FPL Players to Watch - Goalkeepers
Posted by FFPundits
3:06pm Jul 18 2017
Exploring the best value Fantasy Premier League Goalkeepers ahead of Gameweek 1
This new Players to Watch series (by position) will take a look at some of the best picks for your Gameweek 1 team.
We won’t be considering the most premium options here, but rather, looking for potential bargains and under-priced players, that look set to deliver great value; helping us to stick within the £100m budget.
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Ben Foster – West Brom [£4.5m]
After keeping his £4.5m price tag from last season, Ben Foster looks set to be a great value option between the sticks once again.
West Brom didn’t have their best defensive record last season, keeping just 6 clean sheets. However, Tony Pulis’s men have done much better historically, keeping 11 clean sheets in the 2015/16 season and a huge 16 clean sheets in the 2014/15 season and the manager has built a reputation around his ability to park a bus.
With promising opening fixtures against Bournemouth, Burnley, Stoke and Brighton in the first 4 Gameweeks, it’s no surprise that Foster is the 2nd most selected goalkeeper in the game, behind Manchester United’s David de Gea.
Fraser Forster – Southampton [£5.0m]
Fraser Forster stands out amongst the £5.0m goalkeeper options, taking into consideration his incredible kind run of fixtures to begin the season. Saints will have a home advantage for 3 of their first 4 fixtures, facing Swansea, West Ham and Watford, with an away trip to Huddersfield amongst the run-in.
Southampton’s no.1 played every minute of Premier League football for the club last season, keeping an impressive tally of 14 clean sheets; level with Manchester United’s David de Gea, and only Hugo Lloris (15) and Thibaut Courtois (16) kept more.
Only 3 teams managed more clean sheets than Southampton last season in total, and once again those were: Chelsea, with 16 clean sheets and Man Utd and Spurs, tied on 17.
Wayne Hennessey – Crystal Palace [£4.5m]
Despite making just 29 appearances last season for Crystal Palace, Wayne Hennessey was in the starting line-up for all 7 of his team’s clean sheets last season, after being restored as no.1 goalkeeper by their now former manager, Sam Allardyce.
With French goalkeeper, Steve Mandanda, having re-joined Marseille on a three-year-deal this summer, Hennessey’s starting place looks to be secure for the start of the new season, unless the club are to dip into the transfer market.
With home games against Huddersfield and Swansea during the first 3 Gameweeks, either side of a trip to Anfield, the £4.5m goalkeeper could offer a short-term alternative, to Ben Foster, though he’ll be working under a new manager, in Frank de Boer.
Asmir Begovic – Bournemouth £4.5m
Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, was signed by the Cherries this summer, with manager Eddie Howe describing him as: “an outstanding goalkeeper who has proved himself capable of performing at the highest level over a several years. “
Before spending the majority of last season as backup to Thibaut Courtois, the 30-year-old goalkeeper made 17 appearances for Chelsea in the 2015/16 season, keeping 4 clean sheets in 15 starts, whilst producing an impressive average of 3.2 saves per game.
He’ll join a Bournemouth side that are looking to build on a successful 2016/17 campaign, where they finished in 9th place in the Premier League and kept a tally of 10 clean sheets.
Priced at £4.5m, Begovic will offer the cheapest way into the Bournemouth back-line, should he manage to replace Artur Boruc as the club’s first choice goalkeeper.
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