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FPL Bonus Points Explained

Today we are looking at FPL Bonus Points which might seem a mystery to both beginners and rather experienced players alike. In this article, we will explain how they are calculated, provide you with a detailed action breakdown and point out players that are most likely to get them. Sometimes they can be the difference between winning your mini-league and coming just a few points short and any fantasy manager should understand how the system works.


How are FPL Bonus Points Calculated

Bonus points are assigned to the trio of best performing players in any Premier League match played. The best performer is awarded 3 points, the runner-up is credited with 2 points, the third-best player walks away with 1. It might not seem like much at first, but these points pile up towards the end of the season and are hard to ignore in the long run.

First of all, let me explain how the best performers are determined in a given match. Match stats for every match of a Gameweek are provided by OPTA to calculate performance scores for every single player on the pitch. Basically, a player receives points (and negative points as well) for most actions he performs on the pitch, ranging from scoring goals to being caught offside.

I have grouped all the actions that contribute towards players' Bonus Points Score (BPS) for easier navigation. The charts are sortable as well, so click away.

Goals Points
Goalkeeper or Defender scoring a Goal 12
Midfielder scoring a Goal 18
Forward scoring a Goal 24


Attacking Returns and Passing Points
Assist 9
Successful Open Play Cross 1
Key Pass 1
Successful Dribble 1
Creating a Big Chance 3
Match Winning Goal 3
70-79% Pass Completion (at least 30 attempted passes) 2
80-89% Pass Completion (at least 30 attempted passes) 4
90%+ Pass Completion (at least 30 attempted passes) 6


Defensive Returns  Points
Goalkeeper or Defender keeping a Clean Sheet 12
Every two Clearances, Blocks, Interceptions (CBI) 1
Every three Recoveries 1
Net successful Tackles (per tackle) 2
Save 2
Saving a Penalty 15


Game Time  Points
Playing 1-59 minutes 3
Playing 60+ minutes 6


Defensive Deductions Points
Conceding a Penalty -3
Conceding a Foul -1
Yellow card -3
Red card -9
Error leading to Goal -3
Error leading to Shot on Goal -1
Own Goal -6


Attacking Deductions Points
Missing a Penalty -6
Missing a Big Chance -3
Being Tackled -1
Caught Offside -1
Shot off Target -1

Scoring Example

I have singled out Watford’s Troy Deeney to illustrate an example. He was awarded 3 Bouns points in a 2:1 win against Newcastle on July 11th in Gameweek 35+. Let us look at his BPS:

FPL Bonus Points explained, Troy Deeney example

The other bonus points beneficiaries in that game were Dwight Gayle — a striker of the losing team (36 points, 1 goal scored) and Dawson (21 points) — a defender of the winning team despite not earning a clean sheet. 


Bonus Point Magnets

As evidenced in the scoring chart above, the forwards get massive 24 points for scoring a goal. Midfielders get 18 while defenders a meager 12. A game-winning goal, usually smashed in by a team’s striker, earns 3 additional points as was the case with Troy Deeney in the example above. It comes as no surprise that forwards are the main beneficiaries of the BPS system. 

Four out of five top bonus point earners are forwards in the 19/20 campaign (after 35 games played):

Name Position on FPL Bonus FPL Points Total FPL Points
Ings F 37 177
Aubameyang F 34 184
Vardy F 33 195
De Bruyne M 32 226
Jimenez F 28 170
Rashford F 27 155
Willian M 26 161
Salah M 26 225
Mane M 26 202
Pope G 23 160

It comes as no surprise that forwards who are the focal points of their teams’ attacks are ranked the highest. Ings, Aubameyang, Vardy —they are responsible for most offensive output in their teams. A defensive-minded Burnley is represented in the top-10 by their goalkeeper since their way of winning comes down to sturdy defense rather than scoring goals. Defenders and goalkeepers from these teams are usually the beneficiaries in terms of BPS Total. Guaita of Crystal Palace and Henderson of Sheffield United with 16 BP apiece are the only other goalkeepers in the BPS top-25 illustrating the point above. 

With such teams as Liverpool and Manchester City the situation is quite different with many players contributing via their extra points on a regular basis. Five Liverpool players sit in the top-25 (Salah, Mane, Alexander-Arnold, Firnimo, Robertson) with City contributing three (De Bruyne, Sterling, Mane). 

Typically, bonus points would contribute to anything between 10-20% of your player’s overall score for a season

Losing teams

The top of the BPS chart is occupied mostly by big players from winning teams (Ings here being rather an exception), what of the losing fellows out there? Do they ever get any bonus points at all?

Pukki (NOR), the forward from the worst team of the EPL is ranked 12th (21 points), Ayew (CRY) is 14th with 19, Maupay (BHA) is 15th with 18 BP Total.

Again, forwards are the main source of bonus points here. Typically, the bottom teams will not possess talented squads with midfielders snatching points for passes, chances created, goals scored etc. None of them would be capable of BPS bonanza. Enter the cheap strikers. One of the reasons cheap 3rd forwards are so popular on FPL is their point per million ratio . Bonus points contribute to their overall score in rare circumstances when things go right for their low-flying teams. It is they who find themselves key contributors (or at the least the goalscorers) in their teams unfrequent victories. If you take their low price into consideration, they really are a bargain in the long-run. 



There are 5 defenders featuring in the top-30 BPS Total chart. While the BPS system is more suited to creative defenders, solid defending can pave a way to a few points here and there. 

Key passes, successful crosses, goals and assists are largely what makes the top-3 defenders appear where they are: Alexander-Arnold (21 BP), Robertson (17), Digne (16).

Dunk and Wan-Bissaka (15 each) have their defensive output to thank in hard-fought clean-sheet victories. 

Getting a clean-sheet is not enough to earn the coveted bonus points as defenders are only given a meager 12 points. Forwards earn twice as much for scoring a single goal. So you either assist, create chances or score yourself as a defender, or hope that you tackles, interceptions, recoveries and the like will prove to be enough once your team wins 1:0. Central defenders are typically the ones with most passes (most of the successful as it mostly involves passing it to the nearest teammate), so they might nick a point here and there if their team ends up controlling most of possession.


Top-30 BPS Position Chart

Position on FPL In Top-30 for BPS Total
Goalkeepers 3
Defenders 5
Midfielders 9
Forwards 13


Forwards clearly run the show here and should be viewed as the main source of extra points. Even forwards from 'small' teams can contribute in the long run. Creative midfielders from top teams and attacking-minded defenders with set-piece duties find themselves as BPS earners on a regular basis as well. 


Tracking Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points

Bonus Points are usually confirmed after the last match of a Gameweek. That means that you won't see them reflected in your team's overall score till the whistle of the final match has blown. If you are not patient enough to wait, you may check BPS rankings during matches by navigating to the 'Fixtures' tab in the fantasy section of the app or the official EPL website.  Choose the game you want to be displayed, at the bottom of the match information you will find how players are performing in terms of BPS.

There are various websites that provide you with live FPL Bonus Points distribution once the games have finished as well.


Bonus Point Ties

In an unlikely event of players being tied in BP, the ties are resolved as follows:
Condition Result
Tie for 1st place
Player 1&2 receive 3 points each
Player 3 receives 1 point
Tie for 2nd place

Player 1 receives 3 points
Players 2&3 receive 2 points each

Tie for 3rd place
Player 1 receives 3 points
Player 2 receives 2 points
Players 3&4 receive 1 point each


I hope the numbers behind the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points are no longer a mystery to you and you have a better understanding of why they are important. I have tried to shed the light on which players are more likely to get them and how much these points contribute to the overall score of players in different positions. I trust that armed with this knowledge you will make better-informed decisions from now on when transferring and drafting your teams at the beginning of the season. Good luck in your fantasy endeavors!

Alexey Bobrov

Alexey Bobrov

Alexey, also known as KJIIOIIIKA, has been playing daily fantasy football since 2015 on various European sites. Scratches his fantasy itch on FanTeam, where he has a net profit of €6000+ with more than 2500 tournaments played and a 30%+ ROI. FanTeam's 2018 World Championship of Fantasy Football finalist. As Head of Content at DraftGym, his mission is to help our young European fantasy community grow. A proud father of two, plays ice-hockey at the regional level, loves board games.