Why it pays to take risks at goalkeeper in fantasy soccer

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This week I selected Alisson, with Liverpool hosting Cardiff City, one of the worst teams in the league. Not only was he facing a weak opponent, at Anfield, but Alisson was also tied for the league lead in clean sheets with six, and had conceded just three goals in nine games.

It wasn't a bad decision. But it was a bad result. Cardiff barely troubled Alisson, taking just two shots in the game. But in the 77th minute, a Cardiff cross took a wicked deflection off a Liverpool defender and teed up Callum Paterson to score with Cardiff's only shot on target of the nfl nike jerseys from china

On the other hand, some goalkeepers put up spectacular scores this week. Watford's Ben Foster posted a clean sheet and had seven saves in a 3-0 home win over Huddersfield Town, meaning he finished with over 30 points. (Just a reminder, saves are worth three points each.)4

Yes, Watford's defensive record this season isn't nearly as good as Liverpool's -- Foster had conceded 12 goals in nine games. But they were playing at home, against a team that has scored a league-low four goals this season.

Huddersfield are not the league's poorest team in terms of shots, however. They're averaging more than 10 shots per game, and nearly three shots on target. And Huddersfield were likely to have way more possession at Watford than Cardiff were likely to have at nfl jerseys china nike

As it turns out, a similar thing happened to my fantasy opponent this week. He had Wolves' Rui Patricio as his goalkeeper. Wolves lost 1-0 at Brighton, and Patricio conceded a goal on Brighton's only shot on target. He also finished with minus-2.

If you look at the overall goalkeeper numbers through the first 10 weeks of the Premier League season, it's as expected at the top of the leaderboard. Manchester City's Ederson has a league-high seven clean sheets, a league-low three goals conceded, and has the most fantasy points as well. Alisson, with six clean sheets and four goals conceded, is right behind him.

No surprise, right? But Ryan is in third, not too far behind them, despite only having three clean sheets. That's because he has 43 saves, one off the league lead, and has conceded 13 goals -- not terrible. (Ederson and Alisson, by comparison, have only 14 and 19 saves, respectively.)

Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga is fourth, with numbers similar to the top two. He has five clean sheets and just seven goals conceded.

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