With Euro 2016 fast approaching, many are starting to build fantasy football teams, but who do you bring in? In this 4 part series we will be looking at the best; goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers to bring into your fantasy teams.
Having a solid pair of goalkeepers in your fantasy team can be just as important as those big hitters up top. If you can rely on them to keep a clean sheet or two, then this could make the difference in your mini leagues! So without further ado, here are the top goalkeepers we recommend for your fantasy football teams:
Hugo Lloris – France
Taking a quick look at the group stages, a few team’s fixtures stand out with one of those teams being France. The home nation have a somewhat easy group and it’s understandable why they are among the favourites for the competition as a whole. On paper; Albania, Romania and Switzerland shouldn’t cause France too much trouble, therefore backing Hugo Lloris as your number one wouldn’t be a bad shout! The Spurs man will be a pricey option in some fantasy games, but with the fixtures he and France have, he should give a healthy points return.
David de Gea – Spain
David de Gea has had a brilliant season for Manchester United and has looked to have won the battle to be Spain’s number one goalkeeper. Spain do have some tough fixtures in their group though, as Croatia may pose a serious goal scoring threat with the likes of Modric and Rakitic pulling the strings in the middle of the park. They will also have to navigate victories against the Czech Republic and Turkey, however they should be able to do this with a chance of a clean sheet or two, especially with the likes of Ramos and Pique at the back!
Manuel Neuer – Germany
In the same category of premium keepers as mentioned above, Manuel Neuer has to be a serious contender for your goalkeeping position. Germany have fixtures against Northern Ireland and Ukraine, which shouldn’t pose a threat to the Germans. The biggest challenge will be against Poland. However, Poland’s main talisman Robert Lewandowski obviously plays his trade alongside many of the German starting eleven at FC Bayern, so in theory they may have him sussed out. Obviously that statement could work both ways and Lewandowski could exploit their weaknesses and bag a hat-trick – the joys of fantasy football!
Joe Hart – England
England also have a group which they should surpass comfortably, but this is England and we love to make a meal out of nothing! The back five have gone years without a true commanding leader at the back, so it might be wise to steer clear of the defenders. However, with fixtures against Wales, Russia and Slovakia, we could just see a clean sheet or two.
If you are looking to load up on expensive forwards, you may need a budget goalkeeper so a keeper from Group F could be an option. There are no real superstars in this group, with; Austria, Hungry, Iceland and Portugal. Portugal’s Rui Patricio could be worth a look at or even Austria’s Robert Almer.
It is unlikely that you will win without a solid keeper between the sticks in your fantasy teams, so pick wisely! If you enjoyed this, stay tuned for the next 3 articles, looking at the defenders, midfielders and strikers!
Written by FPL Avids (@FPLAvids)