Premier League Fantasy Tips GW9 – Defender And Goalkeeper Player Rankings Plus Transfer Suggestions


Here’s our Premier League Fantasy Tips GW9 article where we give our Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings for GW9. There’s a table of stats and commentary on key teams and players plus transfer suggestions for your FPL team

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The schedule

The schedule ranking is now based on 21/22 stats. The sschedule ranks the teams by averaging their Goals against and their expected goals against. It is not adjusted for upcoming fixtures

Player values and stats were as of Wednesday 20 October

There’s a stat in the schedule focusing on the Defensive performances so far this season. It’s called “xCS” 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

The key part of the article is the transfer suggestions for this week where I’ve tried to balance a good entry point, defensive strength of the team and upcoming fixture easiness.

Here’s the schedule

Premier League Fantasy Tips GW9

Player suggestions for GW7

Here’s some transfer suggestions for GW9 where, as I said above, I’ve tried to balance a good entry point, defensive strength of the team and upcoming fixture easiness. You can see the fixtures on the fixture ease schedule below


There’s no better entry point fixture at the moment than Norwich at home. Conversely there’s no better fixture for rotation from Tuchels point of view.

I’m writing this before Chelsea’s UCL match tonight but it’s safe to say that the defensive lineup for Chelsea in the GW9 fixture could involve anyone and it’s virtually impossible to predict.

You have to make your choice and take your chances.

I would say the first choice is possibly James, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger and Chilwell. The cover RWB could be Hudson Odoi or Azpilicueta. The covering LWB Alonso. The next in line CBs being Chrsitensen, Chalobah and Sarr. The first choice means nothing in relation to this fixture so you take your pick for the long term and hope for the best.

Rudiger seems the safest but coming back from an injury. James and Chilwell the best attacking options. James often came on as sub for annoying 1 pointers last season. Chilwell far less so.

I would probably go for Chilwell or Rudiger but there’s a very good chance neither play this weekend. Christensen is the cheap option and I would be surprised if he doesn’t play this weekend at least.

Sorry I can’t give you more certainty but there really is none. Tonight’s UCL lineup may help

Mendy has been fantastic as a GK and does provide a real option given his PPM with far more security. If Watford’s Foster is your FPL back up and keeps his place then that may provide a fall back for those odd occaisions

Man City

I could repeat everything above just with different names.

In the schedule I’ve picked Cancelo but given he played last night and started every game he is a risk for the weekend. Dias and Walker were rested in GW8 so they could in theory be in the lineup for GW9.

Again you take your pick and hope for the best

Ederson offers more security and his long passes even hold a remote assist prospect but will still get the odd game on the bench. As I said above, if Watford’s Foster is your FPL back up and keeps his place then that may provide a fall back for those odd occasions


Livramento is the only option for me here with Burnley at home a great entry point

McCarthy is a pretty ordinary GK and more expensive than Livramento so I can’t really see the point of him as an option


There’s quite a bit of choice here due to the attacking potential of players. £5.0m Saiss is the CB with set piece scoring potential. £4.9m Semedo is the RWB who is a goal and assist threat. £4.6m Marcal is the cheap version with at least some attacking potential as an LWB

Leeds have been fairly blunt due to injuries. They will have Raphinha back but there’s still no Bamford and even Phillips who’s passing is important to Leeds may not be fit. At the moment without key players they are far less of a goal threat

I can’t see the sense in going for the GK Sa when you having attacking potential at the same price


The defensive surprise package who kept Chelsea to 5 shots in GW8.

The choice for me is between £4.6m CB Pinnock who has set piece scoring potential and the £4.5m LWB Rico Henry who has the position but really hasn’t provided as much underlying stats in quality or volume and has yet to get a goal or assist

£4.6m Raya is a decent GK option although Brentford don’t really concede that many shots which isn’t helpful for save points.

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

Premier League Fantasy Tips GW9

Goalkeeper save % ranking for 21/22 from Fbref

Premier League Fantasy Tips GW9

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