While many Premier League fantasy managers would have signed the likes of Joe Hart, Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet as their goalkeeper at the start of the season, it has been Burnley’s Tom Heaton who again stole the show after another impressive performance for the relegation candidates. With a lot of Australian betting fans waiting for the start of the new AFL, NRL and Super Rugby seasons, those betting on the Premier League will be aware that Burnley have been tipped by many to be relegated this season. That would have definitely been a factor behind a lot of fantasy fans overlooking Heaton when selecting their initial teams, instead opting for one of the big names in the division.
With the Premier League season now nearing the half-way point, it’s a sign of Heaton’s form this season to see him sitting at the top of the majority of fantasy standings. Available for £4.6 million, Heaton has seen his price increase significantly since the start of the season, racking up 66 points, including a 15-point haul in Burnley’s 1-0 victory over Southampton. The goalkeeper played a massive part in the home side clinching the win after making four saves, including stopping a penalty, to finish Week 16 as the top stopper in the league. The former Manchester United keeper was key to the Lancashire club achieving promotion from the Championship last season and will be crucial to any hope Burnley have of maintaining their Premier League status this year.
Heaton’s opposite number in the 1-0 victory over Southampton, Fraser Forster, is another name who might have surprised many fantasy fans this season. While his point scoring might have slipped somewhat in recent weeks, the England goalkeeper has shown throughout the season that he is one of the best value signings in the Premier League, recording 61 points and playing a major role in Southampton’s incredible season so far. The south coast club has been a cave of fantasy value this season, with the likes of Nathanial Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all reaping some impressive points this year and repaying those managers who picked them up at great prices at the start of the campaign.
One high profile keeper a lot of fantasy fans would have picked at the beginning of the season would have been David de Gea. The Manchester United stopper showed last season that he is now one of the best keepers in the league
and that view won’t have changed following a sensational campaign so far from de Gea. While United’s defence has been patched together throughout the season, it speaks volumes to de Gea’s form that the Red Devils are very much in the title race heading into the festive period. The Spanish youngster collected eight points as United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool, making eight saves and keeping a clean sheet to continue his productive fantasy form.
You certainly aren’t short of choice when it comes to selecting goalkeepers this season, but you shouldn’t overlook the importance selecting the right number-one could have during the second half of the Premier League campaign.
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