We at The Hype Train will be providing a regular series of Power Rankings updates throughout the season for each position in the traditional Fantasy Premier League game for our partners at the Fantasy Football Hub. We will be picking our top five picks for Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards, providing a graphical aid for each chosen player, and the reasoning behind our choices. All aboard.
How do our Power Rankings work?
We use player form, fixtures, potential, and our own gut instinct, to form our own opinionated view on who we believe is the best asset for each position in the FPL. Each position (Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder, and Forward) has differing criteria which can help generate FPL points on a weekly basis, whether for short term gain or for the long haul.
For the purpose of this article we will list our top 5 and follow up with a player on the rise in that position to also consider.
All player prices and stats are reflective of the official Fantasy Premier League game at the time of publishing.
Goalkeeper Power Rankings: Gameweek 4
Goalkeeper’s, on the most part, should be the most static and immovable objects in your Fantasy teams, with a lot more wiggle room to operate with keeper selection in the Draft game. That said, it’s always good to know who is performing and who are the moving targets to look out for. We profile what we believe to be the best five shot stoppers in the FPL game right now after Gameweek 3 and heading into Gameweek 4.
1) Jonas Lossl (HUD)
Huddersfield’s have kicked off their first ever Premier League campaign with seven points from their opening three matches, and have yet to concede. The man in the sticks, Jonas Lossl, is the top FPL Goalkeeper heading into Gameweek 4 and offers a delicious combination of save points potential, value, and acquiring bonus points.
Lossl’s eleven saves from the opening fixtures ranks him at joint fifth in the save rankings among fellow Goalkeeper’s, whilst Lossl is the only shot stopper to acquire bonus points from two or more matches.
With Huddersfield’s fine form defensively the addition of Lossl at the top of the GK Power Rankings is a no-brainer. Whilst fellow defenders are sought after ahead of the keeper, there’s no doubting his credentials following clean sheets against Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Newcastle. The Terriers next travel to West Ham before hosting Spurs, with both sides suffering from either poor or indifferent starts to the season.
2) David de Gea (MUN)
Only two Premier League clubs have yet to concede this season, with Huddersfield being joined in this bracket by the early pace setters, Man United, who head into Gameweek 4 with ten goals scored and nothing for their Spanish international, David de Gea, to pick out of his own net.
Clean sheets against West Ham, Swansea, and Leicester, have justified the 34% of FPL players who have entrusted their primary goalkeeper spot with a £5.5 million addition. With de Gea managing just the one save point from his opening three matches, players are mostly resigned to the shot stopper getting the six points that a clean sheet offers, and nothing more, as premium keepers stand mute in the sticks for the majority of matches. This limits the bonus points potential of de Gea, but hasn’t detracted from mass owners who will be happy with his inclusion.
De Gea rightfully earns a spot in our second spot, but is not enough to eclipse Jonas Lossl after a superb start to the season.
3) Ben Foster (WBA)
The inclusion of West Brom’s Ben Foster in the third spot of our GK Power Rankings has really tested our patience this week due to Fraser Forster’s massive eleven point haul at Huddersfield, but we have chosen to stick faith with the Baggies keeper after a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke during Gameweek 3. A mistake from new FPL favourite, Ahmed Hegazi, cost West Brom all three points against Stoke, with Ben Foster inches away from collecting the ball before Hegazi’s misplaced swipe took the ball away from the goalkeeper, and towards the prying eyes of Peter Crouch who headed into an empty net.
Regardless of the setback, a massive 17.9% ownership will be relatively pleased with Ben Foster’s start to the season. Two clean sheets on the spin to begin the season was always going to rate the Englishman as one of our top keeper assets, with a £4.5 million priced attractive for a majority of players even before the season began. Players have retained their faith in Foster, and so have we.
West Brom’s good run of fixtures continue, with an away trip to Brighton, who have yet to score this season, before entertaining a West Ham outfit who have lost all three of their Premier League matches so far this season.
4) Fraser Forster (SOU)
Coming in at number four is the Saints goalkeeper who would have particularly enjoyed his FPL Gameweek 3 score. For consecutive matches, Fraser Forster has managed six saves, drawing an additional two points per-match for the 7.0% of players who have entrusted the Southampton goalkeeper. With Forster earning five more points than West Brom’s Foster, it was a flip of a coin who took the third and fourth positions this week, but we believe that there are better options in Southampton’s defence and over the long term would prefer the inclusion of Maya Yoshida and Ryan Bertrand. That said, if fortune favours Forster yet again, he’ll rise again in the Rankings to reflect what will be a stellar opening to four Premier League matches. The balance of FPL squads reflects this point of view as well, with West Brom and Southampton defensive ownership, a must-have for FPL players right now, has Foster’s ownership greatly surpassing Forster’s.
Southampton were fortunate to not to concede in their 0-0 away draw at Huddersfield, with Forster the culpable villain who provided Huddersfield with two guilt-edged chances to score, but who ultimately benefited from two direct saves as a result from goal-bound efforts by Mounie and Kachunga.
The only potential setback for Southampton’s fixture delight is a home tie against Man United for Gameweek 6, with the South Coast club hosting Watford up next, before travelling to Crystal Palace for Gameweek 5.
5) Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)
Filling the final spot in our GK Power Rankings is a player that looks stronger for having played Arsenal and Man United away from home, even in losing efforts. Leicester look a side that won’t struggle to ensure their own Premier League survival this season, with the addition of Harry Maguire bolstering their back-line considerably.
In goal, Kasper Schmeichel recently broke the hearts of 37% of FPL players who captained Romelu Lukaku during Gameweek 3. Schmeichel became the first Goalkeeper this season to save a penalty kick, diving right (and slightly off his line) to dent Lukaku’s early season FPL returns. Added to this is thirteen saves and an additional three save points, to go alongside all three bonus earned at Old Trafford, for the Dane who also managed a solitary clean sheet against Brighton during Gameweek 2’s comfortable 2-0 victory.
Kasper’s inclusion is fully deserved, but fixtures are not calming down for the Foxes, with Chelsea visiting next in the Premier League, hardly an enticing encounter if you’re wanting to back Schmeichel, the same week which is seeing Alvaro Morata’s ownership rise.
One to consider: Lukasz Fabianski (SWA)
If there’s one name to consider for the FPL team, especially if you’re playing your FPL wildcard, is Swansea’s shot stopper, Fabianski. Not many have gifted Swansea a chance in hell at beating relegation this season, but with four points and two clean sheets from their opening fixtures, Swansea are coming towards a good stretch of fixtures which could potentially see Fabianski rise to the top of the Goalkeeper charts.
Swansea’s Next 5 Fixtures:
GW4: Newcastle (H)
GW5: Spurs (A)
GW6: Watford (H)
GW7: West Ham (A)
GW8: Huddersfield (H)