FPL gameweek 12 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers


Here’s our FPL gameweek 12 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW12. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.

FPL gameweek 12 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers

I outline my FPL strategy along with 10 other FFGeek contributors in our new EBook.

A reminder of the additional Patreon content

$2 plus Vat per calendar month

* Weekly podcasts with myself and the FFGeek Contributors

* All the articles on www.fantasyfootballgeek.co.uk advert free

$3 plus Vat per Calender month (plus the above)

* access to the FFGeek Contributor tracker team incl live transfers (52k OR in 19/20)

*access to Joseph Crilleys transfer planner and points projection tool

* access to the the Patreon Planner team runs from Joe’s planner projection tool incl live transfers (32k OR 19/20)

* Imaginary wildcard articles

*Bandwagon and Sinking Ships articles

*Slack Channel access

*access to private FPL leagues

No Commitment beyond 1 Calendar month


Important note before reading! 

I am now moving to 20/21 stats only

The Schedule

You can also see  my defenders attacking ranking to GW8 in this article

The teams are ranked by defensive strength only for gameweeks 1-10.

You can access the google spreadsheet here

Team values were Tuesday 8 December


fpl gameweek 12 player rankings

Possible transfer targets for GW12

Here I’m trying to find transfer targets by finding a balance between a good next fixture, fixtures generally, defensive form in 20/21

Manchester City

Man Utd is not the best entry point although it probably depends on how well you think Man City will handle the Man Utd counter attack.  Dias is the only option for me here.  There seems to possibly be a Guardiola problem with Laporte.  That £4.8m Stones could come back into the side seems fanciful at best but worth keeping half an eye out for considering he started the last 2 now.


Jose really does seem to have tightened them up although helpfully for Lloris’s save points they still seem to concede low quality shots.

Reguilon for me is the best option with £5.0m Dier the cheap option.  Not much more expensive at £5.2m is Aurier although he does have Doherty gametime risk.  Palace is a good entry point.


Arteta seems to have sacrificed attack for defence and they have reasonable numbers and fixtures going forward.  The choice is whether you want the potential set piece goals of £5.1m Gabriel or the assist potential of £5.2m Bellerin.  Holding is the cheap gametime risk option at £4.4m.  He has started 4 of the last 5.  Burnley at home is a great entry point.


There’s no better entry point in defence or attack than Fulham (well maybe WBA?) so this would be a good time to get a Liverpool defender.  With Alexander Arnold back you have the choice of both premium attacking defenders.  Matip at £5.4m will be the cheap option.

I don’t think cheapie GK  £4.5 Kelleher will be in the position for long before Alisson returns.

West Ham

Look like they will have a blank GW18 and a double gameweek 19 involving WBA and Burnley.  The GW12 entry point at Leeds though is not ideal though for a transfer in given the other alternatives.  Coufal for me is probably the safe bet.  £5.2m Cresswell has some set piece responsibility.

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.

fantasy premier league fixture difficulty GW12

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

fpl gameweek 12 defenders

Goalkeeper save %

Here’s another schedule which shows you a goalkeeper save %. It’s not a ranking in itself as you can see there is aome 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

fpl gameweek 12 defenders

Other posts

Following the teams of 10 top FPL managers

GW12 fixture ease schedule

Early thoughts on the FFGeek team

FFGeek Contributors Teams Part 1

Follow  FFGeek on   twitter and facebook and instagram for article updates and news


1 thought on “FPL gameweek 12 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers”

  1. I think there might be other games that are moved from GW18 to GW19. I remember when the initial schedule was released prior to the actual fixtures, they said that games would be split between the two midweeks as a replacement for the winter break.

Comments are closed.