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FPL best goalkeeper picks: Gameweek 3 Budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

FPL goalkeepers Gameweek 3

Published: 9:00, 25 August 2023

Struggling to decide who to play in between the posts in Gameweek 3? We’ve got you covered.

A great goalkeeper can be the difference between title glory or a near miss, something that is especially true in FPL.

Using our brand new rating system, the Squawka Score, we look at the best goalkeeping options for Gameweek 3. 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 3
Best cheap goalkeepers for Gameweek 3
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
David Raya 62% Arsenal 4.9
Bernd Leno 60% Fulham 4.5
Sam Johnstone 59% Crystal Palace 4.5
Nick Pope 58% Newcastle 5.5
Alisson 58% Liverpool 5.5
Emiliano Martinez 56% Aston Villa 5.0
Ederson 55% Man City 5.5
Neto 49% Bournemouth 4.5
Jason Steele 47% Brighton 4.5
Aaron Ramsdale 47% Arsenal 5.0

Top goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 3

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 Fulham’s Bernd Leno (9.8% ownership) with Man City’s Ederson (17.6%).

Not only does Leno come out at a higher percentage on our Squawka Score (60% compared to 55%), he is 1m cheaper (4.5m vs 5.5m AND has, so far, secured more FPL points this season (14 points to Ederson’s 12).

Could the Fulham stopper continue this trend and prove to be a key differential this weekend?

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

Best cheap goalkeepers for Gameweek 3

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 keeping the gloves 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 3.

The best 4.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

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

The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Berno Leno, Fulham (60%)
  2. Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace (59%)
  3. Neto, Bournemouth (49%)

 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% 4.9
Aston Villa Emiliano Martinez 56% 5.0
Brentford Mark Flekken* N/A 4.5
Brighton Jason Steele 47% 4.5
Chelsea Robert Sanchez 47% 4.5
Everton Jordan Pickford 44% 4.5
Man City Ederson 55% 5.5
Man United Andre Onana* N/A 5.0
Spurs Guglielmo Vicario* N/A 5.0
Wolves Jose Sa 47% 5.0

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