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Fantasy AnalysisKalou managed just six league goals after transferring from Lille last season, but he thrived in his first full year in Germany, finishing sixth in the league in scoring. Kalou has a year remaining on his current contract and should be a go-to option for Hertha again next season.
Fantasy AnalysisCalhanoglu was deployed in a variety of positions throughout the season and recorded a career-high in assists thanks partly to his strong run in the Champions League, where he had four helpers in addition to a pair of goals in just six matches. The 22-year-old has three years left on his current contract and seems likely to remain with the club this summer despite interest from abroad.
Fantasy AnalysisThe attacker seems to be getting better with age, as he tied his personal best in goals while recording double-digit assists for the first time in his career. Raffael was one of just two players to finish with at least 10 goals and assists in the Bundesliga this year and should be an integral part of Monchengladbach's attack in 2016/17, which is the final season on his current contract.
Fantasy AnalysisGerhardt agreed to a new five-year deal that will keep him under contract through June 2021. The midfielder made 30 appearances in all competitions for FC Koln last season. In those contests, the 22-year-old logged two goals and four assists in addition to 58 tackles and 34 interceptions. It is that type of two-way play that no doubt factored into the Wolves decision to secure Gerhardt's services into the future.
Fantasy AnalysisChandler was injured in the second leg of Eintract Frankfurt's relegation playoff. On Friday, U.S. Soccer turned in a formal request with the tournament medical committee to replace the 26-year-old with fellow defender Edgar Castillo. After a difficult Bundesliga season in which Chandler was on the pitch for a meager seven outings, the oft maligned player will miss out on the opportunity to make a push for inclusion in the upcoming 2018 World Cup.
Fantasy AnalysisBrazil decided not to bring all of their attacking players to the tournament, with Neymar noticeably missing, which would have given Costa significant chances in the attack. Kaka doesn't have nearly the attacking upside as Costa, and it's unclear if he'll get enough playing to make a serious fantasy impact during the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisAlcantara staying on the pitch for a full match was a somewhat rare feat this season as he was hampered by injuries throughout the year. Despite his infrequent league appearances, the midfielder was in the starting XI for eight UCL contests in which he tallied a goal and four assists. In total, the defensively minded 25-year-old made 60 interceptions and 94 tackles to help secure the middle of the pitch. While he is not going to tally a lot of goals, Alcantara is still a solid fantasy option.
Fantasy AnalysisVolland made 31 starts in league play this year, as well as another two appearances off the bench on his way to eight goals and seven assists. The 25-year-old's commanding presence in the midfield and his ability to drive the pace of play will be sorely missed at Hoffenheim. Of note for fantasy owners, Volland will get his first taste of European competition in the UCL next season.
Fantasy AnalysisDidavi was the lone bright spot for his relegated side leading the team in goals (14) and shots (95) as well as yellow cards (8). With Stuttgart out of the Bundesliga, top clubs could try to lure the midfielder away, something fantasy owners will want to monitor once the transfer window opens up.
Fantasy AnalysisGotze sustained rib fractures in the last match of the season against Hannover 96, and was unable to compete in the DFB Pokal final due to the injury. They expect Gotze to be ready to go for Euro 2016, and him practicing is a good sign that his recovery is progressing as planned.