Players to Watch - Pre-season Differentials | FPL Goalkeepers

5:25pm Jul 5 2019

Goalkeepers from West Ham, Leicester City and Everton are on our radars ahead of FPL Gameweek 1

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We all know who the elite players are on Fantasy Premier League – we’ve owned them year-after-year and are fully aware of their points-scoring capabilities based on seasons gone.

The likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are widely regarded as FPL ‘must haves’, due to their price and ability to consistently return healthy points, but we can’t own or afford them all.

These are known to be the type of players you can almost set-and-forget and takes the good times with the bad times, as even the elite assets will bring you plenty of 1’s and 2’s.

But what about the less thought of players? You know, the ones who don’t spring to mind straight away, but are capable of providing us with a steady stream of returns, but aren’t as sexy as the above mentioned?

In this new series of articles, we will take a look at 3 players from each position – players that we feel could be great additions to your FPL team this season and are well-worth adding to you watch-lists for the pre-season fixtures.

This article will focus solely on Goalkeepers, as part one of a four-part series called ‘Players to Watch – Pre Season Differentials.’

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Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City (£5.0m)

First 5 games: Wolves (H), Chelsea (A), Sheff Utd (A), Bournemouth (H), Man Utd (A)

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Schmeichel has always been seen as a great goalkeeper – it runs in the family; but even though he’s a popular name, we’ve yet to see him in any draft teams sent in to us on Twitter.

The table below shows his consistency over the last 4 years in the Premier League, conceding only 48, 47 and 47 goals conceded in the past 3 seasons respectively, which is pretty impressive for a team outside the top 6.

FPL Goalkeepers - Schmeichel

Averaging 3.61 points per game in his last 4 seasons, Schmeichel has a proven safe pair of hands – but fixtures against Chelsea (A), Man United (A) and Spurs (S) in Leicester’s opening 6 games are enough to put most of us.

However, ladies and gentlemen –  between those tricky fixtures, Leicester will also face Wolves (H), Sheffield United (A) and Bournemouth (H) in their opening 4 games, so could be the ideal candidate to start your season with, before switching him out ahead of Manchester United in Gameweek 5?

If you plan to go against the likes of Ederson and Alisson, the 4.5% owned shot-stopper could prove to be a huge bargain differential.

Łukasz Fabiański – West Ham (£5.0m)

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First 5 games: Man City (H), Brighton (A), Watford (A), Norwich (H), Aston Villa (A)

For the past 4 seasons, in my opinion, Fabianski has been one of the most consistently underrated keepers in the Premier League.

Whether it was for a struggling and later relegated Swansea City side – or, helping turn around West Ham’s defensive troubles last season, he has always performed well.

It’s also worth noting that Fabianski made the most saves in the league last season, and has missed only 2 games in the last 4 years.

The folks at FPL HQ have reacted to his impressive 2018/19, by bumping him up in price to £5.0m – which for me, is still an absolute bargain, considering he finished in the top-5 Goalkeepers last season.

FPL Goalkeepers - Fabianski

As mentioned above with Kasper and Leicester City, the same applies with West Ham’s fixtures.

They kick-start the new season with a horrible home game to the Premier League champions, Manchester City, but have 4 favourable fixtures follow straight after.

Two away games against Brighton and Watford in Gameweek’s 2 and 3, are followed by newly promoted Norwich at home and Aston Villa away in Gameweek’s 4 and 5.

For me, I’d never be confident of a West Ham clean sheet against any Premier League side, but, they’re inevitable and will come.

Totalling 15 bonus points and 148 saves made last season, his 3.76 points per game average is good enough for me to seriously consider owning from Gameweek 1.

Jordan Pickford – Everton (£5.5m)

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First 5 Games: Crystal Palace (A), Watford (H), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Bournemouth (A)

With possibly the most attractive run of opening fixtures, Everton’s Jordan Pickford should be a priority pick for Fantasy Premier League bosses ahead of Gameweek 1.

The Everton shot-stoppers FPL returns continue to improve each year, and he’s yet to miss a single minute of game-time since the 2016/17 season.

Pickford averaged 4.24 points per game last season, whilst recording an impressive 14 clean sheets – this made him the 3rd top-scoring Goalkeeper with 161 points – only 15 behind Alisson.

FPL Goalkeepers - Pickford

If Everton can continue their impressive form from the end of last season, there’s no reason why Everton won’t be in the top 4 by Gameweek 5. But which Everton will turn up?

For some Fantasy Premier League bosses, the thought of owning both Pickford and Lucas Digne could be a touch too frightening, with most opting for the latter, who’s is now owned by 27%+ in early July.

For me, however, the fixtures are there to be capitalised on and with Everton facing only 1 top-6 side in the opening 10 Gameweek’s, I’m confident Jordan Pickford will be my starting Goalkeeper for Gameweek 1.

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