Fantasy Premier League

Bonus points give Defoe another dimension

The Scout 5 Dec 2016
Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

After eighth goal of season in GW14, Sunderland star has earned more added points than any FPL asset

The Bonus Points

Jermain Defoe (£7.7m) claimed an eighth goal of the season and another maximum three Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Sunderland's 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

The striker earned a Bonus Points System (BPS) tally of 34, courtesy of his decisive goal and a key pass.

Shinji Okazaki (£5.7m), who emerged from the bench to pull a goal back for the visitors at the Stadium of Light, tallied a BPS score of 25.

The Foxes forward was awarded two bonus points, with Sunderland's Duncan Watmore (£4.9m) claiming the final point on offer with a BPS tally of 23.

Watmore completed six dribbles and supplied three key passes, including the assist for Defoe's strike.

Sunderland v Leicester City
Duncan Watmore registered a fourth assist of the season but was injured later in the match

The ICT Index

Despite failing to score or assist, Victor Anichebe (£4.7m) topped the ICT Index with a score of 15.4.

He registered a Threat tally of 100, second only to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (£11.0m) over Gameweek 14.

Anichebe recorded more penalty-box touches (12), goal attempts (eight) and shots inside the box (five) than any other player in the match.

Watmore ranked next in the Index with a tally of 12.3, mainly due to a Threat score of 72 made up of 11 penalty-area touches and five goal attempts. 

The Scout Notes

Defoe's outstanding FPL season continued as he claimed a nine-point return to consolidate his position as the second-highest scoring forward.

Trailing Chelsea's Diego Costa (£10.7m) by 83 points to 99, Defoe is the top forward for points-per-million value and has earned 17 bonus points - more than any other FPL asset.

Found in just over 22% of FPL squads, Defoe's prospects remain strong ahead of a Gameweek 15 trip to Swansea City on Saturday.

Anichebe provides a viable alternative and an ideal solution for those FPL managers pondering a 3-5-2 formation.

Sunderland v Leicester City
From GW11-14 Victor Anichebe has fired 12 attempts from inside the box - six more than Jermain Defoe

He has recorded 12 attempts from inside the box over the last four Gameweeks, compared with Defoe's six.

Sunderland's momentum could be disrupted for Gameweek 15, however, with Watmore suffering a knee injury in the win over the Foxes.

Champions Leicester continue to offer little to tempt FPL investment.

Their defence has shipped two goals in each of the last four matches since Ron-Robert Zieler (£4.4m) replaced the injured Kasper Schmeichel (£4.9m) in goal.

In attacking areas, both Jamie Vardy (£9.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£9.0m) are failing to reach the heights of last season, while niggling injuries have halted the progress of Islam Slimani (£8.3m) as an FPL prospect.

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