With just two days to go for the new season, FPL managers will be busy assembling their squads and balancing between budget options and big name players ahead of the big Premier League kick-off on Saturday 13 August.
Everyone loves a bit of FPL, but it is not always easy to get your selections right, which is why over the next couple of days we will bring you the top 5 players to pick from each position which will help you to beat your friends in private and public leagues. Yes, just like we did last season. In this article, we have a look at the position between the sticks.
Goalkeepers are often overlooked in FPL as the points they earn is limited and uninspired compared to the other three positions. Despite the fact that they are extremely productive, owning the right keeper or a set of keepers, could be the difference on any given gameweek. There are two alternatives over here – you can pick a top keeper from one of the top four or five teams, or you can pick two keepers from the lesser sides and rotate them based on their matches.
The value in the first option lies in its simplicity and is preferred by the majority of FPL managers. No need for a backup on your bench and more chances of clean sheets. However, the downside is that the opposition will have less possession in the attacking third, meaning, fewer shots on goal and fewer saves for the keeper to make. If you are unable to pick a premium keeper, then the rotation strategy, if implemented thoughtfully, can produce solid results. But this option can be costly, especially towards the latter part of the season when the prices of the players increase according to their performances.
Here, we have a look at the top 5 goalkeepers to pick in your FPL squad this season. If you haven’t yet registered then you can do so over here and don’t forget to join our private league. The code is 168351-54522.
Tom Heaton (Burnley, £4.5m), Heurelho Gomes (Watford, £5.0m), Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough, £4.5m), Adrian (West Ham United, £5.0m), Fraser Forster (Southampton, £5.0m).
Price – £5.5m. Selected by – 9.3%. FPL points last season – 69.
The Belgium international endured a difficult campaign last season due to injury and poor form, but it would be foolish to rule out perhaps one of the most exciting goalkeeping talents in the world. Capable of pulling some stunning saves, Courtois is one of the cheapest options to Chelsea’s backline (along with John Terry) which will now be formed by the Italian tactician, Antonio Conte. Expect things to be very solid, disciplined and tight at Stamford Bridge this season.