Here’s our fantasy premier league defender tips article where we give our defender and GK player rankings for GW13. There’s a comprehensive table of stats and player suggestions to help you make a transfer choice
fantasy premier league defender tips – GW13 player rankings
If the article is a little stats heavy and long winded then there is a suggested players section at the end.
I’ve firstly ordered the teams by what I think is their defensive strength based on this season’s stats. The stats after that are their:
fixture ease ranking so you can see who has the best fixtures over a 6 gameweek spell. See our fixture ease article
best cheap secure gametime option and an attacking option so you can compare price.
even potentially cheaper player who needs further explanation which is below the schedule
GK price in as a comparison.
bookies odds for a clean sheet for GW13.
Expected goal information is from the excellent site understat.com. See our underlying stats article for more expected goals information
Here’s the schedule in it’s normal format with the additional xGA conceded home and away rankings. It maybe difficult to make out especially on a phone so if you’d rather have access to the original google spreadsheet click on the link
THE VALUE RISK PLAYERS
Jones is out again this week, as is Bailly but I cant help thinking that they are the first choice CBs if Mourinho plays a back 4. Whether £5.4m Smalling starts in that situation remains to be seen. Until that is resolved it’s heavy cash for security in Valencia who has terrible attacking stats or you role the dice with Smalling
The other alternative is De Gea in goal at £5.8m. He leads the GKs in total FPL points and only Pope as a starter has a better Points per Match.
Up until the recently the back 5 was the very expensive Moses, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta and Alonso. However Luiz has been dropped from the last 2 PL games amid speculation of a falling out. Away to Liverpool isn’t a time to transfer in a Chelsea player but if Christensen starts in that fixture he could be an option going forward.
He’s started the 2 that Luiz has been dropped for. It’s 2 clean sheets and very positive reviews as a result.
If the Clyne long term injury was he sign that Gomez has long term security itself it didn’t materialise with TAA taking the spot. We may need to switch our attention to Moreno for security although he himself has Robertson as an alternative and Moreno’s nightmare in Seville can’t have helped his situation. Klopp has said positive things about Robertson’s attitude but he appears to be out in the cold. If Matip returns this week it may settle the first choice of Klavan vs Lovren after Lovrens recent nightmares. Klavan is £4.3m
It’s questionable whether Everton are even worth considering but if you think there is a possibility of a cheap purchase then you’ll be disappointed that the RB soap opera continues. Kenny seems to be in the seat at the moment and is £4.3m nd receiving positive reviews. There’s also Holgate and Martina in the background and the question of a new manager. One for the brave or those scratching around for cash
THE £4.5M ISH MEN
As i said last week, ideally you’re looking for a £4.5m defender with a team that is good at home and that’s where you plan their fixtures for.
There are 2 candidates which fit that bill albeit on limited data
Leicesters stats took a bit of a battering against Man City so for the moment I’ve left it at 2 teams
Unfortunately Liverpool and Burnley are hopeless as rotation partners as they both play home and away in the near future at the same time
PLAYER SUGGESTIONS FOR GW13
Here we look at finding some options for GW13 balancing defensive strength, the next fixture and fixtures ahead. A number of options this week but only at the premium end.
Man Utd – a great time to buy. See above for more detail
Man City – With Stones injured £5.8m Otamendi isn’t such an easy rotation for Pep.
Spurs – Great time to buy. Only £6.1m Vertonghen for me with the FBs such rotation magnets
Arsenal – Away from home they haven’t been on form but they face one of the worst sides for attacking at home next in Burnley and then it’s a decent run next. Mustafi for value or Kolasinac if you’re swimming in cash.
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