Statisticians play a key role in signing new recruits these days and npower Championship managers will use their Data Analyst's numbers to convince Mr Chairman that opening his chequebook is a good idea.
Phones 4u Fantasy Football managers are no different and they'll also be studying their transfer targets' credentials before signing off on any deals.
Watford's Matej Vydra has clearly caught the eye and Phones 4u Fantasy Football supremos have been quick to bring the in-form forward into their teams.
He's been the most popular selection in the past week, making his presence felt in 13% of incoming transfers, and it's not hard to see why.
The 20-year-old Czech Republic international has been racking up the fantasy football points recently, plundering 26 of them from his last five games.
That run includes four braces to make a tally of eight goals and equates to a monstrous 5.2 points per game.
Just imagine how many points your Phones 4u Fantasy Football team would be on now if you named Vydra as your captain for that run of performances!
The prolific hit-man, on-loan at the Hornets from Italian giants Udinese, has rocketed to 60 points and is now the third top scorer in the game.
His low price - he only costs £800k to snap up - makes him the second best value player in Phones 4u Fantasy Football, too.
A return of 75 points per million is not to be sniffed at, so a well-timed capture won't break the bank.
Watford have scored a league high 53 goals this season and their star man Vydra has played a part in 42% of them thanks to his haul of 16 goals and six assists.
The goals, and fantasy football points, should keep rolling in as well because Gianfranco Zola's charges have recorded four wins from their last five matches.
The top three teams in the game, managed by Tom Slocombe, Duncan Beckwith and Millwall fan Ian Wilson, have already identified Vydra as the man to watch, and some leading lights have been pushed to one side.
Burnley's Charlie Austin, Luciano Becchio of Leeds United and Crystal Palace target man Glenn Murray have been cut loose more than anyone else in the past seven days, as Phones 4u Fantasy Football pin their hopes on Vydra.
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