Here’s our FPL gameweek 9 defenders article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings GW9. There’s a table of information and commentary on key teams.
FPL gameweek 9 defenders – player rankings for Defenders and Goalkeepers
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Important note before reading!
I am now moving to 20/21 stats only
You can also see my defenders attacking ranking to GW8 in this article
The teams are ranked by defensive strength only for gameweeks 1-8.
You can access the google spreadsheet here
Possible transfer targets for GW9
Here I’m trying to find transfer targets by finding a balance between a good next fixture, fixtures generally, defensive form in 20/21
Chilwell still seems to be a bit of an injury risk but is top of my defender attacking rankings schedule. Newcastle are a great entry point although the fixtures are a bit mixed. GK £5.1m Mendy is a reasonable option too.
After Spurs it’s a great run of fixtures. Cancelo is the attacking option but is subject to rotation I would have though more than the safer option £5.5m Dias
The defence is definitely questionable although they do at least have a defensive mindset. The next 3 fixtures though in Burnley, Newcastle and WBA are worth a punt for attacking option Van Aanholt. He didn’t make the minutes threshold for my attacking defenders option but his 197 minutes stats are excellent in quality and volume. £4.5m Cahill is the no attacking option.
Walker Peters or the slightly more expensive £4.7m Vestergaard are the options here. McCarthy is also an option
Purely for fixtures either Targett or £4.7m Konsa. GK Martinez is also an option as they seem to concede a decent amount of shots for him to get save points from.
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.
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’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