Six Premier League goalkeepers you should consider for your fantasy football team

Ollie Irish

3rd, August 2009


In order of preference:
Tim Howard (Everton)
On current form, you could make a case to argue that T-Ho is the best keeper in the world. He’s definitely in the top five and although he’s not cheap, he does cost a bit less than Cech and Reina (see below), and he will get you a good haul clean sheets.
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
Looks to me like Cech is getting back to the sort of form that saw him hailed as the best keeper in the world. The nasty head injury he suffered at the knee of Stephen Hunt definitely knocked his confidence, but I think he’s more than used to the scrum cap by now, and I expect him to have a solid season, behind a back four that won’t give up many chances. On the down side, Cech is an expensive fantasy buy, but he’s sure to start every league game (fitness permitting) and should offer you a steady flow of points from clean sheets.

Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
Along with Cech, Reina is the most expensive keeper in most fantasy games, and for good reason. Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool are very well organised at the back and concede few goals. Reina has a lot to do with that meanness; the Spaniard is in his prime and makes very few mistakes. A solid, if expensive purchase - you should find room for at least one Liverpool defender in your team.
Shay Given (Man City)
We all know Given is a great keeper and now he’s at a potentially great club. It remains to be seen how quickly City’s new-look defence will gel, but I think Given is worth a punt.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
In terms of fantasy points, Schwarzer was the top-scoring Prem keeper last season. I suspect he’ll concede a few more this time around (surely he can’t repeat his form of 08/09), but he’s still a solid player to have as your No.1, even if he is on the pricey side; under Roy Hodgson, Fulham keep it fairly tight at the back.
Paul Robinson (Blackburn)
Robinson is cheap, he’s got some confidence back, and under Sam Allardyce, Blackburn will focus primarily on not conceding goals – that’s a farly solid combination. And even if I don’t rate Robinson that highly, I just have a hunch he’ll have his best season in years.

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  1. Ala says:

    On the contrary, Schwarzer is rather cheap on the Premier League fantasy football.

  2. Joe says:

    Fulham keep it FAIRLY tight? That’s like saying Idi Amin was a ‘fairly’ bad man. We conceded less than all but the top 3 last season. And as nice a bloke Tim Howard is, I don’t think many would put him in the top 5 (Casillas, Buffon, Reina, VDS, Schwarzer/Cech/Julio Cesar)

  3. Ollie says:

    Well Joe, Schwarzer is still in my top 5 picks – I just don’t see how you’ll concede as few this time around. LOL at the Idi Amin reference though.

  4. Joe says:

    Fair enough, I was just highlighting the understatement in that sentence. We’ll be OK though, Hangeland is likely to stay because puzzlingly Arsenal have been the only ones sniffing around (knock wood) and they won’t splurge because he’s A) Tall, B) More than 12m and C) a winner instead of a whiner.

  5. wllmhll says:

    reina would be my first choice, schwarzer would be good bet too.

  6. Murfmensch says:

    I’ve always been impressed by Friedel, though AV’s attacking style means fewer clean sheets.
    The same applies to Gomes, who was excellent after four matches under Harry, but you must figure that Spurs will let in goals while away. And in the last two minutes… And versus ManU…
    I have to stop typing and have a drink.

  7. Gonufc says:

    So glad Van Der Sar isn’t in this, no doubt he used to be a quality keeper but in the last 2 seasons i think if he wasn’t at Man U then he’d be getting criticised alot. Top 5 keeper in the world? One word: Kicking.

  8. Harish says:

    Robinson is crap!!! Jaskelainen And Even Better english 1st choice keeper David James should hv been included!!!

  9. atrekmady says:

    two words: thomas sorensen

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