I’m going to open today’s Goalkeeper Rankings with an analogy… Goalies are to Fantasy Soccer as Kickers are to Fantasy Football. They can put your week over the top, but they’ll never carry you. You need to start one on your team, and you need a good one, but they’ll never get you more than 10-12 points max. The long and the short, Goalkeepers are the wrong place to invest your money. The best strategy is to find a goalie who sees a lot of shots, but one who’s team isn’t completely hapless. This way, they’ll rack up the saves, but won’t be shell-shocked. Plus, they’ll get some clean sheets.
Don’t be fooled, the pricing on goalies is cheap. Even the top tier keepers are about as costly to own as a low to mid-tier midfield option. So you’re not going to blow your kitty on your keeper. Regardless, that £1.5 in savings could be the difference between Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge. Having Aguero in your lineup week in and week out makes a bigger difference, than having, say, Joe Hart instead of Ben Foster would. Sure, Joe Hart is steady, and on a great team with a stingy backbone, but how many points will he get you on his good weeks? 12? That’s not much different than the 6 you’d get from a lower level goalie with a uneventful (no saves) clean sheet. Now look at Aguero’s week, he’s scored 19 points, and more than likely if you owned him you had him captained. So you’re looking at 38 points from a single roster spot. You’d never get that from the top goalie in his best week. So this is a place to look for value. Don’t get me wrong you don’t have to punt the position, but the strategy has always worked for me.
Starting 11 Goalkeepers
1. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham: £5.6 – The French captain may not be an all-world keeper but he’s the highest scoring this season in fantasy. Lloris can thank Tottenham’s lax defense for that distinction. He leads the league in saves right now and has 3 clean sheets as well. His team has the identity of no identity, good enough to shut someone out one day, but bad enough to allow 8 shots.
2. Joe Hart, Manchester City: £6.0 – He’s Mr. Reliable year after year, he’s also Mr. Expensive. There’s good reason for that, he’s closest there is to sure thing in the game.
3. David de Gea, Manchester United: £5.4 – Has a very similar situation to Lloris, due to United’s weak back line. A few weeks ago at home against Everton, De Gea stood on his head. He can do that on any given week and is going to see his fair share of shots. I think he has a good setup for consistent points rest of season.
4. Simon Mignolet, Liverpool: £5.5 – He was amazing last season and he hasn’t been bad thus far. I expect him to finish top 3 in points by the end of the season. Liverpool’s defense isn’t great, but it’s good enough that the Belgian could rack up a few more clean sheets the rest of the way.
5. Fraser Forster, Southampton: £5.1 – He’s the league leader with 4 clean sheets to his name, and everything Southampton is hot right now. He’s not seeing a ton of shots so the save total is pretty low and this is what keeps him out of my top 5. His price at £5.1 is only so so despite his point total and here’s why, almost all of his value is based around Southampton playing well. The eventual cold streak will come for a team playing over their heads, I’m not hitching my wagon to that for anything more than £4.8.
6. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea: £6.0 – Quite possibly the most talented keeper in the league, if not the world. He’s been legendary at Atletico the last couple of years, but his transition at Stamford Bridge has not gone as smoothly as Mourhino and company expected. Look at it this way, he’s performed on the big stage and he was good enough to bump Petr Čech, that says something. This may be the lowest he’ll be ranked all season, but his subpar play didn’t warrant a higher ranking.
7. Brad Guzan, Aston Villa: £4.6 – Guzan is a straight bargain. He costs next to nothing for a certified number one starter. He sees enough shots that he’s 6th in the league in saves,and he’ll get you a clean sheet here and there. The American has outplayed his countryman Tim Howard in EPL play thus far. Shhhh don’t tell ESPN that.
8. Julián Speroni, Crystal Palace: £5.0 – He’s 4th overall in goalie scoring and had 12 total clean sheets last year. He’s got a very high floor as he seems to always get you points, but his ceiling is limited because his team isn’t that good. Regardless he’s a solid if unspectacular starter for your team.
9. Asmir Begovic, Stoke City: £5.0 – When Begovic is on he’s one of the best goalies in the league. He’s been mediocre all season, but he he typically gets hot for 3 or 4 games stretches. I’m waiting on the hot steak that’s why he’s in my top ten.
10. Ben Foster, West Bromwich Albion: £4.5 – Missed last weeks game with a calf injury but looks set to return in week 9. He’s been in the Premier League for 8 years and has been a heavy volume starter for the last 4 . The Baggies are an underrated team with a solid defense. Assuming the calf injury is minor, I love the value here.
11. Łukasz Fabiański, Swansea City: £5.1 – The former Arsenal backup is finally getting a chance at a starting gig in Wale, and he’s making the most of it. Flappy Handski no more! He’s got 21 saves to go with 3 clean sheets and Swansea has been playing quality football. The price is bit higher than I’d like but he still solid value.