A first look at the goalkeepers
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Coming in at 6.5m are BK Häcken goalkeepers Pontus Dahlberg and Peter Abrahamsson, and Malmö duo Marko Johansson and Johan Dahlin. Given fitness issues for Abrahamsson and Dahlin, Dahlberg and Johansson should be the starters for now. Pontus Dahlberg was a summer signing by BK Häcken last season and in 14 games he managed 6 clean sheets, 46 saves, and 14 defensive bonus points. A decent albeit not spectacular tally, Dahlberg and BK Häcken look to build upon the defensive solidity often promoted by coach Andreas Alm.
Marko Johansson is the young potential replacement for Johan Dahlin, who ad a chance to prove he could make the transition a bit earlier than expected when Dahlin got injured halfway through last season. He played 8 games for Mjällby on loan before getting 16 games at Malmö, totalling 8 clean sheets, 63 saves, and 17 defensive bonus points in 24 appearances. A Double Gameweek 7 (DGW7) could mean some early backing for Johansson by fantasy managers.
Elfsborg also have a DGW7, where Tim Rönning (6.0m) would been involved. Rönning played a big part in Elfsborg finishing second in the league with his 8 clean sheets, 87 saves, and 27 defensive bonus points; however given his recent knee injury it might be Mathias Dyngeland (5.0m) or new signing Simon Andersson (not yet added to the game) who starts for Elfsborg in Gameweek 1 – keep an eye out for updates on Rönning’s fitness.
Oscar Jansson (6.0m) was the joint 4th highest scoring player overall last season with 145 points between the sticks for Örebro, courtesy of 7 clean sheets, 122 saves, and 41 defensive bonus points. Jansson has always been a goalkeeper primed for fantasy points given his shot stopping abilities and the actions he takes during games are favoured by the defensive bonus point system, as evidenced by him topping that chart for goalkeepers by 11 points over second-placed Giannis Anestis (6.0m). With a move to Norrköping led by new coach Rikard Norling, he will be trying to maintain those high levels.
Another goalkeeper who had a solid season was Östersund’s Aly Keita (6.0m) who finished 7 points behind Jansson. He managed 9 clean sheets, 1 penalty save, 1 assist, 118 saves, and 29 defensive bonus points. He will have to continue delivering results like that if he is to warrant the 1 million price bump this year.
Giannis Anestis maintains his starting price from last season on the back of 8 clean sheets, 104 saves, and 30 defensive bonus points. With 41 goals conceded placing him joint second worst amongst goalkeepers last season, backers of Anestis will be hoping to see a more solid Göteborg side this year. Oscar Wendt is heavily rumoured to be joining up in the summer but until then, it is up to players like Mattias Bjärsmyr (5.5m) and Carl Johansson (6.0m) to shore up the defence.
AIK’s Budimir Janosevic (6.0m) came in mid-season for Jakob Haugaard (5.5m) and did a great job managing 8 clean sheets, 38 saves, and 14 defensive bonus points in 15 appearances. The likely starter between the sticks again this season, he will be hoping that the extraordinary defensive displays of Mikael Lustig (7.5m) continues as AIK looked impenetrable at times during the second half of the season.
The phrase “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” is perhaps a bit harsh on Djurgården goalkeeper Tommy Vaiho (6.0m), but it seems his 5 clean sheets in 12 games will not be enough to keep him away from the bench, as new goalkeeper Aleksandr Vasyutin (6.0m) from Zenit St. Petersburg looks to have established himself as the number 1. Vasyutin has started 3 out of Djurgården’s 4 Swedish cup games, conceding once and keeping 2 clean sheets while displaying an overall commanding stature, shouting out instructions all the way up to the attackers in his first games for the club.
David Ousted (5.5m) missed 5 games last season due to injuries but still managed 5 clean sheets, 1 penalty save, 81 saves and 26 defensive bonus points. Hammarby look to continue putting the foot on the gas pedal, leaving Ousted a bit exposed and dependant on saves and bonus more than clean sheets to score well.
Lucas Hägg Johansson (5.5m) missed quite a few games last season due to injuries but in the 17 games he played he got 5 clean sheets, 1 penalty save, 40 saves, and 26 defensive bonus points. With Kalmar’s new head coach Henrik Rydström likely to opt for a more attacking approach, Hägg Johansson will be kept busy which tends to be a positive thing for goalkeeper’s points, although the clean sheets could suffer.
Carljohan Eriksson (5.0m) played 22 games for Mjällby last season and, like Ousted, seemed to mostly make up his points in saves and bonus. 4 clean sheets, 1 penalty save, 77 saves, and 28 defensive bonus points is still a promising tally and if Mjällby can manage just a few more clean sheets he could provide a lot of value.
David Mitov Nilsson (5.0m) has come to Sirius to provide a serious challenge to Lukas Jonsson (4.5m). The former Norrköping goalkeeper Mitov Nilsson arrives most recently from Eliteserien side Sarpsborg 08 FF with an impressive tally of 10 clean sheets in 26 games, while Jonsson managed just 3 in 24 games last season. While it is not a certainty that he starts every game, Mitov Nilsson has so far started all of Sirius games in the Swedish cup and should be the preferred option.
Bobby Allain (5.0m) arrives at Örebro most recently from Olympiacos where he barely managed to get a game. Picking up the gloves from Oscar Jansson is a big task and it remains to be seen if he can achieve similar impressive shot stopping or if he is priced for a potential unlikely to materialise.
Varberg rotated the goalkeepers last season and August Strömberg (4.5m) got 11 games in which he scored a goal, managed 1 clean sheet, 20 saves, and 11 defensive bonus points. Stojan Lukic (4.5m) got the other 19 games and managed 5 clean sheets, 63 saves, 1 offensive and 17 defensive bonus points. They look likely to continue the rotation, which means they are both a bit risky picks at this stage.
Malkolm Nilsson Säfqvist (4.5m) played a huge part in Halmstad’s promotion to Allsvenskan last season, conceding just 18 goals and keeping 19 clean sheets in 30 games. A likely favourite in the budget category, his backup Malte Påhlsson comes in at 4.0m making it a very viable double up for security of starts.
Degerfors goalkeeping situation is not entirely clear right now as Ismael Diawara (4.5m) played 21 games last season while Jeffrey Gal (4.0m) played the other 9. In the cup they played 2 games each before going out in the quarter final to Västerås SK (a game in which Gal played). Just like the Halmstad duo, getting this pair only costs 8.5m, though we’ll watch out to see if Gal might be first choice regularly.