Passing is perhaps one of the least regarded aspects of Fantasy Football team selections and that’s because we tend to focus on the big points scorers such as players who score goals, keep clean sheets and create assists. Those players are still the most important but when it comes to filling up those last few positions on your team, passing statistics are well worth bearing in mind because those few points (or fractions of points) can mean the difference between winning and losing.
It’s also important to note that not all Fantasy Sport websites allocate points to completed passes – in fact of those we use only Mondogoal awards points for a successful completion. It’s fair to say that not many points are accrued for a completed pass – Forwards 0.03, Midfielders 0.05 – but some players make a lot of passes and when they are part of team who play possession-based football those fractions can quickly become whole numbers.
Lets look at an example from the 2015/2016 Premier League season; as of February, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has made more successfully completed passes than anyone else – 1457, more than 100 ahead of Everton’s Gareth Barry, his closest rival. Fabregas is a midfielder and therefore would have scored just under 73 points at Mondogoal if you’d picked him in every game so far, an average of about 3 points per game. Additionally that points total is before Fabregas has scored, assisted or done anything else which accrues Fantasy League points. Of course it’s unlikely that we’d want to pick Fabregas for every game for any number of reasons but the point is that passing matters.
It’s not all that easy to track down individual passing stats for players but one particularly good resource is www.squawka.com. There are many places to find Premier League possession statistics and this page is a good place to start.