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Defoe leads way in FPL frontlines

The Scout 26 Sep 2016
Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace

After scoring twice v Crystal Palace, Sunderland striker is best value of all forwards in Fantasy

The Bonus Points

Jermain Defoe (£7.1m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points despite Sunderland’s 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace.

The striker scored 46 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), scoring twice and contributing with five recoveries.

Three Palace players picked up additional points at the Stadium of Light.

James McArthur’s (£4.9m) goal and assist earned the Eagles midfielder a BPS score of 41 and helped claim two bonus points.

The midfielder also completed 85% of his 41 attempted passes and produced seven recoveries in a dramatic comeback victory.

 

Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Benteke (1), Ledley (1) and McArthur (2) claimed bonus points on Saturday

Joe Ledley (£4.5m) and Christian Benteke (£7.6m) received one bonus point, thanks to BPS tallies of 29.

Ledley netted Palace’s first goal in the 3-2 victory and made six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

Benteke scored the winner, firing two shots on target and creating three goalscoring chances for Alan Pardew’s side. 

The ICT Index

Defoe’s well-taken brace ensured he also finished top of the ICT Index, scoring 14.3 at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace
No forward has scored more FPL points than Defoe this season

He fired six attempts on goal, with four coming from inside the box, and managed three shots on target – more than any player in Saturday’s encounter.

Palace's Jason Puncheon (£5.5m) clinched second spot.

The winger created eight scoring opportunities for his team-mates and also supplied three completed open-play crosses and 15 successful passes in the final third – more than any Palace player on all three counts.

Puncheon’s score of 98 in the ICT Creativity was top for the Gameweek.

He now tops the overall Index for Creativity with a score of 333 over the season, having created more chances than any other Premier League midfielder (22). 

Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Jason Puncheon has created more goalscoring chances (22) than any other PL midfielder this season

Benteke earned third spot thanks to an impressive performance leading the Eagles attack.

The summer signing had eight attempts on goal, with seven arriving inside the penalty area from 16 touches in the box. He has now scored twice in four appearances since arriving from Liverpool.

The Scout Notes

Palace’s victory was all the more impressive given that they were without key pair Scott Dann (£5.5m) and Wilfried Zaha (£5.4m).

Zaha’s absence allowed the fit-again Yohan Cabaye (£5.7m) a first league start since Gameweek 3.

Substitute Zeki Fryers (£4.5m) emerged from the bench to supply an assist and with Pape Souare (£4.4m) a long-term absentee, he will rival Martin Kelly (£4.4m) for the left-back berth ahead of the Gameweek 7 trip to Everton.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Jermain Defoe has scored as many FPL points (46) as Zlatan Ibrahimovic so far this term

Defoe has now scored four of Sunderland’s five Premier League goals this season, registering 46 FPL points overall. 

He stands joint-second in the forward rankings with Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.6m) and top for value with an average score of 5.1 points per million.

The striker will look to add to his tally in the Gameweek 7 home clash with West Bromwich Albion, which is followed by a trip to Stoke City.

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