Togga Waiver Guide: Gameweek 29 Goalkeepers

Togga veteran @SlyKingTails guides us through the waivers
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Gameweek 29

So where to start?

If, like me, you’re someone who likes to try to predict where the clean sheets are coming from and work from there, GW28 was nothing short of a disaster.

Between Burnley’s late collapse, Dunk’s own goal, Swansea shipping 4, Leicester and West Brom conceding to Stoke and Huddersfield – two of the league’s least potent away sides! – and a largely unfancied Watford delivering the only clean sheet of the Saturday slate… the Premier League feels about as confusing as its ever been right now.

Still, I’ll do my best to guide you through some of the madness.


At this point, I’ve largely given up backing goalkeepers playing at home unless it’s a slam dunk home fixture. They’re just too vulnerable in the event the away side nicks a goal. Typically, unless they’re playing a Top 6 side, home keepers don’t build up enough of a safe floor in the way of saves to be useful. And the few that do such as Pope, Ryan, Butland or Hennessey are probably taken in your league. Still… I’m going to work on the basis that Butland might be available in your league since he is in mine.

My leaguemates must really hate Stoke I guess…

Anyway, here’s the order in which I’d rank them for GW29 (based on who I think might be available):

1) Jack Butland v SOU A – yes, Butland’s error at the weekend was absolutely shocking. But if you can put that to the back of your mind for a minute, he also made 9 saves. If you added the 9 saves to the clean sheet he would have received (had he not punched the ball into his own net) and then subtract the 9-point own goal deduction, he was on his way to a 26-point total last week. That’s insane for a goalkeeper! And given Leicester tend to be much better than Southampton going forward, why wouldn’t we think Butland could rack up 5+ saves again to go with a clean sheet this week? Outside of possibly Nick Pope, he’s the no.1 keeper option in GW29.

2) Orestis Karnezis v WBA H – this is an example of a case where I don’t expect Karnezis to be especially busy… but he nonetheless has a great chance of securing you a precious 8 points with a clean sheet.

3) Adrian v SWA A – Adrian has managed 12 saves, 6 clearances and a clean sheet in his last two appearances. He should be busy this weekend and, while I don’t love the look of West Ham at the back, I’m not too put off by Swansea’s forwards either. 5 or more saves and a clean sheet is certainly possible.

4) Jordan Pickford v BUR A – Pickford is generating 3-6 saves every week and he now faces a Burnley side who haven’t mustered more than 1 goal in a game since Boxing Day. He’s a solid pick on the back of his saves and a reasonable bet for much more.

5) Alex McCarthy v STO H – I wouldn’t be surprised if Saints shut out Stoke at the weekend, but McCarthy needs this to happen to be *at all* useful this week. He hasn’t managed over 3 saves in a match since facing Man Utd way back in GW21. He’s therefore much riskier than other options.

6) Ben Foster v WAT A – Foster makes the list largely because he’s a good keeper and should face a fair few shots this weekend. West Brom show few signs of keeping clean sheets at the moment but perhaps Foster can get you 5 or more saves like he did against Huddersfield.

7) Asmir Begovic v LEI A – I really don’t want to touch any part of the Bournemouth defence at this stage. Absolute last resort.

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