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Nov 25, 2008

A spent force

Back in August there were plenty of star names right at the top of the fantasy hit list but not all of those have lived up to their billing and have turned out to be expensive mistakes. For some of these players injury has halted their progress. Others have suffered from a dire lack of form and left many fantasy managers heading for the transfer button. The biggest disappointment for many right now will be Fernando Torres. Dogged by injury for much of the season he's only started half of Liverpool's Premier League games though a return of five goals from seven starts is up there with the best - it's just that he's not playing enough football. Considering Torres is still the 16th best striker in the game it may be a surprise to see him listed, but with just 3.89 points per million spent and a value drop of £1.5 million since the summer he has been expensive in two ways. The problem with a player like Torres is while he is fit it is a tough call to transfer him out. Only Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz scored more points as an attacker last term and he must surely start banging in the goals again soon. No-one wants to be a manager who dumps Torres just before that happens. Arsenal midfielder Francesc Fabregas also features in the list with just one goal and two assists to his name so far this term. While his points per million rating is far from being the worst at 3.95 he has dropped down to £9 million from £7.6 million. A big fall for a top four midfielder, though he has not performed anywhere close to his performance of last year when he was fifth-best midfielder with 142 points. He's currently down in 43rd place for midfielders with only 26 points. There's no doubt that Fabregas is now a steal and with the captain's armband passed over to the Spaniard it could be that his new responsibility has the same effect as it did on Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Fellow struggling Gunner Kolo Toure makes the list. Once seen as a good value defender for a top four side, Toure has not cut it this term though like many in this list it's partly down to fitness. He's started eight Premier League games, scoring 14 points at 2.50 points per million. If Arsene Wenger does pull his side together, Toure, along with the rest of the defence, will be very good value for money. One of the worst points per million ratios for a marquee player belongs to Didier Drogba, with just six points to his name at a value of £10.3 million. That's a paltry 0.58 points per million. The Ivorian has spent much of the season on the sidelines though still fits into 5182 teams. We're not exactly sure why with Nicolas Anelka on fire. Chelsea team-mate Michael Ballack is another Chelsea player to have suffered injury ills. A popular pick after his strong end-of-season form in 2007-8, he's not been able to revive that turnover. Another big loss maker with a drop of £1.2 million, he's scored just 17 points so far. Chelsea players like Ballack and Drogba as well as other injured stars could prove to be a shrewd investment in the second half of the season once they are fully fit - and not suspended for chucking coins back into the crowd. Manchester United have three players in the list with the inclusion of Wayne Rooney something of a surprise considering his form in October, but other than that he's done little and is down in 16th in the striker's chart. At 3.95 points per million he's failed to live up to his billing though team-mate Carlos Tevez fares worse at 2.55 points per million. Tevez has struggled to get a look in at Old Trafford following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov, starting only six Premier League games and scoring just one goal. The other Red Devil to make the list is crocked midfielder Paul Scholes. Injured at the end of September, Scholes has featured in just five league games and with no goals or assists a tally of nine points at 1.45 points per million is pitiful. Scholes, now a mere £6.2 million, was the 20th best midfielder last term but now finds himself in 117th. The final two places in the top ten fall to new faces at Tottenham Hotspur though their stats would have looked far worse a few weeks ago. Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has scored three goals in the last six matches after netting just once before that. He's recovered to 2.89 points per million now and has even seen his value recover into profit as managers smell points. Luka Modric completes the list. With no goals or assists to his name and just one clean sheet point he's barely done a thing at White Hart Lane, leading to a value drop to £6.9 million. Many put their eggs in this basket after Modric's performances at Euro 2008 but in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League he's offered nothing to fantasy managers.

The expensive flops
Player Club Starts Points Price Change Points per £m
Michael Ballack Chelsea 5 17 £7.8m -£1.2m 2.18
Didier Drogba Chelsea 1 6 £10.3m -£0.7m 0.58
Francesc Fabregas Arsenal 11 30 £7.6m -£1.4m 3.95
Luka Modric Tottenham 11 23 £6.9m -£1.1m 3.33
Roman Pavyluchenko Tottenham 7 22 £7.6m +£0.1m 2.89
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 10 38 £9.6m -£0.4m 3.95
Paul Scholes Man Utd 4 9 £6.2m -£0.8m 1.45
Carlos Tevez Man Utd 6 20 £8.5m -£1.5m 2.55
Fernando Torres Liverpool 7 37 £9.5m -£1.5m 3.89
Kolo Toure Arsenal 8 14 £5.6m -£0.4m 2.50

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