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How Does The EA Sports PPI Index Work? Player Performance Index Explained

Updated on November 27, 2011

If you are wondering how exactly the EA Sports PPI Index works then this page will give you the answers. The EA Sports Player Performance Index as it is known is now being used to calculate bonus points for players in fantasy premier league football. So suddenly the PPI index is of interest to a large amount of people. So how exactly does it work? How do players get points? Who are the players in fantasy football likely to pick up bonus points? Well in this article we will look at the answers to all those questions. This page will basically tell you everything you need to know about the EA Sports PPI index. So first of all, why exactly has fantasy football started using these stats?

Inconsistent Bonus Points

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of fantasy football then the idea it pretty simple. You pick a team of players and then the players are awarded points for their performance in the English Premier League. This game is big business these days and millions of people take part. One of the controversial sides of the game involves bonus points. In each game 3 players are awarded bonus points, three for the best player, two for second best and one for third best. The way these points have been given out over previous seasons has caused some serious debate. The problem was that points were often just awarded to random players. Sometimes no one has a particularly good game, other times there are several exceptional players. The basic rule of thumb seemed to be that big name players were more likely to pick up the bonus points.

So this season the people who run fantasy premier league came up with an idea. They would use EA Sports PPI index to award players bonus points. This was intended to solve the issue of the wrong players being awarded points. With the new system in place the idea was that the best players would earn the coveted bonus points, thus keeping participants in the fantasy football game happy.

So now the season is underway, we have seen the points start to be distributed. Already there is some serious cause for complaint. Many are now asking how exactly this PPI system works. So let’s get the answer to that very question.

Explaining The EA Sports PPI Index

So first thing to take into consideration is the fact that there are six factors that influence the PPI index. Depending on these factors the players are awarded points for there performance in a game. So one player may score 40 points in a game and another 50 points. This would mean in the fantasy football game the player with 50 points will get more bonus points. So what are these six factors?

Winning Team - The first factor then is basically if a player is on the winning side. If a player’s teams win they will be awarded more points that if they lose.

Minutes On Pitch - A player will receive more points if he plays the full 90 minutes, so if a player comes on for just five minutes and scores a goal, he would not get as many points for if he played 90 minutes and scored a goal.

Goals - The most important factor for the majority of players is if they score. Players who do score a goal will be awarded a far greater amount of points compared to one who does not, in this sense it is thought that attacking players are likely to earn more points in the index that defensive players.

Assists - If a player plays the pass that leads to the goal they are credited with an assist and will pick up more points for this.

Clean Sheets - When a players team do not concede any goals they are awarded points for keeping a clean sheet. However, this also depends upon a players position, in other words a goalkeeper will earn more points for a clean sheet than a striker would.

Performance - The most controversial of the six areas is performance. This basically relates to the amount of positive and negative influences a player has on the game. So if he shoots on target he gets points, if he shoots wide he may lose points. If he wins a tackle he gets points, if he commits a foul he loses points. If a goal keeper makes a save he will also earn points.

These are the only factors that will influence the amount of points that a player will receive in any one game. So what differences does this have to the old system?

What It All Means

In previous seasons you may see a player score a wonder goal, he would have done nothing else in the entire game but he would be awarded 3 bonus points simply for that one act of brilliance. Using the EA Sports PPI index that goes out the window. A player may score a screamer in the top corner from 35 yards but he will score the same points as if it had bounced in off his shin from 2 yards out. Whether this is the right way or not is irrelevant really, this is just the way the system works.

In previous seasons some players would very rarely get bonus points in the game. Players like Lucas from Liverpool or Essien from Chelsea would have really good solid performances but not really get recognised for their efforts. This season this could change, if these players make several good passes, several good tackles and basically put in a workman like performance like they so often do, then it is far more likely they will receive bonus points.

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Where Are The Bonus Points Going?

So where exactly have the points been going so far? Well as an example I thought we could have a look at game week 3 of the season. This week we watched Man U hammer Arsenal 8-2, Man City thump Tottenham 5-1 and Liverpool look very strong with a 3-1 over Bolton. That reflected very well in the points scoring on the EA Sports PPI index. Top scorer for the week was Ashley Young, he bagged an incredible 79 points which included 2 goals and 3 assists. Then we see Edin Dzeho who also managed an amazing 77 points which included four goals! So it is clear that scoring goals and getting assists will really get you some big points. There were a few Man City players, Liverpool players and Man U players all in the top ten when it came to points in game week 3. So if your team performs well and scores goals your player from that team is more likely to get some big points on the Player Performance Index.

What about the balance of where the bonus points tend to go. Are attacking players more likely to get them than defensive players? Put quite simply, yes! The big points always seem to go to the more attacking players who get more goals and more assists. However, it has also been noted that defenders and goalkeepers tend to get more consistent points. The fact is though that realistically you want to be looking for explosive players who are likely to be in the thick of the action. Look for players who are likely to score goals and get assists on a regular basis.

As in previous seasons it seems like players such as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt, all attacking midfielders, are far more likely to pick up bonus points than the Lucas’ of this world. This is a shame in some ways but it does mean we know which players we should be picking in our teams.

The Final Word On The PPI Index

To be honest the jury is still out on whether the EA Sports PPI index will improve the fantast premier league game. There has been lots of inconsistency in the past with the award of bonus points and although the system is now far more technical I imagine it will still cause a few people to be up in arms about some decisions. To be honest, while fantasy football uses bonus points there are always going to be people who are unhappy with the results, in some ways it makes the game more interesting.

So now you know a little bit more about how the PPI index works you will hopefully be able to use this information to your advantage. Fantasy football really is great fun and even though bonus points can sometimes be a little contentious, the fact is it’s only a game. But we both know that last statement is completely wrong.


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      Mike G 

      8 years ago

      Hazzard, 3 assists in a 4-2 win and considered to be "man of the match" only the 6th best player in the Chelsea team according to the PPI! Cahill, defender, lets in 2 goals and gets man of the match because he scored. Ivanovic, defender, lets in 2 goals and is second best because he scored. The theory's good, the balance is wrong, too much credit for scoring and winning. How many times does a brilliant losing player even feature in the bonus points, virtually never.

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      smokey king of the bandits 

      8 years ago

      edin hazzard has played 2 games, 5 assists but only 1 bonus point!!!! what's that all about??

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      8 years ago

      This system is obviously not working in Newcastle's games, since I've been watching their games recently.

      The most notable miss in Newcastle's games is the lack of bonus points for Hatem Ben Arfa. Look at gameweek 27 against Sunderland. He was immense - that cameo changed the game in Newcastle's favour, and made him a starter for Newcastle. No bonus points given, though.

      Gameweek 30 against WBA. I hope you all remember that Ben Arfa totally ran the show, but no, Cisse gets 3 bonus points, and hatem gets 2.

      Gameweek 33 against bolton. This is by far the most shocking miss. Hatem Ben arfa gets 0 bonus points despite scoring that important 1-0 goal, which was a stunner. All his own work to give Newcastle the lead, but cisse gets 3 bonus points again, prob cause of that offside tap-in.

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      8 years ago

      There is a man of the match decided at every game, this player should receive 3 bonus points! Simples!!

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      8 years ago from Malaysia

      this is good info for game players. Voted up. Please have a look at my hubpages.

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      Tunde popoola 

      8 years ago

      Who is d current leader of player performance index?

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      8 years ago

      It is the best system ever

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      8 years ago

      Bonus points should be worked out in the next game week, based on transfers....if they have a good game everyone will pick them...bad game, the oposite. this will mean that those that log in and check their team on a regular basis aren't just geeks...they might actually achieve something in their geekdome!!


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