This article will look at how bonus points in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) are determined and which players are more likely to get them. In FPL, after each game finishes, three players are awarded bonus points ranging from 1-3 points (sometimes more than three receive bonus points as explained later). These are highly sought after, especially if it is your captain receiving the bonus points. Harry Kane initially scoring 6 points and then getting 3 bonus on top of that takes your captaincy score from 12 to 18 points!
Let’s take a look at the below example of a Premier League match, taken from the 2020/21 season. In the fixtures section of the FPL website or app, clicking on a match will bring up a view containing these sections: Bonus and Bonus Points System (BPS).
In this game, where Brighton beat Newcastle 3-0, you can see that Trossard was awarded 3 bonus points, Maupay got 2 bonus points and Veltman got 1 bonus points. This is because looking at the BPS, Trossard (45) has the highest score, Maupay (33) has the second-highest score and Veltman (32) has the third-highest score. Individual actions determine a player’s BPS score and thus reflect how well a player has played in that specific game. Trossard scored a goal and also got an assist, and this is reflected in him having a high BPS and getting maximum bonus points.
Different contributions have different BPS scores; when a forward scores he’ll receive 24 BPS points, whereas a defender keeping a clean sheet will receive 12 BPS points. As scoring goals generates the highest BPS scores (24 for a forward and 18 for a midfielder), those on the scoresheet often get the most bonus points.
Players can receive both positive and negative BPS scores for actions; missing a big chance for example gets a player a -3 BPS score. Therefore, players that frequently concede goals, commit fouls, are offside or miss big chances are less likely to get bonus points as these actions negatively impact their BPS score.
The full breakdown of BPS score allocations can be found here.
There are scenarios where a tie results in either multiple players receiving the same number of bonus points or an additional player(s) receiving bonus points. Four example scenarios are shown below:
* – any additional player(s) receiving the same BPS score as the player above would also get the same bonus points as that player. For example, in Scenario 1, any additional players that scored 25 BPS would receive 1 point also. However, it is unusual for many players to tie on exactly the same BPS score.
Below is an example of Scenario 2, where Trossard receives 3 bonus points for having the highest BPS score (31) and then Adams and Dunk both receive 2 bonus points for having the same BPS score of 26, which is the second-highest. No player receives 1 bonus point in this scenario.