With just one day to go for the new season, FPL managers will be busy assembling their squads and balancing between budget options and big name players ahead of the big Premier League Friday Night kick-off on 11 August.
Everyone loves a bit of FPL, but it is not always easy to get your selections right, which is why over the next few hours we will bring you the top 5 players to pick from each position which will help you to beat your friends in private and public leagues. Yes, just like we did last season and the season before that. Having analysed the top five goalkeepers in our first article, we now turn our attentions to the defenders.
Spending big amounts of your budget on a defender can be risky, especially in FPL, where the pace of the play and the high demand of tackling means that it is very difficult to predict the performance of a top class defender or an average one. Also, the difference between the points of a defender and what you might get from picking an attacking or a forward is very high. But you need to have defenders in your team and if stats are to be believed they offer the most value.
When it comes to scoring some fantasy points, clean sheets are like bread and butter for the defenders, as each successful shut out is worth four points, but keep in mind that with every two goals conceded, your defender will receive minus one point. So, it is always advisable to pick a defender from a team who has a solid back line and keeps clean sheets on a regular basis. At the same time, if you have a defender who is an attacking full back or is a dead ball specialist it might pay off. You get a whopping six points for every goal scored by him and if your full backs get on the overlap on the regular, pick him because if your defenders are chipping in with assists as well as midfielders then it is a bonus.
Here, we have a look at the top 5 goalkeepers to pick in your FPL squad this season. If you haven’t yet registered then you can do so over here and don’t forget to join our private league. The code is 1129890-271257.
Five to avoid…
Hector Bellerin(Arsenal, £6.0m), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea, £6.0m), Phil Jagielka (Everton, £5.0m), Kyle Walker (Man City, £6.5m), Leighton Baines (Everton £6.0m).
Other notable mentions…
Charlie Daniels (Burnley, £5.0m), Tommy Smith (Huddersfield, £5.0m), Danny Simpson (Leicester, £4.5m), Craig Dawson (West Brom, £5.0m), Alfie Mawson (Swansea, £5.0m), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle, £4.5m), Vincent Kompany (Man City, £6.0m).
CEDRIC SOARES (SOUTHAMPTON)
Price – £5.0m. Selected by – 14.2%. FPL points last season – 102.
Ranked among the top four defenders for both successful crosses and key passes last season, the Portuguese fullback was very unfortunate to record only three assists and it was mainly due to Southampton’s blunt attack force. The arrival of Mauricio Pellegrino as manager should see the club’s fortunes change in front of goal whilst remaining solid at the back with former club Alaves holding the fifth-best defensive record in La Liga. The Saints have been blessed with a favourable start to the season providing Cedric – who looks kindly priced compared to his defensive team-mates – with a great chance to rack in some early season points.