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FPL best goalkeeper picks: Gameweek 5 complete budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

Published: 9:30, 15 September 2023

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.

Best FPL goalkeepers
Top goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 5
Best cheap goalkeepers for Gameweek 5
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 69% Liverpool 5.5
Nick Pope 61% Newcastle 5.5
David Raya 60% Arsenal 4.8
Bernd Leno 58% Fulham 4.6
Emiliano Martinez 58% Aston Villa 4.9
Lukasz Fabianski 57% West Ham 4.4
Dean Henderson 56% Crystal Palace 4.5
Ederson 55% Man City 5.6
Sam Johnstone 54% Crystal Palace 4.5
Aaron Ramsdale 53% Arsenal 5.0

Top goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 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

Best cheap goalkeepers for Gameweek 5

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

  1. Matt Turner, Nottingham Forest (N/A)
  2. Fraser Forster, Tottenham (45%)
  3. Robin Olsen, Aston Villa (N/A)

The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Bernd Leno, Fulham (58%)
  2. Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace (54%)
  3. Robert Sanchez, Chelsea (52%)

 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 60% 4.8
Aston Villa Emiliano Martinez 58% 4.9
Burnley James Trafford* 4.5
Chelsea Robert Sanchez 52% 4.5
Fulham Bernd Leno 58% 4.6
Liverpool Alisson 69% 5.5
Luton Thomas Kaminski* 4.5
Nottingham Forest Matt Turner* 4.0
Spurs Guglielmo Vicario* 5.1

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