The Christmas and New Year period has really kept Fantasy Premier League managers on their toes with the games and deadlines coming thick and fast.

The Premier League itself though has begun to take shape and the looming January transfer window could well be decisive.

Before January shakes things up, it’s time to take a look at what is usually the most settled position on the field. The goalkeepers.

Unsurprisingly Thibaut Courtois represents the ultimate FPL keeper. The big Belgian has risen steadily to the top of the points table thanks to his side’s staggering run of ten clean sheets in twelve matches.

While he is one of the least-busy custodians in the league, his almost weekly six-point minimum makes him look worth the top price for a keeper of £5.8 million.

The likes of Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) and David De Gea (£5.4m), of course feature close to the top in terms of points but the real surprise package is Burnley’s Tom Heaton.

Clean sheets have been much rarer for the Englishman but his red-hot shot stopping form has boosted both his score and his price, now £4.9m.

Looking ahead it’s possible to pick out a couple of stoppers that might just represent great value over the coming weeks.

Firstly, West Ham seem to have turned a corner and they have a new number 1 in the form of Darren Randolph.

His price of just £4.4m looks tempting given he has displaced Adrian between the posts and his side’s form is much improved. A tough looking run of fixtures is the only drawback but he looks a good bet for a clean sheet against struggling Leicester City on New Year’s Eve.

Sunderland’s fixture list looks much more encouraging and it will also offer a chance for Vito Mannone to impress.

The Italian lost his place to Jordan Pickford early in the season but his young rival has sustained an injury that could keep him out for six weeks. Mannone has a lot to prove but costs just £4.2m.

Finally, the Tony Pulis effect means West Brom are not shipping many goals and Ben Foster (£4.7m) has played his part. An average FDR of just 2.2 in the coming five weeks means the former England man will be fancying his chances of more clean sheets.


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