Manchester City provided us with underwhelming fantasy options during the last campaign. This came somewhat surprisingly after a barnstorming 11/12 title-winning season in which we saw fantasy favorites Aguero, Silva and Kompany light up our teams. Today we face a somewhat underpriced market, and after the rise and fall of the blue side of Manchester they seem primed for investment.
This enthusiasm was capped in pre-season by the genuine uncertainty surrounding Manchester City’s attacking options. The influx of talent coming through the door – Jovetic, Negredo, Navas & even Fernandiho- raised numerous questions about who would be a lock in the line up.
After a couple of gameweeks the indications are David Silva is nailed on at the top of the midfield triangle. Having played 170 of 180 minutes and producing a goal and an assist for the first couple of games, he is the only midfielder to have attacking returns in both gameweeks. It is easy to get carried away after only two weeks of fantasy scores, however if we look a bit deeper his returns have been no coincidence.
GW 1: 4 chances created and 3 attempts on goal (1 goal)
GW 2: 2 chances created and 3 attempts on goal (1 assist)
This small sample of data does not do Silva justice though we have to consider his eye opening 63.8% rise in shots inside the box compared to last season. Furthermore he had the most passes of any player in the final third this week with a staggering 30 showing his influence in the attacking third.
Hull City (H)
Stoke City (A)
Man Utd (H)
Aston Villa (A)
A promoted team at home should provide ample grounds for Silva to continue his attacking returns. Then we are faced with an interesting conundrum the international break. In seasons past we have seen players rise 0.3 in such windows while at the same time we have seen a number of injuries to key assets. Silva is currently well underpriced compared to the competition (Santi Cazorla, Mata at 10.5). So if you can’t trade him in this week he is still going to be available rather cheaply (around 9.3-9.5) before the bandwagon really rolls into town.
Sometimes you can look into the fantasy history of a player to further establish their fantasy worth. David Silva is one such player.
Season – Mins – Goals – Assists – Starting Price –Bonus Points Total Points
12/13 2511 4 12 10.5 20 147
11/12 2801 6 17 9.5 21 184
10/11 2551 4 9 8.5 20 144
Having a look at previous season data gives us a guide to what we can expect from Silva. Last season Silva was not at his best and nor were City. With a recurring ankle injury and various shape changes Silva still finished with the 7th best assist tally.
In 11/12 he produced a rather consistent 5.9 points a game as city attacked their way to the title. Looking at the inflow of attacking talent this season a more expansive & clinical style is on the cards. This should pave the way for Silva to replicate similar returns to the 11/12 season at an excellent price of 9.2.