Fantasy Premier League

Pope setting record pace for bonus points

The Scout 16/10/2017
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope celebrates in the match against West Ham United

Burnley goalkeeper following Tom Heaton's lead as the new No 1 in FPL Bonus Points System

Fantasy Premier League managers should be on alert to the potential offered by Nick Pope (£4.5m).

The Burnley goalkeeper's performances in replacing Tom Heaton (£4.9m) are being recognised in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Pope replaced his captain after 36 minutes against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 4 after Heaton's shoulder injury.

He has since earned 113 in the BPS at a rate of a point every 3.66 minutes.

That is more frequent than any other goalkeeper, ahead of David De Gea (£5.6m), who ranks second with a BPS point every 3.77 minutes.

Significantly, Pope's rate surpasses that achieved by Heaton last season.

The Clarets No 1 gained 21 bonus points in 2016/17, a record for FPL goalkeepers, and ended the season as the top-scoring goalkeeper on 149 points.

But he earned a BPS point every 4.2 minutes during that campaign.

Saves and recoveries, where a player gains possession of the ball when it has gone loose, are the key metrics for goalkeepers in the BPS.

Pope is excelling in both areas.

Despite conceding, he earned a single bonus point in Saturday’s draw with West Ham United after 12 saves and five recoveries.

He has made a save every 18.8 minutes, more frequently than any other goalkeeper.

The same applies to recoveries, with Pope recording one every 7.0 minutes.

Pope v Heaton
  Heaton 2016/17 Pope 2017/18
Minutes per BPS 4.2 3.66
Minutes per save 22.1 18.8
Minutes per recovery 8.8 7.0

Again this is outperforming Heaton’s record-breaking 2016/17 campaign.

Pope will be expected to make way on his skipper's return but until then he can be a successor to Heaton's FPL crown.

See: Key passes make Eriksen the bonus-point king

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