Here’s our fantasy premier league GW7 defenders article where we give our defender and GK player rankings for gameweek 7. There’s a table of information and player suggestions to help you make a transfer choice.
fantasy premier league GW7 defenders – player rankings for Defs and Gks
A change of format
After giving it some thought I’ve reverted back to the format that I used last season which I think was simpler and easier to get all the required information to make a decision into 1 table.
If you just want a quick transfer suggestion I’ve given these at the end 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. After 5 games it’s worth bearing in mind that they are distorted by fixtures and a small data size.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 GW6. The lower the better obviously.
The fixture ease rank. The team facing the easiest attacking teams over the next 6 gameweeks is ranked 1. See our fixture ease article
Prices are as of Tuesday 24 September
Gameweek 7 Fixtures
It’s a normal Saturday morning UK time gameweek
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.
The value watchlist
Here’s a few players I’ll be monitoring to see if they can secure a place in the team and provide a good value entry into that team
There are 2 RBs around £5.0m who have attacking potential and value. They are Aurier,and Foyth. Aurier has the position but Foyth has yet to provide him with competition . Rotation could still be an issue even once established though
£4.5m Tomori or £5.0m Christensen if they can become Rudigers regular partner could be great value when Rudiger and Kante are fit to strengthen their defence. Christensen took a knock against Liverpool and is injured to be assessed. Rudiger is still injured with still no definite return date. Tomori has been excellent and you’d think he would hold his place but that has never been established in straight competition for the 1 position. It’s also worth noting that while Chelsea have conceded a lot of goals their xG conceded and shot conceded rank isn’t as bad. Improvement could be on the way.
If you’re really feeling bold old favourite Alonso at £6.2m could be given a run if the Emerson injury is one that will have him out for some time. That is an unknown at the moment. If you’re really paranoid it is possible that Lampard could move Azpilicueta to LB when Reece James is fit. That seems a stretch as the FBs seem important to the attack of Chelsea and Azpilicueta isn’t ideal on the right let alone the left.
Transfer suggestions for GW7
Here I trying to find a combination of defensive strength, a good next fixture and fixtures beyond that for me this week there are 5.
Home to Newcastle is probably as good as it gets as an entry point for a transfer in. I would go for the value of Soyuncu. Despite his goal against Spurs in underlying stats terms Pereira hasn’t done anything to warrant a increased cost of £1.4m to £6.0m. Neither has £5.4m Chilwell. Although both have attacking potential.
Otamendi is now fairly certain to get a run at £5.5m and is definitely the best option. Other than the GK the others all have some risk element.
Liverpool don’t have a great fixture run but they do have a good clean sheet prospect next in Sheffield United. In Alexander Arnold you have an attacking player who is a double figure point haul waiting to happen. Matip provides a value option at £5.5m without anywhere near the same attacking potential but this isn’t an ideal clean sheet run.
I talk about it above. I don’t think the Chelsea defence is worth the £5.9m Azpilicueta costs and he has Reece James over his shoulder in any case. Kepa doesn’t have the save point potential for his price either. Tomori is value gamble at £4.5m for the fixtures but he is a gametime gamble so if you roll the dice please remember that. If you’re feeling really wild look out for Emerson’s injury status and roll the dice on Alonso but it seems pretty obvious that Lampard has some doubts about him.
Vertonghen at £5.3m has gametime security for little attacking potential. As I mention above Aurier is the £5.0m play with some gametime risk over Foyth.
The fixture ease schedule for defenders and GKs
Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the attacking teams they face over the next 6 gameweeks.
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