The Change to Bonus Points

The biggest and the best recruitment fantasy league in the country begins at 1145 on Saturday 12th September. There have been quite a few rule changes and so we've been giving you a run down on them over the last few weeks. The previous editions are available on-line at

So far we’ve looked at wildcards and chips for Triple Captain, Bench Boost and All Out Attack. This week we’re going to deal with the...

Bonus Points

For those of you who aren’t familiar with these, they are the extra points that the top 3 players get awarded for their contribution to the match. The top player gets 3 bonus points, the second 2 bonus points and the 3rd best gets 1 bonus point. Unlike the MOTM awards from say Sky, bonus points are awarded on a very objective basis. It’s how this works and how that might affect your tactics that we’re going to look at this week. Please bear in mind that these bonus points are the points that the FL system uses to calculate who gets the 3 MOTM awards and are not fantasy league points in themselves.

Goalies are awarded bonus points per save and they used to get a single point per save. They now get 2 points per save which makes the cheaper goalies who might let a few in, but still make lots of saves quite enticing. Is it worth buying two cheap goalies who interchange perfectly on their home and away games instead of an expensive one and a £4.0m one that won’t ever play?

Defenders are awarded bonus points for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBIs) and tackles made. They used to get a point for every 3 CBIs and a point for every tackle. They now get a bonus point for every 2 CBIs and 2 points for every tackle.

The final change related to passing accuracy and pass completion. Players used to get 3, 6 and 9 points for 70%, 80% and 90% respective passing accuracy providing they made at least 30 passes in the game. Those have now been reduced to 2, 4 & 6 points. This will obviously affect the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva but it will also affect the top centre backs from the best teams who tend to dominate possession.

So how does all this affect your selection and tactics?

Firstly, those cheap defenders and goalies are definitely more attractive and secondly, the top pass completion experts are a little less favoured.  We will also find more goalies and defenders winning MOTM awards and that means you may want to change the generally favoured 3-4-3 system into maybe a 4-4-2.

One team only please

We didn’t think we had to actually say this but there’s always one isn’t there?

You can only enter one team into our league. If we didn’t make this clear before, please take this as a rule change before our season starts.

If you do enter more than one team, we will simply delete the latest team that you have entered. Next season, we’ll delete all the teams you have entered so please play fair

Team names please

The reason we ask for your agency name as part of your team name is because it’s the only way we can ensure that we are paying the prizes out to the correct managers and that those managers are genuinely in the recruitment industry.

However, those of you who aren’t putting in your team names are missing out on some great publicity for your agency and, as recruiters tend to be competitive creatures, isn’t it better to beat you rivals in business AND in the fantasy league? 

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