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Picking a Fantasy Football Goalkeeper with Togga's John Wallin

This article originally appeared in the November 23rd issue of our newsletter, The Raven. Subscribe HERE.  


We're 12/38th's of the way through our seminal TOGGA fantasy football season, and it's safe to say we know even less than we thought we did when this whole thing started. One position that has induced an inordinate number of fantasy Sad Naps: goalkeeper. Looking at you, negative-five-points-in-Week-10 Peter Cech. In an effort to stop throwing Hugo Lloris-shaped darts at the wall on Saturday mornings, we turn to GFOP and Togga's Head of Content John Wallin.

John Writes: No position on the pitch is afforded less respect in fantasy Premier League than goalkeeper. But this season there are three regular starters who average more than eight point per match (ppm). That's a better return than Yohan Cabaye (7.90), Wayne Rooney (7.82) or Jamie Vardy (7.08).

Leading the pack is Tom Heaton. The Clarets No. 1 has amassed 113 points (9.42 ppm). What is the secret formula behind his success? It's as simple as saves. Heaton has already posted 63 saves this season. That's 16 more than second-best Jordan Pickford (81.50 pts; 8.15 ppm; 47 saves) of Sunderland. Need proof that saves translate to success: In nine of 12 Perfect XI selections, the keeper posted at least five saves. As for clean sheets, they're simply not that important. Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois has seven clean sheets from 12 matches, including a staggering six straight entering Saturday. But in his most recent six outings he's recorded just 10 total saves - with 18 for the season - and sits fourth in overall points among goalkeepers behind Heaton (three clean sheets), Pickford (one clean sheet) and West Brom's Ben Foster (three clean sheets). What's the play this weekend? How about Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski at home against Crystal Palace? Palace's 52 shots on target this season (just four fewer than Arsenal), combined with Swansea's 57 shots on target allowed, mean Fabianski will have the chance to make plenty of saves. Even if the Swans can't muster a clean sheet, Labianski should be good for a handful of fantasy points. Given Swansea are winless in 11 straight games, he is unlikely to be heavily selected, making him a differential play to boot. If Fabianski is too risky for you, Heaton (vs. Man City) and Pickford (at Liverpool) are sure to get ample save chances while Foster (at Hull City) is a great play for the clean sheet. But if the Tigers sneak a late one and ruin your clean sheet aspirations, don't say you weren't warned.

A reminder that MiB's Togga league is a weekly game with a new winner every round of Premier League matches. If you haven't signed up, you can do so by downloading the app HERE. No league code required.