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FPL prices: Ryan No 1 among budget goalkeepers

The Scout 17 Aug 2020
Mat Ryan, Brighton & Hove Albion

The Scout assesses the leading options in the sub-£5.0m bracket and explains why Brighton's No 1 could be the best pick

The Scout takes a look at the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League player list, assessing the best options according to position and price.

Mat Ryan (BHA) £4.5m

Despite claiming only nine clean sheets last season, Brighton & Hove Albion's Ryan was the eighth top-scoring goalkeeper on 135 points.

That points tally was two more than Ederson (£6.0m) of Manchester City, whose 16 clean sheets earned him the Golden Glove award.

The option to pair Ryan with his deputy David Button (£4.0m) guarantees you a starting goalkeeper for a total spend of just £8.5m.

Ryan’s potential for both save and bonus points further boosts his appeal as the go-to option in the budget bracket.

Indeed, he is currently the most-owned goalkeeper under £5.0m, sitting in 25.6 per cent of squads.

Emiliano Martinez (ARS) £4.5m

The Argentinian turned in a series of impressive displays after a securing a starting role for Arsenal towards the end of last season.

He saved 81 per cent of the shots he faced in 2019/20, bettered only by the 81.8 per cent of Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) among all goalkeepers.

It remains to be seen if Martinez will continue in goal for the Gunners, with regular starter Bernd Leno (£5.0m) now back from injury.

But if he does establish himself as Arsenal's No 1, Martinez can be a big factor in FPL this term.

Kiko Casilla or Illan Meslier (LEE) £4.5m

The competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey at Leeds United can also help managers find value between the posts. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s side kept 22 clean sheets and conceded only 35 goals last term, both league-leading totals in the Championship.

Casilla was first-choice for the opening months but Meslier then started their final 10 encounters.

The team sheets during pre-season should help clarify Bielsa’s preferred choice for 2020/21 FPL.

Alex McCarthy (SOU) £4.5m

The Southampton No 1 started every match from Gameweek 12 onwards last season.

McCarthy claimed seven clean sheets from that point. Only eight goalkeepers surpassed that tally and all of them are priced at £5.0m or more in 2020/21 FPL.

His total of 79 saves ranked eighth in that period, highlighting McCarthy’s multiple routes to points.

Also in this series

Part 2: Save points boost appeal of Dubravka
Part 3: Vinagre standout option from budget defenders
Part 4: Wan-Bissaka an all-round prospect
Part 5: Alexander-Arnold still a bargain
Part 6: Armstrong offers goals at little expense
Part 7: Greenwood can provide outstanding value in new role
Part 8: Salah goal threat gives edge over rivals
Part 9: Maupay can shine among budget forwards
Part 10: Ings has platform to hit ground running

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