Pre-Season

The Best Goalkeepers to Buy in FPL 2018/19

Now that the dust has settled following the launch of the Fantasy Premier League 2018/19 game, we can start to look at each position in a bit more detail. We’ll begin, as we often do, with goalkeepers.

David De Gea has been announced as the most expensive shot-stopper at £6.0m, which may deter some from investing in the Manchester United number one.

Meanwhile, Lukasz Fabianski looks set for high ownership given that he has held onto his £4.5m price tag.

Who are the best premium goalkeepers?

Ederson (£5.5m) looks to be the most viable premium goalkeeper option for the start of 2018/19. Not only do Manchester City have the best fixtures in the opening seven Gameweeks (playing all six of the most recently promoted clubs), their goalkeeper also benefits from being priced cheaper than some of his defensive colleagues: Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker are both £6.5m, while Benjamin Mendy is £6.0m. John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Danilo, America Laporte and Fabian Delph – none of whom looked particularly “nailed” – are all £5.5m too.

Whilst goal and assist potential strengthens the case of Otamendi and co, rotation under Pep Guardiola could make Ederson the only member of the City backline who is assured of a start. After the Gameweek 1 fixture against Arsenal (a match City won 3-0 last season), City face Huddersfield (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Fulham (h), Cardiff (a) and Brighton (h) in their next six fixtures.

Thibaut Courtois (£5.5m) is another premium asset to consider, with Chelsea currently sat second for defence in our season ticker. In the first six Gameweeks the Blues have away fixtures at Huddersfield and Newcastle, as well as home matches against Bournemouth and Cardiff. Only De Gea and Ederson collected more clean sheets than Courtois last season and, like his Man City counterpart, the Belgian shot-stopper offers a slightly cheaper route than his defensive team-mates to potential shut-outs.

Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta have been handed £6.5m price tags, with Victor Moses and Antonio Rudiger marked up at £6.0m. Gary Cahill, David Luis, Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson all match Courtois’ price but, at this stage, are much less guaranteed a start.

Hugo Lloris completes the trio of £5.5m goalkeepers and has a strong case for inclusion in our squads too, considering that only one of his defensive colleagues will start the 2018/19 season at a cheaper price. All but Kyle Walker-Peters have come in at £6.0m, making Lloris the cheaper alternative for anyone looking at matches with Newcastle, Fulham, Watford and Brighton in the first six Gameweeks. Spurs do face Manchester United and Liverpool in that period, though.

Meanwhile, last season’s Golden Glove winner David De Gea has come in as the most expensive goalkeeper at £6.0m. As mentioned, his hike up from £5.5m is expected to cause some damage to his ownership figures. The United man kept more clean sheets than anyone else in 2017/18, but there are now more cost-effective options at Old Trafford.

Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot are all priced at £5.5m, while the reclassified Ashley Young, who has been handed the same price as De Gea but offers the prospect of attacking returns, could prove to be a savvy investment. What we can be assured of with De Gea and no other United defender, however, is guaranteed starts.

Elsewhere in United’s squad, Antonio Valencia is £6.5m and Chris Smalling starts at £6.0m.

Who are the best mid-price goalkeepers?

Whichever of Nick Pope or Tom Heaton gets a starting berth at Burnley is worth considering this season. Both goalkeepers start at £5.0m after the Clarets kept 12 clean sheets in 2017/18. Pope had an impressive campaign, finishing as the fourth-highest scoring goalkeeper despite not making an appearance until Gameweek 4. The extra money might be worth paying given that Burnley shot-stoppers often do well for save and bonus points, while just three teams (Man City, Chelsea and Crystal Palace) rank higher for defence on our season ticker in the first six Gameweeks.

England’s World Cup penalty shootout hero, Jordan Pickford, remains at £5.0m and also has kind fixtures in the opening six weeks. Arsenal are the only side from last season’s top six who he will face in that period, a run of matches that includes home fixtures against Southampton, Huddersfield and West Ham and trips to Wolves and Bournemouth. However, with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams both priced up at £4.5m, the veteran centre-backs may provide more cost-effective cover.

Pre-season should give us an indication as to which Arsenal goalkeeper – Petr Cech or Bernd Leno (both £5.0m) – will start the season as Unai Emery’s first choice. Leno has a reputation for saving spot-kicks: the German goalkeeper has stopped nine of the 39 penalties he has faced in the Bundesliga.

Fantasy managers should avoid Newcastle United’s Martin Dubravka (£5.0m), as the Magpies currently sit bottom of our season ticker for defence. In their first six matches, the Magpies host Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal and travel to Manchester City, Cardiff and Crystal Palace. Only three goalkeepers (Loris Karius, Ederson and Lloris) kept more clean sheets than Dubravka after his debut in Gameweek 27. However, he ranked just 16th for saves made between then and Gameweek 38.

Who are the best budget goalkeepers?

Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) has made a swift return to the Premier League after former employers Swansea City were relegated. The Polish shot-stopper, who made more saves than any other goalkeeper last season, joins a side who had the joint-worst defensive record in the division in 2017/18.

West Ham face three of last season’s top six in the opening six Gameweeks, also playing Bournemouth (h), Wolves (h) and Everton (a) in that run of half-dozen matches.

The Hammers’ fixtures rotate perfectly with Southampton this season. A pair-up with Alex McCarthy/Fraser Forster (both £4.5m) should, in theory, give an unbroken run of home matches between now and the end of the season.

It’s hard to justify investment in Mathew Ryan (£4.5m) in the early stages of the season. Brighton face Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in the first six weeks, with away trips to Watford and Southampton to come in Gameweeks 1 and 5; their only favourable match-up is a home fixture against Fulham in Gameweek 4.

The Seagulls’ home matches dovetail beautifully with Newcastle’s this season, but with Dubravka prohibitively priced at £5.0m, a £4.5m defensive double-up (e.g. Dunk/Lejeune) may be the better route to go when both sides’ fixtures ease off from Gameweek 8.

Our season ticker ranks Crystal Palace’ first nine fixtures as the most favourable from a defensive perspective, so Vicente Guaita/Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) could prove to be an astute purchase.

Bournemouth’s opening fixtures are also particularly attractive, although Asmir Begovic (£4.5m) would surely lose out to a cut-price Charlie Daniels as many FPL bosses’ chosen Cherries pick in defence.

Palace and Bournemouth’s fixtures, coincidentally, intertwine exactly to give an unbroken run of home matches between now and Gameweek 38.

Cardiff and Huddersfield’s mixed starts would seem likely to deter investment in Alex Smithies and Jonas Lossl (both £4.5m), meanwhile.

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1,265 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dr Funk
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    This should do for now...

    Pickford - Fabianski
    Coleman - Mendy - Daniels - Cedric - 4.0
    Salah - Sane - Mkhitaryan - Jota - Cairney
    Aguero - Tosun - Reid

    Although thinking of replacing the front 3 with...

    Firmino - Tosun - Zaha

    ...which gives me 1.5 to upgrade a DEF or MID.

    Thoughts?

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Prefer the 2nd Front 3

      1. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Good side but would be worried about relying on a Marco Silva side for CS's

        1. Cabra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          +1

    2. Crangers1860
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Sane or Mahrez?

    3. Mino Raiola
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Heyyy can u guys RMT?

      Ederson
      VVD, Jones, Valencia, Kolasinac, Alonso
      Sané, Mane, Pogba, KDB(C)
      Firmino

      Fabianski, 4,5 x 3

      0,5 itb

      1. Dr Funk
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Like it. Looking into a defence heavy team myself at the mo as there aren't any big priced strikers that Im keen on right now. Offers up some interesting options.

        Personally Id downgrade a defender and upgrade a striker to Reid or Jimenez just for a bit more flexibility.

        1. Mino Raiola
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          cool tnx!

    4. RaMessi™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Hi fellas!
      I paid for the membership on this site for the very first time. Few questions:
      1. How do i join member's only league in FPL? Can't seem to find the code anywhere in member's area.
      2. How do i use the tools 😛 Too many tools and don't know where to start from. Anyone willing to give a crash course? 😛

        1. RaMessi™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Great thanks.
          And can u also tell me how do i make most out of these tools?
          I mean i know there are videos out there which tell what each tool does, but i wanted to know what people mostly use in managing their FPL teams on daily basis.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Comparison tool, RMT, Members tables and plenty more.
            https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/scout-member-benefits/

            1. RaMessi™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Great. Thanks again 🙂

    5. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      What do you think of Aguero Zaha Arno up front?

      1. El Topo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Hard to get Auba from gw 3 without losing Kun.

      2. Mino Raiola
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        could be gold! ofc zaha and arno have yet to deliver steady over long periods before, but if they start where they left of last season, its a keeper!

      3. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        good, but have to see how Pellegrini lines up with WHU in pre-season.

      4. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Everytime I try this combo I get called back to reality by Firmino

        1. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          a good bit cheaper and assuming you have Salah isnt it worth getting on these guys early?

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 6 days ago

            I do have Salah, but Firmino must have been one of the top picks last season. I will also gladly drop Kun for Auba in gw3 and stop worrying about rotation as I will have KdB and Dilva

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          what about Mane instead of Bobby?

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Must be Salah and Firmino double-up IMO but we will have to see...

    6. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Who's the Man Utd Defender of choice?

      Not sure any of them are even nailed.

      1. El Topo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        DDG if any.

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Its tough, Im waiting for now but Ashley Young tempting in a few weeks

      3. Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        DDG. Nailed and will get save points. Valencia isn’t worth 6.5 and I’m not sure any of the others are nailed.

      4. Cabra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I'll be quite surprise if Bailly doesn't start. Clearly their best CB and he should have a good full pre-season, something you can't say for some of the other CB's at United.

    7. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I see Kenedy is close to joining Newcastle on a 1 year loan. What price are we expecting on FPL? 5.5/6.0 maybe?

      1. Ghost Gooner
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        6/6.5

    8. Cabra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      How is this coming along?

      Fab - 4.0

      Vvd - Monreal - Keane - Daniels - Tomkins

      Sane - Mane - Pogba - Dilva - Masuaku

      Aguero - Giroud - Tosun

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Love the Pogba pick - he is flying under the radar again this year

        1. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I like Pogba too

          Unfortunately Mhki and Ramsey are 0.5-1m cheaper...case closed 🙂

    9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      How are this lot looking? Bit light on the bench allright, but hopefully wont matter for a few weeks. There's something very alluring about having a Salah/Firmino/KDB/Kun Quartet!

      Fabianksi,
      VVD, Alonso, Daniels, Cedric
      Salah(c), KDB, Milli,
      Kun, Firmino, Zaha
      (Hamer, AWB, Masuaku, Stephens)

      1. Areid13
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Maybe Tosun instead of Zaha? One to watch during ore season with Silva in charge now

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Why VVD over Robertson? Really just curious as I can't decide?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I just think VD is nailed & is focus of their attacking set pieces, RRobertson is class, but has Moreno for competition now

      3. Mr Wizard
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        you cant afford this. 0.5 short

    10. child of God
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Anyone think city do a back 3 this season?

      • Areid13
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        First draft, thoughts?

        Pickford
        TAA Ward Christensen
        Mane Sane Son Lingard
        Firmino Lukaku Tosun

        Speroni Neves Ream 4.0

        1. MattB
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          With clyne and gomez back fit TAA definitely a rotation risk

          1. Areid13
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Maybe later on but he was one of their breakout stars last season he’ll start I’m pretty sure

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Christensen will burn you once again

          1. Areid13
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah I’m unsure on him last season he only ever played when I dropped him so he’s a place holder for now

        3. child of God
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Speroni third choice keeper

            1. Areid13
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Do you know any other 4.0 keepers that could play?

        4. MattB
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Will Kane be playing GW1, or any of the other final 4 world cup teams players for that matter, whats the likelihood that they will get an extended break and miss the intial few games?

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            highly likely the players taking part in the remaining fixtures of the world cup wont be available for the inital 2 weeks

        5. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Any love for Burnleys Defense?

          1. Business Cat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            I've got one in. Will ship once Europa League kicks in though

            1. 1justlookin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              ive gone for Mee atm.

          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Ive got Mee

        6. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Just doing my 1st draft now. Atm my defense is looking like this -

          Ederson, Speroni.
          Coleman, Robertson, Cedric, Mee, Malone.

          HAven't planned anything else yet but I'm liking this so far. 😀

        7. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          im liking the looka os this.. primarily 433 formation depending on fixtures

          Ederson (Hamed)
          Bailly Coleman Daniels Cedric (Tomkins)
          Salah Silva Jota (Deulofeu Cairney)
          Aguero Firmino Zaha

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Can see a lot of wildcards activated from GW3 onwards when world cup players return to full fitness / availability.

          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 6 days ago

            This I like! A lot!

          3. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Jota over Walcott?

            1. @fpl_phenom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              hmmm I said never again but @ £6.5M with those fixtures I think you could be right on Walcott over Jota.....

        8. Brosstan
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Liking this..

          Fab/Bettinelli
          Mendy - Coleman - Robertson - PVA - Daniels
          Sane - Ramsey - Mahrez - Lennon - Stephens
          Firmino - Kun - Zaha

          Mahrez is just for 4 city for lols, otherwise he could be Mane.

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            not worried about no Salah ? do you think hes overpriced @£13M ?

            1. Brosstan
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              I have an other draft with him but right now I like the more even spread of quality that we can have without him. Im trying to play more conservative than previous years and that means I need a strong bench so I can withstand the inevitable City rotation.

          2. barton fc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 6 days ago

            not a fan of lennon myself would probs go maguire over coleman as well looking good tho

        9. barton fc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 6 days ago

          thoughts?
          DDG
          alonso Azpilicueta mendy maguire
          salah sane mhiki neves
          kaku zaha

          all bench fodder wildcard around GW5

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            will Lukaku start the season given his run in the WC?

            1. barton fc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 6 days ago

              carnt see jose playing anyone else

              1. @fpl_phenom
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Martial is well rested ... but ye I take your point...

        10. @fpl_phenom
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          what way do we think City will line-up in attack ?

          Im thinkning because KDB, Sterling and to a lesser extent Jesus will require an extended holiday it should be like this front 4 ?

          Mahrez Silva Sane
          Aguero

        11. barton fc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 6 days ago

          not a lot of love for erikson ?

          1. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            I had him in my first draft but a few poited out to me the massive numbers of spurs players in the later stages of the world cup could be an issue for them early on in the season...

            1. barton fc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 6 days ago

              good point

        12. barton fc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 6 days ago

          finished tinkering for the day.

          Bettinelli (fabianski)
          mendy bailly tark cedric (tomkins)
          salah D.silva mhiki (neves) (Stephens)
          aguero firmins zaha/tossin

          starting to like the look of this.
          thoughts?

          1. CoffeeBean
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            Bailly and Mendy not sure of a starting spot. The rest looks good as of now

        13. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          No mention of Foster at Watford? (£4.5m) Could be worth a shout?

        14. Undated Degree ⚠️
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          How much money are you guys spending on both of your goalkeepers? I currently have Ederson and Hamer for a combined 9.5m A bit too much you think?

        15. Crangers1860
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Struggling who to pick from city mid. Sane or Mahrez?

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Pep says Bilva

          • viks1981
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Any thoughts on Joe Hart? Started yesterday in the EL, and Heaton not played an official game for years. Burnley good fixtures, and solid at the back. Hart seems a secure starter at least until he underperforms. Thoughts?

          • asg7889@gmail.com
              3 months, 4 days ago

              pickford-steke
              robertson-mendy-vanAanholt-bennett-bednarek
              salah-jota-bernardoSilva-moura-richarlison
              kamara-aguero-lacazette

              Vs

              ederson-patricio
              alonso-alexArnold-vanAanholt-bennett-bednarek
              salah-jota-bernardoSilva-moura-romeu
              kamara-aguero-aubameyang