Each squad will need two goalkeepers in Draft Fantasy, but it’s vital to get your first choice right if you want a regular source of points in defence, with goalkeepers unique in that they rarely lose their place.
In Draft Fantasy, there are points on offer not only for clean sheets or penalty saves, but also for every three saves made. That means that going for goalkeepers at the big sides may not necessarily be the most effective route and boosts the value of the likes of Tom Heaton at Burnley.
That means that getting your goalkeeper right is more important than ever, so here are The Boot Room’s top picks in goal for the 2017/18 Draft Fantasy season…
10. Jack Butland – Stoke City
The young Stoke goalkeeper missed most of last season after suffering a nasty injury on England duty in March 2015 but has now returned. Looking to make up for lost time, Butland will have plenty to do but has shown himself to be a strong goalkeeper who will keep plenty of clean sheets next season.
9. Simon Mignolet – Liverpool
Not guaranteed to be first choice, but the Liverpool goalkeeper can be confident that he will be. With a leaky Liverpool defence in front of him, he’ll have plenty of saves to make. That said, he has a surprisingly good record of clean sheets at Anfield.
8. Tom Heaton – Burnley
Heaton impressed last season with his performances regularly saving the Turf Moor side points on his own. That said, Burnley are one of the league’s inferior sides and Heaton will have to adapt to life without arguably his side’s best defender after Michael Keane left for Everton.
7. Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City
Schmeichel and Leicester won the Premier League in 2016 based on preventing other teams from scoring, and whilst last season failed to match up to that level of form, it was still a good return with nine clean sheets from 30 appearances in the league, with five from eight in Europe.
6. Fraser Forster – Southampton
Southampton established themselves as a strong defensive force in the Premier League last season and a lot of that was down to the England goalkeeper. Forster will be hoping to push Joe Hart for the number one shirt for the Three Lions ahead of the World Cup in the summer.
5. Petr Cech – Arsenal
Still Arsene Wenger’s undisputed first choice despite murmurings of discontent at times in 2016/17, the former Chelsea goalkeeper has averaged a clean sheet every other game since moving to England. Last season, he kept an impressive 12 clean sheets from 35 league games.
4. Jordan Pickford – Everton
Did well in impossible circumstances at the Stadium of Light last season and will be relishing having a strong and experienced defence in front of him this campaign. Pickford will be looking to push on and secure a place in England’s World Cup squad so will be determined to keep as many shut outs as possible.
3. David de Gea – Manchester United
The United goalkeeper remains first choice amid interest from Real Madrid and will benefit from Jose Mourinho’s defensive investment this summer. With a settled back four in front of him and with the Premier League the top priority, De Gea will be one of the highest scoring ‘keepers.
2. Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea
The winner of the Golden Glove last season, the Belgian will need Antonio Conte to invest in his defence if he is to be the man to beat next season. Sure to keep a high number of clean sheets, he may be tested more than in 2016/17 if Chelsea have just four first team defenders on their books.
1. Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino has ensured that his Tottenham side have built from the back, and Lloris has been crucial to that. The Frenchman will be looking to add to his 15 clean sheets from last season and will know that there is strength in depth in front of him to offer sufficient protection.