At the base of every solid side is a goalkeeper and before the start of the season, you’ve got to pick two of these shot stopping heroes. The main decision is which strategy to choose. Do you go with one main keeper with a backup waiting in the wings for his time to shine or do you study the fixtures to find a double that rotate, giving you a run of games to drool over?
The Cream of The Crop
To support the argument of choosing one excellent keeper and one benchwarmer is the fact that your star between the sticks is by far the most guaranteed weekly starter without fail. Managers only choose to rest their goalkeeper once in a blue moon, which means if one of the top sides is going through one of those runs where nothing seems to penetrate their backline, you’ll be guaranteed points.
Choices include Hart (6.5m), Cech (6.5m), De Gea (6.0m), Lloris (6.0m) and further down the line Szczesny (5.5m) and Mignolet (5.5m as long as Reina leaves). All of these players are roughly the same price as their defensive team mates, give or take 0.5m, but have the added guarantee of starting almost every game.
Playing Second Fiddle
With this being the case, your second choice keeper doesn’t need to be anyone spectacular. Unfortunately, the cheapest keepers (those that are priced at 4.0m) are all backups at their respective clubs. So unless you want to take the risk and really need the extra 0.5m, I’d recommend going for someone who’s guaranteed to play. By going for someone at 4.5m, not only do you have someone ready to step in if your main keeper suffers an injury but if their price rises or they start performing well, you have the option to downgrade and entertain the rotation strategy.
So who are your options at 4.5m? First up there’s Boruc from Southampton, who have made some strong defensive signings in Lovren and Wanyama. The Saints had a decent season last time round and we’re expecting them to build on it with Pochettino leading the way.
Next up we have the shot stoppers from each promoted side; Speroni for Crystal Palace, Marshall for Cardiff and McGregor for Hull. All of these sides are sure to struggle this season and securing Premier League survival will be their main aim. Clean sheets may be rare sightings but save points will be up for grabs.
Lastly, there’s the battle to fill Mignolet’s boots at Sunderland with Mannone and Westwood fighting it out. It remains to be seen at this point who is going to win Di Canio’s faith but pre-season should give us more indication. Sunderland are a side that will be desperate to put last season behind them and with Di Canio making a number of signings, he’ll be looking to put his own stamp on the team, turning them into a hardworking outfit.
Taking all of this into account, our advice would be to go with Boruc, unless Di Canio has a clear favourite. Southampton and Sunderland are likely to outperform all three promoted sides and their keepers should pick up more points over the course of the season.
In our next article, we’ll analyse the fixtures to see what rotational wonders are out there, with a particular focus on the first set of gameweeks. So make sure you don’t miss out on our fantasy football tips, news and advice by returning soon or joining us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Roll on, roll up, it’s time to get addicted once more!
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