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Which FPL defenders are the most attacking in 2019/20 so far?

The 2018/19 season was the year of the defender from a Fantasy Premier League perspective, with the three best value-for-money FPL assets all belonging to Liverpool’s backline.

The Reds and Manchester City racked up 41 clean sheets between them (no team had recorded 20 shut-outs in a single campaign since 2011/12; last season we had two clubs achieving that) and six defenders hit double figures for attacking returns.

There was a lot of talk of FPL managers going ‘five at the back’ in pre-season, although the momentum behind that strategy stalled as we approached Gameweek 1 and lost further traction once 2019/20 begun.

Everton are the only club to have registered clean sheets in both of their top-flight fixtures, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs among the ten teams yet to record a single shut-out.

Clean sheets are just one route to points, of course, and we Fantasy managers love an FPL defender who can pick up the odd attacking return at the other end of the pitch.

With that in mind, our latest Members’ article takes a look at the defenders who have demonstrated an offensive threat in Gameweeks 1 and 2.

It is still very early days in the 2019/20 campaign, it should be said, and there has to be a big disclaimer about any findings in this article.

Certainly, we’ll get a better picture of the lay of the land once we’re a month or two into the new season and there is a bigger data sample to analyse.

Nevertheless, any early patterns can help us steal a march on other Fantasy managers and identity which defenders could chip in with a goal or assist over the coming Gameweeks – and possibly compensate for any loss of clean sheets.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Digne

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 18 hours ago

      Lundstram!

  2. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Just about settled on this - GTG?

    Pope
    Zinchenko, AWB, Lundstram, Montoya
    Mane, Sterling, KDB, Martial
    Kane, Pukki

    (Button, Cantwell, Soyuncu, Greenwood)

    Lundstram/Montoya/Cantwell/Soyuncu rotation looks decent for the next 4 weeks.

    Cheers

    1. Ibe Wisdom
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      ....go!

      1. Catastrophe
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers

    2. Yeezy FC
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      Very very nice!

      I want to do something similar but it would mean

      Ederson/Laporte/Mount
      to
      Pope/Montoya/KDB

      What do you think?

    3. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 23 hours ago

      You forgot Salah

  3. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    what's mark's ID?

  4. Catastrophe
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Stay quiet for now Mr Digne, until I can fit you in.

  5. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Still got double pool defense? Chasing a loss?

    1. RUUD!
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      can see them keeping a clean sheet against Arsenal

      1. Catastrophe
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        I can see them conceding against Arsenal. They're not bad you know.

      2. BrutalLogiC
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        hope so, feel like I'm being stubborn with them until I get some payback

      3. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Dream on mate

  6. RUUD!
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    I'm the only one in my mini league with Kane, everyone else has Sterling and will probably captain him this week, should I play safe with Sterling or go Kane?

    1. Catastrophe
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      Kane (c) to run riot!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      Captain Kane and you could have 34 points all to yourself

    3. iL PiStOlErO
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Hurikaneeee

    4. Wolfenix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      Don't understand how VVD is in none of those charts; having a goal already and other headed attempts saved... surely he carries a significant goal threat?

      1. Catastrophe
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        A significant threat to his own goal.

        1. LarryDuff
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 18 hours ago

          Stupidity

    5. Splinters
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      I am going Kane (C)...... but then again I dont have Sterling

      1. iL PiStOlErO
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          I have him but still going Kane (C), Newcastle is ideal game. Next GW Sterling will be C

        • The Poor One
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            I have sterling but still going to cap Kane.

        • Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 8 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Is there anyway I can get a discount code for the membership as I missed the pre season deal. :p

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            If you win TMs Last Man Standing league, you can have a free one next year... 😉

        • n-doggg
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Which transfer to make, have 2FTs so -4

          A:
          Guilbert, Perez, King
          To
          Awb, Martial, Wickham

          (Will start AWB with 442 over Wickham)

          B.
          Guilbert, Robertson, Robinson
          To
          Awb, Hanley, Martial

          (No other Liverpool defenders)

          1. Ibe Wisdom
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Q

            1. Ibe Wisdom
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              LOL, I meant *A

          2. ydnakurz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Never go Hanley!

            1. n-doggg
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Any other 4.0 other than Lundy?

        • BobbyV
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          It has come down to this:

          A)
          Pope (Button)
          Digne, AWB, Walker (Lundstram, Kelly)
          Cantwell, Martial, Mane, KDB, Sterling (c.)
          Pukki, Firmino (Wickham)

          0.2 ITB

          or B)

          Pope (Button)
          Digne, AWB, Zinchenko (Soyuncu, Lundstram)
          Cantwell, Trossard, Mane, KDB, Sterling
          Pukki, Kane (c.) (Wickham)

          0.4 ITB

          1. Catastrophe
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            B. I have B but with Martial & Montoya in for Trossard & Digne. Tough call but I want a United attacker.

          2. Ibe Wisdom
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            A

        • Ibe Wisdom
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Need advice on this.

          Perez leaves my team, and I've got 7.9 itb for a new 4th mid. Rest of midfield is Salah, Sterling, Martial and Dendoncker. Pretty template, but there you have it.

          Which midfielder is the best option for the next 4-6 gws for 7.9m?

          I am thinking along the lines of Lanzini, Cantwell, Ceballos, Mount, Gudmundsson, McGinn, Harry Wilson, Trossard, Maddison...

          Which one would you choose, and why? If none of the above, then whom, and why? ^^

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            I have Trossard at that price point, so I guess he'd be my choice.

            1. Ibe Wisdom
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              He certainly impressed us during the last match. Do you think he is rotation risk free atm?

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                I couldnt say that. But, he could have 3 goals scored already!

                1. Ibe Wisdom
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  So could Mount? And Ceballos could have had 4 attacking returns. McGinn 2-3, Lanzini 2. Lots of could-have-beens...

                  1. Yank Revolution
                    • 7 Years
                    29 days, 19 hours ago

                    McGinn I'd consider too, but almost too cheap for what you have left to spend.

          2. Catastrophe
            • 8 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Probably Trossard, but difficult to say without seeing the whole Team (possibly Cantwell and upgrade elsewhere).

            1. Ibe Wisdom
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Upgrading elsewhere would cost -4.

              Whole team is:

              Lloris 4.0
              Digne Zinch Robbo Kiko Kelly
              Salah Sterling Martial Perez Dendo
              Pukki Ings Jota

        • SEYPULISIC
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Digne back in training. Thanks for saving my wildcard.
          Now Stones...

          1. CelticBhoy1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Nice, where'd you read this?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Pictured in training, doesn't guarantee he will play however.

        • Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Sorry if this has been posted already...

          Furious Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'told Marcus Rashford he IS his penalty taker' after venting his fury over mix-up which saw Paul Pogba take spot-kick off him - and miss - at Wolves

          1. Markus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Source?

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Sun or Daily Mail I'd put money on it.

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                Youd be correct, Daily Mail.

                Seems like a legit story tho, doesnt it?

                1. Jarvish
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  As long as their source is "sources" then it must be true.

                2. badgerboy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  It does if you take out the over the top adjectives.

          2. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            'Furious' and 'venting' sound like classic tabloid lexicon! Did the piece also have 'snubbed', 'slammed', 'disgusted' and 'shameful' in it? 😉

          3. Jarvish
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Gollum the supply teacher loses the dressing room.

        • CelticBhoy1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Considering there is a possibility that Perez will be benched, or subbed early, pick one to start:

          A) Perez

          B) Dendoncker

          C) Cathcart

          1. iL PiStOlErO
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              B then

            • CelticBhoy1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              I'm actually considering Cathcart... West Ham have scored 1 goal and despite Watford conceding 4 their defensive stats are surprisingly ok

              1. iL PiStOlErO
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  Then go with the gut and good luck

            • iL PiStOlErO
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                Took a - 4 this week. This is the team now:

                Heaton
                TAA Digne Montoya Lundstram
                Salah Sterling Siggy Mcginn Dendoncker
                Kane (C)

                Bench: Pope King Guilbert Wickham

                Dont know if I should play King, if yes instead of who?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  Pope over Heaton, King over Dendocker then GTG

                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                      29 days, 19 hours ago

                      Could work. Thanks

                2. Jacky boy
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  shaw or awb? awb bps magnet shaw may have attacking returns

                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                      29 days, 19 hours ago

                      AWB

                    • Coldplay
                      • 7 Years
                      29 days, 19 hours ago

                      AWB. Shaw attacks more but is dire attacking wise

                      1. Arctic_Orangutans
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 14 hours ago

                        Awb is just better and will probably even match him on attaching returns

                  2. roflbeard
                    • 5 Years
                    29 days, 19 hours ago

                    How doth one change their profile photo?

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                      • 2 Years
                      29 days, 19 hours ago

                      Go to thee middle ages and learn to throw arrows with wick and abandon.&

                    2. Yank Revolution
                      • 7 Years
                      29 days, 19 hours ago

                      Gravatar.com

                      1. roflbeard
                        • 5 Years
                        29 days, 19 hours ago

                        much appreciated

                  3. Garlana
                    • 4 Years
                    29 days, 19 hours ago

                    Play Lundstram or ceballos?

                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                        29 days, 19 hours ago

                        Lund

                        1. Garlana
                          • 4 Years
                          29 days, 19 hours ago

                          Cheers

                    2. Ricky Spanish
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 19 hours ago

                      I've now got 3 separate managers in my mini league who claim to have made 3 transfers without it being for a hit!!

                      3 different managers! Has anyone else heard this. They've all been playing for years.

                      1. Respect My Authoritah
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        29 days, 19 hours ago

                        No

                      2. iL PiStOlErO
                          29 days, 19 hours ago

                          Let them, you dont try to do it. Karma is a b....

                        • Yank Revolution
                          • 7 Years
                          29 days, 19 hours ago

                          There was a bug on the app that allowed transfers without it costing them immediately. Thought it was fixed. However, all of those people were eventually docked the points.

                        • Trossard or not Trossard
                            29 days, 18 hours ago

                            Tell 'em you did 5 without taking any hits and hope they try it, lel

                        • pablo discobar
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 19 hours ago

                          Is Pukey not on pens?

                          1. Respect My Authoritah
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            Unknown

                          2. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            Could be but Vrancic is first choice

                          3. Jarvish
                            • 4 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            May well have earned seniority if he wants them.

                          4. Stallone in Goal
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              Norwich are poor at taking penalties! Everyone and his dog had a go, all missed!

                          5. Coldplay
                            • 7 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            For finding funds:
                            A) Robbo to Digne (Assuming he's declared fit tomorrow)
                            B) Perez to Ceballos

                            Fund (for a hit):
                            1) King to Pukki/Barnes
                            2) Ings to Pukki/Barnes
                            3) Wood to Pukki/Barnes
                            4) no hit and just do one of A or B

                            1. Respect My Authoritah
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              A1 Pukki

                          6. Salt'N'Pepe
                            • 4 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            Which players should I be looking to move on soon from my team?

                            Ryan
                            Coleman Lundstram VanDijk
                            Salah Perez KDB Sterling Cantwell
                            Wesley Kane

                            Button Ake Greenwood Kelly

                            Wesley the obvious one

                            1. Yank Revolution
                              • 7 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              Perez and Wes

                            2. Debauchy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              Reassess after the weekend a week a long time in epl and more so early in the season

                          7. Daghe Munegu
                            • 3 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            G2G guys?

                            Lloris
                            TAA VVD Coleman Zincheko
                            Salah Sterling Martial Lanzini
                            Rashford Adams

                          8. tempest
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            29 days, 19 hours ago

                            Bench 1 of these...

                            A) Zouma (nor)
                            B) Mount (nor)
                            C) Firmino (ARS)
                            D) Lund (LEI)

                            1. Respect My Authoritah
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              Zouma

                            2. Chandler Bing
                              • 3 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              D

                            3. Waylander
                              • 3 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              A or D

                            4. The Poor One
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                Zouma

                            5. Jacky boy
                              • 3 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              pick kwp on wc or not ? spurs fixtures look great
                              nailed enough ?

                              1. Galza
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                I’ve put him in mine.
                                Got bench cover in Lund and lots of options to replace him with, if he has a prolonged spell out of the team...

                              2. SADIO SANÉ
                                • 4 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                Aurier wasn't on the bench, no-one knows

                              3. Skull And Gnomes 9
                                • 2 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                He's a fecking lemon and a liability, if I was Poch I'd just stick a post in the ground.

                            6. Catastrophe
                              • 8 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              A) Montoya, Martial
                              B) Digne, Mount/Trossard

                              Currently on A as no Rashford.

                              Cheers

                            7. TOBY1
                              • 2 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              Mandy back in training. Maybe Zinchenkos days are numbered.

                              1. Respect My Authoritah
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                At least a month

                            8. Tinwalker
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              Wildcard thoughts please guys A or B?

                              Pope Button
                              AWB soyu Montoya (El Mohamady Lundstrum)
                              Martial Ceballos Mane Sterling KDB
                              Kane Pukki (Greenwood)
                              0.2m itb

                              or

                              Ederson Button
                              AWB TTA Digne (Montoya Lundstram)
                              Martial Ceballos Mane Sterling KDB
                              Pukki (Greenwood Wickham)
                              1.1m itb

                              1. pablo discobar
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                A, cebbalos to cantwell and put the 1 mil into the defence.- KWP perhaps with an eye to swapping him to a Chelsea when we know who partners rudiger

                                1. pablo discobar
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                                  Or Mina

                                  1. Phlajo
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                                    A, but
                                    Ceballos to Cantwell
                                    Heaton to 4.0
                                    Mohamady to Mina

                                    And then we have exactly same teams 🙂

                            9. Fernando Torres
                              • 8 Years
                              29 days, 19 hours ago

                              What formation are people going with?

                              1. Dele
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                4-4-fookin-2

                                1. Fernando Torres
                                  • 8 Years
                                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                                  3 cheers for Ramires.

                              2. Galza
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                3-4-3.
                                Very rarely deviate from it...

                                1. roflbeard
                                  • 5 Years
                                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                                  who you got at the back?

                                  1. Galza
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    29 days, 19 hours ago

                                    On W/C atm.
                                    AWB / VVD / KWP. 🙂

                              3. Respect My Authoritah
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                4-5-1/3-5-2

                              4. Blind Ghost
                                • 2 Years
                                29 days, 19 hours ago

                                3-5-2