FPL gameweek 2 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers  


Here’s our FPL gameweek 2 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW2. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.

FPL gameweek 2 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers  

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Important note before reading!

The season is only 1 gameweek old so to rank teams on the basis of 1 games data is obviously nonsensical.  Remember the schedule is ranked on the basis of defensive strength of the team only.  After that look at fixture ease and clean sheet odds to assess your player pick.  I have kept the rankings from 19/20 as well as the 19/20 PPM but adjusted the information for the best player from that team as well after GW1 as well as the GW2 fixture ease ranking and the GW2 clean sheet odds.

The Schedule

Note at the bottom of the article is the explanatory notes and methodolgy

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.  You can also see 19/20 season defenders attacking ranking in this article

FPL gameweek 2 defenders

A few transfer suggestions

Here I’ve looked for the best combination of defensive strength, next fixture clean sheet odds and fixture ease ranking.

There ‘s only 2 team suggestions this week and that’s Man Utd and Everton.

Man Utd

For gametime security reasons as well as some attacking potential I would go for £5.5m Wan Bissaka.  A home game to one of the worst attacking sides in the league is always a good place to transfer in someone. If you’re short of funds you could gamble on Lindelof at £5.0m.  I think Shaw is risky as United keep being linked with LBs.


Another great entry point for a transfer is home to WBA.  Lucas Digne is the attacking option here at £6.0m as you can see from his 12 pointer at Spurs.  Keane at£5.0m is the cheaper option.  Mina in the side due to the Holgate 2-3 month injury is expensive at £5.5m but he is a 15 pointer waiting to happen.  In my 19/20 season attacking defender ranking I had him in 7th place even further ahead of Digne in 11th.

£4.5m and £4.0m defs

If you’re playing 3-4-3 then you can have 2 £4.5m/£4.0m defs.  How they rotate is less of an issue if you’re looking at them as bench cover.  £4.0m Mitchell looks ok with no return date on Van Aanholt.  A good entry point is GW5.

The best £4.5ms for me are Justin although Pereira will be back in October and I think new signing Castagne will play LB rather than Justin although that remains to be seen.  This week is a good entry point at home to Burnley.

Then its Charlie Taylor of Burnley is another option and GW3 is a good entry point.  Walker Peters of Southampton is another with a good entry point of GW4.

Stats definitions:

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. I’ve also now added their last 10 gameweek form.  You can see the rank of each stat mentioned above in the first 4 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 19/20 PPM next to them

The Clean Sheets obtained in 19/20 and then the ranking of them.  Equal number of clean sheets will give an equal ranking

I’ve added in their fixture ease schedule for defensive teams.

There’s also the Clean Sheet odds for GW2




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. see our fixture ease article

fantasy premier league fixture difficulty GW2

The clean sheet schedule for 19/20

I know it’s now in the schedule but I though worth repeating as a standalone schedule.

My schedule generally tries to focus on the stats that will lead to clean sheets rather than clean sheets themselves but anyway here’s clean sheet schedule from the premier league site

fantasy premier league season end defenders

fantasy premier league season end defenders


Goalkeeper save for 19/20%

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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The FFGeek Captain Poll

Early thoughts on the FFGeek team

Analysing 10 top FPL managers teams

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4 thoughts on “FPL gameweek 2 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers  ”

  1. I am agonising over this decision as I really want Callum Wilson, but also want Bruno……

    A – Son and Antonio to Bruno and Brewster (or other 4.5/5.5) ?


    B – Son and Antonio to Rashford and C Wilson?

    each is a 4 pt hit.


    C – keep Son and Antonio and carry over a free transfer.

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