fantasy premier league defender tips GW23 – player rankings for Defs and Gks


Here’s our fantasy premier league defender tips GW23 article where we give our defender and GK player rankings for gameweek 23. There’s a comprehensive table of stats and player suggestions to help you make a transfer choice.

fantasy premier league defender tips GW23 – player rankings for Defs and Gks

There’s player transfer 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.

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 GW23-28, the 2nd GW23-25. 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 GW23. The lower the better obviously.

Prices are as of Thursday 17 January

Gameweek 23 Fixtures

 fantasy premier league defender tips GW23

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 GW23

Player transfer suggestions for GW23


The season has seen cheap options in the Liverpool defence of Gomez and Alexander Arnold who are both currently injured.  As is another cheap option in Lovren.  Matip is fit and should start v Palace but given Gomez could be back soon (although he could go to RB until Alexander Arnold is fit) the picture is one of risk unless you go with Van Dijk or Robertson who are far more expensive

Crystal Palace (H)
Leicester (H)
West Ham (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Man Utd (A)
Watford (H)

Man City

It took 9 gameweeks and a 10 man Wolves team for Man City to add to their clean sheet tally and surely if they can’t against Huddersfield they should give up bothering.

There’s only Laporte who seems to have little bonus or attacking potential as a realistic secure option but even he will suffer rotation.

Huddersfield (A)
Newcastle (A)
Arsenal (H)
Chelsea (H)
Likely blank
West Ham (H)

Man Utd

Either Shaw or Lindelof for me here.  On the face of it the defence has improved but it’s still difficult to be confident after this seasons issues.  However the next 2 fixtures couldn’t be better

Brighton (H)
Burnley (H)
Leicester (A)
Fulham (A)
Liverpool (H)
Crystal Palace (A)


Trippier for attacking potential but with rotation risk or Vertonghen at £5.9m for security with less attacking potential

Fulham (A)
Watford (H)
Newcastle (H)
Leicester (H)
Burnley (A)
Chelsea (A)


Bennett for value or Doherty for attacking potential here

Leicester (H)
West Ham (H)
Everton (A)
Newcastle (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Huddersfield (A)

Overall fixtures

Here’s the next 6 fixtures taken from the official FPL site fixture difficulty ranking

 fantasy premier league defender tips GW23

If you want to see how players performed in GW22 see our underlying stats article for that gameweek.  Also there’s the players with the best fixtures upcoming in our fixture ease article.  You can also see the most popular transfers so far this week in the bandwagons article.  Also see who the 10 top FPL managers I follow have in their team and who one of them Keith Spencer is replacing Kane and Alexander Arnold with.

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2 thoughts on “fantasy premier league defender tips GW23 – player rankings for Defs and Gks”

  1. Great stuff Geek,
    just one comment regarding Wolves, for me it’s Doherty for premiun, or if you want to save go with Jonny for 4.3 and not Bennet for 4.1 and you will get for only extra 0.2 an attacking threat

  2. Considering Fabianski’s fixtures are becoming tougher…why not considering Alisson as a “cheaper” route into the Liverpool’s defence?

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