A fresh season of Fantasy Premier League is upon us and every manager’s first decision has to be their goalkeeper.
Each season brings a batch of keepers ready to provide your team with clean sheets, with old faithful names ready to perform once again and unlikely candidates primed to prove their worth.
Emiliano Martinez fell into the latter category as the Aston Villa keeper came out of nowhere to ensure a constant flow of points for very little harm to the £100m budget.
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He has been handed a price rise this time around, but he’s not the most expensive keeper in the game, while several other trusty names have been given eye-catching price points.
Whether you decide to plump for a premium stopper or save some cash with a low-cost hero, there’s a goalkeeper in your budget ready and waiting to supply your team with a healthy stream of points.
RadioTimes.com brings you all the latest FPL tips to sign the best goalkeepers ahead of 2021/22.
Ederson (Man City) – £6.0m
‘Set and forget’ is an ancient art that seems simple but requires total patience to master. Simply, pick a keeper and let that keeper do his thing across 38 games.
Ederson is the top choice for that role. He has recorded 71 clean sheets in 145 games – 19 of those came in 36 appearances last season. He is premium-cost but can be relied up to sit there and quietly profit from City’s rock-hard defence.
The beauty of Ederson is that you’re investing in City’s team without indulging Guardiola in a game of Pep roulette when it comes to his team selections. Ederson will start every single game he is fit, whereas Ruben Dias, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker are all short of ‘guaranteed’ starter status, no matter how crazy that sounds.
Emi Martinez (Aston Villa) – £5.5m
Martinez was the top point-scoring keeper last season and costs £0.5m less than the most expensive stars in the game.
Aston Villa are performing superbly under Dean Smith and can be expected to continue their improvements in 2021/22. Martinez kept 15 clean sheets last term and saved a penalty to boot.
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) – £5.0m
Schmeichel has picked up 34 clean sheets across his last three Premier League seasons (10, 13, 11) meaning he is both consistent and impressive, which is exactly what you need from a goalkeeper.
Schmeichel also has strong pedigree when it comes to saving penalties. He has saved four in his last four seasons in the league alone (though none in 2020/21) and has shown his class in shootouts for club and country.