With just one day 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 Friday Night kick-off on 11 August.
Everyone loves a bit of FPL, but it is not always easy to get your selections right, which is why over the next few hours 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 and the season before that. 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 1129890-271257.
Five to avoid...
Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield, £4.5m), Jordan Pickford (Everton, £5.0m), Tom Heaton (Burnley, £5.0m), Petr Cech (Arsenal, £5.5m), Ederson (Man City, £5.5m).
Other notable mentions...
Joe Hart (West Ham, £4.5m), Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth, £4.5m), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £5.0m), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, £5.5m), Ben Foster (West Brom, £4.5m).
ROB ELLIOT (NEWCASTLE UNITED)
Price – £4.0m. Selected by – 16.5%. FPL points last season – NA.
Elliot was sensational the last time Newcastle were in the Premier League and started the final three games of the Championship season after recovering from a serious knee injury. FPL seems to think Karl Darlow, who is valued at £4.5m, will be the chosen one of the two, but the 31-year-old is set to start the season as the Magpies’ No.1. This makes him the only active £4.0m priced player in FPL and perhaps one of the best bargains at the moment. It is no surprise that he is the third- most selected (16.5%) keeper by FPL managers.