Where possible, don’t spend big on goalkeepers. I know we keep harping on about it but the most points you can realistically expect to earn from the week’s top scoring keeper is around 20-25 points and even that is tough to do. Occasionally Tom Heaton will have the game of his life at Old Trafford and rip the form book up with an outstanding 42 points, but on the whole for an outfield player 20 is a pretty average and easy to come by score.
So, with that said, below we’ve assessed the current lowest priced goalkeepers likely to start this week to see who might make our team.
Important to remember, it’s 10 points for a clean sheet and 3 points for a save. With Pickford averaging 5 saves a game at the moment we would love to pick him. But for £7.4M he’s possibly a bit too pricey this week!
Paul Robinson (BUR) – v Stoke (A) – £4.9M
Burnley have conceded 13 goals in just 4 away games so far this season, scoring a measly 1 in return. As mentioned above, if it weren’t for an outstanding individual display from Tom Heaton at Old Trafford a few weeks ago that number would no doubt be significantly higher. As a result, we simply cannot back the cheapest option this week – even if it would be nostalgic and exciting to pick the 37 year old. Stoke aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders right now, but off the back of a good away win at Watford, we fully expect them to have more than enough to see off Burnley, who continue to be completely reliant on their home form this season.
VERDICT: Don’t Pick
Adam Federici (BOU) – v Liverpool (H) – £5M
Artur Boruc looks like he could return this week and so a last minute check of the lineups will be crucial for those opting for the £5M stand in keeper. That said, a home game against Liverpool isn’t generally favourable for any keeper this season anyway. Bournemouth however are generally strong at home and defensively much better organised than last year. With Coutinho now sidelined, Lallana too, and coming off the back of a midweek EFL cup quarterfinal against an in-form Leeds with Firmino a question mark, now might just be the time to play them.
VERDICT: Very Risky Pick – tough fixture and possible non-starter
Darren Randolph (WHU) – v Arsenal (H) – £6.2M
It seems 2% of FanDuel players this week knew something only Slavin Billic did too. And that is that Randolph is an excellent goalkeeper. Fortune often favours the brave in FanDuel and off the back of hardly any clean sheets, a last minute collapse against Spurs, and facing an away tie at Old Trafford, few might have expected the Welshman to be the top scoring keeper this week. But those that took the risk were rewarded handsomely. We’re sure Randolph will keep his place between the sticks this week for another London derby with Arsenal. While a clean sheet might be a little optimistic, expect Randolph to add to his 10 saves in 2 games already. Remember he only needs 4 saves and he scores more than a clean sheet would anyway…
VERDICT: Risky…but potentially worth the risk at that price
Wayne Hennessey (CRY) – v Southampton (H) – £6.2M
We’re just going to say it… Crystal Palace are a shambles right now. Pardew is deep into one of his typical slides which normally come around 18 months to 2 years after taking charge at a new club (usually having achieved some sort of winning record in the short term too). 6 losses in a row and not a single clean sheet all season tells you everything you need to know about Hennessey’s chances this week and the precarious position Palace are in right now. Southampton are in excellent form too and although Hennessey might have some saves to make from Charlie Austin this week, clean sheet chances are slim to none and a 5 goal hiding is just far too probable for our liking.
VERDICT: Stay well away!
Ron-Robert Zieler (LEI) – v Sunderland (A) – £6.3M
We jumped on the Zieler bandwagon the week Schmeichel’s hand injury surfaced, in the hope of an absolute bargain and promise of potential clean sheets. This didn’t really materialise in the end. It has to be said Zieler was considerably more attractive a few weeks ago when he was priced at just £4.5M. Having now jumped to £6.3M, and having earnt no clean sheets this season (he didn’t even make a save against Middlesbrough) we are losing faith rapidly. Sunderland might be one of the worst teams in the league but they still have Jermaine Defoe, and Leicester still seem set on giving up their Premier League status to win the Champions League (interesting dilemma). They are also the worst team we’ve seen on the road this season – along with Burnley of course! For that reason, we are steering clear of the Foxes keeper this week.
VERDICT: Not this week…bring back Schmeichel please
Lee Grant (STO) – v Burnley (H) – £6.6M
Most definitely our top pick of the cheap goalkeepers this week. Decently priced and as mentioned above, Grant is up against the worst away team in the league. 1 point and a -12 goal difference away from home is really poor from Sean Dyche’s team. Lee Grant has averaged nearly 3 saves a game since his introduction to the Stoke lineup and with clean sheet potential high we don’t see any reason not to back the shot-stopper again this week. Interestingly Grant is in the top 10 keepers for both saves and clearances per game this season. We are keeping an eye on Jack Butland’s progress eagerly however.
VERDICT: Good choice, good clean sheet potential
Jordan Pickford (SUN) – v Leicester (A) – £7.4M
If we can find three cheap defenders and two fairly cheap midfield differentials this week (and that is a very big IF), then we will happily splash the cash on the young Sunderland shot-stopper. His form is terrific, he averages more saves and clearances per game than almost any other and is against a very poor away team this year in Leicester City. He’s not faced a penalty yet this season but we fancy if he did, he might just come out on top of that one too.
VERDICT: Best pick this week, shame about the price tag
Keep an eye on the FORM GUIDE this week as we assess the best outfield players to select for GW14.