Here’s our FPL gameweek 25 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW25. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.
FPL gameweek 25 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers
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The schedule uses 20/21 stats only.
The teams are ranked by defensive strength only
You can access the google spreadsheet here
Player values were Tuesday 16 February
See also my GW19 attacking defenders review
Possible transfer targets for DGW25
There’s no fixture ease as the GW29 postponements and others have yet to be announced as to where they will be.
Leeds have a DGW25 (Wolves A and Southampton H) and a fixture in Blank GW29 (Fulham A)
£4.9m Dallas is the best option considering he plays in midfield. If you can’t afford him then £4.4m Alioski is the next best for me. £3.9m Struijk has played the last 9 but he is a fill in player with Phillips, Koch and Llorente injured and before Cooper. How much longevity he has is questionable but you can’t argue with the price and the amount of games he has played
Tricky one here as the defence isn’t performing particularly well. There’s only £4.7m Vestergaard for me as a defender with Walker Peters injured. McCarthy as a GK has been quite error prone and you wonder if he’s close to being dropped.
Should have a DGW26 and a DGW27
Easily the best defence. Difficult here and with the Champions League starting rotation will be rife. It’s probably fair to say that Ederson will be fairly safe.
Cancelo is the best attacking option definitely but rotatable. However the emergence from the cold for Laporte and the Dias missing 1 game suddenly throws some doubt over the CB position. You have to think that £6.1m Dias is the safest option. £5.2m Stones has only missed 2 out of the last 15 PL games. You take your chances and hope for the best spin of the Pep roulette wheel.
Should have a DGW26
Tuchel’s very own version of Sarri ball has seen 4 clean sheets in the last 5 PL games and Rudiger at £4.6m is an absolute steal
Should have a DGW26, BGW29 and 1 other double
They have games against Everton, Sheffield Utd and Spurs to play.
Not a great fixture but the extra fixtures make it worthwhile.
£5.3m Martinez is the perfect FPL GK for me. He plays in a team that gets clean sheets but concede loads of shots. That and his high save % make him a magnet for Save points and bonus points. No Gk has more bonus points.
Of the others it’s possibly a toss up between Konsa at £4.6m or Targett at £4.9m. Mings has the best attacking stats but £5.4m seems expensive.
Should have a DGW26
Have been terrible defensively but Shaw has good attacking underlying stats and the fixture is excellent.
Should have a DGW26.
Pope is a mini Martinez although quite expensive. £4.5m Lowton is the cheap version but despite his goal v Palace doesn’t have great attacking underlying stats. £5.3m Tarkowski has the best underlying stats but you pay the price for it.
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 is some 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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