fantasy premier league defender tips GW14 – player rankings for Defs and Gks


Here’s our fantasy premier league defender tips GW14 article where we give our defender and GK player rankings for gameweek 14. There’s a comprehensive table of stats and player suggestions to help you make a transfer choice.

fantasy premier league defender tips GW14 – player rankings for Defs and Gks

There’s player suggestions at the end if you want to skip all the stats preamble.

Stats definitions:

I’ve firstly ordered the teams by what I think is their defensive strength based their goals, clean sheets and xG/shots conceded. You can see team defence and player xG in our cumulative underlying stats article

The stats after that are their:

fixture ease ranking so you can see who has the best fixtures to the end of the season. The first figure is GW14-19, the 2nd GW14-16. See our fixture ease article
best cheap secure gametime option and an attacking option so you can compare price.
GK price in as a comparison.
bookies odds for a clean sheet for GW14. The lower the better obviously.

Prices are as of Tuesday 27 November

Gameweek 14 Fixtures

 fantasy premier league defender tips GW14

The Schedule

If you want access to copy and paste the schedule here’s the google spreadsheet link which I’ve set out differently if you want to sort different columns

fantasy premier league defender tips GW14

Some player transfer suggestions for GW14 

Here were trying to find a good defensive team with a good transfer entry point and reasonable ongoing fixtures as the basis for suggestion.

Manchester City

Still the best defensive team for me in all categories.  The Mendy injury takes away their main attacking threat. Laporte probably has the most gametime security but seems to have only moderate attacking potential and little bonus potential.  Stones is your cheaper risk option but as you see from the West Ham game susceptible to the competition from Otamendi and Kompany.  The LB position could be either Delph as we saw v West Ham or Zinchenko as we’ve seen v Lyon.

Bournemouth (H)
Watford (A)
Chelsea (A)
Everton (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Leicester (A)


2nd only to Man City as a defensive unit.  There are a number of options although with different factors in the decision making to grapple with.  Starting with the most expensive is LB Robertson.  He’s probably the best option from an attacking and a bonus point of view but he’s not immune from rotation and he’s £6.4m.  The next option at £6.0m is Van Dijk who is probably the most gametime secure given his leadership requirements and the less ground covered as a CB.

The 2 cheap options of Gomez at £5.1m and Alexander Arnold at £5.2m are the most rotatable and come with that gametime risk for the price.

Everton (H)
Burnley (A)
Bournemouth (A)
Man Utd (H)
Wolves (A)
Newcastle (H)


It’s easy to dismiss Chelsea after the defensive shambles that was the Spurs game but if you look objectively at the stats they deserve their position as the 3rd best defensive side.  The fall out from the Spurs loss could be David Luiz who had a particularly poor game which is why I’ve upgraded the cheap option to Rudiger.  Alonso still has the best underlying attacking stats of any defender but you pay a significant premium for that.

Fulham (H)
Wolves (A)
Man City (H)
Brighton (A)
Leicester (H)
Watford (A)


Like Chelsea it’s easy to dismiss them as a defensive option after the equally disastrous loss to probably the worst attacking team in the league.  However again apart from maybe conceding more shots per game than you’d like their defnsive stats are up there with the best.  Particularly when you consider that you get one of the better attacking defenders in the PL in Doherty or you can get a fairly secure defender for £4.2m.  However there’s no doubting the enormity of the loss to Huddersfield and the manager was particularly scathing of his team so their is a gametime risk attached to the defence if he makes changes as a reaction.

Cardiff (A)
Chelsea (H)
Newcastle (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Liverpool (H)
Fulham (A)

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have navigated through their tricky fixture period and there aren’t many better entry points for a transfer than Burnley at home.  Van Aanholt is undoubtedly the attacking option although it isn’t really based on his underlying stats or his return of 1 goal and 1 assist in 13 games.  Wan Bissaka at £4.2m is worth the difference in price for me especially since he is on 9 bonus points.  He’s got 3 bonus in 3 of their 4 clean sheets this season.

Burnley (H)
Brighton (A)
West Ham (A)
Leicester (H)
Man City (A)
Cardiff (H)

See who the 10 top FPL managers I follow to see who they have in their defence and in my team in my early FFGeek team thoughts

See our fixture ease article for players with the best fixtures ad well as the bandwagons article for the most transferred in

Also the  players underlying stats for GW13

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2 thoughts on “fantasy premier league defender tips GW14 – player rankings for Defs and Gks”

  1. John – Many Thanks as always – can we please have your thoughts on goalkeepers separately? There are some interesting specifics to consider: Ederson with a relatively high PPm , and the only other reliable way into the city defense than laporte, similar story for Alison / Van djik
    its those Premium GKs vs the 4.5m brigade – is it worth paying the extra >1m and why, and how past and upcoming fixtures affect things.
    e.g. fabianksi is close to a price drop after just 1 clean sheet, but WH’s fixture list is at a massive turning point, and their ranking in your list might be distorted.
    Hart looks good value on the face of it but his PPm is propped up by a penalty save and recent clean sheet.
    I’m strongly considering a move into one of Fab/Eder/Alisson but would really welcome your thoughts!

  2. Geek, i have an idea similar as well. Maybe we can do a study on what performs better. Ederson plus 4m fodder ( since hamer not playing; no playing 4m keepers) or rotating 4.5s say fabianski and foster ( or hart but imo pope shall be no. 1 long term). This .5m goes a long way but i suspect ederson still outperforms

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