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Dubravka a big deal for FPL managers

The Scout 5 Jun 2018
Martin Dubravka, Newcastle United

The Scout on how Newcastle United's new permanent goalkeeper can be a major 2018/19 Fantasy target

There can be a new challenger at the top of the Fantasy Premier League goalkeeper charts in 2018/19.

Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) has been signed on a permanent deal by Newcastle United after a successful loan spell last season.

Instant impact

He made an immediate impact, having arrived in the January transfer window.

Dubravka's debut was at home to Manchester United in Gameweek 27, a 1-0 win.

It was one of four clean sheets he produced in just 12 appearances.

Dubravka let in only 11 goals during that spell, averaging 0.9 goals conceded per match.

By comparison, Newcastle averaged 1.4 goals conceded per match before his arrival.

Rivalling De Gea

Dubravka scored 53 FPL points in total. This was aided by six save points and a penalty stop against Watford in Gameweek 37.

His average of 4.4 points per match (ppm) bettered the 3.6ppm and 3.3ppm of his fellow Newcastle goalkeepers Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow (both £4.5m).

Indeed, David De Gea (£6.0m) and Loris Karius (£5.0m) were the only regular starting goalkeepers to better Dubravka for points per match.

The Manchester United and Liverpool players each averaged 4.6ppm.

Newcastle goalkeepers 2017/18
  Elliot Darlow Dubravka
Mins/FPL point 25.2 27.3 20.4
Mins/clean sheet 480.0 450.0 270.0
Mins/goal conceded 68.6 60.0 98.2

Goalkeepers who offer a combination of save points and clean sheets are vital to the plans of Fantasy managers.

The top six players across all positions for points-per-million value were goalkeepers, highlighting the importance of not overlooking the No 1 in your squad.

Priced at £4.5m last season, Dubravka’s ownership peaked at just over 57,000 in Gameweek 37.

He is a little more expensive for 2018/19, but still has the potential to claim a place as the go-to goalkeeper in Fantasy.

See: The Scout on new Fantasy Premier League players

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