FPL Players to Watch - Defenders
Posted by FFPundits
9:27am Jul 20 2017
Exploring the best value Fantasy Premier League Defenders ahead of Gameweek 1
Our Players to Watch series continue after a great response to our Goalkeepers to watch article yesterday, as we discuss and offer you FOUR defenders to consider having in your Gameweek 1 fantasy sides.
We won’t be considering the most premium options here, but rather, looking for potential bargains and under-priced players, that look set to deliver great value; helping us to stick within the £100.0m budget.
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Kieran Trippier – Spurs [£5.5m]
Following Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, Kieran Trippier is set to continue his role as the starting right-back for Spurs, should the club avoid signing a replacement.
The English defender was handed a number of appearances last season, particularly towards the end, featuring on 12 occasions in total; 6 times from the start.
During that brief time, Trippier still managed to produce an impressive tally of 5 assists, providing a total of 13 attempted assists.
Spurs conceded fewer goals than any other Premier League team last season and kept a total of 17 clean sheets, which was level with Manchester United and no team managed more.
Victor Lindelöf – Man United [£5.5m]
The 22-year-old defender was signed by Manchester United this summer, after winning the Portuguese league with Benfica last season.
Lindelöf was present for all 20 of Benfica’s clean sheets in the 2016/17 season, and no team in the league managed more.
He’s expected to partner Eric Bailly in central defence next season and will offer the cheapest way into the Man Utd backline, at £5.5m, if he earns the trust of Jose Mourinho right from the off.
Man Utd kept a total of 17 clean sheets last season, which was level with Spurs; no team managed more in the Premier League.
Cedric Soares – Southampton [£5.0m]
At £5.0m, the Southampton right-back is in competition with the likes of West Brom’s Gareth McAuley and Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels, but Southampton’s 14 clean sheets last season were far more than either West Brom (6) or Bournemouth (10) could manage.
Cedric produced an impressive tally of 39 attempted assists last season; level with Kyle Walker and only Nathaniel Clyne (46), Leighton Baines (47) and James Milner (57) managed more amongst active defenders (disregarding Chris Brunt – now a midfielder), but they each played more games than Cedric and have been given higher prices.
Craig Dawson – West Brom [£5.0m]
27-year-old West Brom defender, Craig Dawson, is an alternative to the popular Gareth McAuley.
Whilst McAuley managed an impressive tally of 6 goals last season, the 37-year-old defender scored just once in the previous season. Dawson, meanwhile, has shown more consistency, with 4 goals in each of his last 2 seasons.
Dawson’s underlying stats were also better than his teammate’s last season, providing 19 attempted assists and 8 shots on target, compared to McAuley’s 5 attempted assists and 7 shots on target, indicating that Dawson was perhaps unlucky to have been outscored by his defensive partner last season.
West Brom didn’t have their best defensive record last season, keeping just 6 clean sheets. However, Tony Pulis’s men have done much better historically, keeping 11 clean sheets in the 2015/16 season and a huge 16 clean sheets in the 2014/15 season and the manager has built a reputation around his ability to park a bus.
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