A different route for choosing GKs

04th Sep 2020

Goalkeepers don't differ much by total points over a season. Most fantasy managers would like to have a set-and-forget goalkeeper. But this season, the reliable keepers are valued at 5.0m or above, leaving only few choices at the 4.5m price point.

Let’s look at the goalkeepers at each price point. Below are goalkeepers who were a regular choice for their respective clubs last season in PL.

6.0m

Allison

Ederson

5.5m

Pope

De Gea

D. Henderson

Lloris

Patricio

Schmeichel

5.0m

Ramsdale

Guaita

Leno

Pickford

Dubravka

Fabianski

Kepa

4.5m

McCarthy

Ryan

Heaton

This is interesting, as your budget is at least 9.0m (minimum of 5.0m for assured pick + 4.0m bench keeper) on goalkeepers. Which led me to thinking about a different route. Just for the overall cost of 9.0m , the 4.5m+ 4.5m keeper rotation strategy could be a very useful strategy this time around.

Whilst there aren't many good goalkeepers at 4.5,my pick for a rotating duo is the Ryan - McCarthy combo. The duo also have a solid ownership - Ryan is owned by 22.1% and McCarthy 18.7%. Yes, ownership doesn't matter a lot but free transfers are rarely used on goalkeepers, so it matters for this position. Let us dive deep into this potential combination.

Tactical Glance ft. Transfers

Both McCarthy’s and Ryan's points could be boosted by new faces in their respective back lines. Brighton played a back 3 in their recent friendly, with 40m rated returning loanee Ben White added to the Webster-Dunk CB partnership.

McCarthy will also see an improvement as Southampton have brought reinforcements in Mohamed Salisu at CB and Kyle Walker Peters at RB. However, Pierre Emile Hojberg's departure leaves a hole in the ball-winning department. PEH's ball winning ability was only used in the middle of the park and not while defending his own box. Which means Southampton's rigid 4-4-2 formation is still capable of shutting teams out.

The potential ft. Fixtures

With the above combination, you will face none of last season's top 8 in any of the first 16 GWs bar one. Your second wildcard would be active before GW17, which means the duo are safe picks until the deadline for the first Wildcard. These are the fixture lists, Ryan(left) and McCarthy(right) As you go down, you can see that there is only one gameweek(GW10) where both play a top 8 team.

Verdict

Going in with a single goalkeeper is a risk. As you don’t want to waste a free transfer on a goalkeeper if the GK doesn’t perform as fixtures say. But with these two keepers, they not only provide good rotation, they pick up plenty of save points and potentially some bonus points along the way as well.

Article by @FantasyFootyIND

Nigel Rowe (Monster)

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