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A stout defense is never a passing phrase.  Your fantasy differentials are all there.  The ownership levels are so wide open at the back seven roster spots, as compared to the other eight spots on your roster.  This is where your bread is buttered.  Yeah, I am all for swimming in the same direction on some of the same guys, as there should be a Chelsea defender on every competitive team.  After that, it is all up for debate where or who you wanna invest your funds.  After all, it is your team.  Currently I’m extremely tight in the back and probably over-invested in that regard as I currently have rostered: Alonso, Cesar, Baines, Charlie Daniels and Erik Pieters.  Maybe not the best strategy, but it’s my freaking team so I smite you fantasy style for hatin’.  I no longer will have to make a roster move on defense until I am ready to utilize the new Wildcard.  Which is already burning a hole in most people’s pocket.  Wait for the double week’s or at least until the injury bug takes a big chomp out of your fantasy tukas.  So without further hoopla, here is the Week 21 FPL rankings for defenders and keepers.  Cheers!

Keepers:

  1. Petr Cech, Arsenal
  2. Hugo Lloris, Spurs
  3. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  4. Fraser Forster, Southampton
  5. Lee Grant, Stoke
  6. Tom Heaton, Burnley
  7. Artur Boruc, Bournemouth
  8. Claudio Bravo, Man City
  9. Victor Valdes, Middlesbrough
  10. Vito Mannone, Sunderland
  11. Darren Randolph, West Ham
  • The Cech value may not be a wholesome group of saves, as Swansea is not accustomed to peppering anything.  But the CS value is extreme.
  • The Baggies do score goals, but Spurs defensively are the goods.
  • How will the Cherries do minus two starting defenders?  Expect some save points for Boruc.
  • Lot’s of good value to me at the bottom of the eleven.  Valdez is decent play as is Randolph versus a Zaha-less Palace.

Defence:

  1. Kyle Walker, Spurs
  2. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  3. Charlie Daniels. Bournemouth
  4. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
  5. Danny Rose, Spurs
  6. Aaron Cresswell, West Ham
  7.  Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
  8. Erik Pieters, Stoke
  9. Patrick Van Aanholt, Sunderland
  10. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
  11. Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool
  12. Aleksanadar Kolarov, Man City
  13. Toby Alderweireld, Spurs
  14. Gary Cahill, Chelsea
  15. Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton
  16. Nacho Monreal, Arsenal
  17. Antonio Valencia, Man United
  18. Winston Reid, West Ham
  19. Miguel Britos, Watford
  20. Maya Yoshida, Southampton
  • The top keepers and defenders are usually symmetrical.  Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea litter the top-20 this week.
  • I prefer Walker this week to Rose at the top spot on Spurs.  I think Walker’s actual ability is better then the BPS darling of Rose.
  • Hector Bellerin is a question mark this week so pay attention to his tag closer to game time.
  • Love the Potters this week, they just don’t have many usable options on the back side.
  • Watford is a great differential play this week as Boro are blah up top.
  • I am skeptical about the Everton defense’s ability to stop at a stop sign let alone against Kun and the Citizens.