches in a row. Grifo might not have as much goal-scoring upside as other forwards, but on a shorter slate like this one, taking the points from his peripheral stats might give you what you need.
André Silva ($6,300): Silva is a cheaper option who could bag a goal. His odds to score at any time are +115 , which are good for a forward who is priced this low. Frankfurt have not been great out of the break, but they did face two teams in the top five of the table in Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich. They also have a decent attacking record in the Bundesliga this season, scoring the seventh-most goals. In this match, they'll face Freiburg, who allow the most shots per game in the league, according to WhoScored.com. Silva himself averages over three shots per 90 minutes, so he should have his opportunities to score in this game. He makes for a good tournament play, hoping for a goal without spending much in salary.
Midfielders to Target
Filip Kostić ($10,000): If ever there was a player built for DraftKings soccer scoring, it's Filip Kostić. He is averaging a whopping 11.34 crosses per 90 minutes, including a massive 31-cross game against Union Berlin back in February. He's got 12 total crosses in Frankfurt's two losses since the restart, but those were against tough opposition as mentioned above. Freiburg allow the sixth-most crosses per game in the Bundesliga, and Kostić doesn't need a second invitation to whip the ball into the box when given the chance to do so. Playing Kostić with André Silva in tournaments is a great correlation play, hoping for a Silva goal from a Kostić assist, which would do wonders for your lineups.
Kerem Demirbay ($8,200): Demirbay has played well since the restart of the season, scoring a goal and adding two assists in two games. He also gets the majority of corner kicks and set pieces for Leverkusen, who are the biggest home favorites on the slate. He is a player who contributes in lots of different ways, averaging 2.5 chances created and over one tackle and one interception per 90 minutes. His accumulation makes him a safe play, and if he can keep up his streak of assisting on goals, he becomes a great option in the upper-middle priced midfield tier.
Milot Rashica ($6,900): Rashica had a lot of people excited coming back from the layoff. He had been linked with a transfer to Liverpool after having a good string of performances this season. Unfortunately, he has let a lot of fantasy players down in the two games back, scoring only 7.8 and 4.7 DraftKings points in the two matches. However, it might be a little too early to give up on him, and his price has fallen all the way down to $6,900. Rashica did get one of two corner kicks in the game against Freiburg, and most of his fantasy value earlier season came through his role on corners. He isn't just a set-piece taker and crosser, though, with seven goals and 62 shots in the league this season. The matchup is tough, but this is a chance to buy low on a talented player who has produced in the past. Rashica makes for a better GPP play as some scorned fantasy owners may not be willing to go back to him.
László Bénes ($4,200): Bénes isn't projected to start by Bundesliga.com, but he is someone to look out for if he sneaks his way into the lineup. He actually has the most corner crosses for Mönchengladbach this season. If he did make a start, he would be close to a must play at just $4,200. If Bénes doesn't make the lineup, some other cheap options at midfield are Daichi Kamada ($4,800) or Sebastian Rode ($4,300), as both are low-cost ways to access some set pieces for Frankfurt.
Defenders to Target
Christian Günter ($6,700): We've highlighted Günter in the previous two games, and it paid off on Saturday. Günter had 16 crosses and got a touch more than 15 DraftKings points. His price has seen a bump up to $6,700, but he is still in consideration. He now averages 8.56 crosses per 90 minutes, a rate that is hard to beat at this price for any position. Günter is one of the safest plays on the slate, and his price is lower because of the position he plays. He is one of those defenders who you can consider playing on every slate.
Stefan Lainer ($4,500): Lainer had six crosses in Mönchengladbach's game on Saturday. He has a decent crossing rate this season for a defender, averaging 3.76 per 90 minutes. He could see that rate rise against Werder Bremen, the team that allow the most crosses per game in the league. He would also get the bonus three points if Mönchengladbach were able to keep a clean sheet, and they should have a decent chance to do so against the team that has scored the fewest goals in the Bundesliga.
Goalkeepers to Target
Yann Sommer ($5,400): Sommer has long been recognized as one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga. His Mönchengladbach are the biggest favorite on this slate, squaring off against relegation threatened Werder Bremen. Werder have scored just 29 goals in 26 matches. Gladbach have the best clean-sheet odds on the slate, and Sommer is still priced below Lukáš Hrádecký of Leverkusen.
Alexander Schwolow ($4,400): Schwolow is a decent option as a cheap goalkeeper. He's facing Frankfurt, who have lost five games in a row. Freiburg are away to Frankfurt, but home teams have won just three of the 18 games played since the league restarted, so it is looking like the loss of fans in the stands is negatively impacting home-field advantage. Schwolow has been in good form this season, conceding just 22 goals in 18 games. If you want to pay down at keeper to pay up elsewhere, Schwolow might be the way to go.
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