Fantasy Premier League

FPL rising stars: Jordan Pickford

The Scout 29 May 2018
Jordan Pickford, Everton

Goalkeeper who scored 28 points from saves in 2017/18 is set to be among the top picks for the upcoming season

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League.

Jordan Pickford (EVE)

The goalkeeper can build on a successful first season at Everton to challenge the very best in Fantasy.

After signing from Sunderland last summer, Pickford's reflexes helped him rank among the top goalkeepers for saves.

Only three players, Jack Butland, Lukasz Fabianski and Mat Ryan, made more saves than his total of 121.

And along with Lukasz Fabianski, Pickford is the only goalkeeper to rank among the top five for saves in each of the last two seasons.

How to save extra clean sheets

Points from saves are a big factor to his FPL appeal.

Goalkeepers earn one save point for every three saves made in a match.

Pickford achieved this in 24 of his 38 appearances, tallying 28 points from saves alone.

As goalkeepers and defenders earn four points for a clean sheet, Pickford's total of 28 save points is equivalent to seven clean sheets.

Up with the best

Despite conceding 58 goals, a combination of shutouts and consistent save points meant Pickford was still the sixth-highest scoring goalkeeper.

He finished with 10 clean sheets and 145 FPL points.

That was only four points fewer than the top-scoring goalkeeper of 2016/17, Tom Heaton, managed in that season. 

Pickford's FPL progress
  2016/17 2017/18
Mins/clean sheet 652.5 342.0
Mins/bonus point 290 213.8
Mins/point 25.5 23.5

Everton are seeking a new manager after Sam Allardyce's departure.

But despite that uncertainty, Pickford can continue his progress and be the standout option among their defence. 

Also in this series

Part 2: FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Part 3: FPL rising stars: Ben Chilwell
Part 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin Mendy
Part 5: FPL rising stars: Roberto Pereyra
Part 6: FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo
Part 7: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Part 8: FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard
Part 9: FPL rising stars: Manuel Lanzini
Part 10: FPL rising stars: Chris Wood
Part 11: FPL rising stars: Cenk Tosun
Part 12: FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie
Part 13: FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

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