Is it better to invest in goalies or defenders?

Last week we asked the question if it’s better to spend your transfer funds on forwards or midfielders. This week, we’re going to examine goalies and defenders and next week, because many managers like to go cheap on their defence, we’re going to look into cheap v expensive defenders.

First of all, how are the players treated by the FL rulebook?

Well in terms of goals scored, assists and clean sheets, exactly the same but of course, there aren’t many goalies that get goals or assists. Goalies do get extra points for saves – 1 point for every 3 saves and a massive 5 points for every penalty save. We think that attacking defenders probably get the best of this deal particularly if they’re being played out of position in a more forward role.

So we looked at the top 4 goalies and the top 4 defenders and came up with the following analysis.




Points / £m Spent









































































Not much in it, apart from the fact that Heaton is such massive value!

We’ll look at cheap v expensive defenders next week.

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

Rob Smith

Jay Egersdorff

Adam Kaye

Andy Dunne

Chris McEnaney

Marc Cohen

Jonathan Sweasey, PDA Search and Selection

Steven Johns

Ray Tully

Nathan Green

Manager of the Week

Nadeem Valecha.......

In a week when only West Brom scored many at all and there were only 6 clean sheets, 65 points is not to be sniffed at. A solid defence of Courtois, McAuley and Smith certainly helped as did a front line including Defoe and Costa. It was just a shame about 2 points Aguero being captain and 10 points Capoue being left on the bench.

A great score in a difficult week Nadeem.

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Kevin Atkinson......

With 72 points in 56th place we’ve got Kevin Atkinson. We know that Kevin is a Liverpool fan, but he must be an absolute fanatic to select Lovren who before Saturday had just one clean sheet to his name in 11 games. Maybe next week eh, Kev? And Kevin’s highest scoring player of the week was none other than United’s Juan Mata.

Welcome to the newsletter Kevin.

The Best of the Rest

Alex Reid......

At 103rd place with 68 points we find Boro fan Alex Reid. Alex must have been very disappointed on Sunday when Boro played so well against Chelsea and really didn’t deserve to lose. However, we’re a tad confused by Alex. His team name is Ibra Fever and he has no Boro players in his team despite Gibson being such great value. We think we should be told.

A fantastic week whatever Alex.

Taxi for...........


He started like a train with 4 goals in 4 games but since then he’s only bagged 2 and that was against lowly Swansea. At £11.1m with 25% ownership and playing in the unluckiest team in the league according to Jose, you can invest your money better elsewhere.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Victor Anichebe………

It’s perhaps early days to bet the farm on the resurgent Nigerian but he definitely has potential. He’s only played 15 minutes before the last two games but since then he’s scored 3 and got an assist. However, at £4.5m and less than 1% ownership he could suit those managers who want a really cheap striker that they might leave on the bench to free up funds for a superb midfield. Don’t be expecting too much mind you. In his best season at Everton he only bagged 6 in 26 league games.

No Brainer!

Team of the Week

The top manager of the whole league this week comes from England in the form of James Brown. James scored 73 points this week to take him to an incredible 784 points.

So what’s his team?









Costa (c)



His subs were

Adrian, Stones, Redmond, Gibson

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