Soccer targets

Top-tier soccer is back! The Bundesliga has got the green light to resume its season without spectators. Five games make up DraftKings’ Saturday slate from the Bundesliga. Here is a look at studs and value options from each position.

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Key matchups this weekend in Bundesliga


Forwards

Studs

Timo Werner ($10,500) – Timo Werner has been this season’s second highest goal-scorer with 21 goals. He has been in sensational scoring form, behind Robert Lewandowski by just four goals while also adding seven assists to his tally. He has almost single-handedly carried Leipzig to third on the points table.

Others to consider: Erling Haaland ($10,200)

Values

Florian Niederlechner ($6,800) – If you’re looking for a sterling offensive option at an inexpensive price, F Niederlechner is a solid option. He has scored 11 goals along with six assists so far in the Bundesliga. That puts him sixth in the list of goal scorers this season. His team, Augsburg, is currently positioned 14th in the standings, which plays a big part in his lower price.


Midfielders

Studs

Thorgan Hazard ($8,900) – The template has been set for T Hazard by his older brother, Eden Hazard. He has displayed the same offensive class and flair that his brother has. Hazard has been primarily a contributor to his teammates’ goals, as is evidenced from his 10 assists so far. He has also managed five goals, including one in his team’s previous game prior to the postponement.

Others to consider: Christopher Nkunku ($9,700)

Values

Philipp Max ($5,900) – I like Augsburg players in this slate because of the value they bring with their lower price. Case in point is Philipp Max, who has managed seven goals and five assists in this Bundesliga season already. He has put up 15 DKFP as an average. If you’re looking for a value-for-money option, it doesn’t get much better than that.


Defenders

Studs

Lukas Piszczek ($4,700) – Lukas Piszczek hasn’t quite found his best during this season. Among the five teams in the Bundesliga, Dortmund has conceded the most goals, with 33 thus far in 25 games. Still, Dortmund is currently the second-best team in Germany, which counts for something. He has managed 6.2 DKFP, which is a bit below par but also presents an opportunity.

Others to consider: Marcel Halstenberg ($4,600)

Values

Mats Hummels ($4,000) – This is a strategic play for this slate. Two important considerations to make. One, teams are definitely going to be rusty offensively after a long, unexpected break in the middle of the season due to the coronavirus. That gives defenders a higher chance of keeping a clean sheet. Two, Dortmund is a highly-skilled team, which makes this a stacking play. Hummels, a defender that gets into the box frequently for set pieces, is extremely inexpensive at just $4,000.


Goalkeepers

Peter Gulacsi ($5,900) – Leipzig has kept four clean sheets in their past five games, including one against Bayern Munich, a task that is not easy to achieve. Leipzig has built their season around strong defensive formations. They’ve conceded just 26 goals, tied for best in the Bundesliga. At home, it wouldn’t be farfetched to say they could extend that streak here.


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.