Goalkeepers can be such a hard pick when it comes to fantasy football.
Do you go for the big, and therefore more expensive, names who can guarantee a host of clean sheets? Or someone fighting near the bottom of the table that’ll rack up points for saves given how busy they’ll be, as well as the odd clean sheet?
Well, the best answer may be somewhere in the middle. There is no real cut-and-dry method for picking goalkeepers and instead you need to look at the form and, when building a squad, the differential. Which goalkeepers give you the best points return against how much they cost?
You can use these tips to your advantage if you’re looking to start afresh in the New Year having watched your original fantasy team go south. FanTeam have launched a free-to-enter Second Chance competition which kicks off in January and includes a £100,000 prize pool.
How to join FanTeam’s Second Chance Premier League 2021/22 Fantasy Football tournament for free:
- Head to FanTeam and sign up
- Join the ‘Second Chance Season Game’ tournament with your free entry ticket
- Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’
FPL value picks: Top five goalkeepers
5. Robert Sanchez (Brighton)
Value on FanTeam: £4.6
Points so far: 58.6
Points per million: 12.74
Since becoming Brighton’s first-choice goalkeeper towards the end of 2020, Robert Sanchez has been reliable between the sticks for Graham Potter’s side. The Spaniard has conceded 14 goals in 14 Premier League games so far this season, while also keeping four clean sheets. But the biggest thing for Sanchez, and Brighton, this season has been his saves with the Spaniard making 36 so far, at an average of 2.57 per game. He’s a big reason for Brighton sitting pretty in the top half of the table.
4. Alex McCarthy (Southampton)
Value on FanTeam: £4.7
Points so far: 60.4
Points per million: 12.85
Another goalkeeper being kept busy this season is Southampton’s Alex McCarthy, who is earning the right to be called a shot-stopper. McCarthy has played every game in the league so far this season for Southampton but hasn’t been given too much help by his teammates, conceding 21 goals. However, he is also a surprise name high up the list when it comes to shutouts, keeping five clean sheets in the Premier League so far alongside his 40 saves (2.67 per game). All of this coming despite Southampton being down in 15th shows just how important McCarthy is to Ralph Hasenhuttl right now.
3. David de Gea (Manchester United)
Value on FanTeam: £5.1
Points so far: 67.6
Points per million: 13.25
Another top goalkeeper proving his value this season is David de Gea, who has come under fire in the Manchester United goal. The Spaniard hasn’t been keeping too many clean sheets this season, managing a shutout in just 20% of his league matches so far, and he does also average 1.6 goals conceded per game. However, where De Gea comes up trumps is with his saves. Kept busy by Man Utd’s lack of defence, De Gea has made 46 saves in the Premier League so far this season including two from the penalty spot, denying Mark Noble and Ismaila Sarr from 12 yards.
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2. Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Value on FanTeam: £5.0
Points so far: 66.7
Points per million: 13.34
When Arsenal paid £24m for Aaron Ramsdale in the summer they were mocked by rival fans, as the goalkeeper had suffered relegation from the Premier League with two different clubs. But Arsenal fans have had the last laugh, with Ramsdale being frankly spectacular since coming into the Arsenal team. On top of keeping clean sheets in 42.85% of his games, as a top goalkeeper would, the Englishman has also averaged 3.23 saves per match, conceding just 13 goals (four of which came in one game against Liverpool).
1. Jose Sa (Wolves)
Value on FanTeam: £4.8
Points so far: 70.5
Points per million: 14.69
Perhaps the surprise star of the goalkeeping world in the Premier League, Jose Sa has been a wall between the sticks for Wolves. Playing all 15 games for Wolves this season, Sa has conceded just 13 goals, keeping five clean sheets. Only Brentford, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have scored more than once against Sa in a single game this season, with the likes of Manchester United, Leicester, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all managing just one. Sa deserves a lot of credit for that too, with 47 saves at an average of 3.13 per game. He’s made sure that Wolves don’t miss Rui Patricio.