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Fantasy Premier League budget goalkeepers have always been a popular and effective strategy. A rotating pair of £4.5m keepers, or one £4.5m and £4.0m option respectively, allows you to spend your budget elsewhere.
There is almost always a bargain that emerges every season and let’s face it, nobody likes spending money in that position. A few years ago it was Nick Pope and last season it was Emiliano Martínez.
The Best Budget Goalkeepers in FPL 2021/22
Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) - Brighton & Hove Albion
The Brighton keeper comes in at a very generous £4.5m. He has the second-highest ownership behind only Martínez. The Seagulls shot-stopper came into contention from Gameweek 13 last season. He took over as number one from Matt Ryan (£4.5m) who was dropped on the back of some sub-par performances.
Sanchez kept 10 clean sheets in only 27 games, conceding only 27 goals while also making 66 saves and accumulating eight bonus points. He had the third-best expected goals conceded per game (1.08) and expected clean sheets (0.37) behind only Ederson (£6.0m) and Edouard Mendy (£6.0m).
Brighton’s defensive stats were among the best in the league last season with 12 clean sheets (5th), and 46 goals conceded (7th).
They conceded only 222 Shots in the Box (3rd), 127 Shots on Target (3rd) and 51 Big Chances (3rd). They were unfortunate to be in the relegation battle and it was ultimately their finishing and some freak results which let them down.
I can see them having a strong season in 2021-22, especially defensively with the players and manager at their disposal. Their fixtures are very favourable for the first eight and are arguably the best opening games from any team.
They play Burnley (a), Watford, (H), Everton (H), Brentford (a), Leicester City (H), Crystal Palace (a), Arsenal (H) and Norwich (a) in this period.
Our Fixture Ticker ranks them top overall and Sanchez will be nailed in my Gameweek 1 team.
Martin Dubravka (£4.5m) – Newcastle United (*injury worth monitoring ahead of Gameweek 1)
The Newcastle keeper was another who came into contention late in the season. He suffered a heel bone injury at the start of the last campaign which meant Karl Darlow (£4.5m) stepped in to deputise but Dubravka eventually regained his spot.
I think he looks great value for his price despite Newcastle not being the best defensive team. He scored 131 points in 2018/19 making 96 saves and picking up 10 bonus points.
In the 2019/20 season, he scored 143 points with 139 saves and seven bonus points. Fantasy Football Hub contributor @FPL_Swe calculated that if Dubravka played every minute of last season, he would have scored 140 points based on his average points.
He would have only finished four points behind Nick Pope (£5.5m) last season and the Burnley man comes in at a full £1.0m more than the Slovakian.
Although the Toons only picked up seven clean sheets (18th) last season, I still think Dubravka is worth it due to the number of saves he makes. His points tally speaks for itself and for £4.5m he is a very safe bet.
Furthermore, Steve Bruce's men have good opening fixtures. They play West Ham United (H), Southampton (H), Leeds United (H) and Watford (H) during their first eight games. I predict plenty of saves and possibly a clean sheet or two for Dubravka in this spell.
Vicente Guaita (£4.5m) – Crystal Palace
The Spaniard has been a reliable keeper over the years for Crystal Palace. Guaita has been priced at £4.5m this season despite coming in at £5.0m for the last two years. He has been a consistent points scorer and seems like another decent value option for his price.
He scored 124 points by keeping eight clean sheets, making 107 saves (4th), and earned 15 bonus points last season.
In 2019/20 he kept 10 clean sheets, 111 saves, 16 bonus points and 137 scored points. We can see he is good value for money and he may earn a similar amount of points this season too.
Guaita makes a lot of saves and thus gets bonus points when his team keeps a clean sheet. His opening fixtures don’t look promising with the Eagles facing Chelsea (a), West Ham (a), Spurs (H), Liverpool and Arsenal (a) during their first eight.
Although I think Guaita is a good option and will score well relative to his price, it's best to look elsewhere at the start of the season. He may be one to look at later down the line.
Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m) – Watford
Watford were the best defensive side from the promoted teams. They conceded the least goals in the Championship last season (30) and also kept the most clean sheets (23).
Daniel Bachmann took over as the first-choice goalkeeper from Ben Foster (£4.0m) when the latter picked up a finger injury around a quarter way into the season.
The Austrian international played well and has kept his place even when Foster returned from injury so Bachmann is now the Hornets' number one.
The Premier League is a different kettle of fish to the Championship but Bachmann is a talented keeper and he also impressed in Euro 2020 with Austria. I can see him picking up a lot of saves and providing great value at £4.5m.
He can be used as a rotator with another £4.5m keeper. The Austrian rotates fairly well with Sanchez (£4.5m). For the first 11 games, their rotation gives you Burnley, Watford, Everton, Brentford, Norwich, Palace/Newcastle, Leeds, Norwich, Everton, Southampton and Newcastle. You can check alternative rotations via our Fixture Ticker.
Goalkeepers from last season's promoted teams - Leeds United, West Bromich Albion, and Fulham all scored well for £4.5m.
Illan Meslier managed 154 points and was the third-highest scoring goalkeeper in the game. Sam Johnstone scored 140 points and Alphonse Areola 124 points despite both of their teams getting relegated. It just goes to show the team doesn’t have to be solid for the keeper to be a viable FPL option.
Looking at Watford's fixtures in isolation, they don’t look too shabby also as they play Aston Villa, (H), Wolves (H), Norwich (a) and Newcastle United (H) in their first eight.
The best Budget FPL Goalkeepers - £4.0m
The second goalkeeper spot may seem like an irrelevant position and low down on a Fantasy Football manager's priority list when picking their teams. Yet it’s definitely worth looking into as it can save you that extra £0.5 in your budget which could be crucial and perhaps saves you a transfer later on.
Only 11 goalkeepers are in the £4.0m price range and it doesn’t seem many of them will have a significant amount of playing time.
I think our best bet will be Ben Foster (£4.0m) who is by far the best keeper ability-wise from the £4.0m category. He wasn’t dropped last season for being poor but because Bachmann was really good in Foster's absence.
A few poor performances from the Austrian could result in Foster earning an opportunity especially with the 14 years of Premier League experience he has under his belt.
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