Fantasy Premier League

Heaton unrivalled for FPL value

By The Scout 16 Jan 2017
Burnley v Southampton

Burnley goalkeeper claims double figures to top the overall points-per-million standings

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The Bonus Points

A fourth home clean sheet of the season helped Burnley to a 1-0 victory over Southampton, with goalkeeper Tom Heaton (£4.9m) claiming the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

The Clarets' captain made five saves and eight recoveries to keep the visitors at bay, recording 31 in the Bonus Points System.

Team-mate Matt Lowton (£4.5m) scored 29 in the BPS for his contribution at both ends of the pitch.

The right-back won two tackles and made four recoveries while edging forward to complete two dribbles and supply a key pass via a single open-play cross.

Burnley v Southampton
Only two defenders have made more clearances, blocks and interceptions than Ben Mee

Fellow Burnley defender Ben Mee (£4.6m) picked up the remaining bonus point. He recorded 17 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) to earn 27 in the BPS.

Only two defenders – Hull City's Curtis Davies (£4.9m) and AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook (£5.1m) – have contributed more CBI this season.

The ICT Index

Registering 20 goal attempts to Burnley's nine, it was Southampton's FPL assets who showed greater attacking intent at Turf Moor, allowing them to dominate in the ICT Index.

Saints right-back Cedric Soares (£4.8m) claimed top spot with the highest Creativity score of 55.

The Portugal international supplied eight crosses, completing three and supplying four chances for team-mates.

Burnley v Southampton
Dusan Tadic fired in seven goal attempts in Southampton's defeat

Dusan Tadic (£7.0m) was the danger man for the visitors.

The Serbia international recorded the highest Threat score of 61, made up of seven attempts on goal, five of which were from inside the Burnley penalty area.

But, none of Tadic's attempts hit the target.

The Scout Notes

Heaton's status as an almost essential FPL asset received a further boost as his 10 points sealed his fourth double-digit return of the season.

He now sits just a single point behind Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois (£5.9m) in the overall goalkeeper standings, despite claiming five clean sheets to the Belgian's 12.

That highlights the importance of save and bonus points to Heaton's potential.

He has earned 21 points from saves and the 16 bonus points he has collected is nine more than any other FPL goalkeeper.

With 18.4 points per million, Heaton is now the top value FPL asset.

Burnley v Southampton
Maya Yoshida earned a third successive start in the absence of Jose Fonte

Southampton slipped to a fourth successive defeat as they continued to stall as a source of FPL talent.

But the Fixture Difficulty Rankings suggest that Saints could offer potential, with none of their next four opponents scoring more than two.

Defender Maya Yoshida (£4.2m) could be an intriguing option over those fixtures.

With Jose Fonte (£5.3m) out of favour, the Japanese defender made a third successive start at Turf Moor, as he continues to offer a cheap route into the Southampton defence.

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