Fantasy Premier League

Heaton closing in on No 1 FPL goalkeeper

The Scout 15 Dec 2016
Tom Heaton, Burnley

Double-figure return at West Ham takes Burnley GK to within five points of Chelsea's Courtois

The Bonus Points

Goalkeepers dominated the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS) as West Ham United defeated Burnley 1-0.

Tom Heaton (£4.8m) collected the maximum three bonus points, thanks to a BPS score of 38.

The Burnley captain made six saves, including a penalty stop from Mark Noble (£6.2m), and registered 15 recoveries to limit West Ham to a single goal.

West Ham’s Darren Randolph (£4.4m) was awarded two bonus points, with a BPS tally of 28, after 16 recoveries, two saves and a pair of clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), earning his side a first clean sheet in seven Gameweeks.

West Ham United v Burnley, Andy Carroll
After starting against Burnley, Andy Carroll looks likely to retain his place at home to Hull City

Winston Reid (£5.0m) scored 27 in the BPS for a single bonus point thanks to 11 CBI, five recoveries and a successful tackle, as well as completing 80% of 41 attempted passes.

Despite scoring the only goal, Noble failed to collect a bonus because his BPS tally was penalised by a missed spot-kick, which he converted on the rebound.

The Scout Notes

After three points in his previous three Premier League appearances, Heaton’s 12-point haul underlined his appeal as the top-value FPL goalkeeper for points per million.

He is second only to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois (£5.7m) in the goalkeeper standings, with his total of 10 bonus points at least double any positional counterpart apart from Stoke City’s Lee Grant (£4.2m), who has six.

 CostSelected byFormPoints
Courtois£5.713.3%5.070
Heaton£4.813.7%2.665
Lloris£5.57.4%4.058
Forster£5.15.3%5.257
De Gea£5.435.7%3.254

See: Full FPL goalkeeper rankings

For West Ham, Slaven Bilic handed the fit-again Andy Carroll (£6.1m) a first start since Gameweek 1, with Michail Antonio (£6.7m) reverting to wing-back.

For Gameweek 17 Carroll looks likely to retain his place at home to a Hull City defence with one clean sheet all season, presenting a new differential option for managers' attacks.

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