When it comes to Fantasy Premier League, points win prizes. If you want to win pride (and possibly avoid an embarrassing forfeit from your mates), you need to understand how to collect those all-important points. Better yet, you need to collect bonus points so that you can win even on the fine margins.
Collecting bonus points is not an exact science. After all, football is an unpredictable sport. However, you can attempt to strategise and win those coveted points by understanding the system. Here's everything you need to know about scoring bonus points in the Fantasy Premier League.
In each gameweek, FPL managers collect points in Fantasy Premier League according to what their chosen players do on the pitch. You get a set number of points for goals, assists, clean sheets, and so on.
However, the best players on the pitch are also awarded bonus points. Up to three points are added to their tally, depending on how they played.
Three players from each match receive bonus points. So, if you have one of the best three players in your team, you're in luck.
You get bonus points by selecting players who are likely to perform well on the pitch. It's not always the highest-scoring player or the man of the match, though these are likely candidates for those coveted extra points.
It's tricky to pick the right players for your FPL team because you never know who will put in a star performance on the day. However, some players are more likely to get one of the top three performance scores.
Fantasy Premier League awards bonus points based on something called the FPL bonus points system, which scores players across a number of metrics. You probably won't want to do the maths yourself because it can get complicated; however, it's worth understanding how the system works.
The FPL bonus points system (BPS) awards players points based on statistics supplied by Opta. Therefore, it's a carefully calculated system. In any given match, three players win bonus points in fantasy football:
Bonus points work by assessing a range of stats to produce a performance score, some of which accrue points and some of which earn minus points. Here's what the players are assessed on:
Playing 1-60 minutes
Playing over 60 minutes
Goalkeepers and defenders scoring a goal
Midfielders scoring a goal
Forwards scoring a goal
Goalkeepers and defenders keeping a clean sheet
Saving a penalty
Successful open-play cross
Creating a big chance (where the receiving player should score)
Every 2 clearances, blocks, and interceptions (total)
Every 3 recoveries
Successful tackles (net)
Scoring the goal that wins the match
70-79% pass completion (at least 30 passes attempted)
80-89% pass completion (at least 30 passes attempted)
90%+ pass completion (at least 30 passes attempted)
Conceding a penalty
Missing a penalty
Missing a big chance
Making an error which leads to a goal
Making an error which leads to an attempt on goal
Conceding a foul
Being caught offside
Shot off target
Notably, net successful tackles refer to the total of all successful tackles minus the unsuccessful tackles.
The bonus points system is calculated and finalised up to an hour after the final whistle of the last match on a given day. So, be patient and wait for those bonus points to roll in.
If a few players get the same amount of bonus points, the Premier League breaks it down as follows:
In Fantasy Premier League, your captain gets double points, so what happens when they get bonus points?
They're doubled! So, if a player gets one bonus point according to the bonus points system, you get two points if that player is your captain.
If you have used your triple captain chip, it's even better, with triple the points to go around.
You can get more points by selecting the best players for the job. Try to pick players who are highly likely to be playing over 60 minutes and those who can rack up a great score in the bonus points system.
It's not enough to pick someone who will make a goal attempt and miss (Darwin Nuñez, we're looking at you); you need them to score. Try to pick a likely goal scorer or someone who will put in a stunning successful open-play cross like it's nothing.
Last season, Harry Kane collected the most bonus points, with 48 in total. Of course, he's no longer in the Premier League. However, runner-up Erling Haaland, with an impressive 40 points, is still available to rack up those points for your FPL team.
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