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FPL Gameweek 17: Top goalkeepers for Premier League return

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By Holly Shand

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FPL managers build their squads from front to back, but goalkeepers are largely overlooked, despite being a crucial cog in our squads.

So who are the best goalkeepers to select for the return of the Premier League?

Nick Pope

Nick Pope (£5.3m) was the surprise package of the first half of the season, keeping a record seven clean sheets in the first 16 games. It’s clear Newcastle are a force to be reckoned with, providing great defensive consistency.

The challenge is that there are numerous fantasy options for the Magpies across the pitch, meaning it’s hard to justify “wasting” a Newcastle place on a goalkeeper, especially when he rarely scores bonus points.

Danny Ward

Danny Ward (£4.1m) will likely be in most fantasy squads for the reboot, with the bigger question being whether he’s good enough to be our top pick, saving some vital funds at the back.

The Leicester City goalkeeper has had a disastrous start to the season but has more than redeemed himself with six clean sheets in his last eight, conceding just three goals. Only the Arsenal and Newcastle defenses conceded fewer great chances on goal during this period.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson (£4.7m) is the second-highest scoring goalkeeper in the game, leading with 11 bonus points, and is in fourth place for saves with 52.

The biggest challenge here is that Nottingham Forest don’t have an easy run of games including double weeks of play in the immediate term and only one game to rearrange as things stand. I think it’s a contender, but perhaps there are better options elsewhere. We have to look at form and matches in equal measure.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.5m) could be a key acquisition for managers looking for options with an upcoming double game week, as an economic path into the Chelsea defence.

His starting place is far from guaranteed as he continues to recover from injury, but it could be worth the risk for managers opting for Danny Ward as another keeper. He has kept three clean sheets this season and when he was fit he had the edge over Edouard Mendy as Chelsea’s number one under Graham Potter.

Aaron Ramsdale

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.9m) tops the table for clean sheets this season with seven and has a double game week looming against Brentford and Manchester City.

A three-pointer on Arsenal’s assets will be in high demand and Ramsdale could be overlooked, but with a long-term injury to Gabriel Jesus providing question marks over Arsenal’s attack, defense could now be more crucial to invest in. just seven great chances in their last eight games.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as FPL Gameweek 17: Top goalkeepers for Premier League return.