Another week of Fantasy Football and another week of the midfielders letting us down. Will there be a trend this year? The defenders and strikers hogged the points this weekend and in doing so, claimed the majority of the bonus points up for grabs. Of the 81 Bonus points handed out thus far, 53 have gone to the defenders, 20 to the strikers and just a measly 8 points for the midfielders.
Clean sheets for Jagielka, Baines, Foster, Jones, Coloccini, Santon, Enrique, and Walker saw them pick up the maximum points. It’s good to see the defenders being rewarded and the odd goal scored helps too. Although the Saints let one in, Fonte’s goal meant he snatched the maximum available. At the KC Stadium, a 10 man Hull side kept out the Canaries, earning Macgregor, Davies and Chester some well eared points.
The new system clearly seems to be benefiting the defenders and the Tottenham game is a clear example. With Soldado bagging the only goal of the game, it was Walker who picked up the maximum with a cleansheet . Clearances, blocks and interceptions are helping the defenders stake their claim this season and this may see an upturn in the acquisition of central defenders, who will also gain points with relatively high Pass completions.
It’s also worth noting that Walcott came away with nothing, even though he provided an assist. It seems that this year the Midfielders will need to produce more to get a chance of grabbing those extra points. The key difference is that goals scored for midfielders are worth less than they are for strikers. For instance, if Silva and Dzeko both score one it is highly likely Dzeko will take away maximum bonus points. They’ll need to create clear cut chances and whip in open play crosses to get in on the bonus points.
My only concern with the system is that the likes of Bent and Negredo managed to pick up points, besides coming on late in the game, their goals helping them earn the points due to no clean sheets being kept in their respective games. Around 9-10 points in the bonus system scoring seems enough for reward in most games. Since a goal is worth a massive 8 points for strikers, it only takes a Bent-esque tap in to have them amongst the points.
It’s still early days but we’ll need to keep an eye on how the bonus points continue to pan out. If it carries on like this, it may very well be beneficial to us Fantasy Managers to beef up our defense and forward lines whilst downgrading somewhat on the misfiring midfielders. Perhaps the mids have just got off to a slow start!
Below is a breakdown of the Bonus Points allocated for each game…
Fulham v Arsenal
Bent (1), Giroud (2), Podolski (3)
Everton v West Brom
Jagielka (3), Baines (3), Foster (3), Jones (3)
Hull City v Norwich
Chester (1), Davies (1), Macgregor (2), Brady (3)
Newcastle v West Ham
Collins (1), Coloccini (3), Santon (3),
Southampton v Sunderland
Lovren (1), Giaccherini (1), Ward-Prowse (2), Fonte (3)
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Shawcross (2), Huth (2), Chamakh (3)
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Toure (2), Sturridge (2), Enrique (3)
Cardiff City v Man City
Gunnarsson (2), Dzeko (2), Negredo (2), Campbell (3)
Tottenham v Swansea
Vertonghen (1), Soldado (2), Walker (3)
Let us know your thoughts on the new bonus point system and if you’ve seen any patterns emerging in the comments. Hope this helped! Cheers.