So which Bundesliga player has the most points in the league’s official Fantasy League game? Well there are three players who are top with 34 points each: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski and Mathew Leckie.
Yep that’s right, Mathew Leckie: Once of FSV Frankfurt and Ingolstadt. Now of Hertha BSC.
When the Australian forward made the move to Berlin, last summer, the news was met with a somewhat dismissive whatever, assuming it was met with any reaction at all. No doubt there were a few wags on Twitter who posted that gif of Alan Partridge. You know the one with him giving that disdainful shrug that we all use when we react to something we don’t give a shit about.
But eight games into the Bundesliga season and Leckie is becoming a full on Fantasy Football star.
A quick primer on Fantasy League points scoring: Among other actions, points are assigned to players when they score goals, assist, shots on goals, provide a pass to a shot on goal, duels won, goal attempts and minutes played. That’s not all but you get the picture.
Leckie is a winger and despite having many characteristics of a forward, he is classed as a midfielder in Fantasy Bundesliga. As such, he wins more points for goals scored than a striker does. As we know the Australian international burst out of the goal-scoring blocks on the first game of the season by scoring a brace against Stuttgart. Those two goals won him eight points plus an extra for scoring two in a game and one more for scoring the winning goal. All told Leckie yielded 20 points in that game alone.
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) September 21, 2017
Since then his scoring is still very impressive. With 74 points has Leckie gleaned the joint highest total so far this season. Also, with 10 points, his average points per game is also the joint highest in the Bundesliga. That being said, seven games is a pretty small sample and Leckie cannot necessarily be relied upon to score as regularly throughout the campaign.
However, while his goals against Stuttgart, Werder and Bayer Leverkusen have boosted his points, his real consistency comes from his duels won in which he averages 5.14 points per game. Leckie has more points per game on duels won alone than a whole host of other Bundesliga players. Indeed, such players as Julian Brandt, Gonzalo Castro, Maxi Arnold and Mahmoud Dahoud have failed to score more points in total than Leckie has just by that single attribute. Moreover, so far Leckie has played the full 90 minutes in al but one match so the two points per game he gets for staying on the pitch contributes nicely to his tally.
Even if you removed the 19 points he accumulated for his goals this season, Leckie would have an Average Points of between 7 and 8 per week. That would still place him among the higher scoring players in Bundesliga. So even if his goal scoring drops off as the season goes on, his combative playing style and endurance should still garner points. For the relatively modest price of 12.4m Mathew Leckie would make a sound acquisition for any Fantasy Manager. Especially when you consider that only 5% of Fantasy Football players have them in his team. That is at least, for now.