I get a lot of questions about how I rank defenders, often when Togga managers, with the benefit of hindsight, are @ raging when wingbacks I’ve ranked highly are failing to produce. So here’s a quick summary of my rationale: within the Top 20 defenders that I rank each week, wingbacks are prominently featured unless there’s a clearly terrible matchup where 2 points for a conceded goal is too punitive. From #20 to #40, I tend to be much harsher with fullbacks simply because of the scarcity of reliably good ones. Togga’s scoring format really does privilege center halves and because of the aforementioned 2 points for conceded goals, a conservative approach is generally wise. E.g. 8 aerials = 1 assist. Shane Duffy has 144 aerials won, the equivalent of *gasp* 18 assists. Look no further to understand how he’s managed to average 9.16 PPM. Aerials won represent more than half of Duffy’s scoring output.
Take the above into consideration when navigating your team selections and looking at ranks.
Let’s get started.
- Postscript for GW29: Jesse Lingard wasn’t involved whatsoever in Manchester United’s 3 goal comeback and he’ll face a far sterner test in GW30 when Liverpool come to town so I’ll pipe down with any further enthusiasm for the moment. Sean Dyche had his preferred back four for the first time in nearly two months and it paid dividends in the form of a 2-1 victory over Everton. It was Matthew Lowton’s 23.75 points that turned the fortunes of Togga managers and I’ve ranked the Clarets respectably again this week vs. West Ham.
- Studs: Two years ago, Spurs were quietly fielding offers for Heung-Min Son, which now seems unthinkable. The talismanic winger has supplanted Abdoulaye Doucoure and moved into the Top 10 midfielders on the season with 293.5 points, just half a point behind teammate Dele Alli and Willian, each on 294. I suspect before the GW38, Son will threaten Xherdan Shaqiri and Leroy Sane for a Top 5 spot. Truly incredible given his ADP at the start of the campaign.
- Duds: In all of 2018 thus far, Richarlison has averaged 3.8 points per outing, 30.5 points across 8 fixtures. In those 8 fixtures, he’s had zero goals, zero assists, and ONE created chance. That’s appallingly bad and I don’t see things getting better, not even against Arsenalol. When Richarlison tweeted an angry emoticon to express his unhappiness about the club’s decision to sack Marco Silva, he followed up with scoring of 3, 2.5, 4, 1.5, and 1.5 – that’s 12.5 points in 5 matches. Not worthy of a rank, simple as. Maybe if I ranked 30 forwards? Nah.
|1||David De Gea||Marcos Alonso||Kevin De Bruyne||Sergio Aguero|
|2||Lukasz Fabianski||Ben Davies||Eden Hazard||Harry Kane|
|3||Jonas Lossl||Kyle Walker||Christian Eriksen||Mohamed Salah|
|4||Ederson||Cesar Azpilicueta||David Silva||Roberto Firmino|
|5||Hugo Lloris||Serge Aurier||Heung-Min Son||Romelu Lukaku|
|6||Thibaut Courtois||Nicolas Otamendi||Willian||Alvaro Morata|
|7||Jack Butland||Stephen Ward||Leroy Sane||Alexis Sanchez|
|8||Mat Ryan||Aaron Cresswell||Riyad Mahrez||Jamie Vardy|
|9||Nick Pope||Seamus Coleman||Sadio Mane||P.E. Aubameyang|
|10||Alex McCarthy||Victor Moses||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Jordan Ayew|
|11||Adrian||Jan Vertonghen||Paul Pogba||Marko Arnautovic|
|12||Petr Cech||Harry Maguire||J. Berg Gudmundsson||Cenk Tosun|
|13||Jordan Pickford||Matthew Lowton||Mesut Ozil||Steve Mounie|
|14||Martin Dubravka||Davinson Sanchez||Pascal Gross||Glenn Murray|
|15||Kasper Schmeichel||Christopher Schindler||Dele Alli||Ashley Barnes|
|16||Loris Karius||Laurent Koscielny||Manuel Lanzini||Chicharito|
|17||Asmir Begovic||Antonio Valencia||Bernardo Silva||Dwight Gayle|
|18||Ben Foster||Andrew Robertson||Gylfi Sigurdsson||Guido Carrillo|
|19||Orestis Karnezis||Shane Duffy||James Ward-Prowse||Troy Deeney|
|20||Wayne Hennessey||Ben Mee||Matt Ritchie||Gabriel Jesus|
|21||Craig Dawson||Nathan Redmond||Jose Izquierdo|
|22||Shkodran Mustafi||Marc Albrighton||Joshua King|
|23||Cedric Soares||Matty Phillips||Christian Benteke|
|24||Eric Bailly||Michail Antonio||Salomon Rondon|
|25||Mike Van der Hoorn||Jesse Lingard||Callum Wilson|
|27||Michael Keane||Cesc Fabregas|
|28||Jamaal Lascelles||Xherdan Shaqiri|
|29||Antonio Rudiger||Ki Sung-yueng|
|30||Chris Smalling||Ilkay Gundoggan|
|31||Alfie Mawson||Junior Stanislas|
|32||Cuco Martina||Emre Can|
|33||Trent Alexander-Arnold||Wilfried Ndidi|
|34||Kyle Naughton||Abdoulaye Doucoure|
|35||Ahmed Hegazi||Andros Townsend|
|37||Virgil Van Dijk||Mohamed Diame|
|38||Pablo Zabaleta||Rajiv van La Parra|
|39||Simon Francis||Luka Milivojević|
|40||Wes Hoedt||Nemanja Matic|
This season, our weekly fantasy Premier League ranks are a one-man affair, with Benji Wade taking over the mantle. You can find him on Twitter: Follow @benjiwade.