As we look forward to the upcoming fantasy season, we start from the back and assess the best keepers to sign for your sides, splitting the pool of GKs into three price levels.
Whether you favor a “set and forget” approach or prefer to actively rotate based on fixtures, there are some big (and new) names to consider this season.
Here are the ones we think are the best.
Jordan Pickford, Everton, £4.5M
One of the most nailed-on keepers in the league, Pickford is certainly the most nailed-on among the budget-priced netminders. Everton had a poor season last year but did just enough to stay up, with notable performances from the England number 1 going a long way towards helping the Toffees avoid the drop. Pickford will pick up plenty of save points and is particularly good at saving PKs. Manager Sean Dyche is known for his defensive-minded setups, so Pickford owners could well benefit this season.
Sam Johnstone, Crystal Palace, £4.5M
Johnstone was promoted to first-choice in the latter stages of last season once Roy Hodgson took over as gaffer. The keeper rewarded his manager’s faith with three clean sheets in nine games, helped by the strong center-back pairing of Guehi and Anderson.
Alphonse Areola, West Ham, £4.0M
Our choice at the very rock-bottom price point goes to a keeper who has the potential to rival an aging Lukasz Fabianksi as the 38 year-old Pole enters the twilight of his career. Areola proved himself in West Ham’s successful Europa League Conference campaign and should now be in contention for the No. 1 jersey this season.
Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal , £5.0M
Priced at just £5.0M, the starting goalkeeper for the side that finished second last season balances quality with budget. Arsenal has strengthened defensively over the summer, with the acquisitions of Timber and Rice promising additional security at the back. If Saliba can stays fit then Ramsdale could well surpass the 14 clean sheets he kept last season.
David Raya, Brentford, £5.0M
The highest-earning keeper in FPL last season, Raya kept 12 clean-sheets, made a huge amount of saves, and also racked up tons of bonus points (20). There are some rumors that Arsenal is targeting Raya, but if he stays at Brentford, he’ll be a strong choice.
André Onana, Man United, £5.0M
A newbie to the Premier League, Onana a highly-rated Cameroonian international transferred from Inter Milan to claim Manchester United’s top spot following the departure of David de Gea. Onana will offer something different in a ten Hag side that is continuously improving.
Alisson, Liverpool, £5.5M
Runner-up only to Raya in last season’s FPL campaign, Alisson impressed despite Liverpool’s shaky start and inconsistency. Liverpool began to turn things around towards the end of the season and will surely improve upon last season’s stumbles. Consequently Alisson looks set for another productive campaign between the sticks.
Nick Pope, Newcastle , £5.5M
A big part of Newcastle’s success last season, Pope helped the Magpies qualify for the Champions League, bagging an impressive 14 clean-sheets for a side that continues to invest and improve.
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