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What Are Bonus Points In FPL?

Fantasy Premier League has a very specific way of giving points. The system is undoubtedly confusing, and few managers remember all the rules.

According to the official FPL website, points are assigned for goals, assists, and getting clean sheets among other things.

Likewise, points are deducted for red cards, yellow cards, missed penalties, own goals or conceded goals.

That is not all about the FPL point system, however. There are bonus points, and those have a completely different mechanic. What are they, and how do they work? We will be discussing all of that and more.

Also, stick around afterwards for how to get reliable EPL predicted lineups.

What are bonus points?

In FPL, at the end of every match, three players are awarded bonus points (usually) ranging from 1 to 3 points.

The bonus points can sometimes be the difference between a landslide victory in your mini-league or Head to Head and a painful defeat.

Bonus points are awarded according to a Bonus Points System (BPS). Using information and statistics obtained by Opta, the BPS can create a performance score for every player in a given match.

The players with the top three BPS are subsequently given bonus points: three points to the best player, two to the second-best and one to the third-best.

How are they calculated?

Bonus Points are awarded based on the following statistics;   

When a player plays 1 to 60 minutes 3 points
When a player plays over 60 minutes 6 points
When goalkeepers and defenders score a goal 12 points
When a midfielder scores a goal 18 points
When a forward scores a goal 24 points
Assists 9 points
Goalkeepers and defenders keeping a clean sheet 12 points
Saving a penalty 15 points
Save 2 points
Successful open play cross 1 point
When a player creates a big chance (one where the receiving player should score) 3 points
For every 2 clearances, blocks and interceptions (total) 1 point
For every 3 recoveries 1 point
Key pass 1 point
Successful tackle 2 points
Successful dribble 1 point
Scoring the goal that wins a match 3 points
70 to 79% pass completion (at least 30 passes attempted) 2 points
80 to 89% pass completion (at least 30 passes attempted) 4 points
90%+ pass completion (at least 30 passes attempted) 6 points


Conceding a penalty -3 points
Missing a penalty -6 points
Yellow card -3 points
Red card -9 points
Own goal -6 points
Missing a big chance -3 points
Making an error which leads to a goal -3 points
Making an error which leads to an attempt at a goal -1 point
Being tackled -1 point
Conceding a foul -1 point
Being caught offside -1 point
Shot off-target -1 point

What if there is a tie?

When two or more players have equal bonus points, the following occur:

  •     If there is a tie for first place, each will receive 3 points, while the second-place player will receive 1 point.
  •     If there is a tie for second place, each receives 2 points, while the first position player receives 3 points.
  •     If there is a tie for third place, the first and second place player will receive 3 and 2 points respectively, while the two players who tied for third place will receive 1 point each.

Who are Bonus Point Magnets?

“Bonus Point Magnet” is an unofficial term for players who (as their name suggests) attract a lot of bonus points. From the table above, it is clear who those are.

Forwards get an astounding 24 points for every goal scored, midfielders get 18 points while defenders a (relatively) meager 12 points. This makes it abundantly clear that forwards are the main beneficiaries of the BPS system.

This is why players like Harry Kane are so costly and so sought-after. If you were to select the Englishman as a forward (and perhaps you put him in as captain as well), and he puts in a goal or two in the opposition’s goal post, you would be looking at almost a hundred points! That is massive value!

Understanding how the bonus points system works and knowing who to put in positions to best obtain those bonus points will vastly improve your rankings.

Using EPL lineup predictions to further improve your gameplay

EPL lineup predictions are essentially a curation of players made by experts and football enthusiasts around the world. These are the players that many assume (based on news, statistics, interviews and gut feeling) would be in the starting lineup for any given match.

Websites like the Drafthound Predicted Lineups will show you who you should probably add to your squad to increase your chances of success. The predictions are reliable and accurate, so check them out!



Jeff Campbell