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FPL Value picks: Nick Pope

By The Scout 16 Mar 2020
Nick Pope, Burnley

The Scout on why Burnley No 1's excellent performances have helped him keep the most clean sheets so far

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The Scout looks at players who have offered big value for money in 2019/20 Fantasy Premier League.

Nick Pope (BUR) £4.9m

After missing the previous campaign through injury, the Burnley No 1 started this season at a cost of only £4.5m.

Pope has soared to the top of the goalkeeper standings, claiming 128 points over his 29 Gameweek appearances.

Despite a price rise of £0.4m, he has returned 26.1 points per million (ppm).

That total is second only to the 26.7 ppm of John Lundstram (£4.8m) among all players this term.

Pope has kept 11 clean sheets, the most ahead of goalkeepers Dean Henderson (£5.2m) and Alisson (£6.2m).

The 27-year-old has also picked up 19 save points this season, making at least three stops in 16 matches.

Pope save v Leicester 

Burnley's style of play also works to Pope's advantage in the Bonus Points System (BPS), which decides the bonus points in any given match.

Players must complete at least 70 per cent of their passes, and make a minimum of 30 passes, to boost their score in the BPS.

However, only two Burnley defenders, James Tarkowski (£5.1m) and Ben Mee (£5.0m), have surpassed this average over the course of the campaign.

They have both managed a 71 per cent pass completion.

Clean sheet potential

As a result, when Burnley keep a clean sheet, Pope is the player most likely to be earn additional bonus points.

Pope's 19 bonus points awarded this season are more than any other goalkeeper.

Burnley's remaining opponents suggest Pope looks well-placed to secure a place as the top-scoring goalkeeper in FPL.

Five of the nine teams sit in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Also in this series

Part 2: FPL Value picks: Dean Henderson
Part 3: FPL Value picks: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Part 4: FPL Value picks: John Lundstram
Part 5: FPL Value picks: Caglar Soyuncu
Part 6: FPL Value picks: Federico Fernandez
Part 7: FPL Value picks: Jack Grealish
Part 8: FPL Value picks: Adama Traore
Part 9: FPL Value picks: Harvey Barnes

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