Fantasy Premier League

Key passes make Eriksen the bonus point king

The Scout 16/10/2017
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth - Christian Eriksen

The Scout on how the BPS rewards Spurs playmaker as well as De Bruyne, David Silva and Mkhitaryan

Christian Eriksen (£9.7m) is now top of the Fantasy Premier League standings after claiming another maximum three bonus points in Gameweek 8, taking him to 10 for the season.

The Dane fired his third goal of the campaign against AFC Bournemouth to score 36 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

While his second-half strike contributed more than half of that tally, Eriksen’s creativity was again a factor.

He gained seven points in the BPS for three key passes and a successful open-play cross.

BPS loves KDB

Those are metrics that also helped Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m) edge into the bonus points for Manchester City.

Both David Silva (£8.5m) and Leroy Sane (£8.4m) scored in the 7-2 victory over Stoke City but lost out to De Bruyne in the BPS.

The Belgian’s two assists were both key passes and were also classified as big chances, or a chance where the receiving player should score.

This meant De Bruyne's assists earned him 13 points apiece in the BPS, contributing to his total of 39.

Silva has also benefited in this way this season.

He has supplied six big chances to De Bruyne’s five, with the City pair also ranking as the top two players for key passes.

Top four midfielders in Bonus Points System
  Key passes Big chances created BPS
De Bruyne 26 5 208
Eriksen 19 1 205
Silva 25 6 201
Mkhitaryan 22 5 176

Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£8.4m) has also supplied five big chances along with 22 key passes.

He sits fourth for BPS among midfielders, with the Manchester trio, along with Eriksen, all fitting the profile for players who can excel for bonus points. 

They combine key passes and big chances created, while also avoiding being penalised for excessive shots off target and for being tackled.

See: Pope setting record pace for bonus points

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