Friday 16 May 2014
EA SPORTS, the Official Technology partners of the Premier League, have acknowledged the big performers in the 2013/14 Fantasy Premier League game after a record-breaking season.
A record 3.2 million managers played Fantasy Premier League in association with EA SPORTS this season and overall champion Tom Fenley won by just one point in a sensational finale. His final tally of 2,634 was the second-highest score of all-time, after Jon Reeson’s total of 2,668 in 2009/10.
Premierleague.com looks at the individual honours EA SPORTS have given after the 2013/14 FPL campaign.
Highest points scorer: Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – 295 points
As well as claiming a clutch of awards and matching the record of 31 for goals in a 38-match Barclays Premier League season, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has rewritten the FPL record books with the highest individual points haul in the game’s 12-year history.
In 33 appearances, the Uruguayan was credited with 30 goals and 25 assists in the game. He gained 40 bonus points throughout the season, including 10 maximum returns of three. In total, amassed 295 Fantasy Premier League points, exceeding the previous best (284) set by Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in 2009/10.
Suarez takes the Highest points scorer award, but premierleague.com runs you through the other honours given by EA SPORTS from the 2013/14 FPL campaign.
Best Under-21 player: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – 168 points
Romelu Lukaku, at 21, claimed more than 150 points for the second FPL season running after another successful loan in the Barclays Premier League.
After starring for West Bromwich Albion in the 2012/13 season, Lukaku, this time with Everton, scored 15 times and provided nine assists in 31 outings. His five man-of-the-match performances included a brace in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool and another two-goal haul in the 3-2 win over Newcastle United in September. Lukaku was the 13th-highest scoring player in FPL this season and exceeded his 159-point haul with West Brom last term.
Fans’ favourite player: Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – 51.2% ownership
After being unavailable for the first five matches of the 2013/14 season, Suarez quickly became an essential purchase with an electrifying return to action. The Liverpool striker scored six goals in his first four appearances and enjoyed a nine-goal haul in four matches between 4-21 December. A consistent flow of goals ensured he was a feature in more than half the 3.2 million FPL teams at the season’s end.
Most improved: Seamus Coleman (Everton) – 106-point increase
Everton’s full-back has been an integral part of the club's record points haul this term and his attacking exploits and defensive solidity raised his stock considerably in Fantasy Premier League.
The Irishman collected 74 points during the 2012/13 campaign, but this season he contributed to 15 clean sheets while scoring six goals and providing two assists. He also made 36 starts, 10 more than the previous season.
Coleman's points difference was level with that of John Terry, but Coleman claims the award after securing a higher points total than the Chelsea centre-back for the season.
|Player||This season||Last season||Difference|
|Seamus Coleman (EVE)||180||74||106|
|John Terry (CHE)||172||66||106|
|Ross Barkley (EVE)||112||7||105|
|Vito Mannone (SUN)||134||31||103|
|Jonjo Shelvey (SWA)||122||22||100|
Highest rise: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 36.4% price increase
Aaron Ramsey was valued at £5.5m before the start of the season, having scored seven goals in his previous five Barclays Premier League campaigns, but the Arsenal midfielder scored six goals, claimed four assists and picked up 12 bonus points in his first 10 outings of 2013/14.
An injury suffered against West Ham United on Boxing Day limited the Welshman's campaign, but he regained his form upon his return in April, and a 16-point score against Hull City in Gameweek 35 followed by 10 points in the final Gameweek of the season highlighted his improvement over the past 12 months.
His value increased by £2m, less than the £2.2m rise for Suarez, but Ramsey’s figure represented a higher percentage of his original value (36.4%), meaning he took the EA SPORTS honour.
||% of original price|
|Aaron Ramsey (ARS)||5.5||2.0||36.4|
|Seamus Coleman (EVE)||5||1.8||36.0|
|Yaya Toure (MCI)||8.5||2.1||24.7|
|Luis Suarez (LIV)
Most saves by a goalkeeper: David Marshall (Cardiff) – 152
While Cardiff City’s debut Barclays Premier League campaign have ended in the disappointment of relegation, goalkeeper David Marshall had a season to remember for the Bluebirds. The Scotsman made 152 saves, the most in the competition, and produced three saves or more required for extra FPL points in 31 of his 37 appearances. He pulled off 10 stops or more in matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City.
Seven clean sheets and 11 bonus points helped the Scotland goalkeeper accumulate 121 FPL points.
Best debut season: Wilfried Bony (Swansea)
After completing 90 minutes just three times in the first half of his debut season in the Barclays Premier League, Wilfried Bony's form turned good from the start of 2014, scoring 13 goals and netting 17 times overall for Swansea City. The Ivory Coast striker also provided four assists and collected 21 bonus points on his way to a 158-point haul.
Most value for money: Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) – 30 points per £1m in value
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has justifiably taken the plaudits for taking the team from bottom of the table to 11th place, but goalkeeper Julian Speroni played an integral role in the club’s success this term, too.
Palace conceded 48 goals in 38 matches this season, the fewest in the bottom half of the table, and this helped Speroni to accrue 144 FPL points, more than any of his team-mates. He kept 12 clean sheets and made 118 saves, accumulating 14 bonus points, including a maximum return in their 1-0 home victory against Aston Villa.