Premier League Fantasy Tips GW5 – Defender And Goalkeeper Player Rankings


Here’s our Premier League Fantasy Tips GW5 article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings for GW5. There’s a table of stats and commentary on key teams and players plus transfer suggestions for your FPL team

Premier League Fantasy Tips GW5 – Defender And Goalkeeper Player Rankings

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The schedule

The schedule ranking is based on 20/21 stats only. I won’t move to 21/22 stats until there is more data

The teams are ranked by defensive strength based on last seasons stats. Fixtures upcoming are not taken into account

Player values and stats were as of Wednesday 15 September

New Stat

I’ve put a new stat in the schedule focusing on the Defensive performances so far this season. It’s called “21/22 xAG CS” or expected clean sheets. The stat counts the number of clean sheets that should have happened if a team has an xG against of less than 1.0. You can see these each gameweek in my gameweek analysis posts

You can see the order pretty much follows last seasons overall stats with a few exceptions

Transfer suggestions

We’ve tried to find players within teams that are strong defensively judged by last season’s stats as well as the start to this season. Plus they have a good entry point fixture and good fixtures upcoming.

Man City

£6.0m Dias is probably the safest gametime wise and has started all 4 games. £6.0m Cancelo is the attacking option and has surprisingly also started all 4. £5.6m Laporte offers reasonable attacking potential and has started 3 of the 4 games and would save you £0.4m. You just have to believe he can hold off Stones who took his place last season


£7.5m Alexander Arnold is a tough guy not to have in your team given his attacking potential. £5.0m Matip has started all 4 games and is a great cheap option. The risk is that you have Konate and Gomez in competition


Have been a bit of a disaster but with reasonable fixtures £4.4m Ben White offers a cheap rotatable option for clean sheet points. £4.9m Tierney is the attacking option but at that price harder to put on your FPL bench.


Now have a good fixture run and have put up good defensive underlying stats so far this season. The choice is between £4.9m Semedo who has put in some excellent attacking performances as an RWB and £4.6m Marcal also has shown some attacking potential. It doesn’t end there either as £5.0m Saiss is an excellent set piece threat


I guess it depends on whether you want the assist potential of £5.4m Digne or the set piece potential of £5.0m Keane. The defence unsurprisingly has performed well under new manager Benitez.


The Fixture Ease Schedule

Here’s a schedule where the teams are ranked by the easiness of the attacking teams they face over the upcoming 6 gameweeks

The Clean Sheet schedule

Here’s the clean sheet schedule for this season just so you get a further view on the defensive strength

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 % ranking for 21/22 from Fbref

Other Posts

Analysing the teams of 12 top FPL managers

The FFGeek Fixture Ease article

The Bandwagons and Sinking Ships

The FFGeek Contributors Teams for GW5 Part 1

The FFGeek Contributors Teams for GW5 Part 2

Early thoughts on the FFGeek Team

Joseph Crilley’s transfer planner and points projection tool

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