Analyst v Pundit: Who is fantasy football’s best goalkeeper option?

Fraser Forster of Southampton reacts after picking up an injury during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Burnley at St Mary's Stadium on March 21, 2015 in Southampton, England.

With Southampton ‘keeper Fraser Forster out for the rest of the season, many fantasy football managers are faced with a gaping hole between the sticks and a tough decision to make over who should fill it. We debated the best man for the last eight weeks of the season.

The Analyst: Kelvin Davies

Forster is obviously a decent goalkeeper and it stands to reason to think there will be something of a drop off now that Kelvin Davies has taken his place. The 38 year old Davies has the look of a man who was enjoying semi-retirement on the Saints bench, and  has started only ten games in the two previous campaigns.

However, as he showed during the Burnley game, Davies is no slouch as a shot stopper. He also has the benefit of standing behind what is undeniably the best defensive unit in the Premier League. We have contended all season that Southampton’s defensive record is far more attributable to their defenders than to Forster – who has averaged just two saves per game this season.

With the Saints having one of the easier sets of fixtures to finish the season, Davies represents a steal at his current price. Don’t waste time looking at other options.

The Pundit:

It was tough to look past David De Gea as the ready made replacement for Forster but he faces one of the tougher sets of fixtures to end the season, with games against Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal still to come. The man with the right combination of fixtures and form is Liverpool’s once maligned goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet endured a torrid start to the season and was dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers after a string of errors. Only an injury to deputy Brad Jones saw him return to the line up. However – in direct contrast to how he deals with the majority of crosses – his response has been to grab that second chance with both hands.

The Danish ‘keeper has been exceptional in 2015, racking up seven clean sheets in his 11 appearances. He faces a tricky challenge against Arsenal in Gameweek 31, but should have relatively decent match ups thereafter – save for a visit to Stamford Bridge on May 9th. He may or may not manage to get Liverpool into the Champions League, but Mignolet is the man to take fantasy owners to their league titles.

 Pick your goalkeeper for Gameweek 31 now at PlayON.co

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