Best FPL Goalkeepers to pick in Gameweek 37

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In this article, we will look at the best goalkeepers to pick for your Fantasy Premier League team in the Gameweek 37 of the 2023/24 season.

Let’s dive in and look at our watchlist. If you are aiming to use a wildcard in GW 36 here are the goalkeepers to pick from, with our comments and ratings of each.

Read more about GW37 in our guide: FPL Gameweek 37: Tips, Captain, Transfer Targets & Team Selection

Best goalkeepers for FPL 2023/24 Gameweek 37: Our watchlist

We will look at goalkeepers from every price point: budget enablersmidpriced picks, and premium options.

Budget enablers for Gameweek 37 (4m – 4.5m price range)

Dubravka (4.2m, Newcastle) – 1.5/10

Verdict: Hold if you have a backup goalkeeper

  • Nick Pope was on the bench in GW36, so there is a chance that Nick Pope could get some minutes in GW37
  • So this puts us off Dubravka as the goalkeeper option for the rest of the season, especially if you want a bench boost in GW
  • However, if you do not want to bench boost in DGW37, you could keep him and hope he plays, but make sure you have back up goalkeeper who has a double gameweek in GW37

Petrovič (4.6m, Chelsea) – 4/10

Verdict: Buy

  • Sanchez is still ruled out
  • But Chelsea is struggling defensively this season, just 7 clean sheets – a clean sheet every 5th-6th game, so do not have unrealistic expectations. 
  • Also, he is not particularly good in bonus point system
  • He is averaging 3.6 saves per match, so his points will likely come through appearance points and occasional save points rather than clean sheets or bonuses

Pickford (4.8m, Everton) – 7/10

Verdict: Hold. You can easily hold him despite Everton not having a double gameweek in GW37 – they still have a good fixture in GW37 with high clean sheet potential

  • Expected points output over 38 games: 128 points (source)
  • Everton’s average clean sheets over the last 5 seasons: 10.4 (source)
  • Average saves per match in the last 3 seasons: 3.22 (source)
  • good at bonus points
  • When Everton keep a clean sheet, he is likely to get extra bonus points


Mid-priced FPL goalkeepers for Gameweek 37 (5m price range)

Raya (5.2m, Arsenal) – 7.5/10

Verdict: Hold – you can easily hold him despite Arsenal not having a double gameweek in GW37. Arsenal with definitely the best defense of the season. Just do not overlook their defenders even when they do not have a double gameweek. Arsenal defenders could even outscore defenders who have one more game untill the end of the season.

  • Arsenal has the lowest xG conceded this season and the most clean sheets
  • Very affordable goalkeeper playing for elite defense
  • Arsenal defense is very solid, so he do not have many opportunities to get points for saves
  • but mix of fixtures on the horizon
  • very good points per match among regularly (4.3 ppm)
  • a cheap route into Arsenal’s defence


Onana (5m, Manchester United) – 5/10

Verdict: Buy – alongside Pickford and Raya he is one of our go-to options for a goalkeeper until the end of the season. But you have to rely more on points from saves and bonuses rather than clean sheets.

  • Manchester United’s average clean sheets over the last 5 seasons: 11.6 (source)
  • Onana has a high points floor, thanks to save points
  • He had a bad start to the season, but now is collecting FPL points for saves and occasional clean sheets.
  • 2nd for saves this season so far
  • Manchester United was top for clean sheets last season
  • Onana was top for saves in the Champions League last season
  • Not a proven FPL asset
  • Manchester United is very shaky at back this season so far, they conceded 6th highest xG this season of all teams according to understat – that is very alarming
  • United are very unpredictable. But still they are able to keep clean sheets, but just you never know when clean sheets come.



Premium FPL goalkeepers for Gameweek 37 (5.5m price range)

Ederson (5.5m, Manchester City) – 8/10

Verdict: Buy. Despite City struggling a bit defensively this season (3rd for clean sheets and 2nd best for xG conceded), we want some defensive coverage from their team until the end of the season. And that could easily be Ederson (or Gvardiol)

  • 3.2 points per match
  • Double gameweek in GW37
  • good fixtures

Tips for picking the best goalkeepers for your FPL team

  • With goalkeepers, you always want a keeper that has a very high chance of a clean sheet. You can use our Premier League Clean Sheets Odds to find goalkeepers, who are most likely to keep a clean sheet in the next gameweek of FPL.
  • Also, when considering a goalkeeper for your fantasy team, you always have to take a look at fixtures and asses whether a certain goalkeeper has the potential for a clean sheet. Does he have a tough or easy fixture? And as we mentioned, our clean sheet odds will help you with that.
  • Check FDR to find goalkeepers with a great fixture run that could be good for clean sheets
  • Also, asses the save potential of a goalkeeper you would like to pick. Make sure you check which goalkeepers have the most saves and bonus points.
  • Goalkeepers that are bonus points magnets can get double-digit haul when they keep a clean sheet. So when they keep a clean sheet in every 5th or 6th match, it is ok, as they deliver a big amount of points on those occasions.
  • Do not forget to pick a playing goalkeeper to your bench, in case your first-choice GK gets injured. But your bench goalkeeper does not have to be an expensive one, as you will likely not need him many times. Choose a goalkeeper from the 4-4.5m price bracket as your backup

Strategies for picking a goalkeeper in FPL

King and the heir

You pick starting 4.5 million goalkeeper and 4.0 million backup goalkeeper from the same team. So, when the 4.5m number one gets injured, you will automatically have his replacement on your bench.

That way you will have coverage for 38 gameweeks for just 8.5 million in total. The disadvantage is, that 4.5m goalkeepers might not deliver so many points as you would need.

  • Total costs = 4.5 + 4 = 8.5m
  • Expected points output during the season = 120 – 130 points

Rotating goalkeepers

In this strategy, you pick two 4.5m, or 5.0m goalkeepers that rotates very well. So, when the first one has a home fixture, the other one has an away fixture. And the other way around.

Or when the first one has an easy fixture, the other one has a tough fixture. The idea is, that you will exploit this rotation (of H/A, or fixtures), to maximize the point output from your goalkeepers, as you will always play the one with the better fixture.

This strategy looks great on paper. But when put in practice, you will leave many points on the bench too many times. It is hard to predict where the points come from – sometimes, you bench goalkeepers with a tough fixture, but that could be the fixture with a surprising clean sheet, 6 saves and 3 bonus points.

The expected output of this strategy varies. You could score even 180+ points through the season with this strategy if your goalkeepers score points in fixtures when you want them to score. But if not, you might be actually losing points, as you might bench the big hauls.

  • Total costs = 4.5 + 4.5 = 9m
  • Expected points output during the season = 100 – 190 points

Premium set and forget

You pick one premium goalkeeper (like Ederson or Alisson) and do not worry about them the whole season. Premium goalkeepers have high clean sheet potential, although they rarely collect points for save points.

You would pick a 4.0 million goalkeeper to the bench – either a starting goalkeeper or a non-starting.

  • Total costs = 4.0 + 5.5 = 9.5m
  • Expected points output during the season = 135 – 160 points

Switching goalkeepers based on fixtures

The most common strategy in FPL. You pick one goalkeeper with a very good fixture run and when his fixtures turn red, you transfer him out for another goalkeeper whose fixtures improve.

  • Total costs = 4.0 + 4.5/5.5m = 9.5m – 10.5m + transfers made
  • Expected points output during the season = 110 – 190 points

FPL Goalkeepers with stable points output in the previous 4 seasons

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Best goalkeepers for FPL 2023/24

How many points should you expect from your goalkeeper in Fantasy Premier League?

Do not have unrealistic expectations from your FPL goalkeepers.

  • At best, the top teams can keep around 14-20 clean sheets per season. So, when you select a premium goalkeeper, expect he gets a clean sheet in every second match at the best.
  • Mid-table teams tend to keep around 8-13 clean sheets per season. So, with mid-priced goalkeepers, expect a clean sheet in every fourth match
  • Bottom table teams usually keep around 0-7 clean sheets per season. So when picking budget enablers from bottom-table teams, do not really expect more than a clean sheet in every 6th match.
  • So, usually, a top-scoring goalkeeper can get around 140-160 points per season. On some occasions, the top-scoring goalkeeper can get even 170 points or more in a season – but it is hard to predict who it is going to be.
  • So, 140-160 points is the number of points you should aim to get from your goalkeeper during the whole FPL season

Of course, you will never get a distribution of a clean sheet that is so symmetric – CS in every 2nd match, CS in every 4th match, etc…

Because of the Law of Large Numbers (when we are stretched too far from the mean, the values tend to return to the mean over time, and regression happens) and the Theory of Clusters (extreme values tend to be concentrated in the clusters), you will likely see a concentration of clean sheets in few matches, then a large strike of blanks, etc.

That’s why you should look at average clean sheet count when selecting a goalkeeper, and not just at his “form” – how many clean sheets he kept in the last few matches – as this can be just a cluster of extreme values (either a cluster of returns or a cluster of blanks).

How are goalkeepers awarded points in FPL?

The majority of FPL points for goalkeepers go through clean sheets – that’s their main source of points.

Then, saves can earn them a few extra points as well. And usually, when a goalkeeper keeps a clean sheet and gets 3 or more saves there is a potential that he will get awarded a few bonus points.

Penalty saves, assists and goals are rare points sources as well.

ActionPoints for goalkeepers
Playing up to 60 minutes1
Playing 60+ minutes2
Clean Sheet4
Every 2 goals conceded -1
Every 3 saves1
Penalty save5
Goal scored6 (rare, but sometimes happen)
Assist3 (rare, but sometimes happen)
Bonus points1-3
Yellow card -1
Red card-3
Own goal-2

Further resources

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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