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Be sure to also check out our FPL Ultimate Guide and other positions below:
- Best Budget Keepers (4.0-5.0m)
- Best Budget Defenders (4.0 - 4.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Defenders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Premium Defenders (6.0+)
- Best 4.5m Midfielders
- Best Budget Midfielders (5.0-5.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Midfielders (6.0 - 8.0m)
- Best Premium Midfielders (8.5m+)
- Best Budget Forwards (4.5 - 6.0m)
- Best Mid-Priced Forwards (6.5 -7.5m)
- Best Premium Forwards (8.0m+)
In Fantasy Premier League, the goalkeeper position seems to get overlooked but it's just as important as any other position. Last season Emiliano Martínez (£5.5m) finished on more points than the likes of Trent Alexender-Arnold (£7.5m) and Sadio Mane (£12.0m).
This shows their potential value and why we should start putting as much thought and analysis into our FPL goalkeepers as we do with any other position.
It’s never a good idea to own two premium goalkeepers at the same time as the ceiling is generally low in this position. Usually you would go for one premium goalkeeper and a £4.0m backup.
Who are the Best Goalkeepers in FPL? £5.5 - £6.0m
Edouard Mendy (£6.0m) – Chelsea
Chelsea kept a very impressive 18 clean sheets (2nd in the league) last season with only 36 goals conceded (2nd). Their defensive stats were elite and only bettered by league champions Manchester City.
Mendy ended the season on 140 points (6th), 16 clean sheets (2nd), 57 saves and eight bonus points.
Although he is the first-choice goalkeeper for Chelsea he was still prone to rotation. For some reason, Thomas Tuchel played Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.0m) on the odd occasion which is very unusual. I have never known a manager to rotate his goalkeepers.
Mendy was benched three times last season in favour of his Spanish teammate. I am not sure if Tuchel will do the same this season but, with a £6.0m price tag, it’s a notable risk.
Just like with the rest of the Chelsea defence, I think Mendy is a wait and see. I think his price is fair if he starts every game but looking at the Blues' opening fixtures, it wouldn't hurt to wait. During their first eight games, they play Arsenal (a), Liverpool (a), Spurs (a) and Manchester City (a).
With all of that said, he is probably the safest route into the Chelsea defence.
Ederson (£6.0m) – Manchester City
Ederson finished as the second-highest scoring goalkeeper with 160 points. He also managed the most clean sheets with 19 and was the City player who played the most minutes (3240).
He is the goalkeeper who has the best chance of clean sheets and is the most nailed in the City defence. However, when it comes to saves and bonus points he is quite low on the list. He made 66 saves (14th) which is understandable when you play in such a good defensive unit. His lack of action between the sticks yielded just three bonus points.
If you like to go for Premium goalkeepers in FPL then I would say Ederson is probably your best bet. You have to accept his low ceiling and the fact he'll likely get a maximum of six-seven points when picking up a clean sheet. You almost certainly won't have to worry about rotation though, which is a rare occurrence when owning a Pep Guardiola player.
Looking at Manchester City’s opening fixtures, he is bound to keep several clean sheets and is odds-on to end the season with the most clean sheets again. He has won the Golden Glove award for the past two seasons for the Citizens.
Pep Guardiola’s men play Norwich (H), Arsenal (H), Southampton (H) and Burnley (H) in their first four home games.
Nick Pope (£5.5m) - Burnley
A familiar name in the Fantasy Football landscape, Nick Pope ended last season on 11 clean sheets (5th), 114 saves (3rd), 20 bonus points (2nd) and 144 points overall (5th).
He ended up with the most points from Burnley once again and was amongst the top-scoring goalkeepers. The question FPL managers have to answer is simple: is he worth £5.5m?
For that price, I would be expecting around 160 points minimum. Seeing as he scored 144 points last season, I think he may have come in slightly overpriced.
I do think Burnley will be a lot better defensively this season and revert back to the compact style we are used to seeing. Pope may be one to look at later down the line once we see how the Clarets set up this season. His price means he can be avoided to start with.
Whilst their opening fixtures don’t read too well, Pope is the type of goalkeeper who can haul against any team. I think he will score well but perhaps he'll be a better choice when we use our first Wildcard. They face Liverpool (a), Everton (a), Arsenal (H), Leicester (a) and Manchester City (a) during their first eight games.
Emiliano Martínez (£5.5m) – Aston Villa
The Aston Villa goalkeeper was the hero of the 2020-21 season and will go down in history as an FPL legend. He scored 186 points (1st) – a massive 26 more than second-placed Ederson, kept 15 clean sheets (3rd), made 142 saves (1st), and accumulated 27 bonus points (1st).
He started the season at £4.5m and ended up at £5.3m.
FPL have him priced at £5.5m for the new season and it had to be expected after his almost record-breaking season. Yet I still feel this may be a bit too much.
This was the Argentine's first full season in the Premier League and although he is a great goalkeeper, it will be very hard for him to reach that points tally this season.
Aston Villa’s opening fixtures aren’t too bad. Their first three games are great with Watford (a), Newcastle United (H) and Brentford (H) so I can see him being highly owned at the start of the season.
They do have some tough ones in there, however, with Chelsea (a), Manchester United (a) and Spurs (a) during their first eight.
Martínez may have another great season due to his sheer quality but at £5.5m it’s a difficult choice to make.
Who are the best £5.0m Goalkeepers in FPL?
Illan Messlier had a great debut season as did Leeds United. They finished 9th in the league and kept 11 clean sheets in the process. Meslier finished on 154 points (3rd) and was another great option at £4.5m. He made 140 saves (2nd), and bagged 20 bonus points (2nd).
I can see Leeds having another good season but it’s hard to justify Meslier at £5.0m when the rest of the Leeds defenders are £4.5m.
Dean Henderson could be a great option if he stakes his claim as the number one goalkeeper. We saw how good he was in the 2019-20 season with Sheffield United where he scored 160 points with 13 clean sheets. It's a risk to start with him, but if he can nail down that starting spot at Manchester United he could be a steal.
Lukasz Fabianski is another one who could emerge as a decent option at £5.0m, especially with their opening fixtures. West Ham look a really good team but again, it’s hard to say whether he's worth £0.5m more than some of the £4.5m goalkeepers; especially when teammate Vladimir Coufal is also £5.0m.
Hub Power Rankings
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