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FPL Lessons: De Gea's season a game-changer

The Scout 15 May 2018
David De Gea, Man Utd

The Scout says Man Utd goalkeeper's top-scoring campaign could alter manager strategy for 2018/19

With 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League ended, The Scout reviews each position to highlight players managers should consider for 2018/19.

Goalkeepers

An outstanding season for David De Gea could force a change in strategy for managers in 2018/19.

When selecting a goalkeeper, value for money is often a key factor.

Starting the season at £5.5m, no goalkeeper was more expensive than De Gea. But he scored 172 points, 14 points more than any rival.

Change in value

De Gea recorded 29.2 points per million (ppm), a huge improvement on the previous season when he scored 136 points at 24.7 ppm.

While this ranked sixth among goalkeepers, his points per million was stronger than any outfield player, including the 28.6 of top scorer Mohamed Salah

In 2016/17, Tom Heaton finished as the top-scoring goalkeeper and represented the best value.

The Burnley goalkeeper started that season priced at £4.5m and his 149 points reinforced the theory that selecting cut-price goalkeepers is the best strategy.

But Heaton produced 29.2 ppm in 2016/17, identical to De Gea for the campaign just gone.

This underlines the exceptional value offered by the Spaniard and may well drive FPL managers to consider a bigger spend in goal next season.

Save success

De Gea's ability to combine clean sheets and save points has been crucial.

The Manchester United No 1 collected the Golden Glove award thanks to 18 clean sheets, two ahead of Ederson.

A total of 116 saves ranked sixth among goalkeepers. By comparison, Ederson made exactly half the number of saves for Manchester City.

Popular pick

De Gea finished the campaign as the most popular goalkeeper, his 44.3 per cent ownership second only to Salah's 56.7 per cent.

He is again expected to be among the most popular picks next season, regardless of price.

The 2017/18 campaign was a game-changer that will force FPL managers to think twice before cutting costs with their goalkeeper selection.

Top FPL goalkeepers 2017/18
Player Save points Clean sheets Points
De Gea 25 18 172
Ederson 9 16 158
Fabianski 35 9 157
Also in this series

Part 2: FPL Lessons: Burnley battle key for managers
Part 3: FPL Lessons: Promoted 'keepers can save seasons
Part 4: FPL Lessons: Chelsea defence still worth backing?
Part 5: FPL Lessons: Liverpool full-backs set to fly
Part 6: FPL Lessons: Cresswell proves a rare bargain
Part 7: FPL Lessons: Position and price crucial for Salah appeal
Part 8: FPL Lessons: Watch out for 'forward' midfielders
Part 9: FPL Lessons: Set-pieces key for midfield bargains
Part 10: FPL Lessons: Kane still the go-to Fantasy forward
Part 11: FPL Lessons: Firmino soars as a forward
Part 12: FPL Lessons: Can Perez save the 3-4-3?

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