DraftKings has a five game-slate centered around the return of the Bundesliga on Saturday, May 16th. Some players might be rusty while others are coming off injuries, but we break down what players seem like ideal picks by position. You can set your lineup here.
Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund ($10,200)
Jadon Sancho ($10,800) is the most expensive forward in the slate, but isn’t at 100 percent and might not start because of a muscle injury. Haaland has been electric in his the Bundesliga and has scored nine goals in eight appearances. It’s safe to assume that Dortmund will lean on him heavily while dealing with injuries to several regulars at different positions.
Timo Werner, RB Leipzig ($10,500)
Werner is the second priciest forward in the slate but is at 100 percent. He’s one of the Bundesliga’s most frequent scorers with 21 goals and only trails Sancho in that department. His upside is high despite having been held scoreless in a 2-1 loss the SC Freiburg earlier this year.
Julian Brandt, Borussia Dortmund ($7,400)
Brandt will get a lot more opportunities than usual against Schalke, as he’s been moved into the starting lineup because of injuries to Axel Witsel and Emre Can. He’ll be playing in the center and running from box to box. That could make him a valuable contributor on offense and defense. He can create a ton of opportunities for goals when he starts and logs heavy minutes.
Kai Proger, Paderborn ($7,500)
Proger leads his team in assists (6) and is up against Fortuna Dusseldorf, which gives up the most points to opposing midfielders per game. Progers has tallied double-digits in DKFP in nine of his last 10 games. His consistency is valuable.
Marcel Halstenberg, RB Leipzig ($4,600)
Halstenbeg has three goals and two assists to his name and is also part of one of the better defenses in the slate. He plays on the outside and is able to get forward and contribute to the attack. He’s one of the top performers when it comes to DKFP per game (10.1) but doesn’t cost top dollar.
Paulo Otavio, Wolfsburg ($5,700)
Otavio has only played in four three full games, but has tallied more than 10 fantasy points in each of those appearances. If you pay up for him, you should get a similar result. He might not be posting eye-popping numbers, but is consistently productive when playing quality minutes.
Peter Gulacsi, RB Leipzig ($5,900)
Leipzig has given up the least goals (26) in the Bundesliga this year. Only Bayern Munich can match this mark. SC Freiburg is toward the bottom in terms of scoring, and Leipzig is coming off a nice defensive stretch in which it conceded one goal in its last five games. The odds are in Gulacsi’s favor.
Philipp Max, Augsburg ($5,900)
Max is a steal at this price given his average of 15 DKFP per game. He has five goals and seven assists to his name. While he’ll face a tough opponent, he’s been able to perform at a high level against the top teams in the Bundesliga this year or more than one occasion.