If you want success in FPL, you’ll need to make the right choice between the sticks. We’ve got all the info you need ahead of Gameweek 5.
One of the underrated assets of a successful fantasy football team is a safe pair of hands behind your defence churning out consistent points hauls.
Using our brand new rating system, the Squawka Score, we look at the best goalkeeping options for Gameweek 5. 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.
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|
|Emiliano Martinez||58%||Aston Villa||4.9|
|Lukasz Fabianski||57%||West Ham||4.4|
|Dean Henderson||56%||Crystal Palace||4.5|
|Sam Johnstone||54%||Crystal Palace||4.5|
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 Brentford’s Mark Flekken (2.9% ownership) with Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale (16.4%).
Flekken has impressed in his debut season in West London, netting 14 points across his first four games, making him the 8th highest ranking goalkeeper on FPL, so far. Despite this he is still owned by less than 3% of players. Compare this to Ramsdale, who has scored three fewer points and costs 0.5m more, who is owned by over 16% of players.
Brentford take on Everton and Nottingham Forest in two of the next three game weeks, giving you even more reason to consider switching your stopper, picking up some profit and aiming for mini-league glory.
Here is a closer look at how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix.
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 5.
The best 4.0 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Matt Turner, Nottingham Forest (N/A)
- Fraser Forster, Tottenham (45%)
- Robin Olsen, Aston Villa (N/A)
The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Bernd Leno, Fulham (58%)
- Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace (54%)
- Robert Sanchez, Chelsea (52%)
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|
|Aston Villa||Emiliano Martinez||58%||4.9|
|Nottingham Forest||Matt Turner*||—||4.0|
*Expected to start, but does not qualify for a Squawka Score until GW6 as he did not feature in the Premier League last season.