FPL Gameweek 36 Defenders – Player Rankings For Defenders And Goalkeepers


Here’s our FPL gameweek 36 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW36. There’s a table of stats and player transfer suggestions

FPL Gameweek 36 Defenders – Player Rankings For Defenders And Goalkeepers

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The schedule

The schedule uses 20/21 stats only.

The teams are ranked by defensive strength over the season only. I’ve given transfer suggestions below

You can access the google spreadsheet here

Player values and stats were as of Thursday 13 May but before Thursdays games.

FPL Gameweek 36 Defenders

Possible transfer targets for GW36


Liverpool now have a great run of fixtures and the choice here is twofold. The first choice is one of the best attacking defenders in the league in £7.6m Alexander Arnold who has a goal and 2 assists in his last 5. However with the CBs looking like they could easily be Phillips and Rhys Williams you have to question the clean sheet foundations youre points will be built on. However it’s worth noting that the 3 attacking returns of Alexander Arnold each bought 3 bonus points despite only 1 of the returns being accompanied by a clean sheet

If you just want cheap clean sheet cover then go for Phillips at £4.1m (3.3 PPM) who should play all 3 games


Anyone playing Sheffield Utd next is a candidate for a defensive transfer in. If you can go for £6.2m Digne as everything after that is a little murky. There’s no certainty around the CBs and Coleman could easily be rested. Ancelotti has also rotated, very occasionally the GK


Even since their much talked about defensive improvement Leeds only rank 12th over the last 10 gameweeks for xG conceded. Those 10 gameweeks only saw 2 clean sheets and they were surprisingly against Man Utd and Chelsea which doesn’t bode well for the easier fixtures going forward

However you do have a clean sheet hedge in the top FPL point scoring defender and the top goalscoring FPL defender in £5.3m Stuart Dallas. If you’re going for a Leeds defender I think it’s better to attack the fixtures rather than hope for a clean sheet.

However if £5.3m is too rich for you I would go for the LB £4.3m Alioski (2.8 PPM). He is the best attacking option of the remaining defenders but has been susceptible to the odd benching or early substitution so he doesn’t come without risk. If selection and 90 minutes is your main objective then £4.4m Ayling (PPM 2.4) is your man.

Sides that have improved or deteriorated in the last 10 vs the season


West Ham

Ranked 11th over the season vs 15th in the last 10 gameweeks. Only the 1 clean sheet in those 10 vs Leeds. Good fixtures though


Ranked 14th over the season vs 18th in the last 10 gameweeks. Only 1 clean sheet in those 10 vs Sheffield Utd


Ranked 15th over the season vs 19th in the last 10 gameweeks. However Burnley can get clean sheets against the poorer attacking sides and have 2 in the last 10 gameweeks vs Fulham and Wolves interestingly in the last 3 games


Only Leeds improved significantly which I talked about above

Fixture Ease Schedule

Here’s a schedule where the teams are ranked by the easiness of the attacking teams they face over the gameweeks to the end of the season.

FPL Gameweek 36 Defenders

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 36 Defenders
FPL Gameweek 36 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 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

FPL Gameweek 36 Defenders

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Analysing the teams of 10 top Managers

Key FPL points from GW35 matches

The Fixture difficulty schedule

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The FFGeek Contributors teams Part 1

The FFGeek Contributors teams part 2

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