This article is part of our Fantasy Premier League Rankings series.
Many fantasy Premier League games make goalkeeper scoring very dependent on clean sheets, a statistic that is fairly inconsistent, though they obviously favor the clubs near the top of the table. To counter that, targeting saves to make up for a lack of clean sheets has become a viable fantasy strategy, though saves may actually be tougher to predict than shutouts.
Manchester United's David de Gea led the Premier League with 18 clean sheets last season (he conceded 28 goals), and his fifth-highest 118 saves led him to the top of the goalkeeper fantasy scoring table in the league's official game. Manchester City's Ederson finished second thanks to his 16 clean sheets and 26 goals allowed, but his final fantasy-point tally was nearly nine percent lower because he only had to make 58 saves. Finishing just a single fantasy point behind Ederson was Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski, who conceded 56 times and had just nine clean sheets, but 137 saves pushed him up the leaderboard. In fact, Fabianski has been a great source of saves over the past four seasons, as he's the only player to finish in the top 10 in each of the past four years:
We have some caveats, of course, such as the facts that not all of those goalkeepers were even in the Premier League in each of those seasons, and Fabianski transferred from Swansea City to West Ham this summer. So, is save upside a product of the goalkeeper himself or the defense