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FPL best goalkeepers: Budget, differential and premium tips for Gameweek 2

By Jonathan Davies

FPL goalkeepers Gameweek 2

Published: 11:00, 18 August 2023

If you’re struggling to make a decision on which goalkeeper to use in your FPL team this weekend, we’ve got everything covered.

They say a great goalkeeper wins you league titles, and the adage is true of fantasy football too.

Using our brand new rating system, the Squawka Score, we look at the best goalkeeping options for Gameweek 2. Our tool judges a player’s output per 90 minutes for a group of selected stats and spits out a percentage based on their potential to score FPL points.

What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here

If you think you can beat our FPL boffins, you can join the Squawka Challenge League here.

Best FPL goalkeepers
Top goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 2
Best cheap goalkeepers for Gameweek 2
Best goalkeepers with easy fixtures

Best FPL Goalkeepers

Here are the top 10 Premier League goalkeepers based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Alisson Becker 62% Liverpool 5.5
David Raya 62% Arsenal 5.0
Bernd Leno 62% Fulham 4.5
Sam Johnstone 60% Crystal Palace 4.5
Nick Pope 58% Newcastle United 5.5
Emiliano Martinez 54% Aston Villa 5.0
Ederson 51% Manchester City 5.5
Robert Sanchez 48% Chelsea 4.5
Jordan Pickford 47% Everton 4.5
Jason Steele 47% Brighton & Hove Albion 4.5

Top goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 2

As part of our FPL coverage, we are going to pick out a Differential Duel ahead of every Gameweek.

The idea is to pit two comparable assets against each other — one who isn’t necessarily being selected by most FPL managers, and one who is proving popular.

We will then give you the stats and it is your call as to who gets the final nod.

This week, we compare Chelsea’s Robert Sanchez (3.1% ownership) with Manchester United’s Andre Onana (27.9%).

Of course, the former Inter goalkeeper has not generated a Squawka Score just yet given his limited playing time in the Premier League, but not much separated the two last season. And with Sanchez costing 0.5 million less, he is worth considering for selection ahead of Chelsea’s trip to West Ham.

Here is a closer look at how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix

Best cheap goalkeepers for Gameweek 2

It is fair to say that goalkeepers at the bottom end of the price scale might not start you many games, but that does not mean they should be completely ruled out when it comes to FPL.

For genuine starters, you might want to focus on our 4.5 picks, although Alphonse Areola and Matt Turner also look like starters for their respective sides as things stand. The below selections have been produced after running this year’s numbers through our Squawka Score super computer ahead of Gameweek 2.

The best 4.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Alphonse Areola, West Ham United (N/A)
  2. Matt Turner, Nottingham Forest (N/A)
  3. Fraser Forster, Tottenham (47%)

The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Robert Sanchez, Chelsea (48%)
  2. Bernd Leno, Fulham (62%)
  3. Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace (60%)

 Best goalkeepers with easy fixtures

Giving you further food for thought, we have crunched the numbers using both the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) and our Squawka Score tool to determine the best player to pick from each club facing an ‘easy’ fixture this weekend.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Arsenal David Raya 62% 5.0
Aston Villa Emiliano Martinez 54% 5.0
Brentford Mark Flekken* N/A 4.5
Brighton Jason Steele 47% 4.5
Liverpool Alisson Becker 62% 5.5
Nottingham Forest Matt Turner* N/A 4.0
Sheffield United Wes Foderingham* N/A 4.5

*Expected to start, but does not qualify for a Squawka Score until GW6 as he did not feature in the Premier League last season.