Fantasy Premier League 2015/16- Goalkeepers

With the top goalkeepers available for £5.5 million, it is easy to have some of the world’s best players in your team. When it comes to scoring points, however, goalkeepers are somewhat limited. Unless they are able to do a Begovic and score from their goal-line, goalkeepers will rely on clean sheets and saves in order to earn points.

With as little as £1.5 million separating the top keepers to the reserve keepers, it is the case that as little as £0.5 million could make all the difference come the end of the season. Bearing this in mind, here are some goalkeepers to have a look at in the upcoming season.

Petr Cech (Arsenal, £5.5 million)

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The ex-Chelsea man has featured three times for his new club Arsenal and won three trophies in the process. The most notable to date was in their 1-0 Community Shield victory against the current Premiership champions, one that would have particularly pleased Arsenal fans ahead of the new season.

Any follower of the Premiership will be aware of the calibre of Petr Cech and the capture of him is a huge step forward for Arsenal. The Gunners have been crying out for a world-class goalkeeper for several seasons now and Cech seems to fit the bill perfectly. With over 30% of people selecting the Arsenal goalkeeper for their team, it is clear that a lot of people also think the same. David Ospina managed to get 8 clean sheets last season, but with Cech in goal Arsenal will be hoping to push for the title.

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, £5.5 million)

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If you are confident in selling a goalkeeper of Petr Cech’s standard, then you must be certain that you are in possession of one of the world’s best. This was the case at Chelsea with their first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea had the best defence last season and Courtois got 12 clean sheets in the process. This number may have been even higher had Cech not played a part. With Asmir Begovic now playing second fiddle, Courtois will be confident of increasing his tally this season and retaining the Premiership title in the process.

Sitting behind arguably the best defence in the league, Courtois would be the easy option to go with. Having only finished in joint 7th overall in terms of goalkeepers last season due in part to limited opportunities to make saves, however, it may be worth considering the alternatives.

Joe Hart (Manchester City, £5.5 million)

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With the golden glove to his name, Joe Hart is definitely one of the stand-out candidates. The Manchester City goalkeeper managed 14 clean sheets last season and finished in joint third in terms of stoppers.

With such a high quality squad in front of him, however, the goalkeeper will not have as much opportunities to make saves which therefore will cost him points. Hart managed to make only 87 saves last season which was well off Lukasz Fabianski’s 137. Adrian, of West Ham, finished level on points with Hart despite being cheaper partly due to his 129 saves. As a result Hart may be able to accumulate a decent number of clean sheets but the overall calibre of his squad may end up harming his points tally.

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £5 million)

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Despite a weakness when it comes to handling crosses, Simon Mignolet finished last season as the second highest scoring goalkeeper. The Liverpool stopper is valued at £5 million, meaning that he is £0.5 million less than his big-team counterparts despite getting a joint-highest 14 clean sheets last season.

Liverpool have bolstered their defence going into the new season with the addition of Nathaniel Clyne and subsequently will be hoping to be as proficient this season despite the departure of Steven Gerrard. The only concern for the Liverpool defence will be in terms of their away fixtures. After their first away game at Stoke all away fixtures will be against the biggest Premiership sides. It may be wise, therefore, to consider a back-up wisely if opting with the Liverpool goalkeeper.

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea, £5 million)

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As last season’s highest scoring goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski has a lot to live up to this season. Fabianski impressed last season, winning three end of season awards at Swansea, and he has quickly become one of their key players.

Nobody made more saves than Fabianski last season, earning himself a nice number of extra points, and he will be hoping to build on his performances this season. Apart from a tricky fixture against Chelsea to open the season, Swansea have some promising looking fixtures coming up in the first few weeks making Fabianski one to seriously consider.

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester, £4.5 million)

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At only £4.5 million, Kasper Schmeichel is one of the cheapest first-choice goalkeepers that you can get. At the end of last season Leicester were able to get five clean sheets in seven games so they will be hoping that they can re-create such form at the start of the new season.

While it would not be wise to have Schmeichel as a first-choice Fantasy goalkeeper, having kept six clean sheets in the whole of last season, he offers great value as a back-up and Leicester have some favourable fixtures coming up in the first few game-weeks.

Review

As has been shown, there is little financially to separate the goalkeepers but it is possible to save an extra £0.5 million by not opting with the big names and simultaneously still earn as many or even more points in the process. While the likes of Thibault Courtois and Joe Hart are tempting due to the teams they play for, it is definitely worth considering those who cost slightly less, who will potentially have an increased exposure to the ball and who therefore have the opportunity to make a difference to their team. Due to his performance last season, especially in terms of saves, Adrian (West Ham, £5 million) is another to look out for but it will be interesting to see how the team makes use of the new arrival Darren Randolph who is confident of challenging for a spot in the team.

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