TOP 5 FPL DEFENDERS: Best Value Tips and Picks
Posted by FFPundits
6:33pm Sep 1 2020
Who are the top 5 best value Defender’s to have in your Fantasy Premier League team for the 2020/21 season?
The pre-season series continues on from yesterday’s Top 5 FPL Goalkeepers article, with a look at 5 value options to consider amongst FPL defenders for the 2020/21 campaign.
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5. Charlie Taylor – Burnley [4.5M]
Opening fixtures: Blank (-), Leicester (A), Saints (H)
Charlie Taylor was the preferred left-back for Sean Dyche last season, making 24 appearances; centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski were the only Burnley defenders handed more minutes.
The Clarets kept a total of 15 clean sheets; on par with champions Liverpool and only behind Man City (17).
Whilst they’re without a Gameweek 1 fixture, their opening run on the whole is fairly kind; just one of their first 8 matches comes against a side rated higher than a 3 on the FDR.
4. John Egan – Sheff Utd [5.0M]
Opening fixtures: Wolves (H), Villa (A), Leeds (H)
No defender priced at £5.0m or below picked up as many FPL points as John Egan (133) last season.
With 2 goals to his name, the centre-back fired a total of 28 shots in the box throughout the campaign; only Doherty (32) managed more amongst defenders.
Sheffield Utd kept an impressive 13 clean sheets on their return to the Premier League; only Burnley, Liverpool (each 15) and Man City (17) earned more.
The opening 5 fixtures of the new season look promising for Chris Wilder’s side, with Wolves, Leeds and Fulham travelling to Bramall Lane.
3. Eric Dier – Spurs [5.0M]
Opening fixtures: Everton (H), Saints (A), Newcastle (H)
As you’d expect, Jose Mourinho greatly improved the Spurs defence; 7 of their 8 clean sheets last season came after his appointment.
Towards the end of the campaign, Eric Dier was moved into a centre-back role, where he looked to establish himself in a partnership with Davinson Sánchez.
He started every Premier League game he was available for since Gameweek 28, playing 90 minutes on each occasion and only missing out due to a four-game suspension.
They have one of the more favourable runs to begin the season, facing home ties with Everton, Newcastle, West Ham and Brighton in the first 8 Gameweeks.
2. Rúben Vinagre – Wolves [4.5M]
Opening fixtures: Sheff Utd (A), Man City (H), West Ham (A)
The injury to Jonny could mean a starting place for Rúben Vinagre on the left-flank for Wolves.
They’re currently linked with a move for Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles but Spurs are rumoured to be in for Matt Doherty, so it’s a case of waiting to see what happens in the transfer market.
The 21-year-old was used sparingly last season, for cover, making 16 appearances and averaging just 2.0 points per game.
But that low figure was the result of 10 of his outings coming from the bench; on a per 90 minutes basis, he averaged 4.5 points.
Having kept 13 clean sheets last season, with only 3 teams earning more, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about such a cheap route into the Wolves defence, given their early schedule.
Opening fixtures against West Ham, Fulham and Leeds in the first 5 Gameweeks, before home ties with Newcastle and Crystal Palace, could see them get off to a strong start.
1. James Justin – Leicester [4.5M]
Opening fixtures: West Brom (A), Burnley (H), Man City (A)
With Ricardo Pereira still sidelined with a knee injury, James Justin looks set to keep his starting place for the opening Gameweeks of the new season.
The right-back played more minutes than any other Leicester defender since the 2019/20 season restart, featuring for 90 minutes in each of their last 9 matches.
Although they ended the season poorly, The Foxes kept a total of 13 clean sheets throughout the campaign; on par with Wolves, Sheffield Utd and Man Utd.
Only 5 teams conceded fewer goals (41) or big chances (64) and just 4 teams allowed fewer shots in the box (254).
They begin the new season with a trip to newly promoted West Brom, followed by home ties with Burnley, West Ham and Aston Villa in the opening 5 Gameweeks.
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