Fantasy Premier League

FPL Positions: Don't ignore promoted goalkeepers

The Scout 16 May 2019
Neil Etheridge, Cardiff City

The Scout reckons Neil Etheridge’s FPL displays can encourage managers to pick Tim Krul of Norwich or Dean Henderson of Sheffield Utd

With 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League now over, The Scout reviews each position to highlight players to consider for 2019/20.

Goalkeeper

Neil Etheridge’s heroics for Cardiff City showed why FPL managers expect value for money when selecting their goalkeepers.

The Cardiff 'keeper cost £4.5m at the start of the season following their promotion to the Premier League.

Although he managed only 10 clean sheets, Etheridge was the top-value player in the game in 2018/19.

Ending at £4.7m, he produced 33.5 points per million.

His performances show that cut-price goalkeepers can offer far more than the potential for just shutouts.

Keeping busy

Etheridge conceded 69 goals, more than any rival. But he also made 141 saves, helping him to a further 33 points.

Lukasz Fabianski was the only goalkeeper busier than Etheridge.

The West Ham United man made 151 saves and kept seven clean sheets.

Indeed, 38 of Fabianski’s 143 points, over 26 per cent, were from saves alone.

Alternative options

The Pole has ranked among the top three 'keepers for value in each of the last two seasons.

Yet he has managed just 16 clean sheets over that period.

Premium goalkeepers such as Alisson and Ederson are expected to again dominate as top points scorers next season.

But with save points and Bonus to consider, cut-price options can more than rival them for value.

Promoted pair Tim Krul, of Norwich City, and Dean Henderson, of Sheffield United, can offer similar solutions for those in search of the next Etheridge.

Tomorrow: FPL Positions: Liverpool trio can force formation rethink

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See: The Scout's 2018/19 FPL Lessons on positions

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