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GW35 Ones to watch: Jack Butland

The Scout 19 Apr 2018
Jack Butland, Stoke City

The Scout on why Stoke City goalkeeper can be the No 1 pick in the reduced Gameweek 35

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 35.

Jack Butland (STK) £5.0m

The Stoke City goalkeeper is unrivalled in FPL when it comes to saves and bonus points.

Butland's 128 stops have returned 33 save points over the season, more than anyone else.

And since his return from a three-match absence through injury in Gameweek 15, he is also the top-ranked goalkeeper in the Bonus Points System (BPS), with 419.

Top goalkeepers by save points
Player Club Saves Save points
Butland STK 128 33
Fabianski SWA 114 29
Pickford EVE 112 27
De Gea MUN 108 24
Pope  BUR 100 23
Up with De Gea 

Although Butland has kept only five clean sheets over the season, on four of those occasions he has earned at least one bonus point.

And over those five clean-sheet appearances he has averaged 8.8 points per match.

Butland has provided 75 points in his run of 20 starts since Gameweek 15.

That is only five fewer than David De Gea (£5.9m), who is the top points scorer and top-owned goalkeeper.

This is despite the Manchester United player keeping four more clean sheets over that period.

Double-digit potential

Stoke host Burnley at bet365 Stadium in Gameweek 35, their penultimate home fixture.

Manager Paul Lambert will be seeking a sixth clean sheet of the season to boost their hopes of safety.

Butland will not only be key for Lambert on Sunday, he can be an important figure for Fantasy managers.

He delivered 11 points in his last shutout at Southampton in Gameweek 29.

That highlights his potential for double-figure scores.

So for those managers activating their Free Hit chip, Butland offers the greatest potential for a big score in his position over Gameweek 35.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW35 Ones to watch: Luka Milivojevic
Part 2: GW35 Ones to watch: Alex Iwobi
Part 3: GW35 Ones to watch: Ayoze Perez
Part 4: GW35 Ones to watch: Gabriel Jesus

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