Fantasy Premier League

Heaton raises the bar for FPL goalkeepers

By The Scout 24 May 2017
Tom Heaton, Burnley

Burnley No 1 broke a Fantasy record in 2016/17 as The Scout reviews the best performers by position

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Burnley's Tom Heaton (£5.1m) has demonstrated that value for money is the key factor when it comes to selecting a Fantasy Premier League goalkeeper.

His outstanding campaign also highlighted that both save and bonus points can outweigh the benefits of clean sheets - the traditional scoring method for goalkeepers in Fantasy.

Despite collecting only 10 shutouts, Heaton ended the season with 149 FPL points - six ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris (£5.5m), who kept 15 clean sheets.

See: FPL standings by position

Heaton's defiant displays regularly rewarded his owners with additional points from saves. His total of 142 stops was more than any other player and he delivered at least one save point in 22 of his 35 Gameweek appearances.

But even Heaton was overshadowed by Sunderland's Jordan Pickford (£4.2m) in this respect. 

Despite recording only four clean sheets, Pickford produced save points in 22 of 29 Gameweek appearances and his total of 36 points was more than any other goalkeeper.

Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic (£4.1m) also fared strongly.

Second only to Manchester United’s David De Gea (£5.5m) for overall ownership (21% to 33%), Jakupovic claimed 18 save points from 22 appearances.

That ensured his average of 3.9 points per match (ppm) was identical to both De Gea and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois (£5.9m), who recorded 16 clean sheets to claim the Golden Glove.

See: Courtois: Team helped me win Golden Glove

When it came to accruing bonus points, Heaton was simply untouchable.

A Bonus Points System (BPS) total of 741 was comfortably ahead of the next best, Watford's Heurelho Gomes (£4.9m and 681).

Heaton's total of 21 bonus points was more than twice any other goalkeeping rival, Kasper Schmeichel (£4.9m) and Victor Valdes (£4.5m) his nearest challengers, on 10 apiece.

It also shattered the previous record of 16 bonus points scored by a goalkeeper in a single season, set by Sunderland's Vito Mannone (£4.0m) in 2013/14.

The Burnley No 1 delivered double-digits on five occasions, including an 11-point tally at Manchester United in Gameweek 10, when he made 11 saves.

Valdes was his closest rival for big hauls, producing 10+ points on three occasions.

Understandably, Heaton was also the most in-demand pick between the sticks.

Having started the season at £4.5m, he rose £0.6m in price and earned 976,551 transfers in - more than any other goalkeeper on both counts.

And his dominance in terms of the value he offered extended across all four positions. Tallying a total of 149 points, Heaton was the No 1 player for points per million (29.2).

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