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Vote for the best FPL goalkeeper of 2019/20

The Fantasy Football Scout end of season awards have officially been launched with the first poll now available to vote in.

As ever, we begin with the goalkeepers, assessing the key candidates on the strengths of their 2019/20 from a Fantasy Football perspective.

Overall points, price and value in Fantasy Premier League are all factors to consider.

It must be said that the goalkeeper position was a tricky one to navigate once again this season, although for completely different reasons than the previous campaign.

In 2018/19, the high-performing assets were largely more expensive ones from big clubs. But their respective sides, of course, required attention in other positions and most of the budget options proved reliable only for short spells at a time.

Arguably, 2019/20 was the complete opposite. This time around, the expensive premium options failed to provide the usual level of consistent returns allowing some of the cheaper mid-price assets to assume ‘set-and-forget’ status. Although, even then, it was a somewhat underwhelming year for goalkeepers in the £4.5m price bracket…

2018/19 Team of the Season Review – Goalkeeper

  • Goalkeeper: Alisson
  • Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Matt Doherty
  • Midfielders: Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Ryan Fraser, Eden Hazard
  • Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Sergio Aguero
→ Which team has allowed the fewest number of big chances this season (41)?

After securing a place in the 2018/19 Team of the Season, Alisson did not have the best follow-up campaign.

2019/20 began in the worst way possible for Liverpool’s goalkeeper, as he picked up an injury just 38 minutes into the Gameweek 1 win over Norwich City.

Even though that unlocked Adrian as a £4.5m option in the Reds’ defence, they still only kept two clean sheets from a possible nine before Alisson’s return.

And even the Brazilian’s comeback did not help stop the rot at the back as Jurgen Klopp’s men struggled to match the defensive heights of 2018/19, ironic considering they ended up winning the league this year.

After collecting 21 clean sheets during his first campaign in English football, it took Alisson until Gameweek 16 to secure one in 2019/20. With issues elsewhere in the defence, despite a return from injury in Gameweek 9, he went another seven matches before earning that all-important shut-out.

In the end, Alisson did manage to get a total of 13 but, as is to be expected with a big club, he could only supplement this with 58 saves.

Therefore, it was a score of just 122 points this season, 54 fewer than the year before. It also made for an inferior points-per-game total, Alisson averaging 4.2 in 2019/20 compared to 4.6 in 2018/19.

2019/20 CANDIDATES

DEAN HENDERSON

It was quite the debut campaign in the Premier League for Dean Henderson, whose total of 160 points was the second-highest among goalkeepers, making him a rare shining light among a drab £4.5m bracket.

With four double-figure hauls between Gameweeks 18 and 30+, that impressive overall score came from a total of 13 clean sheets, an impressive tally for a newly-promoted shot-stopper, as well as 16 bonus points and 97 saves.

Those additionals carried mixed value for Fantasy managers. While the 16 from bonus was the third-best in the division, eight different shot-stoppers produced more stops than Henderson.

It is that fact that probably denied the Sheffield United man the prize of highest-scoring FPL goalkeeper, but Fantasy managers should consider the quality of saves Henderson made this season, especially as he could be fighting for starts at Manchester United in 2020/21.

Across the course of this season, the Blades’ goalkeeper recorded an xG Prevented score of +8.30, behind only Hugo Lloris (+9.50). That means the saves he did make were mostly from very high-quality chances. Combining that with Manchester United’s 36 goals conceded in 2019/20 (third-best) could be a powerful pairing next year.

RUI PATRÍCIO

2019/20 was a season of improvement for Wolves’ defence, which was good for the roughly 10% of managers who backed Rui Patrício.

During their debut Premier League campaign, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were certainly adept at keeping things tight at the back but they often struggled to convert this into clean sheets.

With just eight shut-outs in 2018/19, Wolves’ second season in the top-flight saw a continuation of astute defensive play but, largely thanks to Willy Boly’s return from injury, there was a much more mature approach to closing this out into clean sheets.

It was 13 of these, in the end, of Patrício, the joint-third-best in the Premier League.

That was enough for 153 points across the campaign, the fourth-highest among goalkeepers.

However, what hindered the Portuguese international from taking his Fantasy value to the next level, perhaps combined with his starting price of £5.0m, was the lack of additionals.

With Wolves playing a style of football that largely protects the goalkeeper, he managed only 90 saves and eight points from bonus.

NICK POPE

Even though he missed out on a share of the Golden Glove, 2019/20 was still an incredible campaign for Nick Pope, the only other £4.5m option to offer real prolonged value across the season.

16 clean sheets for Burnley, the club’s highest ever tally in a top-flight season and second only to Ederson this year, was the lynch-pin of Pope’s 170-point score, his best-ever.

But it was the additionals that made the difference for the Clarets’ rapidly improving shot-stopper.

His 120 saves was the fourth-highest in the division while nobody in the same position came close to matching his 23 bonus points.

Pope really does offer the complete package for goalkeepers. Some offer clean sheets without much prospect for saves or bonus, while others can secure those additionals on account of facing more shots but, inevitably, this means fewer shut-outs.

With Burnley’s style of play, which does allow plenty of attempts on goal to their opponents, helps Pope register saves and bonus, but because they are good at limiting these shots to outside of the box, the clean sheets are also much more achievable.

The question now is whether or not this will still constitute value for money in 2020/21 when Pope is likely to be as expensive as £5.5m.

AARON RAMSDALE

While not hitting the dizzy heights of Pope and Henderson, there was something on offer from £4.5m option Aaron Ramsdale for spells in 2019/20.

A total score of 126 points across the campaign does not look too special on the surface but it was good enough to finish in the top-five for the Value (Season) statistic on the official FPL site, working out at 28.6 points per million spent.

Bournemouth’s perennially porous defence allowed Ramsdale to rack up 128 saves, more than Pope and behind only Martin Dúbravka and Tim Krul in the overall standings.

The autumn was when Bournemouth’s goalkeeper was the most popular. Between Gameweeks 6 and 12, the Cherries kept three clean sheets and Ramsdale scored 41 points across the seven matches.

Averaging 5.9 points per game during this period, he also added an assist into the mix, one of just three goalkeepers to register one in 2019/20.

Ramsdale’s efforts have been good enough to earn transfer rumours of a purported move to stay in the Premier League despite Bournemouth’s relegation. Depending on what the future holds for him, Fantasy managers would do well to keep an eye on him moving forward…

MAT RYAN

It was another solid if not spectacular year for Mat Ryan, who was somewhat overshadowed in the £4.5m bracket by Pope and Henderson.

135 points was only just good enough for the top 10 among goalkeepers, and lower than his personal best of 146 during his debut campaign, but there was still something on offer for his 11.5% ownership.

Allowing greater spending elsewhere, the Brighton goalkeeper finished in the top five for points per million spent, his score of 28.7 beaten only by Patrício, Henderson and Pope.

It was also a top-five finish for Ryan’s total of 117 saves and 14 bonus. It was perhaps clean sheets where he came up short compared to the high-performers, with a total of just nine.

However, there is potentially a lot to like about the Australian for 2020/21, who might just be able to stay in the £4.5m bracket for a fourth successive season. If he can sustain his level of saves and bonus with greater conversion rate on the clean sheets could come a landmark season for Ryan.

KASPER SCHMEICHEL

Despite the disappointing finish to the campaign for Leicester City, Kasper Schmeichel was an important Fantasy asset during the first half.

In the first 15 Gameweeks of 2019/20, the Foxes’ shot-stopper produced seven clean sheets, two more than any other during that period. At the end of the campaign, his total of 13 was the third-best in the division.

Eventually, both Pope and Henderson overtook his season score and Schmeichel ended up finishing in third-place among goalkeepers, 156 points his best-ever FPL return.

His starting price of £5.0m and the cheaper option of Caglar Soyuncu in the same defence did stop the former Manchester City man from ever soaking up humongous levels of ownership but for a prolonged period he was one of the most reliable goalkeepers of 2019/20.

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  1. palace ash
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Roberto

    1. Planet Head
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Carlos?

      1. palace ash
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes. Legend

        1. palace ash
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

        2. Planet Head
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I'd give it to Reberto this season tbf, he was amazing in the cup against Oxford

  2. The Sociologist
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Has to be Pope.

  3. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    What do you think Jack Grealish does now? Stay another year? Would his stock rise further with another good season for Villa? Or is now his time to sign a big contract elsewhere. He seems extremely loyal

    1. Pasqualinho
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      When you're hot, but in a struggling team, you have to move on. Or you stagnate.

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I agree, you have to seize your chance

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes, look at Zaha. Disaster what happened to him after staying when he could have gone to Arsenal

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Yep

          He could have had a season just like Pepe - upper mid table with uncertain starts

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I think he'll stay, we seemed the most likely destination and I don't see how he fits if Pogba isn't leaving. I don't think anyone else will pay the type of fee that Villa will want which they can toughen their stance on since they're staying up.

    3. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Probably end up like another Zaha. Stuck at Villa because they value him too highly. Only team which is going to pay what they want is Man U probably.
      Spurs have been sniffing around for ages now but not willing to pay what Villa want.
      Wish Spurs would just pay it ffs, could got him for 45 mil a couple of season ago. Like going to be 60/70mil now -_-

    4. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Should move now or he'll waste a year like Mahrez did being loyal after Leicester won the league.

    5. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      He's good but not THAT good - he'll probably be like Zaha, i.e. too good for his team, too overvalued to move to a better team.

      1. tm370
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It's always the problem for a player in his situation. He flourishes as the star, when central to the action. When he goes to a better club he probably won't be in that position anymore, and there will be more pressure too. I think a team like Everton would be best.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          You can argue that one the other way

          Zaha is quite possibly held back at Palace as he has no foil in attack and much of his work is just providing the only outlet from defence even when he's not the best option. Same could be said for Grealish - there's no one in front of him.

          Less pressure when it's shared around - it's not all on you.

    6. T.Henry14
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      i would love to see him in Wolves, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton...

    7. Johnjo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Somewhere like Spurs or Leicester would be a good move for Grealish imo. They're both in Europe and have good strikers for him to supply. If he went to City or utd he wouldn't be guaranteed to play every week.

      1. rjcv177
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes. spurs could use him. They didnt want to spend to get Bruno Fernandes

    8. rjcv177
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Really see him as a City wonder. He would fill that mid spot along kdb. His skill, finesse really fit with possession Pep plays

      Take dilva spot, rotate and win PL and have a good CL

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Superb display on the final week from the eventual winner, can’t help but think his decision to bench Antonio was a bit strange (albeit it did pay off!)

    1. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I kind of agree with his decision - West Ham were finally safe and were up against a team fighting for their lives. It's why I never considered him on my free hit. (yes that's right, I compared myself to the FPL champion even though I finished outside the top 100k 😆 )

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Haha it’s such fine lines though isn’t it really. You never know one day, the winner’s rank 2 years ago was 3.8m!

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Might have had something to do with Antonio teaching his 10 goal aim. And he made a guess that Antonio would then relax a bit, or maybe he thought Haller would start up front.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah fair, too bad I didn’t and took out Bruno for him lol

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Had a bit of luck in that 2 of the top 4 (number 1 and Magnus) were out of range of the internet when the Salah news broke - both had him as captain iirc

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I'm kind of baffled by the decision to captain Salah - even if you weren't expecting him to be benched, I don't see how he was a better option than Sterling, especially for someone leading the entire game. Although he wouldn't have won had he captained Sterling so not much practical difference there.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Said he would have got KdB in had he known - might have been tight.

    4. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      i actually didn't get him on FH, coz west Ham were safe, didn't feel like he'd want it much! though he had an easy chance early in the game, anyone know why he was subbed off at HT?

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Has to be Pope the pest!

    A constant pain come 60 minutes every other GW.

    His performance at Anfield would have one for the FPL ages had he not got himself booked for time wasting which led to the loss of 3 BAPs.

  6. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I think my personal player of the season award has to go to Aurier, played him once for -2.

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      lol

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Surprised he only had 2 negative scores all season, is always capable of it.

      An FPL enigma.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Digne 2.0

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Aurier has made my list too, along with Troare. Owned both for 5 games throughout the season and averaged me 1.6 points per game. Wasters.

    4. GanonTEK
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      My personal player of the season is Rico for most bench points.

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Has to be Lordstram, the final day cementing him as a great option even next season

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      he will be a 6.0/6.5 mid next season, tumbleweed

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Ah yeah that’d be annoying as a mid!

    2. suddenorgan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      he was an OOP defender in a team that doesn't concede, now he's a rotation risk central midfielder in a team that doesn't score

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He scores though 😉

  8. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Matt Ryan!

    Someone has a sense of humour.

    Article is surely out in that Pat had 2 pen saves so plenty of additionals as did Schmeichel.

  9. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Imagine you could have a midfield of

    Salah Mane Sterling KDB

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I’m starting with Salah - Mane - KdB - Sterling - Fernandes next season.

      Yeah, that’s it, won’t be able to afford anyone else.

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I want a chip that allows us to field less than 11 players. Just pick any combination of any number of players that totals up to 100 😀

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Agreed - screw the bench - they’re just making up the numbers

        2. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          If they introduced a new chip, I suspect it would be auto captain. It captains your highest scorer that week. Fairly useless mind you

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            would be good for doubles and 38 tho

    2. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I would expect a total of 49 million on those four alone.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      You can, with Connolly, Nketiah and maybe Greenwood upfront

      1. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Greenwood will be 8m minimum too 😀

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah's away record means he'll probably not be in my team next year

      Mane's price means he probably won't be either

      Bruno & KDB both looking the superior use of funds tbh

      1. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Is it possible that salah’s poor record away from home this season is.....variance?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          It's entirely possible - I don't know how you'd go about assigning a probability to it though

          His "underlying" stats (goal attempts, shots in box, XG, Big chances, etc, etc) certainly don't deteriorate wildly away from home the way his FPL points do (when Mane starts alongside him)

          And if he starts next season with consecutive braces away from home (while Mane's starting) then we will be forced to rethink for sure

          KDB & Bruno should ensure there's not too much lost there though - particularly if Salah is 12.5

          1. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            This is what I mean though - if his stats are still there, is a sample of 12 or so games underperforming this season enough to draw conclusions from?

            This is why the game is so good right, so many ways to interpret the data, and we always have drastically imperfect information!

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              That's the curse of FPL though - you're never really going to have samples bigger than 5 or 6 games for most decisions, unless they are really obvious - (e.g. Liverpool have a good defence, Man City have a good attack, Kun scores a lot of goals, etc, etc)

              When a 12.5m asset's points per game deterioriate so violently over what is effectively a full season's worth of away games where a certain player starts alongside him, and jump back so equally violently when that same player doesn't start -

              What's not up for debate is the sheet strength of the *correlation* between that certain player's presence and Salah's ability to score points away from home - it's ridiculously strong

              Of course *correlation* does not imply *causation*, and therein lies the rub, the fun, the challenge, the interpretation, the error, the variance, whatever else you want to call it 🙂

  10. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Adrián - without his heroics early season when Allison was injured, Liverpool probably wouldn’t have won the league.

  11. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Totally addicted to this - https://www.geoguessr.com/free

    Fill those non-tinkering hours with broadening your knowledge of the planet.

  12. Mclean as a Whistle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Gotta be Hendo! Where would united have finished without him? Think he just pips Pope.

    1. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I voted for Henderson too. Pope is clearly going to be the FPL keeper of the year, but Henderson only scored 10 points less and didn't play every game like Pope did.

    2. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      but then again, Henderson played for a better defence imo, pope for me

  13. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    HOF update? Probably taken a big hit in standing.

  14. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    They should try and make FPL less competitive next season by removing the points element to game. Always thought that aspect spoils the fun.

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yayy everybody winss. Woohoo

  15. Greek Freak
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I'm bored so let's try a quiz - here's a list of premier league players to have taken at least 20 penalties in their careers. Why don't you try to guess the three best penalty takers out of that list, without checking stats?

    Sergio Aguero
    Harry Kane
    Glenn Murray
    Mark Noble
    Troy Deeney
    Gylfi Sigurdsson
    Billy Sharp
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    James Milner
    Alexandre Lacazette
    Leighton Baines
    Bruno Fernandes
    Raul Jimenez
    Chris Wood
    Andriy Yarmolenko
    Odion Ighalo
    Sebastien Haller
    Luka Milivojevic
    Jamie Vardy
    Fabinho
    Jorginho
    Jay Rodriguez
    Joshua King
    Ashley Barnes
    Youri Tielemans

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Kane, Noble, Milner

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Not a bad guess. Noble is the best of these three, with an impressive 90.5% (38 of 42!), but he's not in the top 3.

        (I suspect he would be if the ones to have taken closer to 20 penalties go on to take 42 like he has.)

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          wow, I certainly expected Noble would be 😀 38/42 is crazy

        2. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          And I should add that all 3 are elite. Between them, they've only missed 16 out of 121 penalties.

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Milivojevic must be one

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        And also Noble

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          And Deeney?

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Baines instead of Noble

            1. Greek Freak
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              All good guesses, but not top 3.
              Noble 90.5% (38 of 42)
              Baines 89.7% (26 of 29)
              Mili 87.5% (21 of 24)
              Deeney 83.8% (31 of 37)

    3. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Jimenez, Haller, Fabinho

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Very impressive, well done! (unless you've cheated 😛 )

        Jimenez top with 96.2% (25 of 26)
        Haller with 95.8% (23 of 24)
        Fabinho with 95.2% (21 of 22)

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I had a sneaky feeling Haller was one. It was his pens from the prior season inflating his goal record that made him look like a good FPL asset lmao. Luckily I didn’t fall for that 😀

          1. Greek Freak
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Also I wonder if our view of Salah vs. Mane would change if Fabinho was the primary penalty taker at Liverpool (as he should be if we based it only on success rate).

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 27 days ago

              probably a big deciding factor in Salah vs Manes is pens, If Salah didnt have those, im not convinced anymore Salah is the better pick, especially given how bad Salah is away.

              1. Greek Freak
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Mane incidentally hasn't taken enough penalties for a representative sample, but I suspect he'll never be allowed to: he was by far the worst of all the players I've looked up, with 2 of 6 scored!

        2. jomikijiq
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Nah, I just remembered all of them have great record. Especially Fabinho when he had 100% for a long time and then missed just one in the Champions League and how surprised everyone was.

          1. Greek Freak
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Well done! If we allowed 19 penalties to be the cut-off point, we'd have a very surprising no. 4 on the list - Olivier Giroud! He's an elite penalty taker too at 18 of 19.

    4. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Now that someone won, how about the worst 3 of that list? Hint: The worst is actually quite below average at 69%, so I'm not sure why he was allowed to take so many 😉

      1. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Worst: Gylfi, Aguero and Deeney?

        1. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Very good guesses for Siggy and Aguero, but not quite.

          Deeney is quite good at 83.8% (see above)

          Sigurdsson is a respectable 77.8% (and he's actually 5 of 11 since he missed a crucial penalty for Iceland at the world cup - he was elite before then).

          Aguero is just above at 78%.

          1. Greek Freak
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Actually Siggy is tied for 3rd worst with Billy Sharp at 77.8%, so Firminooo gets 1 point!

            1. Greek Freak
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Ignore that - Siggy and Sharp tied for 4th worst. Very close!

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        no idea but i reckon one of Auba, Laca, Kun? I have this weird superstition that players who score well in open play are not always so good when its easy and on the spot. Im probably wildly wrong tho

        1. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Auba is correct! At exactly 75% (27 of 36) he's by no means bad (in fact that's around the average) but he's not great either.

          Kun is only a tiny bit better with 78%, but he's taken loads. 46 of 59.

          Laca is quite good, with 84% (26 of 31).

      3. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        this is much harder
        Aguero, Sharp, Vardy?

        1. jomikijiq
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          maybe Auba for Vardy

          1. Greek Freak
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            2 out of 3! Sharp and Auba are correct.

            1. Greek Freak
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              (Returns with egg on face) Actually I got it wrong, Sharp is just out of the cut-off for bottom 3. Auba correct though.

    5. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      For the worst:
      Ighalo Tielemans Laca

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        All quite good actually!
        Tielemans 85%
        Laca 84%
        Ighalo 80%

        1. wulfranian
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          🙁

    6. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      To recap on guesses for worst:

      Auba is correct, he's on the bottom 3 with 75%.

      Sharp, Aguero, and Sigurdsson were all good guesses but not quite bottom 3.

      There's still someone considerably worse than all of them remaining, as well as someone from Burnley....

    7. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Bruno
      Jorginho
      Milner or Wood

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        There's already been a winner with all 3 correct: Jimenez, Haller and Fabinho. Jorginho and Bruno especially are great guesses though, they're 4th and 5th best respectively.

        Milner and Wood both very good too.

    8. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      The guesses have stopped coming in so I'll announce the bottom 3:

      3rd worst is Ashley Barnes with 76% (16 of 21)
      2nd worst (guessed correctly by a few) is Auba with exactly 75%

      The worst is Glenn Murray, with under 70% (30 of 43)

      I should point out that I don't mean that they're actually bad at taking penalties, in fact Barnes and Auba are at about the average. But some of the other players in that list are truly elite penalty takers.

      Well done to Jomikijiq for guessing 4 out of 6 correctly overall!

  16. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Final rank of 2.4k. Broke 2400 pts too! Quite the happy

    1. Feanor
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I also broke 2400 for the first time. The closest I had been was 2385 in 09/10.

    2. Maddocio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I had the same score but a rank of 2,519 due to excessive transfers lol

    3. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Last year 2396 points, this year 2441 points.

    4. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      1 pt behind top10k 🙁 So close, but...

  17. Feanor
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I had these three players in my GW1 and GW38+ teams, although I benched Salah for 38+. Van Dijk scored a goal in both games.

    Pope
    VVD
    Salah, Sterling

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Those are 4 players

  18. Gaztafari
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Had a side bet with friend and we've ended up with same points tally. I'm ahead of him in mini league. Is that alphabetically ordered or do GPL settle ties by transfers made or something? Cheers

    1. Gaztafari
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      *FPL

    2. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      least transfers made

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Least transfers made then a virtual coin toss I believe.

      Happened to me a couple of years back the coin toss

  19. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    interesting that they didn't put ederson there, despite him winning the golden glove.
    Though it must definitely be pope for his amazing season! bit strange not putting ederson IMO, probably would've put him as an option instead of Ryan/Ramsdale

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      looks a United fan poll..

      #WeDemandEdersonInclusion

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    @FPLTowers

    Please change the Triple Captain chip to a ‘Double Captain’ chip:

    Where your VC also scores double.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Also change autosubs to be based on a minutes threshold. E.g if a first XI player plays less than XX mins they are replaced by a sub if said sub player at least XX mins.

      Yes it would gravitate to missing hauls from ‘Super Subs’ but this rarely happens and it would offer more potential benefit from teams who have a stronger bench, thus incentivising more dynamic team builds.

      Thoughts??

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Former would still be valid formation permitting of course

      2. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        no more than 2 players from any team would be huge improvement

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          With seemingly so many options across the top teams, all of which will have a premium price, I can't see myself owning more than 2 of any team at the start of next season to be honest. But in principle I agree

    2. Costa Nostra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Better yet...make an ultimate captain chip. Where the highest scoring player on your squad gets the captain put on him!

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Better yet - gid rid of the chips altogether!

        (apart from WC)

        1. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Agree with this as a sane/mane TC’er 😀

        2. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Agree

        3. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I wouldn't mind getting rid of them tbh

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Takes away choice, don’t like that tbh

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Nah. Triple captain is better than two captains imo. Having two captains just makes it easier and more boring. Subs based on minutes doesn't make much sense either. Wouldn't add anything other than randomness and silliness.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Fair point about captain chip. I like the minutes idea, the bench just seems so pointless until BB.

        You’re basically just using filler until that, with injuries and bans transfers are used. It is more silly and random for me if my premium Salah is unexpected benched and comes on for a 1 point cameo

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      They cant. Eliteserien fantasy has it already as a chip.

    5. The Gobstopper
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I've been thinking about some "fun" new chips. Here are two that I've come up with:

      The 11 Azpilicuetas Chip: With the 11 Azpilicuetas Chip, for one GW your entire score for the GW will be based on the individual score of one player then multiplied by 11. [NOTE: This is based around Mourinho's claim that "Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot. I think a team with 11 Azpilicueta's probably could win the competition (UCL) because football is not just about the pure talent."]

      The F#%& Financial Fair Play Chip: With this chip, for one GW, you have no budget cap. The chip acts as a FH in which your team returns to what it was the previous GW.

      Anyway, I think those could be some fun chips...and could definitely lead to some amazing (and awful) outcomes...

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        LOVE the unlimited budget one, excellent idea

      2. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Unlimited budget chip sounds awesome, if not overpowered when it comes to a double gameweek.

    6. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      What about the Rich Uncle chip, think that would be great..

  21. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Henderson gets the award for me

    Shows how stunningly good he's been - he's within 10 points of Pope, despite missing the two Man Utd games

    Gets my vote for that reason

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hopefully starting or even bench at United next season to put pressure on de Gea. He looks done for a long time now. Looked nervous yesterday as well.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Some smoke starting to come from that fire too - they're linked with Oblak in BBC Sport's gossip column this morning

        1. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Why they would pay so much for Oblak when they've already got one of the best in the premier league in Henderson is beyond me.

          (Of course Oblak is great, but given that they have Henderson it doesn't strike me that spending 100 million on a goalkeeper is a good use of money)

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Yeah, agree with this. Our main concern should be center backs. Maguire looked championship level yesterday, Lindelof is inconsistent and slow.

            Should move AWB to right CB and buy a left-footed CB (Koulibaily if possible). An attacking fullback who can cross should also be a priority, both for RB & LB spots.

            1. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Lindelof is faster than maguire so if he is slow what then is maguire? Turtle?

    2. juho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      his xG Prevented is way better than Pope's

  22. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    So how long is it until the game restarts again? Can’t be long with the season starting soon. Tough job for the developers at FPL towers

    1. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      About a month I reckon

  23. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-w61XdvAgQ

    This is amazingly hilarious.

    1. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      hahahaha Epic

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Funny Stuff

    3. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lol, his Mourinho is the best! Both the voice/mannerisms and the things he says - keeping Tottenham in the PL his greatest achievement 😆

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Awesome

  24. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    The difference in Jamie Vardy pre and post Rebekah giving birth was insane. Went from 0.9 goals a game, to 0.4 a game. He still got a similar level of chances but his goal conversion more than halved!

    #NewbornTheory

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      We better stay away from Jimenez then

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Avoiding Jiminez next season then?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Depends on price and fixtures.

  25. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Paid for membership again. Was worth the price and helped me get another top 10k 🙂

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Nicely done fudgy.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks a lot 🙂

    2. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      How do we renew it? I missed something...

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Email got sent to us

  26. juho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    "We have a pre-season offer of £17.50 available right now (this will increase to £20 in August) and thanks to our new rolling subscription you'll also get to lock in a preferential rate in 12 months time too, should you wish to stay with us (of course you can of course cancel at any time)."

    There's a typo in your marketing mailer.

    1. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I wonder if the preferential price in 12 months will be £22.50 or £25?

      I barely use the members area, so not renewing out of principle of the £5 increase.

      1. juho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        £20+ is pushing it.

        Not sure if I would renew at that price.

  27. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Who do you think will be your season keepers (barring injury/suspension) from Gw1?

    I'm looking at TAA/Robbo/Bruno/KDB for w combined 37-38m and take it from there.

    1. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Really depends on pricing. At the moment Robbo (on the assumption he’s a lot cheaper than TAA), Salah, and Bruno/KDB are looking likely.

    2. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It'll be more than 38m for those 4 IMO.

      Probably Guiata or Dubravka or something. Finding a good 4.5 keeper next year will be a challenge.

      1. The_Fish
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        And I've realised I've just misread your post completely.

        Will be looking at Foden and Greenwood as great enablers, hopefully.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TAA, Bruno, KDB, Ings probably

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This basically. Quite a short turnaround until next season so expect proven players that have been in form at the end of the season will be safe bets going into next year. Hoping Ings comes in under 8M.

    4. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TAA or Robbo
      Bruno or Rashford (if mid)
      KDB or Sterling
      Salah or Mane

      Certainly try to have one each from the above options depending on price.

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Depends on signings, price and fixtures, but I'll dump my thinking here...

      In terms of expected stats, Salah and Sterling are way ahead of the pack once again. Rashford also has very strong underlying data, especially if he were a midfielder. But KDB and Fernandes being on penalties, passing the eye test, and consistently outperforming their expected stats, may be worth overlooking the data for...

      United and Chelsea's rise does complicate things. Ziyech & Werner's arrival could be huge. I suspect Chelsea's RB (Azpi?) will get some joy overlapping Ziyech as he cuts inside. Pulisic also looking very good atm...

      Outside the top 4, I will be watching Antonio and Doherty's price...

      I expect some big signings to arrive, so not enough information to make a decision yet. But should be a difficult and exciting season 🙂

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TAA, Salah, KdB, Bruno, Kane, Greenwood + whoever else I can afford

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        If can’t afford the above then Salah scrapped in favour of TAA/Robbo double up

    7. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      McCarthy | Fodder
      TAA | Robbo | Pieters | Lamptey | Fodder
      KdB | Bruno | Foden | JWP | XXXXX
      Kane | Greenwood | Connolly

      Just the XXXXX to decide, pending who I can afford 🙂

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Maybe that Periera from West Brom

  28. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Fastest Players 2019-2020

    Kyle Walker 23.49mph
    Adama Traore 23.48mph
    Mason Greenwood 23.36mph
    Trezeguet 23.36mph
    Wan-Bissaka 23.36

    Foden in top 10 too!

    Well in Kyle!!!

    1. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Actually I'm not surprised by Walker - when I saw City post-lockdown I was taken aback by how easily he went by players. I am a bit surprised the fastest is not Traore though.

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Walker is lightning fast. If they raced 100 times it would be 51 49 or close enough to 50 50 I'm sure

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      First two is hardly surprising.

    3. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Soyuncu 6th!!! Utterly baffling!

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He was clocked when running away from the barber's I'd imagine

    4. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      0.01 mph huh

    5. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No Rashford?

    6. Greek Freak
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      One point I'd like to make is that achieving a high top speed in a straight line does not necessarily mean being quick at changing direction, quick at moving sideways or quick at accelerating from jogging to a full run.

      So in that sense I'm not necessarily surprised that someone like Soyuncu is 6th.

    7. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Wonder was wind a factor? Curious how two units are the fastest. Still a bit behind Bolts record of 27.8 mph.

  29. bench boost for every gamew…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    So the teams in europe cups will have extended holidays so they probably wont start season before late september, how will that work in fpl?

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Blanks and doubles early on?

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It means we won't have united and city assets in our starting squads I guess....

        Would be carnage

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It'll be a mess if they do this. The league positions would be insane - add to that effect "point-chasing" has on player/team psychology - regardless of FPL it'll be awful.

  30. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Possible DGW's