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Another double-century for Aguero as he makes team of the season

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) partners Raúl Jiménez (£6.9m) up front to complete our Team of the Season for 2018/19.

The Argentinian went past 200 FPL points for the third time in his Premier League career this year.

His 21 goals led City to back-to-back titles and brought joy to many Fantasy managers along the way.

Aguero came second in our forwards poll achieving 28.65% of all votes cast, fending off the challenge of the chasing pack.

Player Number of votes Share of vote
Raúl Jiménez 1,216 36.21%
Sergio Aguero 962 28.65%
Callum Wilson 577 17.18%
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 367 10.93%
Jamie Vardy 189 5.63%
Alexandre Lacazette 47 1.4%

THE STATISTICS

Aguero did not finish top of the forwards‘ points chart but still had a very good season

A total points tally of 201 saw Aguero finish as the second highest scoring forward behind Arsenal’s PierreEmerick Aubameyang (£10.8m), who managed 205 in his first full season in the Premier League.

His colleague Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) outscored him for the second consecutive season too but both had superb campaigns.

The double-up was a popular strategy used by many managers. One area in which Aguero did get the better of Sterling was bonus points, racking up 26 to Sterling’s 25.

The forward’s 21 goals left him just one shy in the race for the Golden Boot but he chipped in with his fair share of assists (11).

When you factor in that he missed five matches in 2018/19, you can’t ask for much more than 32 attacking returns from 33 appearances from any player.

Furthermore, Aguero recorded a better points-per-match figure than any other forward (6.1).

Crucially, he has now scored 20 or more goals in each of the last five seasons. The term ‘FPL legend’ gets mentioned too often but Aguero certainly is undeniably one of them.

Shots in the box is a key metric fantasy managers look to when assessing forwards. Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.3m) registered the most in the league (96) with Aguero ranked second with 92.

He had a chance every 21 minutes on average over the course of the campaign, more often than any other forward who started regularly.

In terms of expected goal involvement (xGI), Aguero’s 22.43 was bettered only by Aubameyang (26.65) among forwards.

SEASON RECAP

Aguero’s Gameweek 2 hat-trick was a landmark moment in the 2018/19 season

Aguero blanked in Gameweek 1 away at Arsenal which set the tone for the campaign, as he went on to score just six goals away from home.

However, the Etihad Stadium continued to be a happy hunting ground for the forward, as we found out in Gameweek 2.

It was a match that continues to be remembered controversially as a certain journalist from the Guardian suggested that Aguero was going to be benched in favour of Gabriel Jesus for the home game against Huddersfield.

We all know what happened next, a start for Aguero, three goals, an assist and three bonus points for his best Gameweek score of the entire season (20). Nine months on, some of us are still seething having taken the armband off him at the last minute.

Even after the 20-point haul, Aguero was incredibly consistent at home. He blanked in just one of the games he started in front of his home fans, his last one in Gameweek 37 against Leicester. In fact, he was a banker for the armband when playing at home regardless of the opponent.

An injury forced Aguero to sit out Gameweeks 14 through to 17 but he picked up from where he left off when he returned to action.

His most devastating spell came in Double Gameweek 25 and Gameweek 26 when he scored hat tricks at home to Arsenal and Chelsea. A hat trick of hat tricks for the season.

Somewhat surprisingly, he recorded just five double-digit hauls but when he did produce them, they were big.

Double Gameweek 32 was a frustrating one for Aguero captainers when he went off injured before sixty minutes against Fulham in the first game (after scoring and assisting), then missed the home tie against Cardiff.

He finished the season strongly scoring rare away goals against Burnley in Gameweek 36 and Brighton on the final day to seal the title.

OWNERSHIP

Aguero was once again very popular in FPL this season

During pre-season, Aguero was perhaps a little overlooked, as England’s World Cup stars largely dominated the ownership.

However, a brace in a 2-0 Community Shield win over Chelsea a week before Gameweek 1 saw a host of managers ripping up their latest draft to fit the £11.0m man into their plans. He went into the opening weekend highly owned in 1,452,447 teams.

Following the hat-trick against Huddersfield, his ownership had more than doubled to 3,007,762 by Gameweek 7 and his price jumped £0.4m to £11.4m.

His ownership reached its peak in Gameweek 13 (3,191,635) after he returned 13 points against Southampton and Gameweek 11 and scored in the Manchester derby in Gameweek 12. It was unlucky for some number 13 though as he blanked against West Ham and then missed the next four matches through injury.

By the time Gameweek 21 came around, the City forward’s backers had dropped to 1,314,797, the lowest it would be all season. His price and ownership rose steadily thereafter with his consistent returns, reaching £12.0m and 2.7m respectively by Gameweek 38.

THE PROSPECTS

Fantasy managers may want to continue to track Jesus’ role at Man City before signing Aguero next season

Will Jesus get more game time in 2019/20 at Aguero’s expense? That is probably still the key question assessing the future of Manchester City’s attack.

Aguero turns 31 this weekend but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. A player of Jesus’ talent isn’t going to be content warming the bench for another season, he will be pushing Aguero for starts next season.

If Aguero continues in the same vein as he did this season though, he will remain one of the first names on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet next season. Jesus may have to bide his time a little bit longer or maybe even look elsewhere if he’s not willing to be patient.

It will be interesting to see what FPL towers do regarding Aguero’s price for next season. A rise is likely after the season he had but by how much? Perhaps £12.0m seems the most likely price for him.

City will be the favourites to win the league again next year and after they scored 95 goals this season, it makes sense to include their striker in our Fantasy teams. Pre-season may give us a clue as to how much game time Jesus is going to get next season.

If Aguero starts in the Community Shield and performs well, he will again be a popular pick in Gameweek 1 teams.

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55 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I can't wait anymore

    Give us FPL 🙂

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      35 more sleeps............

      1. Make America Greta Again
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Wouldn't mind 35 more sleeps with the streaker from the other night!

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I tried and it wasn't very good.

  2. Make America Greta Again
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Virgil should be in the fpl team ahead of Jimi as got 20 more points. Wonder will we get a dgw due to Liv playing Super cup in Dec?

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Super Cup is in August v Chelsea. You mean the World Club Championship?

    2. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Don’t mind Jimi or Fraser being in as need value in FWD and MID brackets.

      VVD should be in over Doherty though. Not enough saved for the points difference. Drop Kun for VVD for me. He wasn’t even the top scoring premium FWD.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I still can’t get over the fact that Doherty scored a grand total of 66 points in TWENTY FIVE consecutive GW’s from GW9-GW34

        My (not so) bold prediction for FPL 2019/20 is that he’ll be one of the most hated players in the game when people pick him for 5.5m & he just delivers blank after blank after blank followed by two or three random 15 pointers after he’s been sold

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Spot on, if they don't improve defensively hes not worth it. Especially if he worths more than 5.0

  3. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Excellent century from Joe Root. Every good team needs a technical player like Root in their ODI side. NZ have Williamson, Aus have Smith, Pak have Babar and India have Kohli.

  4. umerlfc
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    GAME ON.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Going to come down to whether Wahab Riaz can bowl properly or whether he loses discipline.

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Wahab on a hat-trick when he comes back to bowl the last over.

        1. umerlfc
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Match winning spell towards the end

  5. Michael Gary Scott
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Other than form over fixtures and limitation of hits - what did you learn this season? And how will you have a go at the upcoming season?

    1. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Limiting hits will be my main aim for next season. And not making transfers too early in the week. Got caught once or twice last season!!!

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I learnt that luck does run out eventually.

    3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Mine is always stick to a plan, have patience and trust my own judgement rather play safe and go with the crowd on certain occasions!!

  6. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Well played Pakistan. Batted very well and posted a competitive target, which was well backed up by the bowling.

    Ill-disciplined bowling and poor fielding cost England today.

    1. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      England need to start batting first and using scoreboard pressure as a factor.

  7. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Great comeback by Pak to defeat Cup favourites 😀 didn’t have any players in this game but still enjoyed it...

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yeah well played Pakistan. Had Root VC and Butler in my super 4s so even better

    2. umerlfc
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes we finally ended our losing streak. What a game.

  8. Bouncebackability
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Double gameweeks galore next season then.. At least 5 I’d say.. and maybe early ones too.

    European Super Cup and now Club World Cup confirmed.

    1. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Super Cup is on a Wednesday (Aug 14th) so won't affect fixtures

      1. Bouncebackability
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I stand corrected. One fewer double there then. Usually a Friday night I thought.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Cheers, guess they were drunk.

  9. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    That thot Kinsey Wolanski got the max BAPS in the CL final, unsurprisingly.

  10. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Why do my posts get deleted and yet we get pages of cricket?

    Need a hot topic to take this nonsense elsewhere.

  11. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Now who else is enjoying the return of the Trump baby?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Menu for the State Banquet:

      Starter: Steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce.
      Main: Saddle of new season Windsor lamb, with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and port sauce.
      Dessert: Strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream.
      This is followed by a selection of assorted fresh fruits, coffee and petit fours.

      1. jbenny1107
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No McDonalds? That's Trumps favorite.

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        There is a huge leadership vacuum in the world. Merkel, Macron very weak. England has none. USA..........

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          England?
          How does this work then, remind me.

          1. Diva
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            He’s right that England has none - it doesn’t exist as a political entity! 😉

  12. ritzyd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48504200

    Liverpool to play club world cup in December. Should make December a bit more interesting then along with the usual rotation!

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Wow travel to Qatar in December... clever.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      That may mean double weeks for them as could not play 2 games in December and all PL games at that time of year. Or if they did they can probably forget PL title.

  13. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    This place is better than BBC news during the off-season

    Pakistan won
    Trump visiting UK
    Love island thankfully ignored

    That’s basically today summed up.

    Now roll on the nations league and it’s coming home

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Agree - lets get back on topic

  14. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Brawl in cell block 99 on Netflix.

    Wow. Just wow. What a film.

    The Director S. Craig Zahler really is one to watch.

  15. ringwraith
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I love Jimenez but, there is no plausible reason he or Wilson should be ahead of Aubameyang.

    1. Diva
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Really?! I was a little surprised he made it on to the poll given how uncertain his game time was in the last third of the season.

      1. Klein
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Was similar for kun (sub 60) and auba on different periods of season too. Value wise jiminez was huge.

        1. Diva
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Aguero started every game when fully fit and he was only subbed twice before the 60th minute when he started... and even then he still brought home some decent attacking returns before walking off:
          GW5, when City were already 3-0 up and Aguero had 2 assists in the bag, and
          GW32, when City were 2-0 up and Aguero had nabbed a goal and an assist.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Strangely enough, over 50 of Aguero’s 200 points came in just 3 games this year - he was very explosive

            His away form was noticeably poor in comparison to his capabilities and his price tag though

            1. Diva
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Consistent form, whether it be home, away or both, is gold when considering who to make your captain each week.

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I think that was part of Kun’s problem this year - in the 35 GW’s outside of the Arsenal/Chelsea/Huddersfield hattricks he delivered 150 points... you had to be very accurate with picking & choosing your captaincy games with him

                That said, he did have a decent season and should avoid a price hike next year due to his poor away form combined with his low points total (200 points is reasonable for a player of his ability, but nothing to write him about in the grand scheme of things for an 11.0 - 12.0m forward on penalties playing in the most prolific attack England has ever seen)

    2. ringwraith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      The bottom line is he was the highest scoring forward in FPL. With Aguero and Jimenez close to him in most categories. Wilson a bit farther behind overall. Aubameyang should be in the top three at worst. If you captained him every match you'd have ended up with more points then the other finalists for forward. He was also 2nd in minutes played for the finalists. Second for PPG, 1st in goals and Bonus points.

  16. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande have made an £80 million bid to sign Arsenal striker Aubameyang, they have offered him £325,000 per week after tax.

    Should Arsenal do a "Countinho"?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes.

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      He is 30 now so £80m is a good deal. Sell him and invest the money in a CM and a ball-playing CB. Then they can play:

      Leno
      Holding ????? Sokratis
      Bellerin Torreira ????? Guendouzi Kolasinac
      Ozil
      Lacazette