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FPL 2017/18: 5 budget goalkeepers to watch out for this season

Asmir Begovic

The FPL season is underway and as most of you get busy drawing up your early drafts, looking for the perfect combination, we would like to make things a bit easier for you by giving you some budget options between the sticks. Here are the 5 budget goalkeepers you must consider for your squad.

 

1. Ben Foster (WBA, £4.5 M)

A guaranteed starter for the Baggies, Foster was one of only two keepers to play every minute of last season. Toni Pulis prioritises solidity at the back and WBA play only one of last seasons top 8 in the first 8 fixtures. Foster is currently the 2nd most popular GK for FPL managers with a selection %age of 21.1% and can prove to be a valuable addition to your squad.

 

2. Asmir Begovic (BOU, £4.5 M)

Signed from Chelsea for a reported £10 million, Begovic, currently with a selection %age of 10%, is expected to be the new first choice in goal for Eddie Howe’s team. Bournemouth have proved to be difficult to break down at home and have 3 out of their first 4 home games rated 2 on the FDR. Begovic can be a reliable rotation option with another cheap GK.

 

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3. Robert Elliot (NEW, £4.0 M)

Elliot is expected to start the season as the first choice for Newcastle unless Rafa Benitez signs a new shot-stopper. Priced at just £4.0M, Elliot could prove to be the steal of the season if he manages to keep his spot in the Newcastle side just like Eldin Jakupovic did for Hull last season. Benitez is known to be a pragmatic manager and his sides don’t give much space to the opposition at the back. Apart from Spurs on the opening day, Newcastle’s next 5 fixtures are all rated just 2 on the FDR.

Also Read: Knockaert, Murray and other Brighton FPL prospects

4. Lukasz Fabianski (SWA, £4.5 M)

The appointment of Paul Clement was crucial in turning around Swansea’s fortunes last season and with a full pre season, Clement is expected to make Swansea more reliable at the back. Fabianski has ranked among the top three goalkeepers for saves in each of the last two seasons. Home matches are crucial to his prospects – six of his eight clean sheets came at the Liberty Stadium last term. After a Gameweek 2 visit from Manchester United, Swansea’s next seven home matches all score two or less on the FDR.

 

Fabianski celebrates

5. Fraser Forster (SOU, £5.0 M)

Forster scored most points (134) last season out of the GK’s in this list and although he is more expensive than the others, he could still prove to be an equally good option, if not a better one. Out of their first 8 fixtures, Southampton play 6 at the St. Mary’s. All except one of Southampton’s first 10 fixtures are rated 2 on the FDR and Forster might actually prove to be the best of all GK choices for FPL managers.

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