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Save and bonus points add to Heaton worth

By The Scout 27 Dec 2016
Tom Heaton, Burnley

Despite keeping a fourth clean sheet of the season, The Scout sees other reasons to pick Burnley goalkeeper

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The Bonus Points

Tom Heaton (£4.8m) earned the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Burnley’s 1-0 home victory over Middlesbrough.

Scoring 27 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the Clarets goalkeeper produced 15 recoveries and two saves to collect his fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

Andre Gray (£6.1m) received two bonus points with 25 in the BPS after scoring Burnley's late winner - his first goal since a Gameweek 2 strike against Liverpool. 

Gray missed out on maximum bonus as he was tackled twice and caught offside on two occasions. 

Burnley v Middlesbrough
Andre Gray scored his first goal since a strike in Gameweek 2 against Liverpool

Ben Mee (£4.5m) picked up a single bonus point, with 21 in the BPS.

The Burnley centre-back produced eight clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), four recoveries and a successful tackle as Sean Dyche's side recorded a sixth win in 10 matches at Turf Moor.

The Scout Notes

Heaton’s nine-point haul means he is second only to Watford’s Etienne Capoue (£4.9m) for overall FPL value in terms of points per million.

He has also gathered 13 bonus points this season - seven more than his nearest goalkeeping rival, Stoke City’s Lee Grant (£4.3m). 

Tom Heaton, Burnley
Tom Heaton has won seven more bonus points than any other FPL goalkeeper

For Middlesbrough, head coach Aitor Karanka again kept faith with Fabio (£4.4m) ahead of George Friend (£4.4m) at left-back.

But Friend may well return to the starting XI at Manchester United in Gameweek 19, with regular right-back Antonio Barragan (£4.6m) serving a one-match ban having collected a fifth yellow card of the season in Monday’s contest.

Following that away trip, Middlesbrough are braced for a promising spell of fixtures.

All four of their January matches register a score of only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), promoting the appeal of top scorer Alvaro Negredo (£6.4m).

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