FPL gameweek 3 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers 


Here’s our FPL gameweek 3 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW3. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.

FPL gameweek 3 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers  

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Important note before reading!

The season is only 2 gameweek old so to rank teams on the basis of 2 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 GW2 as well as the GW3 fixture ease ranking and the GW3 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 3 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 Wolves, Chelsea and Spurs


The player here for me is Saiss at £5.1m.  He was ranked 10th in my season review of attacking defenders and has scored already this season.  He wasn’t great v Man City but hopefully that doesn’t prejudice his starting place.  Marcal’s injury doesn’t seem too serious at the moment so I suspect £4.4m Vinagre’s place could be short term.

It seems Wolves are looking to sign Nelson Semedo who is an RB from Barcelona.  Despite the hype his stats are pretty ordinary with 1 goal and 2 assists in 2,000 minutes last season.

An away game to West Ham isn’t the best entry point but not the worst


The imminent signing of GK Mendy should improve what is the major stumbling block to the defence of GK Kepa.  Reece James has started both games with a goal and assist in GW1.  He was ranked 9th in my season review of attacking defenders and although Azpilicueta will always be a rotation risk he has the place for the moment.  £5.5m Chilwell played in the EFL Cup and once he’s started probably is less risk of being rotated but obviously costs more.  £5.0m Zouma has started both games to date but until Thiago Silva is installed we won’t know who Silva’s CB partner is

A good entry point away to WBA


No clean sheet as yet but a home game to Newcastle is the perfect entry point.  £5.0m Dier is the cheap option.  £6.0m Doherty is the attacking option but although it’s only a 2 game sample his stats seem way off his Wolves stats to date.

£5.5m Regulion also looks a handy attacking option.  It’s hard to know how he will be used and doesn’t seem fit at the moment anyway but if he can replicate last season’s Sevilla’s stats then he will be in the top 10 of attacking defenders this season I suspect.

£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.

£4.1m Mitchell looks ok with no return date on Van Aanholt.  A good entry point is GW5 home to Brighton.

The best £4.5ms for me are Justin although Pereira will be back at the end of October and I think new signing Castagne will play LB rather than Justin when that happens.  This week is not a great entry point away to Man City.  GW4 home to West Ham looks better.

Charlie Taylor of Burnley is another option and GW3 home to Southampton or GW4 at Newcastle are good entry points.  Walker Peters of Southampton is another with a good entry point of GW4 home to WBA.

Lamptey has looked a promising attacking option for Brighton although he’s carrying a knock which needs monitoring.  GW5 v Palace is a good entry point.

Holding of Arsenal is currently keeping his place although that maybe injury dependent on others.  The fixtures are terrible though.

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 GW3

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 GW3

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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