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Is Dubravka a MUST-HAVE in Fantasy?

By The Scout 6 Dec 2023
Dubravka, Newcastle

The Scout says Newcastle 'keeper can thrive over festive period, but there are long-term concerns

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A kind upcoming schedule for Newcastle United can allow Martin Dubravka (£4.0m) to establish himself as a major source of value in Fantasy Premier League.

The Magpies’ back-up goalkeeper is set for a run of starts after their No 1 Nick Pope (£5.5m) was ruled out for an extended period with a shoulder injury.

Pope is currently the second top-scoring goalkeeper in Fantasy, collecting 56 points thanks to six clean sheets, eight save points and one bonus.

His absence comes at a point when Newcastle are about to embark on a kind short-term run of opponents which lifts their chances of defensive returns. 

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of their three matches over Gameweeks 17-19 score just two.

That consists of home encounters with Fulham and Nottingham Forest, combined with a visit to Luton Town in Blank Gameweek 18. 

Long-term concern?

Dubravka’s ultra-low cost can make him a budget gem over that run, offering managers a value alternative to Kieran Trippier (£7.0m) as a route into the Newcastle backline.

However, the opening of the January transfer window means Dubravka's acquisition in Fantasy comes with a risk attached, as it allows Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe the chance to bring in a replacement for Pope.

If Dubravka can hold onto his role, there is no doubt that his low cost and potential for defensive returns can make him the go-to goalkeeper for many managers.

Ultimately, though, it will be Howe’s post-Gameweek 19 moves in the transfer market that will determine whether Dubravka remains an option beyond the festive period.

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