FPL gameweek 8 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers


Here’s our FPL gameweek 8 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW8. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.

FPL gameweek 8 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers

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Important note before reading! 

I am now moving to 20/21 stats only

The Schedule

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

The teams are ranked by defensive strength only for gameweeks 1-7.

FPL gameweek 8 defenders

Possible transfer targets for GW6

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


Arteta seems to have sacrificed their attacking potential for defensive solidity.  Bellerin is the best option for me.  Gabriel has bonus potential as an alternative.  Holding is the cheap option but it’s hard to see him keeping his place or staying fit


I would go for Chilwell even with the price or if you can take the rotation gamble with zillions of CBs then Zouma at £5.2m is the other choice.  £5.0m James would be my first choice but seems to be only guaranteed for a back 3 as an RWB.  GK Mendy is a good price.

West Ham

Masuaku is a good attacking option at a cheap price.  £5.1m Cresswell and £4.9m Ogbonna both have attacking potential.  Cresswell is probably the safest option


Justin is the cheap option and his time could be up in the next few game weeks but the other options for me are just too expensive


Walker Peters or £4.6m Vestergaard are the best options here for me.

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 GW8

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 8 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’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

FPL gameweek 8 defenders

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