Best FPL Goalkeepers to pick in Gameweek 20

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In this article, we will look at the best goalkeepers to pick for your Fantasy Premier League team in Gameweek 20.

Let’s dive in

Best goalkeepers for FPL GW20

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

Budget enablers for Gameweek 20

Ward (4.1, Leicester)

  • Who would said after the first 8 gameweeks (and 8 blanks), that Ward would be among our considerations again
  • Two clusters of points for Ward, 7 blanks in GW1-GW8, 6 clean sheets in GW9 – GW16 – and now from GW17 onwards, it looks like cluster of blanks again
  • averaging almost 3 saves per match
  • Definitely the best backup goalkeeper for that price, in case your first-choice goalkeeper does not play
  • But not the starting goalkeeper, there are other, better options to pick

Kepa (4.6m, Chelsea)

  • good at saves
  • second for points per match among goalkeepers who played at least twice this season
  • Now when the double gameweek for Chelsea is over, you might be looking to sell him. Although fixtures are not that bad for Chelsea, their defence looks shaky

Raya (4.6m, Brentford)

  • cannot be overlooked as he is top for saves
  • so you do not have to rely solely on points from Clean Sheets
  • solid fixtures run in the short run GW20 – GW22

Mid-priced FPL goalkeepers for GW20

Henderson (4.7, Nottingham Forest)

  • excellent fixture run for Nottingham between GW20 & GW23
  • a second top-scoring goalkeeper in the game
  • top for bonus points among all goalkeepers, although he got the majority of bonuses in 2 matches where he saved penalties

Ramsdale (4.9m, Arsenal)

  • Arsenal is second for clean sheets (8) after Newcastle (10)
  • But it is not the same Ramsdale as we saw in previous season
  • Arsenal is not allowing so many shots on target as in the last season, so Ramsdale is not getting many save points and bonus points
  • only 4 save points and 3 bonus points this season
  • So you would have to rely on points from clean sheets, rather than saves and BPS
  • but still great bargain at 4.9m, based on Arsenal defensive display
  • Arsenal with excellent defensive stats
  • Double Gameweek in GW23

Premium FPL goalkeepers for Gameweek 20

Pope (5.3m, Newcastle)

  • the top scoring goalkeeper in the game
  • Newcastle solid defensively – only 11 goals conceded, the least of all teams
  • However, they are defensively overperforming
  • Can get points for saves and bonus points (9 bonus points this season – third best for bonuses among goalkeepers)
  • OK fixtures run until GW23, but no double gameweek on the horizon so far

Ederson (5.4m, Manchester City)

  • the safe pick
  • set and forget goalkeeper for the whole season
  • Manchester City are great defensively
  • However, you are relying solely on points for Clean Sheets (and perhaps on a rare assist – Ederson has 2 assists in last 5 seasons)
  • Manchester City are not allowing many shots against, so he can get many points for saves and bonuses – that’s why he is unlikely to end up as the top-scoring keeper even if Manchester City will keep the most clean sheets of all EPL teams
  • a big advantage is, Manchester City has 2 double gameweeks soon GW20 & GW23, so Ederson will get 2 more games than other goalkeepers in the next 7 gameweeks. So when Man City mids get rotated in DGW, he is a sure starter

Lloris (5.5m, Tottenham)

  • Overlooked, but can get points for clean sheets, saves and penalty saves
  • double gameweek in GW20
  • extremely stable performance in previous FPL seasons with low standard deviation – almost always delivers over 140 points per season
  • currently on 3.7 points per match which is equivalent with 141 points per 38 matches

Our preferred goalkeepers’ duo

Our current preferred duo is Kepa + Ward – and spread the rest of funds elswhere

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 the 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 you bench goalkeeper does not have to be an expensive one, as you will likely will not need him many times. Choose goalkeeper from 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 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 point son the bench too many times. It is hard to predict, when the points come from – sometimes, you bench goalkeepers with 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 has high clean sheet potential, although they rarely collects points for save points.

You would pick 4.0 million goalkeeper to the bench – either a starting goalkeeper or 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 previous 4 seasons

best goalkeepers to pick in FPL
Best FPL goalkeepers in last 4 seasons (2018/19-2021/22)

Read more in our article: Best long-term FPL picks for 2022/23 season

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

Do not have unrealistic expectations from your FPL goalkeepers.

  • At the best, the top teams can keep around 14-20 clean sheets per season. So, when you select a premium goalkeeper, expect you will get 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 goalkeepers 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 amount of points you should aim to get from you 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 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 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
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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