Goal takes a look at some of the best shot-stoppers to choose in Premier League fantasy football, including a few bargain buys
Fantasy football leagues across the world get started this August and those taking part will be frantically applying the final touches to their squads.
With the season set to get under way in a matter of weeks, Goal takes a look at some of the best fantasy football goalkeepers to choose for your team, as well as a few potential bargains.
Best Fantasy Football goalkeepers
As you’d expect, the main thing you have to factor in when choosing your fantasy football team goalkeeper is the likelihood of clean sheets.
Generally speaking, the teams which concede the least are those competing at the top half of the table, so those particular netminders tend to be safe picks.
While goalkeepers are ultimately rewarded for teams’ overall defensive solidity, individual brilliance is also taken into consideration, so shotstopping ability and capacity to save penalties is a bonus.
Below are some of the best goalkeepers to choose in fantasy football for 2018-19.
*Prices based on official Premier League game
David de Gea | Man United | £6m
The fact that he has been Manchester United’s player of the year in four of the past five seasons tells the story of David de Gea’s worth to the club. As you’d expect, the Spain international is one of the best performing goalkeepers in fantasy football and was comfortably top of the pile last term. He is the most expensive shot-stopper, but history tells us he is an investment worth making.
Ederson | Man City | £5.5m
Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson enjoyed an incredible first season in England, helping Manchester City win the Premier League and, in fantasy football terms, he was among the top performers as well. Ederson benefited from having a formidable defence in front of him, but he produced the goods individually as well, making two penalty saves during the season.
Alisson | Liverpool | £5.5m
In Alisson, Liverpool now boast the most expensive goalkeeper in the world in their squad and Jurgen Klopp will be demanding the best from the Brazil No.1. The former Roma custodian showed his ability in the Champions League and the World Cup, so plenty is expected of him in the Premier League – something that is reflected in his fantasy football value.
Hugo Lloris | Tottenham | £5.5m
Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris has long been considered among the top goalkeepers in world football and he returns for another Premier League campaign as a World Cup winner. While Spurs finished third last season, Lloris’s individual displays – and that of the defence in front of him – were not up to the standard usually associated with them. He will be eager to improve on that in 2018-19.
Thibaut Courtois | Chelsea | £5.5m
Thibaut Courtois is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world and his commanding presence has been a crucial component in Chelsea’s defensive fortitude over the past few seasons. However, uncertainty abounds over the Belgium international’s future at Stamford Bridge, so he is a risky inclusion and one to monitor closely.
Jordan Pickford | Everton | £5m
Despite Everton’s disastrous season in 2017-18, Jordan Pickford was one of the top scoring goalkeepers in fantasy football, finishing the season above the likes of Lloris, Courtois and Petr Cech. He is riding the crest of a wave after starring at the World Cup in Russia with England and that confidence means he should be at the top of his game in 2018-19.
Best Fantasy Football bargain goalkeepers
Rui Patricio | Wolves | £4.5m
Portugal’s No.1 goalkeeper, Rui Patricio was a surprise signing by Wolves ahead of the new campaign and, considering his stature on the international stage, the European Championship winner can be acquired for a relatively cheap fee. Wolves are likely to be on the back foot for much of the season, meaning Patricio will be expected to deal with plenty of shots on goal, meaning he stands to earn a high number of points.
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Mat Ryan | Brighton | £4.5m
Australia international Mat Ryan emerged from his first season in the Premier League with plenty of plaudits as he helped Brighton retain their status in the division. Ryan was also one of the top five scoring shot-stoppers in fantasy football, amassing a points yield that was higher than the likes of Lloris and Courtois.
Lukasz Fabianski | West Ham | £4.5m
Swansea suffered relegation to the Championship last term, but their goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was one of the top three goalkeepers in fantasy football. The Poland international has since signed for West Ham and is much cheaper than his counterparts at bigger clubs.
Ben Foster | Watford | £4.5m
Like Fabianski at Swansea, Ben Foster endured relegation with West Brom, but that did little to diminish his reputation as a goalkeeper, or his ability to pick up fantasy football points. He has since signed for Watford, where he will hope to oust Heurelho Gomes as the Hornets’ number one.