There were some decent performances which gathered buckets of points for players in the competition.
Curtains were closed on a turbulent and rather unique 2019-20 Premier League season on 26 July, 2020. Affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the extended season ended with Liverpool FC taking home the title after nearly three decades. With that, another competition ended parallel to the Premier League, which was the Fantasy Premier League, the premier fantasy football tournament played by over four million users worldwide.
Each week, users around the world picked their best team under a budget cap and hoped their players performed well and gathered points for them, thereby elevating them on the global standings and private mini-leagues as well.
There were some usual and unusual players who performed consistently throughout the campaign and were used by the majority of users in order to climb up the ranks.
We take a look back at the top three players in each of the four departments who accumulated the most Fantasy Premier League points in 2019-20.
1. Nick Pope – 170 points
Nick Pope was immaculate for Burnley FC this season and seemed to have finally fulfilled his untapped potential as an upcoming top goalkeeper for England. His 15 clean sheets, second-most in the league, helped Burnley in finishing in the top half of the table.
Nick Pope was a cheaper option in comparison to other custodians like Ederson and Allisson but came out on top in terms of highest amounts of points accumulated for a goalkeeper.
2. Dean Henderson – 160 points
Dean Henderson was in the news even before the season had started and had heavy expectations on his shoulders to drive a Sheffield United team where he had spent a season before in the Championship.
Owing to his stellar performances that enabled him to collect 13 clean sheets, Henderson collected 160 points over the course of the season and has made a strong claim to be part of the senior squad at his parent club, Manchester United.
3. Kasper Schmeichel – 156 points
Leicester City sat on the third position in the table for the longest time before narrowly missing out on the UEFA Champions League qualification places on the last matchday. However, their goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel was a big factor in their hugely successful campaign nonetheless.
The Danish shot-stopper accumulated 13 clean sheets as well and secured 156 points for the players that backed him up in their fantasy squads.
1. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 210 points
Trent Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the world and has only solidified that claim by delivering a mindblowing season with countless impressive displays. His immaculate crossing ability earned him 13 assists, second-most in the league.
Moreover, his goalscoring exploits, where he managed four goals, thanks to his exceptional free-kick accuracy, also earned him and his users buckets of points in the Fantasy Premier League, taking his overall tally to 210 points.
2. Andrew Robertson – 181 points
Although Andrew Robertson placed 39 points behind his teammate in the overall points tally at 181 points, the Scotsman managed 12 assists to his name.
His forward runs and contribution in the final third also enabled him to score two goals but he could have had more with better luck.
3. Virgil Van Dijk – 178 points
Liverpool skipper, Virgil Van Dijk completes the top three as he finished at 178 points.
The Dutch center-back was central to Liverpool’s title charge. He was also a constant threat during dead-ball situations, especially corner kicks. Van Dijk, in addition to helping his side to 15 clean sheets in the league, also scored five goals and made two assists as well.
1. Kevin De Bruyne – 251 points
Scoring the most points this time around at 251, Kevin De Bruyne was a must-have for any Fantasy Premier League player. His 20 assists (23 in terms of FPL scoring) and 13 goals ensured that he was delivering double digits every gameweek.
Be it shooting from distance, crosses, free kicks or penalties, De Bruyne scored points on all fronts and was simply mesmerising to watch and made a lot of FPL players very happy at the end of the day.
2. Mohamed Salah – 233 points
Last year’s leading player in terms of points collected, Mohamed Salah finished second this time around with 233 points. Although, that does not downplay how impressive he’s been for Liverpool in the whole campaign.
19 goals and 10 assists perfectly sum up his yet another successful campaign in the Premier League.
3. Sadio Mane – 221 points
Securing third place is Sadio Mane, coming in with 221 points. Always in a healthy competition with his fellow teammate Salah, Mane scored 18 goals and also made seven assists.
1. Jamie Vardy – 210 points
Winner of the Premier Golden boot award with 23 goals to his name, Jamie Vardy came away with the highest points tally for a forward at 210 points, five points ahead of the second place.
Reaching the swansong of his incredible career at the Foxes, Vardy showed no signs of slowing down and also made seven assists, taking his overall tally to 30 goal contributions in 38 games.
2. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – 205 points
The Arsenal skipper, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang narrowly missed out on both the golden boot and the honor of being the forward with the highest FPL points in the season.
The Gabonese international scored 22 goals, one less than Vardy and accumulated five assists, taking his points tally to 205, merely five less than 210 points scored by Vardy.
3. Danny Ings – 198 points
The surprise package of the season, Danny Ings was exceptional and helped Southampton avoid relegation with ease. Ings scored a career-high of 22 goals in the Premier League and also contributed with two assists, taking his points tally to 198, two shy of the 200-mark. At merely 7.6m cost, Danny Ings turned out to be extremely cost-effective.