The end of a Fantasy League Legend

By: Matt Sims 24th January 2019


The January transfer window has seen the departure of two Fantasy League legends, namely Jermain Defoe and Cesc Fabregas, with any future return to the English top-flight seeming unlikely.



Both were the all-time top points scoring players in their respective positions who were still active in the Premier League before Defoe left Bournemouth to join Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on loan and Fabregas teamed up with former team-mate Thierry Henry at Monaco.

Both have been restricted to the odd substitute appearance for their respective Premier League sides so far this season, prompting moves elsewhere in search for regular first-team football.

Cesc Fabregas

Francesc Fabregas was 16 years old when he was snapped up by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, having played for several successful seasons in Barcelona's youth team structure.

Although he did not make a single Premier League start during his first season, he did feature in several League Cup ties and became Arsenal's youngest ever first-team player and scorer in the process.

However, he was more prominent the subsequent season - scoring twice and assisting five for 15 points in 25 games.

His Fantasy League worth then escalated with 19 points in 2005/6, followed by 34 in 2006/7.

The upward trend continued with an impressive 57 points the following season, consisting of seven goals and 18 assists.

Despite only accumulating 29 points in 2008/9, his best season haul came in 2009/10 - 75 points made up of 15 goals (having become the club captain and regular penalty taker) and 15 assists.

After being touted for a return to Barcelona for several seasons, his final year at Arsenal produced a steady but unspectacular 35 points, eventually signing for the Spanish giants in the summer of 2011.

Fabregas played at the Nou Camp for three largely successful seasons before returning to England to join Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

His creativity ensured 19 assists in his first season at Stamford Bridge and points tallies of 47, 29, 43 and 14 respectively increased his all-time points total to 398 - the sixth highest amongst all midfielders (behind Frank Lampard, Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard, Matt Le Tissier and Paul Scholes - all of which played continuously in the Premier League during their best footballing years).

In January 2018, Fabregas teamed up with former team-mate Thierry Henry at Monaco, having started just one Premier League game during the 2018/19 campaign.

Cesc Fabregas' Fantasy League career in numbers:

Season Club(s) Played Goals Assists Points
2004/05Arsenal252516
2005/06Arsenal293519
2006/07Arsenal3621434
2007/08Arsenal3271857
2008/09Arsenal2231029
2009/10Arsenal24151575
2010/11Arsenal2031335
2014/15Chelsea3231947
2015/16Chelsea335729
2016/17Chelsea1351443
2017/18Chelsea262414
2018/19Chelsea1000
Total29350124398

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