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.
1David De GeaMarcos AlonsoKevin De BruyneSergio Aguero
2Lukasz FabianskiBen DaviesEden HazardHarry Kane
3Jonas LosslKyle WalkerChristian EriksenMohamed Salah
4EdersonCesar AzpilicuetaDavid SilvaRoberto Firmino
5Hugo LlorisSerge AurierHeung-Min SonRomelu Lukaku
6Thibaut CourtoisNicolas OtamendiWillianAlvaro Morata
7Jack ButlandStephen WardLeroy SaneAlexis Sanchez
8Mat RyanAaron CresswellRiyad MahrezJamie Vardy
9Nick PopeSeamus ColemanSadio ManeP.E. Aubameyang
10Alex McCarthyVictor MosesHenrikh MkhitaryanJordan Ayew
11AdrianJan VertonghenPaul PogbaMarko Arnautovic
12Petr CechHarry MaguireJ. Berg GudmundssonCenk Tosun
13Jordan PickfordMatthew LowtonMesut OzilSteve Mounie
14Martin DubravkaDavinson SanchezPascal GrossGlenn Murray
15Kasper SchmeichelChristopher SchindlerDele AlliAshley Barnes
16Loris KariusLaurent KoscielnyManuel LanziniChicharito
17Asmir BegovicAntonio ValenciaBernardo SilvaDwight Gayle
18Ben FosterAndrew RobertsonGylfi SigurdssonGuido Carrillo
19Orestis KarnezisShane DuffyJames Ward-ProwseTroy Deeney
20Wayne HennesseyBen MeeMatt RitchieGabriel Jesus
21Craig DawsonNathan RedmondJose Izquierdo
22Shkodran MustafiMarc AlbrightonJoshua King
23Cedric SoaresMatty PhillipsChristian Benteke
24Eric BaillyMichail AntonioSalomon Rondon
25Mike Van der HoornJesse LingardCallum Wilson
26James TarkowskiOxlade-Chamberlain
27Michael KeaneCesc Fabregas
28Jamaal LascellesXherdan Shaqiri
29Antonio RudigerKi Sung-yueng
30Chris SmallingIlkay Gundoggan
31Alfie MawsonJunior Stanislas
32Cuco MartinaEmre Can
33Trent Alexander-ArnoldWilfried Ndidi
34Kyle NaughtonAbdoulaye Doucoure
35Ahmed HegaziAndros Townsend
36Ryan BertrandChoupo-Moting
37Virgil Van DijkMohamed Diame
38Pablo ZabaletaRajiv van La Parra
39Simon FrancisLuka Milivojević
40Wes HoedtNemanja Matic

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