Sunday, 31 July 2016

Three Budget Goalkeeper Options in FPL (2016/2017)

FPL 2016/17 looks to be an interesting season as managers have to be more careful in selecting their 15 players with the £100.0m budget. Top players from last season have seen a hike in prices (ie Mahrez & Vardy). With price increase, managers have to either do without them or cut their budget from defenders or goalkeepers. Today, I will highlight 3 goalkeepers that I believe will be a good bargain for your team.
Highly rated as England’s number two goalkeeper behind Joe Hart, Jack Butland looks to start the season strong against Middlesbrough. Last season, Butland was extremely popular with FPL managers as he was a good budget option, and managed a hefty amount of points in the end. He secured a respectable 10 clean sheets throughout the season where he played 31 games. He only missed matches due to injury.
Stoke’s defence was exceptionally good during the first half of the season and for this season, they will look to have a get their clean sheets early. Apart from Gameweeks 2, 3 and 4 where they face City, Everton and Tottenham, Stoke’s fixtures up to Gameweek 13 looks relatively easy for them to navigate through and get their clean sheets. At £5.0m, Butland is a great buy for you early on this season.
Ben Foster is another English goalkeeper that I believe will do very well this season. Even better, he is priced at £4.5m and playing for West Bromwich Albion who are very good at parking the bus. This is mostly due to the good defensive tactics by their manager, Tony Pulis. Therefore, having him in your team will benefit you greatly, as he is cheap yet can get you clean sheets at the same time.
During the 2015/16 season, Foster suffered an injury early on and only made his return late in the season where he had 15 appearances, with 4 clean sheets. Let’s go back to the 2014/15 season. He had 28 appearances and managed to get 11 clean sheets. That is pretty solid for a budgeted goalkeeper in the Premier League.
The final goalkeeper in this list is Kasper Schmeichel from the current Premier League champions, Leicester City. The Foxes surprisingly won the Premier League last season, and a large part of it was credit to their defence. They had a staggering 15 clean sheets throughout the season. Arsenal had the most clean sheets with 16, and for Leicester to do that, it is impressive. Italian managers such as Claudio Ranieri and Antonio Conte are better at managing their team defensively and have an overall tight defence.
For this season, Ranieri would look to have his defence as good as it was last season. Their fixtures are pretty mixed up at the start. They have relatively easier fixtures on odd Gameweeks such as GW1, 3, 5, 7, 9 whereas on even Gameweeks such as GW2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, they play Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. From GW11 onwards, which is early November, Leciester’s fixtures gets better until January. Therefore, you can alternate Schmeichel at the start of the season, or get him in November. At £5.0m, he is a good option as you never know what Leicester can achieve defensively this season.
Spending a total of £9.5m on these types of goalkeepers I think is a good benchmark as it saves you cash for other positions and will get you good returns throughout the season. I believe they will have a decent 2016/17 season as they have proven that they have the skill, quality and potential to do well.
Written by: @FantasyFoxez