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Ben Foster | Goalkeeper

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 198

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Ben Foster has seen his price dip in recent weeks due to some poor performances, so while West Brom's defending has been sub par as of late, he presents a budget option at the keeper position with a home game against Swansea City this gameweek.
The Baggies have shipped five goals in their last two league games, a disturbing total under Pulis' leadership. Taking his managerial career into account, it does not look to be a trend that will continue. At 4.04m, Foster makes for a somewhat risky but potentially very rewarding play against a Swansea side that will still be without their best threat, Gylfi Sigurdsson. Feb 9 - 4:09 PM

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Ben Foster was solid in what history tells us will be the first of many 1-0 victories in 2015.

Tony Pulis is the master of the physical 1-0 victory. For fantasy managers looking for value buys as the deck is reshuffled across the Premier League in January, Foster and West Brom defenders are likely to be among the holdover players gaining the most value. Ben Foster put up a very solid 14 points in the Yahoo format. At a price of 5.71 even after that performance, he's still a bargain but it isn't likely to last too long.
Jan 14 - 1:35 PM

West Brom earn a 1-0 victory over Leicester off an own goal from Esteban Cambiasso.

Ben Foster saved five shots to help West Brom get its fourth clean sheet of the season. Leicester had the better stat sheet, but Foster came up with some key stops to help his team escape with the full three points. West Brom have a couple tough matchups coming up with a rejuvenated Newcastle at home, followed by Chelsea and Arsenal.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 04:55:00 PM

Ben Foster returned to training following a minor calf problem and Alan Irvine will have to decide between he and Boaz Myhill for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Boaz Myhill helped the Baggies earn a point against Manchester United which might get him the benefit of the doubt if there is even a little concern over Foster's health for Week 9. With Palace the opponent it is legitimate to consider whichever player starts a reasonable fantasy play in unique-ownership leagues or even salary cap leagues where you need a bargain in goal to spend elsewhere. The only thing holding you back from the West Brom keeper this week will be knowing which one will play.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:53:00 PM

West Brom have become early relegation candidates after struggling once again and losing 2-0 to Everton.

Some analysts were hyping up West Brom's defense before the season started but that hasn't been the case so far as they've lacked quality. They only have two points after four matches and are tied for last place in the Premier League. Their poor display at home today was another sign that they might be fighting the relegation battle this season. We advice against using any WBA players in fantasy at the moment.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 01:38:00 PM

Ben Foster will apparently recover from the thumb injury he aggravated on England duty and be available to feature for West Brom in Week 4.

Everton may not have a league win yet but they have been scoring at a strong pace (7 goals in 3 matches) despite only two points to show for all of those goals. West Brom will need all the defensive help they can get as the Toffees next opponent and will be thrilled with the news that Ben Foster will recover in time to feature at the Hawthorns. Foster is still not a good fantasy choice given Everton's attacking potency but he might be able to help stem the tide.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:07:00 AM

The Baggies conceded early and often at the Liberty Stadium as they fell for the first time this season.

The match was best summed up by a sequence in the second half where Ben Foster conceded an indirect free kick in the box by handling a back pass from a defender. On the ensuing free kick someone in the Baggies' wall knocked a shot on target down with his arm. The sequence didn't result in a goal but it should have and it underscored the gulf in class between the two sides on the day.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Ben Foster kept Southampton out of his net for a rare road clean sheet for Alan Irvine's West Bromwich Albion who got a solid road point.

It certainly wasn't an inspiring performance but if the road to safety from relegation is grinding out points on the road and winning at home then it was mission accomplished in Week 2 with a point at St. Mary's. With reinforcements still to come in the form of Gareth McAuley, Joleon Lescott, Cristian Gamboa, Brown Ideye and (reportedly) Georgios Samaras West Brom will be happy holding serve until they are all available.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Champions League winning assistant manager Paul Clement is considering a move back to England to take a managerial role with West Brom mentioned as a possibility.

Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid was linked to the West Brom job previously and with that post open again he may be a prime candidate a second time. Coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win in the Champions League final, Clement will undoubtedly be a popular managerial candidate given that a) he is English and b) he has the unusual experience of having plied his trade outside of England (and successfully at that). If he is popular, it is unclear why he would be interested in the West Brom job when other clubs are better placed to succeed sooner.
Mon, May 26, 2014 09:08:00 AM

It's hard to have a good match as a goalkeeper while giving up three goals but Ben Foster achieved that on Saturday.

With West Brom up 2-0 early, Ben Foster came to the rescue of Morgan Amalfitano when he saved Emmanuel Adebayor's weak penalty. Foster made a number of other strong saves but he couldn't prevent Jonas Olsson from scoring an own goal off of a deflected cross or two additional well-taken Spurs goals. The match ended as an extremely entertaining 3-3 draw that likely helps neither team in the standings.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Ben Foster saved a Nikica Jelavic penalty but couldn't keep out Liam Rosinior on the rebound as Hull City beat West Brom 2-0.

Ben Foster had a strong match in net despite his team losing 2-0 to Hull City. Foster made three saves as well as saving Jelavic's penalty in the 31st minute but Foster's teammates could clear the rebound from Foster's save and Liam Rosinior put Hull City up 1-0. Seven minutes later, Shane Long doubled Hull City's lead for the final score. Of interest elsewhere for West Brom and fantasy managers were starts for Graham Dorrans and Thievy.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Ben Foster is close to returning from his foot injury and may return in Week 17 against Hull City.

"Close to returning" is hardly a certainty which means that both Foster and Boaz Myhill are equally difficult to justify this week. Moving forward and starting with Boxing Day it seems likely that Foster will return to his place as the Baggies' number one. That said, the Boxing Day match is at White Hart Lane and even in a little bit of chaos that doesn't seem like a good match-up for Foster.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 03:28:00 PM