As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.
The Everton goalkeeper has a very favourable run of opponents at the start of 2019/20.
|1||CRY (A)||2||8||BUR (A)||2|
|2||WAT (H)||3||9||WHU (H)||2|
|3||AVL (A)||2||10||BHA (A)||2|
|4||WOL (H)||3||11||TOT (H)||4|
|5||BOU (A)||3||12||SOU (A)||2|
|6||SHU (H)||2||13||NOR (H)||2|
|7||MCI (H)||4||14||LEI (A)||3|
*Fixture Difficulty Rankings
In the opening 14 Gameweeks, Pickford will face only two of last season's top-six sides.
And on both occasions, those matches are at home.
Pickford finished as the third top-scoring goalkeeper in FPL last season on 161 points.
The England international's shot-stopping played a big part in his success.
Everton's form in the latter stages of last season highlights their improving defence.
From Gameweek 28 onwards, the Toffees' total of eight clean sheets was joint top with champions Man City.
Indeed, Marco Silva's men conceded only seven goals in the final 11 Gameweeks.
That total matched their Merseyside rivals Liverpool and was second only to the three of Man City.
The attacking potential of left-back Lucas Digne (£6.0m) makes him Everton's standout candidate at the back this season.
But Pickford can also appeal for opening squads.
Owned by 11.5 per cent of managers, he can provide a strong double-up option alongside the Frenchman for those early months.