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Moneyball – Esteban Granero

Filed under: Members - Posted by: Chris Glover

This is very likely the first and last time a former Real Madrid player graces the pages of the Moneyball series. Esteban Granero made an astonishing 31 appearances in the league in 2009-10 for Los Blancos, more than Guti, Rafael van der Vaart, Kaka and even Cristiano Ronaldo. The arrivals of Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil pushed Granero out of favour in future years, though he still managed to finish his time in Madrid with almost 100 appearances in three seasons before making his way to Loftus Road this season.

Despite that pedigree, his arrival in England barely registered on the transfer radar and he’s hardly captured the collective eye of Fantasy managers – Granero has just a 0.5% ownership in the Fantasy Premier League game, which has risen by just 10,000 or so transfers all year. Given that this is a Moneyball piece, though, we’re not going to settle on a player based on his CV: it’s when we delve into his statistics so far this term that Granero really catches the eye.

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“Creator of the plfantasy blog, providing a stats focused approach to fantasy football. Exiled to Canada but still prefer my sports played on grass rather than ice.”

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  1. Anyone else see Sunderland doing a job on Fulham?

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    1. nope

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      1. Wouldn't put money on it

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    2. I think there is a chance. When I look at the Fulham team i keep wondering how they are scoring so many. Their midfield is fairly average.

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    3. I feel they might salvage a draw!
      Especially if Berba's a bit off his game, FUL may struggle.

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    4. Maybe the type of job where you get paid to be beaten to a pulp and say thank you.

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      1. So MON has been speaking the Flintoff then?

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      2. We talking about Rihanna again?

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        1. ooooohh, dark!

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    5. Hoping they don't so the casual has no reason to bring any of their players in

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    6. This isn't about a 'job' on someone. What do you think the score will be and who do you think will be in the goals?

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      1. Sorry Bill.....

        0-1, Sess

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        1. 0-1 Adam Johnson ;)

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  2. which 3 from 6?? rafael, ivanovich, baines, taylor, hanglaand, morrison

    currently have rafael, ivanovich and baines but they are playing away whilst the other 3 are playing at home!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Play Baines, Ivanovic and Hangeland

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      1. hmm was thinking that, rafeal is good for goals and assists though..

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    2. Those three have a much greater chance of attacking points though. I think it's worth it unless you need that money elsewhere. That is a lot in defense...

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      1. I will never give you advice again after seeing your rank :P

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        1. haha cheers, yeah i really need to get 2 cheapies in defence

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    3. Raf, Ivanovich, Baines.

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    4. tricky, as a Morrison owner id say squeeze him in but i may be biased first 3 seems the obv choice

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      1. cheers, yeah thats my thinking to, worried morrision will do damage

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    5. I'd leave out Ivan if any. As a Chelsea fan I'm expecting us to lose to WBA. They play like Mourinho's Chelsea and Mourinho's Chelsea > new Chelsea. But obviously he could still pick up attacking points.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. its his attacking potential that i have him in he has 3 league goals and a few assists..
        hard to call the game tomorrow, west brom are flying

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  3. Granville, are you captaining RvP as well?

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    1. B!

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    2. B all damn day!

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    3. Who is that hooker in the first gif?

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      1. Rihanna. I was just proving Martinunreal wrong that Jenna >>>>>>>> Rihanna :D

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          1. Sorry i was too slow to correct myself. I apologise, not sure why i said your name :D

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
            1. Because I remind you of a troll :(

              I'll be in my room if you need me

              • 2 years, 8 days ago
              1. Don't be in a girl. Here's the apology polar bear:
                http://i.imgur.com/pj9fu.gif

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                1. *a girl, not in a girl :lol:

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                  1. I'm in a girl right now...

                    Her name is Jenna

                    8O

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        1. *Ping Pong

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    4. Jenna - and it's not even close.

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  4. Agger fit?

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    1. Quite sexy tattoos, I guess

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      1. Not a fan, myself.

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    2. He's the stained glass window of football - made of ink and glass.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. That's really very good

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    3. I do like a bit of danish......

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    4. damn u guys! :lol:

      will he be in the starting XI for the Liverpool football match this weekend? ;)

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  5. Hey guys what do you think of this team

    Jussi

    Rafael , Hange , McCartney

    Mata , Michu , Fellaini (VC), Santi

    RVP (C) , Ba , Jelavic

    bench: Bego Maloney Clyne Ridgewell

    Cant really decide on what im going to do over the coming weeks so advice would be appreciated!

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    1. decent side, maybe some city coverage? jelly could be changed with fell as eve coverage.

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      1. Santi for Silva (on the City coverage, I did that this week)
        For the following weeks I would try to get Hangs > Cuellar, think about Mignolet... something on the Sunderland direction.

        IMO Jelavic > Giroud considering that you have Fellaini but everyone hates Giroud's idea so don't follow that if you don't believe in magic...

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  6. After such a good showing last week, any chances of Aguero starting this weekend??
    Ta. :

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    1. 60% imo

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    2. I imagine they'll hold him for champions league considering he travelled with argentina this week

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      1. If thats the case, you think I should sell him for Suarez???

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  7. Hmm, trying to decide whether Hazard to Silva is worth a hit. Never enjoyed having Hazard, purely got him defensively. Would be much happier with Silva in the side, not sure if its worth a -4 though.

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    1. Not for a hit.

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      1. what he said

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      2. agreed

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      3. Probably my thoughts. It's coming though. Soon Senor Silva, soon you will be mine.

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  8. Thoughts on my 4point hit please..

    Hazard and Tevez OUT
    Silva and Suarez IN

    Is this logical or too big a risk?

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    1. hell no

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      1. already have mata..

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    2. It's dodgy. I'd maybe leave Tevez in.

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    3. Hazard to Silva is fine, but i don't particularly like Tevez->Suarez at this time. I might be wrong though.

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    4. I like your choices. Don't think its worth 4 points though.

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    5. id just do one if i had to, prob keep Tev this week

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    6. Planning the same next week for a 4 pointer, or week after for free but only have 0.3m lee-way... :)

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    7. I have to say I like it...

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  9. Play Shawcross (WHM) or McAuley (CHE) for this gameweek?

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      1. thanks :)

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  10. Surprising: Wigan are unbeaten against Liverpool in their last five matches. Hope they do similar again - a bit nervous with everyone bringing Suarez in...

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    1. Have you seen Wigan's away form and Liverpool's home form? Could be worth a punt on a draw or Wigan win IMO (and I'm a Liverpool supporter).

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    2. I'm nervous for them ;-)

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  11. Foster/Begovic
    Mcauley/Wilkinson/Baines/Turner/Gorks
    Bala/Cazorla/Michu/Pienar/Guthrie
    Suarez/RVP/Berb

    A: Mcauley --> Jones
    B: Mcauley --> Cueller
    C: Mcauley --> Cameron (double up on stoke def)
    D: Do nothing and pray for a cleanie vs chelsea

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    1. e, play gorkss

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      1. and wilko

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  12. Thoughts on my team this week? ok to save my transfer?

    Begovic

    Ivanovic/Nelson/Demel

    Yaya/Bale/Mata/Fellaini

    Rvp(c)/Ba/Berbatov(vc)

    Mccarthy Sterling Ridgewell Cuellar

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  13. Discoveries of the week: Karl Pilkington is the funniest man alive. Action Bronson is the best hip hop artists of the recent years, at least that I have heard of.

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    1. You're a good man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2AHvZWojSc is the best video maybe ever.

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      1. The videos are awesome, the first I saw was Brunch, I was in love :D

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    2. Karl Pilkington - unique but good. Action Bronson - fairly derivative but also good.

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    3. Kno

      Heard any Kendrick Lamar? If not check him out, that boy is good

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  14. For those who were discussing Sunderland options earlier....

    http://members.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/my-stats-tables/view/1233/

    Particularly that guy who reckoned Larsson is more defensive than Johnson ;)

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    1. Lovely start to the season, Jonny!

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      1. I don't like it, too much pressure! At the start of the season my target was to beat my best previous rank and finish top 5k... Now if I end up outside of the top 500 I'll be gutted!

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    2. Larsson looks a sure bet for my transfer next week

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      1. Yeah I fancy that too, not sure how I'll work it exactly though...

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    3. Kudos for the name :D

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      1. Punderland ;)

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        1. Adam Johnson always ;)

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  15. To Play:

    Shawcross WHU (A) or Demel STK (H)

    (Begovic in goal)

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    1. Demel, spread the risk

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      1. and hope he doesn't come off after 20 mins

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    2. Demel may not start. Shawcross for me

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  16. Bale, Santi, or Jelavic for the armband? I'm leaning Jela, as the other 2 have been inconsistent as of late...

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    1. Jelavic s your best bet.

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      1. thats what i figured.

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    2. What has happened to your team since last week to make those 3 your options?

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  17. Move over to the new post.

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    1. *article

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  18. evening zoneers

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  19. Which 3 out of these 5. Baines ,mc cauley, hughes ,S taylor and mc cartney.suggestions please

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  20. Is it worth doubling up on Everton mid's for this week only ?

    I can either do:

    1. Pienaar >Fellaini ( but that leaves me with only 0.1 in the bank) This way I have both Michu and Fellaini and if both get yellows this week, i would have to transfer one of them out ( defense is not good enough to play 4 in the back)
    2. Michu > Fellaini and have both Pienaar and Fellaini for 2 weeks ( playing RDG and NOR)

    3. Save a sub and hope for Pienaar to outscore Fellaini

    Not sure what to do...

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    1. All good alternatives imo. You just have to make your mind up.

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  21. Snodgrass has registered 11 goal attempts his last 6 matches. None of these have hit the target. And I thought Taarabt was appalling!

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  22. I NEED YOUR VOTE!

    Option 1: Cazorla -> Silva
    + Silva is finding form
    + Nice Differential
    + Caz is off the boil and travelled this week
    - Caz has good fixtures in two games until New Year

    Option 2: Bale -> Silva
    + Silva is finding form
    + Nice Differential
    + Bale is off the boil
    - Bale has two home games to come and is the most explosive MF big hitter

    3: Do Nothing

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    1. You got my vote!

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    2. I dont see Cazorla in your team. I would incline towards 3. I think both bale and cazorla will get points this week, plus you have Tevez to convert Silva's assists :)

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  23. ab9

    what does it say in the article?? granero worth it??

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    1. It tells you that if you pay the membership fee you will know if he is "worth it".

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  24. begovic

    baines, hughes, cuellar

    bale, santi, mata, pienaar

    rvp, ba, lambert

    (sterling, gorkss, demel)

    stay put? if so, right order?
    santi->silva?
    santi->valencia, free up cash for next week?
    other ideas?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  25. Begovic or jaaskelainen in goal?(both against each other)

    RVP or Suarez captain?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago

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