Soccer targets

Monday’s Showdown soccer game from the Bundesliga sees fifth-placed Bayern Leverkusen on the road to struggling Werder Bremen. Below we take a look at some stacking and offensive strategies.

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Captain

Karim Bellarabi ($16,500)
Bellarabi may not have the most goals in the Bundesliga, but he is the playmaker for Leverkusen. It’s not always about the final or penultimate touch before a goal, but often about the right pass to make those possibilities happen. Bellarabi is that player for Leverkusen. He also has four goals along with four assists during this season.

Others to consider: Kai Havertz ($14,700)


High-priced flex options

Kai Havertz ($9,800)
Another proficient attacking-minded player on this Leverkusen team is Kai Havertz. He is usually pulled off toward the closing stages of games, but he does plenty of damage during the time he is on the pitch. He has scored six goals this far and has also contributed with five assists. He has also averaged 11.2 DKFP.

Milot Rashica ($9,200)
Rashica has led the offensive charts for Werder Bremen this season. The fact they are languishing at 17th on the points table can be attributed majorly to their inefficient defense but their attacking lineup isn’t too bad, particularly due to Rashica’s class in front of goal. He has scored seven goals already this season and has averaged 16 DKFP per game, the highest for any player in this game.

Moussa Diaby ($10,400)
Diaby has brought his soccer acumen to Leverkusen from France. Unlike some of his colleague’s offensive sprints, Diaby fits in nicely on the left flank behind the forward, putting himself into advantageous positions in the box. Right place, right time is not a lucky occurrence, it’s a skill. Diaby is a fair example of that and he has scored four goals this season.

Others to consider: Leonardo Bittencourt ($7,800).


Value flex options

Paulinho ($8,600)
Paulinho will be full of confidence going into the second part of this season. With Volland out, he will be needed to step up and fill the striker role. He did so with aplomb in Leverkusen’s previous Bundesliga game, chipping in with a brace in a 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. A forward for $8,600 is a fantastic price.

Lars Bender ($7,400)
The last player that has to make your roster is an attacking defender from the stronger team. Bender has already scored a couple of goals this season and provides Leverkusen with plenty of control from center-back. Against a rusty Bremen offense, I’d be surprised if fifth-placed Leverkusen doesn’t keep a clean sheet.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lars Bender will not be available to play, per Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz.

Others to consider: Lukas Hradecky ($7,200).

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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.