Seeing as we’re in the midst of an international break, boredom has already set in for most FPL managers. So, to help pass the time I’ve done a bit of research on bonus points and who gets them.
Let me just preface this by saying that this is a list of the highest bonus point scoring players, the majority of these are pretty unsurprising as most of them are towards the top end of the points tables in FPL and are amongst the most popular players in the game.
However, there are a few exceptions. Kevin De Bruyne has the 2nd most bonus points of any player which I find very interesting seeing as he’s only owned by 7.0% of managers and has 13 assists and 4 goals which makes him the 14th highest-scoring player overall. I feel that he’s had a bit of a quiet season as he hasn’t been particularly explosive but his bonus points and his score shows that he’s by no means had a bad season.
Koscielny has the most bonus points of any defender and appears to be the king of the clean sheet & bonus points combo. He’s kept clean sheets in 8 games this season and has got bonus points in 6 of them.
28 points – Lukaku
24 points – Ibrahimovic, Defoe, De Bruyne
23 points – Sanchez, Hazard, Kane
22 points – Costa
21 points – Heaton
19 points – Aguero, Koscielny, Eriksen
18 points – Walker
Differentials/Notable High Scorers
Lanzini – He has racked up 18 bonus points this season and 13 of them have come in his last 10 games. He’s managed at least 2 bonus points every time that he’s had attacking returns, except for once.
Reid – The West Ham centre back has the 4th most bonus points of any defender. With 16 bonus points overall, 9 of those points have come when he’s had attacking returns. Reid’s playstyle lends itself towards bonus points, if West Ham get a clean sheet then he’s likely to be amongst the bonus points. It’s worth noting that he got injured in GW 29 and is likely to be out until GW 35 (roughly). Obviously this doesn’t make him a viable choice for the near future but I thought his bonus points score was too good to not talk about.
Milner – Boring James has scored in 6 games this season and has picked up 15 bonus points in those games. Milner is on penalty duties and has a great conversion rate, so if Liverpool get a penalty you can expect Milner to score it and pick up a few bonus points along with it.
Deeney – Troy Deeney has 16 bonus points this season and 10 of them have come in his last 7 games during his good run of form (scoring 5 goals in his last 7 games).
Breakdown by Team
Arsenal – Sanchez (23), Koscielny (19), Giroud (13)
Bournemouth – Cook (13), Daniels (12), King (10)
Burnley – Heaton (21), Gray (10), Vokes & Barnes (7)
Chelsea – Hazard (23), Costa (22), Azpilicueta (16)
Crystal Palace – Zaha (10), Townsend (10), PvA (9)*, McArthur (8)
Everton – Lukaku (28), Coleman (15), Baines (33)
Hull – Huddlestone (5), Dawson (4), Jakupovic (4)
Leicester – Vardy (11), Mahrez (8), Slimani (7)
Liverpool – Milner (16), Firmino (14), Mane (14)
Man City – KDB (24), Aguero (19), Sterling (10)
Man Utd – Ibrahimovic (24), Mata (14), Blind (12)
Middlesbrough – Negredo (13), Gibson (9), Barragan & Fabio (8)
Southampton – Van Dijk (14), Cedric (11), Austin (10)
Stoke – Allen (10), Pieters (9), Grant (9)
Sunderland – Defoe (24), Mannone (6), Pickford (6)
Swansea – Sigurdsson (15), Llorente (14), Mawson (8)
Tottenham – Kane (23), Eriksen (19), Walker (18)
Watford – Deeney (16), Capoue (14), Holebas (6)
West Brom – Phillips (12), McAuley (12), Brunt (10)
West Ham – Lanzini (18), Reid (16), Snodgrass (16)**, Antonio (8)
*PvA has only gained 3 of his 9 bonus points for Crystal Palace
**Snodgrass gained all of his 16 bonus points for Hull