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The best FPL goalkeepers for a Gameweek 8 Wildcard

Following the rundown of suggestions for stand-out Fantasy Premier League (FPL) forwards and midfielders for Gameweek 8 and beyond, we continue the search with the pick of the goalkeepers.

We previously asked Fantasy Football Scout users with a Wildcard intact when they planned to activate this prized chip, and just under 30% of the responses were for this current Gameweek.

The article below – an updated version of the one we published in Gameweek 7 – looks at the best buys at the back with those FPL managers in mind but the targets are, of course, also relevant for those using ‘free’ transfers in Gameweek 8.

All stats and graphics included in this piece are taken from our Premium Members Area.

Here are some of the more interesting goalkeepers for your Wildcard:

Aaron Ramsdale

Xhaka and Moura recalled as Ramsdale starts again

It may be best to whisper this but Arsenal are looking defensively solid again. After a promising second half of last season yielded nine clean sheets from 23 games, three of which came in the final five, Mikel Arteta’s side have conceded just once in the four games since Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) was installed as first-choice goalkeeper.

In that time, Arsenal have conceded fewer big chances than any other Premier League side.

It’s important to factor in the calibre of opposition when reflecting on those numbers but there are more favourable games on the horizon, with the Gunners’ next six matches including home fixtures against Crystal Palace, Watford and Newcastle United.

Ramsdale has impressed so far and, at such a reasonable price, meets the preferences of those managers who prefer the value of cheap ‘keepers.

Ederson

Expensive goalkeepers don’t tend to be a popular tactic in FPL when the £100m can only stretch so far. Those at the top clubs tend to face fewer shots and therefore make fewer saves, as well as being hampered by the inability to make the attacking contributions – and rack up bonus points – that make full-backs such as Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) such coveted assets.

However, with budget defenders like Shane Duffy (£4.3m) and Tino Livramento (£4.2m) seeming too good to ignore, buying Ederson (£6.0m) could be a useful and secure way to gain coverage of Manchester City’s supreme defence ahead of a strong run of fixtures. Their 42 shots conceded is far lower than second-best Wolves’ 68 – a domination that continues in expected goals conceded (xGC), attempts conceded in open play and most other defensive categories.

Robert Sanchez

The game’s most-selected goalkeeper and with good reason. Last season, Brighton’s defence had fantastic underlying stats that somehow didn’t materialise. Their xGC was third-best but only 12 clean sheets were kept, resulting in a 16th-place finish. Things look better this time, with only two sides – Manchester City and Chelsea – conceding fewer goals so far.

At the back of this defence is Spain international Robert Sanchez (£4.6m). He emerged from nowhere to make his debut last November and, after securing his place in Gameweek 13, helped the Seagulls to ten clean sheets from 26 matches. Already on three for this campaign, Brighton are sixth in the league and about to have promising fixtures against Norwich City (a) and Newcastle (H). There are some iffier games around those two matches but for a long-term goalkeeper who allows you to concentrate on transfers elsewhere, Sanchez is a reliable option.

David Raya

Despite conceding three times against Liverpool, Brentford’s defence have been a strong addition to the league with three clean sheets from seven matches. Until that six-goal thriller, only Man City and Wolves had allowed fewer shots through their backline.

It stems from a formation change towards the end of the Bees’ successful promotion season, in which they moved from a back four to a wing-back system. Whilst they let in more goals than fellow new boys Norwich City and Watford, this late switch has continued into the top flight and has been boosted further with the club-record signing of Kristoffer Ajer (£4.5m). Brentford look good at both ends of the pitch and David Raya (£4.6m) – comfortable on the ball – will be a strong pick for the Burnley (a), Norwich (H), Newcastle (a) run that starts from Gameweek 10.

Ben Foster

Is £4.0m FPL goalkeeper Foster the new Watford number one? 3

The Watford stopper is in over 20% of FPL squads, having been seen as the cheap £4.0m back-up most likely to get games – and all it took was five matches until he stepped in for Daniel Bachmann (£4.4m). He conceded goals to Norwich, Newcastle and Leeds but just making appearances and collecting save points is good enough for his price tag and ’emergency back-up option’ status.

FPL managers probably wouldn’t want to be playing Foster all that often: Watford are one of two clubs without a shut-out to their name and are about to embark on a nasty set of matches that includes home clashes with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United between Gameweeks 8 and 15.

There is also the concern that new Watford boss Claudio Ranieri will re-address his new club’s goalkeeper pecking order after succeeding Xisco Munoz.

Also consider

Jimenez ends goal drought as Arsenal claim convincing north London derby win 8

Vicente Guaita and Alex McCarthy are both £4.5m, possess two clean sheets and rank mid-table for their teams’ ability to prevent shots, yet the former has still been able to rack up 22 saves. If McCarthy continues to hold off Fraser Forster (£4.4m) as Southampton’s number one keeper, there is a great run of fixtures between Gameweeks 8 and 15 where the Saints face only one Champions League opponent.

Jose Sa (£5.0m) costs slightly more but pulled off a rare goalkeeping assist in Gameweek 6 when setting up Raul Jimenez’s (£7.5m) winner, delighting his ownership with a 14-point haul. Similar to Guaita, he has made a high number of saves despite Wolves conceding the second-fewest number of shots throughout the league. Their xGC is only bettered by Man City, Everton and Brighton, making Sa a good pick for upcoming meetings with Crystal Palace (a), Norwich (a) and Burnley (H).

FPLMarc88 Newcastle fan that spends far too much time thinking about FPL.”

235 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 9 hours ago

    Sort this bench please:
    1) Duffy
    2) Benrahma
    3) Livra

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 9 hours ago

      231

    2. Geordie19
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 9 hours ago

      1, 3, 2

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 9 hours ago

      213

      1. MIGHTY JOE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 9 hours ago

        Haha. This is not helping my headache :DD

    4. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 9 hours ago

      Same order. I'm biased but Duffy played great stuff during IB. Scored one from setpiece, should have had a second.

  2. Geordie19
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 9 hours ago

    Bottomed
    Is Raph is out, reckon Torres is worth a 1-2 week punt?
    On WC but just a little put off by ‘booking a tf’

    1. Diddly Squat
        10 days, 9 hours ago

        I fell for the Torres gamble . He didn’t play in a month or so . Avoid Pep Roulette , foden will be the same .
        The only attacker safe is KdB , if he’s fit , he plays . Don’t bother with the rest .

    2. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 9 hours ago

      A-Jota for Foden and captain Foden

      B-Upgrade one of two non playing Norwich defenders, Williams and Omobamidele (If Manquillo doesn't start I'm a player short)

      C-Save transfer, choose between starting Gray or Jota (assuming Lukaku's fit)

      1. Diddly Squat
          10 days, 9 hours ago

          Foden was garbage last night for England . Avoid Citeh mids.. minefield.

        • GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          10 days, 9 hours ago

          Jota out but not for Foden. Keep Omobamidele. Great enabler price. Playing great for Ireland too, might get some gametime.

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 9 hours ago

        John Percy
        @JPercyTelegraph
        ·
        Brendan Rodgers will not be leaving #lcfc for Newcastle if/when Steve Bruce is sacked. No interest in the job and fully committed to Leicester

        1. Diddly Squat
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Good he ain’t good enough anyhow .

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 9 hours ago

          Would you activate your WC if this was your current team?

          Sanchez, Foster
          Alonso, Rudiger, Cancelo, Livra, Shaw
          Salah, Greenwood, Benrahma, Raphinha, Bissouma
          Toney, Antonio, Ronaldo

          1. MIGHTY JOE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Think so

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              Cheers! Been getting different answers via other questions, I thought I would ask outright.

          2. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            No way!

            Sanchez Vs Norwich
            Alonso and Rudiger vs Brentford
            Cancelo vs Burnley
            Livramento vs Leeds
            Salah vs Watford
            Benrahma and Antonio vs Everton
            Ronaldo and Greenwood vs Leicester

            That's your team for this week.

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Understood, and many of them I would keep. But I've also received feedback on both sides. See above. That's why I'm asking point-blank.

            2. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Thank you for the feedback. I think I am leaning this direction.

          3. Diddly Squat
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              Benra won’t replicate his first few games , I own him too and want rid .
              Greenwood impacted by CR7 ,Raph in a Leeds team that are a shadow of last season .
              I think Mane is one to watch and maybe a cheap Everton mid ( not Townsend )

            • Hint
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              No

            • Tony Moon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              No way.

          4. Wild Guus Chase
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            So Klopp confirms that Jota is OK. Will FPL clear his yellow flag?

            1. Skonto Rigga
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              Whenever there's a "should", a "likely" or, in this case, a "looks like", the flags tend to stay at 75%.

              1. Wild Guus Chase
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 9 hours ago

                Thanks Neale. Will he have a presser to confirm?

                1. Skonto Rigga
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 4 Years
                  9 days, 18 hours ago

                  He will indeed, on Friday!

          5. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Wonder if there is any chance of Tsimikas starting due to Robertson's IB involvement plus UCL midweek.

            Could do with him playing, better than Shaw atleast 😀

            1. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              No. Robertson had a bit of rest in early season injury outage.

          6. sentz05
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Would you do Shaw and Bruno out for Cancelo and Son?

            1. DavvaMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              Yes, I would

            2. fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              not sure, I also have those two ManU players and still in doubt with two free transfers...think I will just sell Shaw for Cancelo.

            3. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              Yep

            4. Little Red Lacazette
              • 5 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              yes

            5. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Yes

          7. Romford Pele - Don't w…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Start Livramento (LEE) or Gallagher (ars)?

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              Gallagher

          8. gart888
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            Sanchez
            TAA Rudiger Cancelo White
            Salah(C) Jota Gray
            Ronaldo Antonio Toney

            Livramento Raphinha Sissoko

            0.5 ITB

            Good to go?

          9. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            10 days, 9 hours ago

            start Gray or Jota?

            1. gart888
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              I'd go Gray just since I think a Jota 30 minute cameo is pretty likely this game.

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  10 days, 9 hours ago

                  Plenty of time to do well

                  1. gart888
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    For sure. I'm starting both out of necessity. But I figure Gray in 80 minutes is better.

            2. JAYPEE
              • 3 Years
              10 days, 9 hours ago

              On a wildcard which is the better team:
              Ramsdale Foster
              Rudiger Cancelo TAA Tomiyasu Livramento
              Salah Son ESR Raphinha Douglas Luiz
              Lukaku Antonio Hwang

              OR

              Ramsdale Foster
              Rudiger Cancelo Dias White Livramento
              Salah KDB ESR Raphinha Brownhill
              Lukaku Antonio Hwang

              So basically it’s
              TAA v Dias
              Tomiyasu v White
              Son v KDB
              Douglas Luiz v Brownhill

              1. Diddly Squat
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  Don’t get the love for Hwang. He won’t be facing that atrocious Newcastle keeper every week .

                • Tony Moon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  A definitely for me. I'd prefer Son over KDB anyway, and getting TAA too seals it.

              2. TKC07
                • 2 Years
                10 days, 9 hours ago

                2 FTs. 0 itb

                A) Sarr & Semedo to Mbeumo & Walker/Laporte
                B) Sarr & Semedo to DLuiz & Cancelo + 0.2 (Start one among DLuiz / Livra every week)
                C) Gallaghar & Semedo to Brownhill & Dias (Start Livra every week)
                D) None of the above.

                1. gart888
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  10 days, 9 hours ago

                  Any way to get Mbuemo and Cancelo?

                  1. TKC07
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    With TAA fit, can't afford both atm.

                    1. gart888
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Guess I favour A then. Don't love it though. Seems a pretty lateral move for 2 FTs.

              3. Bruno Commando
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                On a WC and left with 2 decisions... Any help is appreciated!

                A) Son + Livra, Manquillo on bench
                B) Dias + Foden, Livra on bench

                Ramsdale // Foster
                TAA Rudi Cancelo _____ // _____
                Salah Mbeumo _____ // Raph Brownhill
                Lukaku Antonio Toney

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    A

                  • Hits dont lie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    First one and then you have an almost identical team to mine (1 comment below)!

                    1. Bruno Commando
                      • 7 Years
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      In that case, I can only say your team looks great as well! The reason why I'm tinkering with option B is because I'm not sure about Son and Spurs...

                2. Hits dont lie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  Can I improve my WC team?

                  Ramsdale Foster
                  TAA Cancelo Laporte* Manquillo Livramento
                  Salah Son Raphinha Mbuemo Brownhill
                  Lukaku Antonio Toney

                  0itb
                  *Laporte is a placeholder for James when he is fit.

                  The positions I'm wanting to improve are Manquillo and Brownhill. Only have 8.4 for the pair.

                  Can I do any better?

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Looks great!

                      1. ExpressoMySonny
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        I don’t know if I’d go double Brentford attack I would just prefer one of toney or mbuemo. This stage I like toney because he is more clinical

                  2. Milkman Bruno
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Hi everyone. Is a hit here necessary?

                      Sanchez
                      Alonso, Rudiger, Reguillon
                      Salah(c), Jota, Raphina, Benrahma
                      Ronaldo(vc), Dcl, Antonio

                      Steele, Livramento, Semedo, Bissouma 0ft .3itb

                      Cheers

                      1. Bruno Commando
                        • 7 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Don't think so. Biggest risks are Raph and Rudi for GW8 but you have adequate subs to deal with that.

                        1. Milkman Bruno
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            Thanks

                      2. Ze_Austin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        No matter how GW8 goes, Trent vs Watford will troll many people. Holders, benchers, sellers, haul hopefuls, wildcarders... Someone's gotta be trolled

                        I don't even know what to expect, but I'm here for this

                      3. el polako
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Cancelo (C) over Salah (early kick off curse) - madness ?

                        1. Whatever100
                          • 4 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Yes probably madness TBH.

                          I seem to remember Salah scored a Hattie in early KO against BOU away not so long ago.

                          I don’t even own Salah so sure this will happen again and my Lukaku comes off injured after a few minutes lol

                        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Pretty mad, yes.

                      4. CoracAld2831
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Would you wildcard this team? Or would you potentially wait until GW9 to do so?

                        Sanchez-Foster

                        Dunk-White-Ruediger-Christensen-TAA
                        Gilmour-Raphinha-Salah-Sarr-Benrahma
                        Antonio-Jimenez-Ronaldo

                        1 FT
                        0,1m in bank

                        1. ArseneAllTheWay
                          • 8 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Hold id say, get rid of Sarr for Mbuemo

                          1. CoracAld2831
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            Thank you.

                      5. ArseneAllTheWay
                        • 8 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        WC thoughts

                        Ramsdale (Foster)
                        TAA, Rudi, Cancelo (Duffy/Liv)
                        Salah, foden, Raph, Esr (Townsend)
                        Lukaku, Antonio, Toney

                        Conundrums are
                        A) Toney + ESR
                        B) Jimenez + Brownhill (would be 3rd bench)

                        1. Boly Would
                          • 5 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          A.
                          I like it

                          1. ExpressoMySonny
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            A

                        2. CoracAld2831
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          I'd say A, but Mbeumo instead of ESR.

                      6. DavvaMC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Any chance Mbeumo price will go up tonight?

                        1. ArseneAllTheWay
                          • 8 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          He’s on 95, unlikely

                        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Not likely

                      7. ExpressoMySonny
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        When do people think Rashford will start and is it Greenwood who makes way ?

                      8. Maverick 11
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Anyone think Werner might become an option? I always felt he could explode given a bit of confidence, and he has a few recently

                        1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Not really tbh.

                      9. Miniboss
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Townsend or Mbeumo? No other Everton or Brentford.

                      10. PLerix
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        10 days, 7 hours ago

                        Williams and Sarr -> Cancelo and ESR (-4)?

                        Sanchez
                        TAA, Rudiger, Semedo, Livra
                        Salah (c), Greenwood, Raph,
                        Lukaku, Antonio, Jimenez
                        4.0, Sarr, Allan, Williams
                        1ft, 1.8 itb

                      11. Darenzi
                          9 days, 19 hours ago

                          Will Ederson (MCI) play Game week 8?

                        • Bobby's Teeth
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          8 days, 17 hours ago

                          Hi legends, needed your help:

                          Would you WC this team?

                          Sanchez Steele
                          TAA Rudiger White Semedo Livra
                          Salah Jota Raph Traore Gilmour
                          Lukaku Antonio ASM

                          Majorly worried about:

                          1. Lack of City cover
                          2. The 2 Wolves assets