The beloved clean sheet.  Coveted by all, ascertained by so few.  It is an allusive beast that lures you in with great match-ups and decent form and leaves you sobbing after relying on Bournemouth or Stoke.  I wish there was so anger algorithm for how late teams concede and complete take a poop on your fantasy week.  fear not though, last week’s misery is this week’s hope. As we head down the December trail of busy fixtures hunting points and lots of them.  The differentials and good run of fixtures are there for keepers and defense and week 16 is the beginning of some good runs, and unfortunately the end of some others.  So shift your funds around, get some in-form players and head in to the week with confidence knowing that what you have is the best you can do.  This pep talk is over, so here are the week 16 rankings for the FPL for keepers and defense.  Cheers!


  1. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  2. Hugo Lloris, Spurs
  3. Petr Cech, Arsenal
  4. Simon Mignolet, Liverpool
  5. Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester
  6. Mathew Ryan, Brighton
  7. Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace
  8. Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth
  9. Heurelho Gomes, Watford
  10. Nick Pope, Burnley
  11. Jordan Pickford, Everton
  • I have just removed Ederson and David de Gea as the derby game saps all the value from it…unfortunately.
  • Mignolet has 5 CS all year, 4 are at home.  Liverpool is home.
  • The Palace/Bournemouth match is a range of bad defenses and ok keeping lately.  One can hope for a nil-nil battle of the titans, but its the Cherries versus the Eagles.
  • Pickford has shone out well lately and has the most points accumulated for a GK over the last 4 games.  They unfortunately have the high flying Salahs.


  1. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  2. Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal
  3. Leighton Baines, Leicester
  4. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
  5. Jan Vertonghen, Spurs
  6. Alberto Moreno, Liverpool
  7. Kiko Femenia, Watford
  8. Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
  9. Harry Maguire, Leicester
  10. Nacho Monreal, Arsenal
  11. Christian Kabasele, Watford
  12. Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth
  13. Stephen Ward, Bunley
  14. Kieran Trippier, Spurs
  15. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
  16. Marvin Zeegelaar, Watford
  17. Davide Zappacosta, Chelsea
  18. Antonio Valencia, Man United
  19. Nicolas Otamendi, Man City
  20. Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
  • Chelsea dominate the rankings as they should.  Their upcoming fixtures make it tough to decide between offensive output or defensive favoritism.
  • I don’t really trust any Spurs defender to not be rotated on an odd case except Jan.  You shouldn’t be rostering any.
  • Love, Love Love Watford the next few fixtures.  All bargains under 5 bucks and just in time for holiday middie shopping.
  • Once again the big dogs of City an United are hard to find.  The amount of goals expected in this game is a scary proposition.  If you own a defender from either squad based on their price you kind of have to play them, don’t be disappointed just walk it off.