What is a Differential?

Hello noobs!! It has been a relatively low scoring week except for a small number of noobs who still have Harry ‘one-season-wonder’ Kane in their ranks. Also, there were quite a number of unexpected results, like Leicester and Sunderland getting their first clean sheets of the season and the Manchester derby ending up goalless (zzz all the Martials and De Bruynes). To put things into perspective how the latter was a surprise, consider that more than 1/3 of our 38-team league benched either a City or Utd defender. And that’s not even counting those who transferred out City or Utd defenders!

Disclaimer: this is NOT a bragging post. Even if it does really seem like it, especially considering the ever uncannily coincidental timing.

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Nope, definitely unintentional

What is a differential?

A differential is a captain that has the potential to make a key difference for your team relative to other teams. He is the player that teams around you are benching or dumping, because he is having a poor season, because he is getting 2-pointer weeks in a row, because he is injured and barely coming back, or because he is simply too expensive for most teams to want to gamble on.

Another way to think of it: A differential is the complete opposite of a bandwagon player.

Yes, you are getting the point – to get a differential, you need to be different, different from teams in your local leagues, and different from every other team in the FPL ecosystem (you can check the % of teams that own a particular player by clicking on the ‘i’ icon below the player). When your captain performs, the differential advantage lets you leapfrog your closest neighbours and make up ground on the top teams. Watch your global ranking rise as well!

 

How do I find a differential?

An Offensive Player

The first thing to note when you choose a differential is to always, always pick an offensive player or an attacker. As we have explained here and here, attackers are more likely to rack up points when / if they perform. I mean seriously, do you really expect your defenders to consistently prevent their opposition from scoring, week in week out? That is just too unrealistic.

If you are still unconvinced, here’s one statistic: In the past 10 GWs, there was only ONE time a defender finished as top point scorer for the week, and it was a lowly 15 points.

The Out-of-Form Class Player

Form is temporary. Class is permanent. And Patience is virtue few FPL managers have.

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…says the bearded wise (old) man

Any idea why Aguero and Sanchez were priced initially at £13.0 and £11.0 respectively, while Kane began this season at £9.5 having started the last almost half price at £5.0? They (and their owners) were all beneficiaries of their abilities to bring in goals and points consistently and generously. More than being perpetual point-getters, they are at their most fundamental, terribly brilliant footballers. Look across the top brackets of the various positions (GK, DEF, MID & FWD) and you will notice that this trend is almost constant. Quality, classy players will eventually come good.

A Good Player with An Excellent Fixture

Sometimes, the best players in the game are already bandwagon players. Everyone has them or are bringing them in. 3/4 of the teams are going to captain them. What do you do? Finish reading this post, if by then you still decide that you really want a differential, here is one possible way.

GW 9 gave us an insight of exactly how this works. With Bournemouth and Norwich rolling into town visiting Man City and Newcastle respectively, it represented an opportunity to bank on an exceptional offensive occasion. The rest, as they said, is history. Raheem Sterling and Georginio Wijnaldum ran riot, chalking up 19- and 25-point week. 

Bear in mind that the heights of GW 9 are an exception rather than the norm. While there were some outstanding performances, there was only ONE time in the entire previous season the 25-point mark was achieved. Comparatively, with merely 10 GWs played, the record have already been reached twice.

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Will this fallen hero be the next one to rise?

Should I captain a differential?

If there is just one thing you are going to take away from reading this lengthy, long-winded and nonsensical-sounding post, it is this:

When you captain a differential, you are going Y-O-L-O

What do we mean? When we go for a differential, we are essentially trying our utmost to be different. We want to be different! We want to gamble! We want to take risk! We want to have a shot at that elusive lottery… And most of the time, we miss, we fail, we fall flat on our faces.

We can’t tell you exactly when you should be different, but here are some suggestions:

  1. You are stuck in mid- or bottom-table anguish and need something to arrest your slide.
  2. You are a few places away from top place and you could do with an extra boost.
  3. Such a player is already in your team, or in your plans.
  4. The GW does not have an obvious choice of captaincy, e.g. Aguero against Norwich

Here are some suggestions when you probably do not want a differential:

  1. You are sitting on top of your league – play safe.
  2. You need to take a hit to bring in the differential – taking a hit + taking a gamble = 2 much risk.
  3. The GW has an obvious choice of captaincy – this is disputable, either (a) you can pray that the obvious choice flops and your differential shines, or (b) the obvious choice performs and you are left with a mountain to climb.

Anyhow, just know that when you captain a differential, you are taking a risk. You may have your reasons: you have done your homework and you “know” this is his week; or your secret source on Reddit is recommend(a)ing him; or you dreamt of him scoring freely. Eventually there is a huge degree of luck (or mere dumb perseverance) involved to pull off a differential captain successfully. Yes, it is rewarding, it is thrilling. But don’t go expecting to pull it off every other GW.

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Not every out-of-form class player will return to his glory days

That’s all folks!

Captain Hindsight and the Road Ahead

If hindsight is usually 20/20, does that mean captaining hindsight would give you 40/40? No, you noobs! You can’t captain hindsight. But you can learn a thing or two from it. So allow me to introduce you to a new section of the blog, where we will occasionally reflect upon the weeks gone by, and often tell you – I told you so!

In fact, there’s no better time than now, to catch up on hindsight. The last two gameweeks have been insanely rewarding in terms of potential points, and at the same time incredibly painful if you’ve missed out due to injuries / apathy / idiocy. Don’t panic – many many many more points lie ahead. But sometimes, before we move forward, it pays to pause for a moment, and look back.

You can't captain hindsight. But he's here to save your day.

You can’t captain hindsight. But he’s here to save your day.

Once, again, before we start, the most important lesson to remember is – do not lose hope. It’s only been 9 weeks – just about one quarter of the the way through the season. There are 3 more cycles of this still to go. Take deep a deep breath, sit down comfortably, and lets see what we’ve learnt so far.

Lesson 1: You are Newcastle

Newcastle received a masterclass in surgical aggresion, as Sergio Aguero sliced them apart 5 times in week 8. In week 9, they turned the tables and scored 6 goals themselves.

This is you.

You can be Newcastle one week, and Manchester City in another. FPL is a game of luck, patience, and persistence. Just because you had a bad week, or three, doesn’t mean your season is over.

Even if you’re at the bottom of your league, even if your team is mostly retarded with injuries, even if you only got 30 points in each of the last two weeks – heck, even if you just started playing – you can still fight your way to the top. As long as you keep trying, even half-assedly, you have a good chance of making it big. Don’t give up. It’s still very early in the season. I can not stress this enough. Proceed to lesson 2.

Some weeks you're this guy, some week's you're the other guy. It's all part of the game.

Some weeks you’re the goalkeeper, some weeks you’re scoring hattricks

Lesson 2: Attack. Attack. Attack. And then Attack a little bit more.

Football is a game about scoring goals. Clean sheets are an anomaly. The first few weeks may have led you to think differently, but by now it should be very clear to everynoob that Midfielders and Forwards bring in a lot more points, and more reliably than Defenders.

When defenders do their job well, they get 1 clean sheet, that too only if they ALL do well. When mids and forwards do their jobs well, they get many, many goals and and many, many points. Invest your money on your attacking players. Always play 7 attackers and 3 defenders.

I TOLD YOU SO

In an exclusive interview with fpl4noobs, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa say “I TOLD YOU SO!”

Lesson 3: Hold your f*%(ing horses

Yes, it is a good idea to buy players who are in form. It may seem like an even better idea to buy them before they rise in price, and before your out-of-form players drop. This is sheer lunacy, as seen most recently during the last international break.

If you can help it, try not to make your transfers until Friday or Saturday. Players get injured during the week because of trainings, european matches, or even just via good ol’ food poisoning. Secondly, don’t drop a quality player just because he’s a had a couple of bad weeks. Use your free transfers to remove non-starters and injured players first, before trying to ship out Pelle for Bony, or Eriksen for Ozil based on one week’s (lack of) performance.

Lesson 4: Use Chips, Take Hits

What!? Are we really recommending using those precious one-time-only blue chips, or worse yet, trading points for extra transfers when you’re already doing so poorly? Yes. When you’re not at the top, you have less as stake, little to lose. It’s the best time to take some risks and inject some life back into your team.

A well played triple captain can get you 30-40 points just from one player, and shoot you up the table while it’s early in the season. A couple of extra transfers can revitalize your team, clear out the junk, and bring in players who have a good run of form and fixtures up ahead. You may lose 8-12 points now, but you’ll gain many more from them in the future if you pick well. Taking a hit or a risk is what makes the game fun!

Take Risks. But Hold Horses. Clear?

Take Risks. But Hold Horses. Clear?

Lesson 5: General Advice

Captain Hindsight has just been confirming what General Advice has been suggesting all along. Which makes sense because General Advice is technically much senior to Captain Hindsight.

  • Always play 7 in front, 3 at the back
  • Always captain an attacker (generally your most expensive player, preferably in form), and VC another attacker
  • Always place an attacker as your first sub
  • Be patient. If your team is made of good, attacking, players who start for mid-top table teams, the points will come.
  • Don’t make your transfers early. Especially if there are more games midweek.
  • Pick your starting lineup based on who’s in form first, and then based on who has the easier fixture
  • If you’ve gotten less than 40 points for both of the last 2 (high scoring weeks), you should STRONGLY CONSIDER WILDCARDING. Change things up, get everyone who’s in form. Start anew.

BONUS Lesson: Captain Hindsight & General Advice’s Combined Wildcard Template

This template contains recommendations for the 15 slots in your all new wildcarded team. Each slot may have several options of similar price range. Selecting one from every slot should give you a complete and balanced team with which to take on the rest of the week! Slots marked with a * are meant to be on your bench.

Goalkeepers

[Hart / De gea / Cech] –  [Elliot / Hennessey]*

Defenders

[Dier / Alderwiereld] – [Dawson / Cedric] – [Bellerin/Monreal] – [Francis/Nyom]* – [Hangelaand]*

Midfielders

[Sanchez] – [De Bruyne] – [Payet] – [Eriksen / Ozil / Mane] – [Barkley / Mahrez / Cabaye]

Forwards

[Vardy] – [Lukaku / Pelle / Martial] – [Ighalo]*

If you’ve already spent your wildcard, take a hit to clear the rotting parts of your team, or just be patient with  those who are true quality but yet to click. As always, our Friday recommendations will be there to help you with your transfers. The most important thing is that you make them. Keep your team alive, and you’re already doing better than 2 million people who’ve given up.

As for what to do with all that sweet Aguero money? I’ll let you newly enlightened noobs figure that one out.

Midweek European Games are Coming...

Midweek European Games are Coming…

Captaincy: Your Weekly Lifeline

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Will you be the next Uncle Sam/Aunty Dolly to find your Captain America to save your team?

It’s been 6 weeks since FPL started. How many times have you gotten your captain right? How do you even get it right in the first place? Some liken this choice to a game of lottery. Essentially it is, but given that there are a lot less combination than the lottery world, you can make a smart gamble. We offer you 3 ‘F’s to help make life a whole lot easier for you.

Fixtures

In a game week, there are 10 fixtures. From there, you can identify potential games that would swing to one side. Let’s have an example here: Team AA vs Team GG.

  • Team AA has been performing well for the past few weeks. They do especially well when they are playing at Home.
  • Team GG had a pretty bad spell, and they have not kept a clean sheet so far.
  • Player FTW is currently the lead goal scorer for the team, and has clocked in bonus points.

Based on the conditions above, it will be a safe call to choose Player FTW of Team AA as your captain.

Hot pick for the upcoming game week 7: Manchester United vs Sunderland

Form (with Class)

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9 minutes. The amount of time you take to shower daily is what Lewandowski needs to score 5 goals in Bundesliga against Wolfsburg. As a substitute. Yep. Life’s like that.

You never quite know who’s next to hit the back of the net or chalk up points while defending. Well if it is ever predictable, nobody would watch football and FPL would be never have been created.

Usually, we observe a player who has performed well over 2 – 3 weeks period. Form is after all temporary but class is permanent. We want to choose players who are able to perform on a weekly basis. So players who perform well in a freak week should not be your reason to hop on the bandwagon immediately. Observe for a spell of 2 weeks, and if possible watch how he plays. Looking at statistics and watching an actual game are two very different ways to find your next captain.

Hot pick for the upcoming game week 7: Anthony Martial of Manchester United

Free-will

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Diego probably misunderstood the meaning of chest bump. Costa total of 3 match ban.

We live in a free world. While rules help us to live within boundaries for civility, every once in a while you may just wish to experience that once-in-a-lifetime moment. FPL offers just that moment, where you can simply just make a choice based on looks/names/colour of jersey that suits your personal preference. No one’s going to judge you for that, because magic happens and you may be the next guru that noobers will bow to for that out of the world but correct choice.

So fellow noobers, another game week to lose sleep and appetite over the captain of your choice. Remember, keep your choice a secret until 18:45 of 26 September.

 

Why are my Players not playing?

Hello noobs! This coming week is a very interesting and special week. Make a guess?

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Nope. Certainly NOT international break. That was last week. Dood.

This week is the first ever Midweek-Games Week (MGW –not mind games week, because actually, that is every week) this season. An MGW looks like an international weekend, except there is no weekend break. It feels like the Double GameWeek (DGW), except your players don’t get you double points. It even seems like the actual FPL gameweek (hell, your “legend-captain-team carrier-star striker” Rooney could be scoring a hat-trick), except that it is every other possible, nonsensical, unimportant tournament.

Wait… What does this actuallee actually mean for me?

Hold your horses

Yes, I know it’s totally tempting to get “I-was-supposed-to-be-a-shit-fantasy-player-but-still-scored a hat-trick” Naismith now, or I-score-35-yarders-every-other-week” Matic. But really, hold f***ing your f***ing horses. Soccer players are generally paid to play once every seven days and spend the other 6 days posing for half-naked photos on Instagram. Anymore is dangerous, for your FPL team, and especially when he plays for a certain team that rhymes with a** and ana* combined…

shit happens

There is a good chance your players might get injured during MGWs. Don’t take that risk. Save your transfers, play them as late as possible. Remember what we said about using your transfers wisely?

Rotation. Rotation. Rotation.

Holy shit. The dreaded R word. Top teams, or most teams that have midweek games, usually have at least 2 players in each position. These rotations already happen from time to time, but are triple more likely in weeks with MGWs. Some examples include:

Kolarov – Clichy (Man City)
Sagna – Zabaleta (Man City)
Fernando – Fernandinho (Man City) yes they are different people
Schneiderlin – Carrick – Schweinsteiger (Man Utd)
Costa – Falcao (Chelsea)
Terry – Cahill – Zouma (Chelsea)
Giroud – Walcott (Arsenal)
Gabriel – Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Montreal – Gibbs (Arsenal)

As much as we want to feel that we can lord over you noobs, we are just as likely/unlikely to pick a player that is rotated as you are. There really is no way around this. Sure, spending time to read up, do research and ask around about the players you are choosing might mitigate this, but that is no guarantee. Fingers-crossed, those whom you chose do not get the honour of the weekly recommenda…

If only FPL players were this undroppable… Credit: Photo by Kelvin Ngui

That’s all folks. 

How Do Chips Work?

Hello noobs! We are guessing the past three days have been extremely dull and ridiculously painful to get past. As much as you have tried packing your weekend with totally exciting activities like watching cartoon characters with incredibly well-defined emotions or stuffing yourself with gigantic pizzas and beer, nothing can quite compensate for wishing to make up ground on that seemingly shyte-looking auto-complete team at the top of your league. We completely understand. In fantasy world, this is better known as the continental international (weekend) hangover effect.

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Now… Who wouldn’t have thought a pizza of this size would have cured your hangover? (hand for scale)

So before you thoroughly unlearn all that you picked up before the lull, let’s take this opportunity to delve deeper into more FPL mechanics. This season, our masters introduced a whole-new and annoyingly complicated concept of Chips. As if deciding how or when to use our Wildcards wasn’t exasperating enough…

What are Chips?

Think of chips as super powers! If FPL is like Street Fighter (or Mortal Kombat X, for the boys), chips are like special abilities that you can use and inflict significant damage to your opponents. Because special abilities also use more mana, you will most likely be able to use them only sparingly throughout the game. Timely and strategic use of your super powers is crucial, otherwise they might end up not having any effect on the outcome of the game.

Wildcard

Simultaneously the most useful and most useless special ability, wildcards enable you to make unlimited number of transfers within the gameweek, which starts from the closing of the previous gameweek (usually Saturday 6.30pm SG time) and ends before the opening of the next gameweek (likewise 6.30pm). Wildcards are tremendously useful when you need to overhaul your team and make notable changes. For more information on how to use your wildcards, read here. Wildcards are agonisingly useless though, because transfers in their bare essence, absolutely do nothing to contribute to your scores. All you can hope is those players you bring in give you good points, but hope’s about all you can do.

All Out Attack

All Out Attack allows you to play a 2-5-3: 2 Defenders + 5 Midfielders + 3 Forwards formation in the upcoming gameweek. Essentially, it lets you swap a defender for an attacker, thus increasing the possibility of scoring offensive-related points such as goals and assists. Given the topsy-turvy nature of this season so far, we are still unsure whether this is a good thing or not.

Do note that if you play All Out Attack but one or more of your attackers (midfielders / forwards) didn’t get minutes, the usual substitution rules will apply. Too bad.

Triple Captain

Triplets

Nope, we definitely weren’t thinking about THREE captains

Triple Captain, quite simply means, your captain points are x3 instead of x2 that week.

If your captain doesn’t play, your vice-captain gets triple points. If both your captain and vice-captain didn’t play, oh well… G G.

Bench Boost

Bench Boost is probably the special ability that gives you possibly the highest points. Playing Bench Boost means that all 15 of your players get you points for that gameweek instead of just the 11 on the pitch. Unlike Triple Captain where you pin all your hopes on one dude, Bench Boost gives you that extra boost by fielding all your guys.

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You know what they say about putting all your eggs in one basket

 

When / How to use Chips? 

We went through how to use your wildcards here. For the rest, there are no hard and fast rules to them. We would highly recommend that you keep Triple Captain and Bench Boost till the later part of the season for what is known as the Double Gameweek (DGW) Holy Grail, where selected teams get to play two times within the same gameweek. We don’t know when or whether this will occur, but if they do, they generally take place in the last quarter of the season, so grab on to your horses real tight!

Important Ending Notes for Chips

  1. Chips (other than Wildcards) can be used only once throughout the entire season.
  2. Wildcards can be used only once every half a season.
  3. You may choose to use only use one Chip per gameweek. For example, if you played your Wildcard this week (and therefore can make unlimited transfers), you cannot use Bench Boost this same week.
  4. You get the option to use Wildcards when making your transfers i.e. on the Transfers page.
  5. Once you play your Wildcard, you cannot cancel it.
  6. You get the options to use All Out Attack, Triple Captain or Bench Boost when picking your team i.e. on the Pick Team page.
  7. You can cancel your All Out Attack, Triple Captain or Bench Boost chips anytime before the week’s transfer deadline.

That’s all folks. Be happy, FPL resumes this week!

How do Players’ Prices Work?

Congratulations noobs! You have survived the first 10% of the season and now you may take your well-deserved break…

I can sleep well knowing that there are no games next weekend

Things went a bit haywire this week as both the reliable folks and bandwagon guys did not perform. Upsets in the real league help contribute as fantasy teams who banked on Chelsea’s and Liverpool’s home fixtures, as well as United’s miserly defense fell short. It was a generally low scoring week, with teams averaging 37 points.

So right now there might be players you want to trade away in your teams. Maybe they got sent off and are facing suspension, maybe they are injured, maybe they are not injured but haven’t been getting minutes, maybe they have been getting minutes but you feel they might somehow be cursed….. Whatever the reason, whenever you decide to sell a player and buy another, there is one universal rule you got to play by: You trade within your budget.

Remember when you first built your team and you needed to buy 15 players but you only had £100mil? Well, that amount, or your team’s value, has since turned into £103.1m for some and £96.9m for others. Why? That’s because players in fantasy football, like in real life, rise and fall in prices. And like in real life, prices change because of market forces.

Players’ prices rise when more teams buy them;
Players’ prices fall when more teams sell them

With the exception of pre-season (before the start of GW1), any buying or selling of players will contribute to their price increase or decrease. For example, Riyad Mahrez’s price rose gradually as he started the season well and caught the attention of some teams, then rapidly as he continued showing form and more and more teams began to acquire him

GW1: £5.5m
GW2: £5.6m
GW3: £5.8m
GW4: £6.1m

On the other hand, Theo Walcott had an impressive end to last season, as well as a great pre-season, which probably led to many teams acquiring his services. When the season started, his price remained steady for a couple of weeks and then fell drastically once teams started realising that he wasn’t starting nor getting minutes (and is unlikely to in the near future)

GW1: £9.0m
GW2: £9.0m
GW3: £8.7m
GW4: £8.5m

Since your team’s value is the combined value of all the players in your team, your team value increases as players’ prices in your team rise, and decreases as players’ prices in your team falls.

Why does a player cost more in the market than in my team!?

When making your transfers, you might realise that some of the players you hold are cheaper than their prices in the market. Why is this so?

FPL uses a 50% “sell-on” fee to explain this: For example you buy Agüero at £13.0m, and his price rises to £13.2m. If you decide to sell him now, instead of getting back how much he is worth (£13.2m), FPL imposes a 50% sell-on fee on the profits (£0.2m) you made on him. Therefore you will receive £13.1m for the sale. Do note also that there is also a rounding up to the nearest £0.1m – if you bought Gomis at £7.0m and his price rose to £7.3m, you will only receive £7.1m (not £7.15m, nor £7.2m) when you sell him.

This is another important reason why you should think, think, and rethink through your transfers thoroughly before acting on them. Using back our first example, if you have sold Agüero and wanted to buy him back, assuming his price remains unchanged (£13.2m), you will have to fork out an additional £0.1m just to buy him back.

There is a simple way to check your players’ prices. On the Transfers page, rather than viewing by ‘Pitch View’, select ‘Data View’ instead. For each player, you will see 3 prices: PP – Purchase Price, the price you bought this player; CP – Current Price, the price of this player now; and SP – Selling Price, how much you will receive if you sell this player now.

Should I be concerned about my players’ prices / team value?

Yes and no. Generally speaking, you want to have players that will rise in value, and not want to have players that are falling in value. Having a higher team value enables you to trade your players in and acquire players that other teams may not be able to afford given similar circumstances. It allows you to stretch your budget. Having a budget of £105m and £95m may mean the difference between fielding 5 x £7m midfielders and fielding 5 x £9m midfields, a little extreme, but you get the idea…

But at the same time, you don’t want to be too concerned about the value of your team. After all, the ultimate goal of the game is to be the team with the highest points, not the team with the highest team value. As you play your way out of noobness, you will soon realise that these two things mostly go hand-in-hand, i.e. teams that do well have more points and also have higher team value. With that being said, keep in mind to play the game for points, not for cash.

That’s all folks. Remember, FPL takes a break next weekend and the following gameweek will only begin on 12 September. This means that you have 2 whole weeks to deliberate your transfers, so…

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hold your horses!

What are Bonus Points?

Another week of fantasy football rage comes to a close, as many big guns fail to fire in GW3. This was a fairly high scoring week though, with an average score of 45 worldwide, and 110 points at the very top. Many of our Fantasy Friday recommendations fared well, so maybe we should consider taking our own advice next week…

Today’s lesson is about bonus points. What are they? And why do my players never get any?

The concept is really simple. Think of awarding bonus points as choosing the MVP for a game. For every game, the “best” three performers, are given 3, 2, and 1 bonus point respectively. If two players are awarded 3 BP (bonus points), then the next best performer will only get 1 bonus point.

So how do they decide who the best players are for each match?

Well, long story short, they look at a HUGE list of detailed statistics from the game, and according to those statistics, they award each player with a Bonus Point System or BPS. Basically this is the performance rating for each player in the game. The 3 players with the highest BPS for the entire game, get the Bonus Points!

Ok, so how are BPS calculated? 

Everything you do on the pitch, contributes to BPS. Every minute of playtime you get, every breath you take, every ball you kick. But more significantly, points are awarded for things like Clearance, Blocks, Interceptions, Tackles, Recoveries, Pass Completion Percentage, Chances created, Key Passes made, Assists, Goals, Saves, etc. Points are deducted for Chances Missed, Fouls Committed, Cards, poor passes, etc.

Basically, if players do their designated jobs exceptionally well, they stand a high chance of getting bonus points! So look for players who are a lot more involved in dictating the flow of the game, those involved in creating the magic moments, and those who often do things that aren’t expected for a player in their position. Scoring a winning goal or an equalizer can also send your BPS rating skyrocketing.

If someones BPS rating is very low, it means they didn’t play much, didn’t contribute much, or just had a terrible game overall.

BPS

A good example for game week 3 would be Gomis of Swansea. Scoring the only goal for the club, he did not register a single bonus point. This goes to show that scoring goals ain’t the only contributor to points. Naughton, a defender who provided the assist took home 3 bonus points instead. He scored 31 points on the system, coming in top for the entire game. Although he did not get a clean sheet, he contribute in offense and also performed his duties as a defender.

Conclusion

A good example is defenders who play as Left Back or Right Back. They are often involved in bring the ball all the way up the field, and making key passes or crosses into the box, and make a lot more passes in general – almost ensuring that they get a Bonus point or two if they also keep a clean sheet.

If you’re just starting out at FPL, don’t sweat over it. This is just to help you understand what’s going on, as you slowly appreciate all the different nuances of the game!