Here’s our fantasy premier league GW29 defenders article where we give our defender and GK player rankings for gameweek 29. There’s a table of information and player suggestions to help you make a transfer choice
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This article was written on Tuesday 3 March. This week is a difficult one as we won’t know all the GW31 fixtures until the last 5th round FA Cup match on Thursday. I have yet to do a fixture ease article due to the uncertainty of these GW31 fixtures. It is also before any announcement regarding a possible DGW 29 for Man City and Arsenal
Avoiding the preamble
If you just want a quick transfer suggestion I’ve given these after the schedule if you want to skip all the preamble.
I’ve firstly ordered the teams by what I think is their defensive strength based their goals conceded, xG conceded and the shots per game conceded. These stats are for 19/20 only. You can see the rank of each stat mentioned above in the first 3 columns.
The stats after that are their:
My suggested defender for that team. I’ve tried to take into account what I think is an appropriate price for the team as well as their attacking and points potential. The table then shows their value and current 19/20 PPM
The likely starting GK for the team with the same price and PPM next to them
A bookies odds for a clean sheet for GW29. The lower the better obviously.
The fixture ease rank. The team facing the easiest attacking teams over the next 6 gameweeks is ranked 1. There’s no fixture ease article at the moment due to the uncertainty over GW31 fixtures
Prices are as of March 3
The FA Cup 6th round clashes with GW31 meaning there are postponements;
The only guaranteed games are
Burnley v Watford
Wolves v Bournemouth
The GW31 fixtures will become clearer as the 5th round FA Cup fixtures this week progress. See my article monitoring the fixtures.
Gameweek 29 Fixtures
This is before any possible announcement regarding a double gameweek in GW29 for Man City and Arsenal
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. Just go File> make a copy to get your own version
The teams are ranked by defensive strength only. Fixtures are not factored in.
Transfer suggestions for GW29
If there is a double gameweek 29
Arsenal v West Ham
Man Utd v Man City
Man City v Arsenal
In the event that there is a double gameweek for both I’m not sure I would be looking to put a defender in from either team. While Arsenal may have a decent chance of a clean sheet v West Ham they have little chance v Man City. Man City also have 2 tough defensive games but it’s also about selection. Ederson is probably the only defensive player you’d think is guaranteed to play twice and whether he’s worth it is certainly questionable. You could gamble on Leno for save points and a possible clean sheet v West Ham.
Whatever you do likely distracts from the ability to get through GW31 without using the free hit chip. Although that will become clearer as the week progresses as you will see from my monitoring article.
If you’re concentrating on GW31
Obviously as the FA Cup 5th round fixtures this week mean GW31 becomes clearer then the options expand but for now Wolves look the best option with a good fixture this week. There’s the cheap options of Boly at £4.8m and Saiss at £4.5m or you go for the more expensive Doherty at £6.2m.
Apart from that I think it’s a case of waiting for the fixtures to resolve themselves. That way you can decide if you’re free hitting GW31 or just have enough players to get through
The clean sheet schedule
My schedule tries to focus on the stats that will lead to clean sheets rather than clean sheets themselves but I thought it would be worth while getting the clean sheet schedule from the premier league site
Goalkeeper save %
Here’s another schedule which shows you a goalkeeper save %. It’s not a ranking in itself as you can see there’s no correlation between % and clean sheets but does give you some idea of GKs who are good shot stoppers. It’s from the free stats site fbref.com
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