As good as the offensive big wigs look this week, and we will get to them tomorrow.  The stoutest of the stout, the purveyors of the clean, the dukes of denial are looking very good this week.  As I stated yesterday the cream is definitely separating themselves from the rest of the field and that doesn’t change on the defensive end of the ball either.  With great match-ups on paper for the better defensive teams, like City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and United the rankings this week will be littered with the likes of those teams integral players.  Better teams better chances for CS results as a probability scale dictates usually.  Don’t get me wrong gambling is good when you don’t have the funds to be a defensive laden team with assets from the top 6 team all at your disposal.  This unfortunately isn’t the case in salary capped leagues where funds become limited, so i will mix in some of my favorite low investment players into the rankings here and there, but for the most part it takes money to earn the CS points this week.  Here are the week 24 FPL keeps and defender rankings.  Good luck and Cheers!

Keepers:

  1. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  2. Ederson, Man City
  3. David de Gea, Man United
  4. Simon Mignolet / Loris Karius, Liverpool 
  5. Hugo Lloris, Spurs
  6. Petr Cech, Arsenal
  7. Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield
  8. Jordan Pickford, Everton
  9. Heurelho Gomes, Watford
  10. Ben Foster, West Brom
  11. Nick Pope, Burnley
  • The elite are basically ranked 1-6 in the rankings.  The top three could go in any order and there wouldn’t be much argument from me.
  • Whomever is in net for Liverpool they are ranked 4th.  Don’t care, they are even in talent regardless of what we see on the pitch.
  • The Toffees and Hornet game looks like a net neutral game.  Both may score, but both could involve some decent targets on net which involve save points for Pick and Gomes.
  • Is anyone scared of the Stoke attack right now?  I certainly am not blown away and Lossl gets the highest non top 7 tabled teams spot this week.
  • When good defenses and goalies face a better scoring team at home it is tough to be a Nick Pope owner.  He is most likely your number 1 option and you are stuck.

Defense:

  1. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  2. Ben Davies, Spurs
  3. Nicolas Otamendi, Man City
  4. Antonio Valencia, Man United
  5. Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
  6. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
  7. Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool
  8. Phil Jones, Man United
  9. Kyle Walker, Man City
  10. Serge Aurier, Spurs
  11. Jan Vertonghen, Spurs
  12. Andreas Christensen, Chelsea
  13. Chris Smalling, Man United
  14. Andrew Robertson, Liverpool
  15. Harry Maguire, Leicester
  16. Luke Shaw, Man United
  17. Kieran Trippier, Spurs
  18. Joe Gomez, Liverpool
  19. John Stones, Man City
  20. Joel Matip, Liverpool
  21. Cuco Martina, Everton
  22. Victor Moses, Chelsea
  23. Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal
  24. Aaron Cresswell, West Ham
  25. Molla Wague, Watford
  • Smaller market defenders are hard to find with 6 top defenses and 3-4 defenders listed per team.
  • The only non “big club” defenders on this list are Maguire, Martina, Cresswell and wild card Molla Wague.  Yea that Molly Wague.
  • This is a week where you don’t wanna play you’re defensive punts.  No Swans, No Newcastle. No S’oton.  Sorry the strength of the fixture list is just not in the budget defender favor this week.  Find a cheapest entry point if you are looking for a defender of merit.
  1. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    Adrian, home to Bournemouth, is probably 2nd or 3rd on this list at 4.3

    I am straining my neck, but where is Sir Smokey the Bear in the Razzball? WTF?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan: I do like Adrian this week, just think Bournemouth score. Thanks for reminding me that I suck!!!

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