Your TFL primer, part 5: Musical chairs at the big clubs
SINGAPORE — So you decide to captain Sergio Aguero in your fantasy football team because the Manchester City striker is on fire, having scored six goals in as many games, and their next match is at home against minnows Hull City.
But then Saturday comes and you discover at kick-off that the Argentinean has been benched, as the manager is saving him for the mid-week Champions League clash.
There can be nothing worse for a TODAY Fantasy League (TFL) manager. So consider a club’s reputation for squad rotation when the 2013/2014 English Premier League season kicks off next week, on Aug 17.
(In the official game, your vice-captain will get you double points if your captain doesn’t play. But you get only 11 players in the TFL and no substitutes or vice-captain options. Take note.)
Aguero was actually the worst big-budget player to have in your fantasy football team last season as he was a victim of Roberto Mancini’s squad rotation at City. He made only 30 appearances, starting only 22 and came on as a substitute in the rest.
His average playing time for each appearances was a mere 67 minutes. Aguero did score 12 goals and managed a measly two assists, but the fact that he missed eight matches altogether made him an expensive dud to have in your team, especially when you have no substitutes on standby in the TFL.
At the end of the season, Aguero’s fantasy football tally was doubled by that of Manchester United’s Robin van Persie.
Carlos Tevez fared a little better with 34 appearances (28 starts, six on as a sub), spending an average of 73 minutes on the pitch.
Edin Dzeko was another risky Man City pick, with 16 starts and 16 substitute showings for a miserable average of 60 minutes playing time per appearance.