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


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


If the article is a little stats heavy and long winded then there is a suggested players for GW23 transfers section at the end.

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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 GW23.
Expected goal information is from the excellent free site  There’s also our article on  expected goal stats to GW22 and Joseph Crilleys GW22 review

GW23 fixtures

fantasy premier league GW23 defender tips


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.  It should be set up so anyone can view but not alter.  So just copy and paste it into your own spreadsheet if you want to mess about with it

fantasy premier league GW23 defender tips

The value risk clarifications


 There is value under £5m in the full back position but Alexander Arnold and Gomez seem to be in an RB job share.  Robertson had the LB position when Moreno went off injured but with Moreno approaching fitness it’s uncertain what will happen there.  Van Dijk, therefore, seems the best option unless someone nails either full back position.  I also wouldn’t be surprised if a GK is bought in the window with the Coutinho money.


There’s injuries all over the place in the Arsenal defence but none seem particularly long term except maybe the Koscielny one.  That limits replacement opportunities without a decent amount of risk attached.  So the upshot is until the situation is clarified it’s Bellerin or Cech.


The curse of the England GKs continues as Forster loses his place for the last 2 to £4.4m McCarthy.  Whether that will last remains to be seen.  Pellegrino is a born tinkerer

C Palace

Again injuries are making the selection a little unclear but Tomkins, who’s started the last 7,  seems the most certain.  The GK position seems all over the place so unless you got both you are really gambling


Th Stoke defence is a mess but £4.0m Edwards has played the last 4 if you’re looking to save funds.  Whether that will continue under the caretaker or new manager when appointed remains to be seen.  I’ve just seen that Stoke have signed Austrian International RB Bauer which should mean the end of that

Player suggestions for a GW23 transfer in

Were looking for good defences with GW23 being a good entry point and good fixtures onward as an ideal.

Chelsea – £5.6m Christensen or £7.3m Alonso if you’ve got the funds

Man Utd –  £5.7m Jones 6 players who could hurt you if you don’t own them(Jones is one of the players in our article)

WBA  – £4.5m Hegazi as a home rotation option.   Next 5 home games (Brighton, Southampton, Huddersfield, Leicester and Burnley)

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

  1. How secure do you think Bardsley is geek? I’ve brought him in on WC but I do have 0.2 spare so do you think I’d be better getting someone more secure like Hegazi? My other defenders are: Alonso, Otamendi, Jones and Van Dijk so I doubt it’ll be too often he comes in (though he’s in over Van Dijk this week). Thanks for the help!

  2. Do you think Luke Shaw will be a good choice? (at least for the next gameweek)
    Ashley Young suspended, Shaw started a couple of matches in a row, and they play against Stoke at home.
    Clean sheet plus a chance for some attacking returns.

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