When mulling over what goalkeepers to choose for your fantasy football team, the first consideration is usually whether they are first choice or not. Most teams will stick to using one player between the posts for a season, so you want your number one to be playing regularly.
Naturally, clean sheets will boost a goalkeeper’s appeal, so those who have a formidable defence in front of them are sensible picks. Interestingly, however, shot-stoppers who are kept busy are often the highest scorers, so it is worth keeping in mind goalkeepers at clubs towards the bottom half of the table. For example, Burnley’s Tom Heaton was the highest scoring goalkeeper last season, despite being part of a team that lost 20 games.
Another key attribute to bear in mind is penalty-stopping ability as plenty of points can be gained this way through a long season.
David de Gea (Man United – £5.9m)
Spain international David de Gea has consistently been one of the best scoring goalkeepers in fantasy football and, that has continued this year. He has raced to the top of the goalkeepers column this season, which has seen his price increase to nearly £6m, but he is worth every penny.
Ederson (Man City – £5.6m)
Manchester City brought Ederson in from Benfica for a mammoth fee and the 24-year-old is ranked as one of the most expensive shot-stoppers in this season’s fantasy football. The Brazilian has settled in well to life in the Premier League and he has shown that he has what it takes to marshall the backline of a team challenging on all fronts.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea – £5.5m)
Belgium international Thibaut Courtois is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he helped keep Chelsea’s title-winning defence watertight last season. He has a strong defensive line in front of him, which helps, but the former Atletico Madrid man is a colossus between the posts and is capable of pulling off the most impossible saves.
Petr Cech (Arsenal – £5.4m)
Arguably the greatest goalkeeper of his generation, Petr Cech is still performing to the highest standards at the age of 35 and has retained the number one jersey for Arsenal this season. The former Chelsea man remains a key player for Arsene Wenger and was one of the top five shot-stoppers last season, picking up 134 points.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham – £5.5m)
Tottenham may not be reaching the heights that they scaled last season, but their captain and leader Hugo Lloris is still one of the best goalkeepers to have in fantasy football, saving and winning points for his team single-handedly.
Fraser Forster (Southampton – £4.8m)
Former Celtic star Fraser Forster has been immense for Southampton since joining in 2014, further enhancing his reputation as one of England’s best goalkeepers. The 29-year-old is known to make a crucial save or two and finished last season with the same number of fantasy football points as Petr Cech. Despite that fact, he is considerably cheaper than his Arsenal counterpart, but a strong start to the 2017-18 season has seen his value rise.
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester – £5m)
Denmark international Kasper Schmeichel has become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in recent years and it is no surprise to see that he is among the top scoring shot-stoppers in Fantasy Football this season. While Leicester are unlikely to challenge for honours, Schmeichel will definitely be up there when it comes to accumulating points.
Unlike other areas of the pitch, there is very little variation in the prices of goalkeepers in fantasy football, but shrewd managers can save some money nevertheless.
The most expensive shot-stoppers are £5.5m and the cheapest is £4m – a price usually reserved for back-up or third-choice players. However, there are a number of talented individuals who fall somewhere in the middle.
Nick Pope (Burnley – £4.8m)
Burnley’s Tom Heaton has had his season scuppered by injury, but his deputy Nick Pope has done a tremendous job in his stead. As mentioned, Heaton was the top scoring net custodian in 2016-17 and Pope has shown that he is an able understudy for the England international.
Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth – £4.5m)
Former Chelsea and Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will hope to find a new lease of life at Bournemouth this season after seizing the number one jersey from the high-scoring Artur Boruc. Early indications suggest a grim outlook for the Cherries this season, but Begovic possesses the kind of quality that can singlehandedly win points.
Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea – £4.6m)
Swansea endured a difficult campaign in 2016-17, which saw them sucked into a relegation battle. However, one of their better players was former Arsenal man Lukasz Fabianski, who managed to finish the season as a top-10 fantasy football goalkeeper, despite his side’s woes.