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FPL positions: Promoted goalkeepers among best for value

2 Jun 2021
Illan Meslier

The Scout says success of Leeds' Illan Meslier bodes well for Norwich, Watford and Brentford No 1s

With 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League now over, The Scout reviews each position to highlight lessons from the season and players to consider next term.


Stoppers from all three promoted clubs proved a big source of value in Fantasy this season. 

Best-value goalkeepers (points per million)
2020/21 Points End price Value (ppm)
Martinez 186 £5.3m 35.1
Meslier 154 £4.8m 32.1
Johnstone 140 £4.6m 30.4
Areola 124 £4.5m 27.6

In terms of points per million (ppm) spent, three of the top four goalkeepers were from sides who arrived from the Championship for 2020/21.

Illan Meslier was the standout, returning 32.1 ppm, the second-best in the entire game.

The Leeds United No 1 combined 11 clean sheets with 20 bonus and 36 save points.

Meslier saves v Man City

The success of West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone showed that goalkeepers from struggling sides can also thrive.

He conceded a league-high 74 goals and managed only six clean sheets in a campaign where his side were relegated.

But the fact Johnstone was always busy meant he made 166 saves, at least 20 more than any goalkeeper.

He collected 43 points, or 30.7 per cent of his total, from saves alone. 

Johnstone also earned 19 bonus points, more than all of West Brom's defenders combined, thanks to his displays between the posts.

As a result, his tally of 140 points was at least 61 more than any Baggies defender. 

Same again in 2021/22?

In terms of total points, premium-priced goalkeepers are likely to dominate again next term.

Indeed, five of the eight top-scoring stoppers this season were initially priced at £5.0m or more.

Nonetheless, the success of Meslier and Johnstone suggests that managers looking for value between the posts should consider Norwich City, Watford and Brentford’s goalkeepers in 2021/22.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL positions: Martinez shows the many routes to points
Part 3: FPL positions: Full-backs dominant in defence
Part 4: FPL positions: Tuchel’s Chelsea the best defence
Part 5: FPL positions: Midfielders merit more attention
Part 6: FPL positions: Lingard shows promise with league's top form
Part 7: FPL positions: Rely on Kane against lower-ranked sides
Part 8: FPL positions: Iheanacho and Watkins can push on

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