It’s often the case that people overlook goalkeepers as a lesser priority when putting together their Fantasy Premier League teams, although their potential to help add important points cannot be understated.
A safe pair of hands between the posts is priceless for most teams, as is the added bonus of helping their team secure three points with a clean sheet. Of course, any savvy FPL manager will probably check upcoming fixtures before deciding who to choose, although these three shot-stoppers have proven to be the most reliable options so far this season.
Ederson – Manchester City – 68 Points
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 25, 2018
The most expensive FPL goalkeeping option at £5.8 million, choosing the agile Brazilian may require you to shuffle things around with your outfield selections, but Ederson well worth both the investment and confidence. Particularly given he also has one of the tightest defences playing ahead of him.
Still unbeaten after GW13 and having only conceded five goals, it’s with good reason that Manchester City remain outright Premier League betting favourites. Having also kept eight clean sheets, which is more than any other goalkeeper, choosing Ederson in the number one spot is pretty much a no-brainer for most FPL managers, with 26.7% having opted for the 25-year-old.
Alisson Becker – Liverpool – 63 Points
Liverpool's Alisson Becker says he is working hard to be the "perfect" keeper that people expect him to be.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 13, 2018
If one Brazilian wasn’t enough to help prevent conceding goals, another one is doing a fine job at Liverpool this season. Jurgen Klopp didn’t bat an eyelid at the £67 million fee the club paid, although thankfully, Alisson Becker is much more of a bargain at £5.7 million for FPL managers, with 20.2% having put their faith in the 26-year-old and his abilities.
Second only to his Brazilian compatriot Ederson, with seven clean sheets Alisson has brought a greater level of certainty between the posts at Liverpool, helping them remain the only unbeaten side along with Manchester City, pushing the reigning Premier League champions in a tight race for the title this season.
Jordan Pickford – Everton – 61 Points
— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) November 18, 2018
After heroics and fine performances with England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the praise continues for Jordan Pickford, who has proven to be a vital last line of defence for Everton during their 2018-19 Premier League campaign, with the team now a serious contender to finish amongst the European positions.
Pickford has certainly helped the Toffees get out of more than one or two sticky situations, pulling off some fine flying saves to help his team secure valuable points, and at just £4.9 million to FPL managers, his selection can genuinely be viewed as an absolute bargain. 15.5% of FPL managers have the 24-year-old in their team, indicating he is a very popular choice.
Solid Alternative Options
If the thought of spending more on goalkeepers than outfield players makes you twitch with uncertainty, then there are a couple of very good alternative options to consider. Wayne Hennessey at Crystal Palace has racked up 55 points in the FPL charts, and though his team have often struggled this season, the 31-year-old has been in excellent form individually.
Meanwhile, with his Manchester City nightmare and England World Cup squad omission seemingly now behind him, Joe Hart appears to be rediscovering the best of his form at Burnley, scoring a highly creditable 52 FPL points so far this season. He’s also quite the bargain at £4.5 million, therefore worth keeping in mind when shuffling your team selections around.