I wanted to check in with how the various Fantasy Premier League goalkeeper options have started the season, but I was more interested in where their points were coming from than just the total accumulated. We can’t make any effective judgments yet because the sample size is small, but a few early indicators are notable when the points are categorized by source.
Three goalkeepers – Joe Hart, Simon Mignolet and Sergio Romero – have delivered three or more clean sheets and the healthy cache of points that accompanies them. Leading the way is Joe Hart (5.6m), whose 16 points from clean sheets is more than all but seven other ‘keepers have scored in total. Given Manchester City’s nice run of fixtures (cpl, WHU, tot, NEW, BOU, mun, NOR, avl) through to GW12, he’s clearly a great option. The problem is so are many of his Manchester City colleagues in their respective positions and we can only have three in the team at one time.
The early evidence suggests Liverpool have improved defensively this season, but there are cheaper ways of securing their clean sheet points than Mignolet (5.1m), while the Romero’s position behind the Manchester United back four is likely to come under threat after the collapse of David de Gea’s move to Real Madrid.
Three keepers lead the way in scoring points by making saves: Tim Krul, Tim Howard and Costel Pantilimon. For FPL managers shopping for budget goalkeepers, Krul (4.5m) is looking a good option having collected seven points from 24 saves in four matches. His eight saves against Manchester United also saw him collect maximum bonus points as Newcastle United recorded their only shutout of the season. Newcastle face Chelsea and Manchester City in gameweeks 7 and 8 respectively, but after that have a benevolent run of fixtures through the rest of 2015.
At 5.0m, Howard is a mid-priced keeper, but the cheapest guaranteed access to Everton’s defence. With eight clean sheet points, six save points and four bonus points (joint top among goalies), Howard has emerged as the most complete source of ‘keeper returns so far. Everton’s brutal run of fixtures through to Gameweek 10 (CHE, swa, wba, LIV, MUN, ars) doesn’t bode well for clean sheets but does suggest more saves points could be heading his way. It’s worth noting that all but one of the keepers who have earned bonus points this season have also earned three or more save points.
Pantilimon (4.9m) may have racked up the third highest number of save points so far, but the benefit is almost completely neutralized by deductions for goals conceded. He should be avoided while Sunderland continue to leak so many goals at the back.