FPL defender tips GW2 – player rankings for Defs/Gks


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Here’s our FPL defender tips GW2 article with player rankings for defenders and goalkeepers as we enter GW2. There’s a table of stats plus some narrative around the choices

 FPL defender tips GW2 – player rankings for Defs/Gks

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Methodology

As it’s so difficult to model defenders and goalkeepers from underlying stats up I’ve based them on points per match from the fantasy premier league site.

I’ve then adjusted them for the next 6 fixtures with the fixture ease factors as well as for any players with excessive substitute distortion and lastly for changes in defensive circumstances. The last one is particularly subjective unfortunately but necessary. Most of the PPMs are from the FPL site but some are subject to the substitution amendment as mentioned above

The VFM rank is the projected points divided by the value.




The schedule

Players are ranked on their projected points over the next 6 gameweeks

 FPL defender tips GW2

A few comments

Manchester United

I’ve given Manchester United quite a positive bump upwards on their PPMs from last season based on the signings of Maguire and Wan Bissaka.  They still have a midfield problem having let their best tackling midfielder go to PSG and then only having 2 CMs instead of  3 neither of which are reknown for tackling.  So there is a screening issue their still.  It shouldn’t be forgotten that last season they only had 7 clean sheets.  Only Huddersfield and Fulham had less so their PPMs are starting from a low base but priced at £5.5m which is more of a 13 clean sheet team.  Despite a clean sheet against Chelsea they still conceded 18 shots and had an xG against of 1.34.

The are a team that you have to have a subjective opinion on to pick them rather than read this table.

Manchester City

It’s worth mentioning that both Zinchenko and Walker will have Mendy and Cancelo respectively pushing them for their place.  Laporte is probably the safest pick.

Liverpool

I’ve also given Liverpool a reasonable negative bump for the loss of Alisson who was the GK with the best save % last season.  Adrian is no mug but he’s also not Alisson either.  If you’re willing to use one of your Liverpool spots for Adrian he makes a very cheap entry into the Liverpool defence.  It’s impossible to give him a relevant PPM so I’ve just tried to subjectively discount him to Alisson.

Other sides negatively adjusted

This is for fundamentals and not fixtures which are a separate adjustment.

Brighton for having a more attacking coach

Chelsea for new coach and a less possession orientated approach.

Palace for injuries to Sakho and Tomkins

Everton for the loss of Gueye and Zouma (although after Zouma v Man Utd…..)

Leicester for losing Maguire

Newcastle for losing Rafa

Sides positively adjusted

Arsenal for adding Luiz.  Anyone is a positive over Mustafi who contributed to the sides low PPMs last season.  Even Chambers

Man Utd for Maguire and Wan Bissaka

Spurs for Ndombele.

£4.5m & £4.0m Defs

You can see there’s no £4.5m defenders in there.   It’s hard to rank them over 6 games as you’ll either use them as bench players or as a rotation so analysing them as playing every game is pretty unrealistic.

But the top ranked were Fredericks, Balbuena Adam Smith and Soyuncu.  I’ve also got Chambers in there but I imagine he will lose his place to Luiz.

There are 2 £4.0m defs in Rico of Bournemouth and Lundstram of Sheffield United who’s actually a CM and performed well v Bournemouth in GW1.  There is some risk to Lundstram through Besic as it’s hard to see Norwood or Fleck being moved out if they want to bring him in.  Rico only really has Charlie Daniels until Kelly is fit but he has no return date as yet. There’s also £4.0m Kelly of Palace but he will likely be replaced when Sakho or Tomkins is fit but neither have return dates at the moment




A fixture ease schedule for defensive players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the attacking teams they face over the next 6 gameweeks. There’s player suggestions and last seasons PPM/ this seasons points next to them

fantasy premier league best fixtures GW2

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10 thoughts on “ FPL defender tips GW2 – player rankings for Defs/Gks”

  1. Geek – Whats your thoughts on Kane to Auba free transfer this week to capitalise on Auba home v Burnely – then transfer Kane back in for his home game against Newcastle in week 3? I strongly fancy Auba to outscore Kane this weekend but definitely want Kane back for week 3…

  2. I’d be reluctant to play one week Hokey Cokey. You are making the assumption you have no injuries of other fires to put out over two weeks. You may be forced to take. -4 hit which would offset any perceived gains from Auba. You might be left not being able to get Kane back if prices move against you or injuries develop elsewhere. Better to bring in players for longer favourable game spells

  3. Where’s Heaton? Villa has arguably one of the best fixtures in the next few. Doesn’t he deserve a place in the rankings? Or are you consciously not including promoted sides for some reason?

    • Hi mate I’m not consciously avoiding the promoted sides but obviously they don’t have a PPM to start with which makes it difficult to put a base number. Last season he had a PPM of 3.1 within a decent run of form for Burnley so I discounted his PPM below that which means he just missed out. The reality though is with only 1 game of information so far he’s not an analysed number he’s a gut feel and whatever you think from watching him. Hope that helps

  4. Andrew – That is my worry, not a fan of doing the hokey cokey transfers. Long term i want Martial in so i could start that process this week using my FT. Definitely think Auba scores big this weekend thou….

  5. Could the GW CS odds be added here like last year?

    Or are you thinking of putting these elsewhere in another article?

    thanks geek

  6. What about Hanley? Cheapy 4,0 is he regularly play? My squad is:
    Button-Ryan
    Vvd-Zinchenko-Rico-Kelly-Lundstram
    Barkley-Zaha-Sterling-Salah-Moura
    Auba-Greenwood-Kean

    My formation is 3-5-2, what’s your opinion?

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