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The best goalkeepers and defenders for Sky Sports Fantasy Football

With less than a week to go, the time is now to decide on which defenders will and will not make your Sky Sports Fantasy Football backline.

Goalkeepers and defenders are an integral part of any team, but they have become increasingly important in the art of Fantasy Football, and even more so in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Rewinding to the 2018/19 campaign, I reported that there were five defenders among the top 10 point-scorers in the game, but fast forward to last season, and there were four goalkeepers and defenders combined who achieved the same feat, those being Dean Henderson and the Liverpool trio of Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk.

There are some potential bargains, and there are some which will come out of the woodwork, but two, or three of these five defensive players should be at the heart of your consideration when building your starting XI.

John Egan – £7.2m

Claiming an impressive 146 Fantasy Football points in his debut season in the Premier League, John Egan was value-for-money during Sheffield United’s successful campaign. Even with an increased price tag of £7.2m, he comes in as one of the cheapest assets in defence who started the majority of games last season.

This is reflected in his selection percentage, which currently stands at 11.75%. The price caters to accommodate those bigger players in defence, but at one of the value or budget picks, you will not go too far wrong with Egan, a solid defender who kept 13 clean sheets last term, scoring twice and picking up two man-of-the-match awards too.

Virgil van Dijk – £10.9m

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For the second season in succession, Virgil van Dijk recorded the most points out of any of the defenders, and of any player in Sky Sports Fantasy Football, despite racking up 31 points less (268) than he did in 2018/19 (299). This does still equate to 7.1 points per game, a fitting average for the most expensive defender, his price inflating to £10.9m for the new season.

It does not seem to have put many off, with van Dijk making it into 32.37 per cent of Fantasy Football teams. With 15 clean sheets, five goals, and hitting tier two passing bonus points (70+) on 21 occasions last season, it seems that even £10.9m is not beyond the extreme to have the Dutch skipper in your side.

With just four games to navigate before the Overhaul (unlimited transfers within the £100m budget for a set period of time), van Dijk looks a good route to get your season off and running emphatically, starting with new boys Leeds on Saturday, despite Chelsea and Arsenal following afterwards.

Nick Pope – £6.7m

The Burnley stopper registered a whopping 215 Fantasy points last season, just three behind Dean Henderson, who topped the charts. Nick Pope kept 15 clean sheets, just the one behind Ederson who claimed the Golden Glove. He has since earned an England call-up off the back of his solid performances between the sticks.

Burnley’s ever-resolute defence only let in 50 goals last campaign, and this level of consistency is expected to continue next year. After a tough trip to Leicester on the opening day, Burnley face Southampton and Newcastle before the international break.

Pope tallied tier one bonus points (three or more saves) on 15 occasions and tier two (five or more saves) six times, so even when clean sheets may be hard to come by, there will still be averages coming in from your number one.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – £10.6m

Trent Alexander-Arnold finished fourth in the Sky Sports Fantasy Football charts last campaign with 245 points. He made double figures with assists for the second consecutive season, ending on 13 from that department. Trent cruised his way to the Young Player of the Year award, and is set for another enjoyable term in the red of Liverpool.

Perhaps it is the fact that the English full back comes into the game £0.3m cheaper than his teammate Virgil van Dijk is the reason behind a higher selection percentage, which stands at 37.07 per cent. Will Alexander-Arnold make it into your starting XI for the opening day?

Kieran Tierney – £8.1m

We really started to see the best of Kieran Tierney towards the back end of last season, and the Scotsman played his part in Arsenal’s FA Cup final success. With a pre-season under his belt, he should be fit and raring to go ahead of the new campaign.

His statistics may not look the most promising, but his ability to get down the flanks and right to the byline before delivering inch-perfect crosses should account for an upturn in assists from defence. As well as this, Arsenal’s defence should (should) be a bit more solid and sturdy with William Saliba coming back from his loan spell and the introduction of Gabriel, so clean sheet points could be easier to come by.

Only a short period of time awaits until the first match of the season, with Fulham hosting Arsenal at Craven Cottage. 

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  1. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Think I'm settled. Thoughts?

    Ryan
    TAA Robbo KWP Mitchell
    Auba Salah ASM Saka
    Werner Adams

    (Nyland Bissouma Martial Taylor)

    Revert to a 4-4-2 or 3-4-3 from GW2 onwards depending on fixture

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Looks nice

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Arise, Sir MikeLowrey!

    3. gianno
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      who is ASM??

      1. The Minus Fours
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Welcome to the last 48 hour casuals LOL

  2. Vazza
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Thoughts on having Brewster on the bench hoping that we will be loaned out to another PL club? Alternatively could go with Davis from Villa..

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        It's a pipe dream .... wonderful if it happened, but I'm guessing that it's unlikely.

      2. Soto Ayam
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        If the striker's never gonna play, I'd go with vassilev as his ownership his lower so there's less risk of losing value, compared to Davis. Brewster is the smart choice, if you're not concerned about taking an LFC spot

        1. In and Out
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          ... and you should be worried about it

    • Nigawan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Repost.

      Hey guys, which is better?
      (1MIl ITB, GW2 - salah out for fernandes, GW3- Son out for KDB)

      a) ASM + Adam
      B) Armstrong + Wilson

      Current squad
      Mccarthy
      Taa-Lascelles-Justin
      Son-Salah-Auba-****
      Werner-Mitro-*****

      Bench: Steer- KWP- Bissouma-Mitchell

      1. Vazza
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I dont like any tbh

        • Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Defence is shocking

          B

          1. Nigawan
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            any suggestion how i can upgrade my defends?

      2. acesingh
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Doherty or
        Davies + 1mio

        Will Doherty be attacking enough to justify the extra 1mio or should I go for the flexibility that the 1mio offers in early transfers

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Spurs players don't appeal to me st all. If you must, then I'd suggest going cheap and redistribute funds elsewhere.

        2. ZAWAd25
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          If you really need that 1m, Davies offers good value. You can wait and see how Doherty plays at spurs and possibly upgrade. I’m going for Doherty though

      3. ZAWAd25
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Ready to go?

        McCarthy
        TAA Doherty Justin Mitchell
        Salah Auba ASM
        Kane Werner Mitrović

        (Nyland Taylor Bissouma Stephens)

      4. ivantys
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Bats should be a sub again right? Last time when he was on loan he didn't get high minutes neither.

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            He isn't known as Bats the Bridesmaid for nothing.

            1. ivantys
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I actually prefer him playing as zaha performs better behind 2 strikers.

            2. amitmishr
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Am on ayew but am not sure he is nailed now. Bats has a big reputation and Zaha needs to be played upfront ao as to maximize his sale value

              1. ivantys
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  As long as they stop playing their trash 4-5-1, zaha would be good. 2 seasons ago he was playing behind 2 strikers and he got his best season. You going with the palace duo also?

            3. Ninjaa
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Thoughts here lads?? I think I'm set to go for the 46th time.

              McCarthy 4m
              TAA Egan Davies Taylor Mitchell
              Salah Aubameyang son ASM Reed
              Werner Mitrovic Adams

              1. Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Trés bien!

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Sir Madfincha, is that you?

                1. Ninjaa
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  You bet!!!

            4. Sir Edo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Hi all!
              Not able to find ’Sort by rotation’ under Fixture ticker anymore. Can I find it anywhere?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Click a team to rotate.

                1. Sir Edo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Beautiful! Rotation keeper time.. 😉

              2. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Fix your link, and GL to the season.

                1. Sir Edo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Will do!

              3. baggs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                have to click on a team first

            5. Kei19255
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Really wanted SON but bringing him spoils my balance. Any advise?

              Martinez/McCathy

              TAA Van Dijk Doherty James (Mitchell)
              Auba Salah ASM (Stephen, Bissouma)
              Mitro Vardy Ings

              Eventually Vardy to Warner (GW2/3) and Ings to Martial (GW 2/3)

              1. ZAWAd25
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I like it

                1. Kei19255
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Thank you..Ideally robbo instead of VD....but that 0.5 is so precious..

              2. ivantys
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Vardy's weeks 4&5 are tasty though

                  1. Kei19255
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    yea i know...so will watch warner...but i do need 0.5 to bring ings to martial to get some Man Utd cover.

                    Maybe too much tied up in defence...

                    1. ivantys
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        I realized he tends to score more than 1 goal against lower half teams so I would be scared to swap him out.

                      • OneMan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        No. Defence is good. Could always bring in Fernandes for Auba after gw2. Auba has a few difficult fixtures after the first 2. Ings could start firing and with fixtures you might want to hold. If you started with Werner. You could easily do ASM to Alli in gw2 as well for Spurs cover. Alli would be a big improvement on ASM for those fixtures.

                • stxrty
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Settled on my team aside from my midfield:

                    Salah — Auba — ASM — Son

                    Currently, I feel like Son would turn into Rashford or Bruno GW2 anyway nd Son v Everton first GW and I can see it being low scoring.

                    Makes me fancy a fun one week midfielder punt. Any suggestions?

                    1. Hot Toddy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Willian

                      1. stxrty
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          Good shout, I like Pepe too.

                      2. TAT
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Chelsea mid?

                        1. stxrty
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Hoping Lamps gives green light on Puli.

                            1. TAT
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              Indeed. It's between Son, Puli or Havertz in a similar midfield lineup for me.

                              1. stxrty
                                  2 months, 26 days ago

                                  Put off by Spurs attack also due to having Digne at the back first game too.

                                  What's your exact midfield?

                                  1. TAT
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 26 days ago

                                    I'm not completely sold on having a Spurs player in midfield either, but as of now, my midfield is:
                                    Salah, Aubameyang, ASM and Son (Bissouma on bench).

                                    I *can* upgrade ASM to Puli/Havertz and keep Son, but it's a bit inflexible.

                          • Soto Ayam
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Havertz, pulisic if cleared to play

                          • OneMan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Puli. If fit. I’d get rid of Auba after gw2. Dreadful fixtures. Arsenal could struggle to score in a good few of those 5. Lots of options in Son, Puli and Fernandes.

                        2. GS456
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          Morning all,

                          Pretty settled on this.

                          Mcarthy
                          Doherty, TAA, James
                          Son, Auba, Salah, SMM
                          Werner, Mitro, Adams

                          Only pick I’m not confident in is Adams, also have a feeling about vardy this week as he loves playing West Brom away.

                          Is Reece James nailed?

                          Thanks for any feedback

                          1. stxrty
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              No he's not nailed.

                          2. jia you jia you
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Team locked in with triple Arsenal & triple Soton! Looking forward to watching the first two games of the season fully loaded 🙂

                            1. Soto Ayam
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              Any arsenal defenders? If so which please

                              1. jia you jia you
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 26 days ago

                                Punting Tierney & Bellerin for first two atm

                                1. Soto Ayam
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 26 days ago

                                  Was thinking Tierney for the first 2 also. Am concerned he'll be less attacking with luiz out. I guess bellerin is nailed?

                                2. jia you jia you
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 26 days ago

                                  but I might swap out Bellerin for Nkeitiah

                          3. HST
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Good morning scouts,

                            Any recommendations for cheapest starting forward?

                            Thanks.

                            1. InterUranus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              Bamford at 5.5 will be first choice for Leeds for at least 3-4 weeks.

                              People are slagging him off, but he more than doubled our second top scorer last season and we were 2nd highest scorers in the league. Yeah he misses *a lot* of chances but most of our goals go through him. I also feel with more space, particularly on the counter attack in the Premier League, he could be a lot more comfortable.

                              1. InterUranus
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 26 days ago

                                And when I say at least 3-4 weeks, that's how long it'll be before we see Rodrigo and even then, I think he'll play with/behind Bamford.

                          4. Gabbiadini
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            GW3 wildcard.

                            GW1
                            Martinez (pending selection)
                            TAA | Saliba | Lewis
                            Auba | Salah | Alli/Arsenal 8.0 | ASM
                            Vardy | Ings | Wilson

                            Nyland | Mitchell | 4.0 | Gordon

                            *Free transfer in GW2 will be used on Salah to Fernandes*

                            GW3
                            McCarthy
                            TAA | Davies | Taylor
                            KDB | Fernandes | Pulisic/Havertz | Alli | Armstrong/Doucoure
                            Werner | Ings

                            Nyland | Ferguson | 4.0 | Brewster

                            A total of 10 transfers... thoughts?

                          5. b91jh
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Now i am having a midfield line of
                            Auba Allan Saint Maximin

                            Oops it is Alli Son Maximin.

                            1. ZAWAd25
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              No Liverpool?

                              1. Gabbiadini
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 26 days ago

                                I think you'd find gw2 onwards no Liverpool is common.

                          6. Lignja
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            How is this looking

                            Mcarthy
                            Taa, Justin, Kwp
                            Salah, Mane, Havertz, Auba, Asm
                            Wilson, Mitrovic

                            Nyland, Michell, Struijk, 4.5

                            Gw 2 Mane/Salah to Kdb

                          7. Old Man
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Posted this a few days ago but thought that it might worth another memory jog …..
                            Just a reminder for those of you with your teams linked in the header of your FFS posts then you need to update your link with this year's FPL ID. I've seen absolutely loads of links that are either out of date (wrong manager) or showing this error message:
                            'Sorry, but the page you were looking for can't be found' .
                            For those of you now deciding to link your team for the first time, the link in your FFS profile page
                            e.g https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/profiles/the-old-man/
                            needs to be of the format
                            https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1234567/history
                            where 1234567 is your FPL ID. You can find your FPL ID in the address bar on your FPL Gameweek History page

                          8. PogBruno
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            1.5m itb to go Son to Bruno - plz suggest your imrovements

                            McC
                            TAA Robbo Doherty Tierny
                            Auba (c) Son Pulisic ASM
                            Werner Adams
                            - Vinagre Bissoma Brewster

                            1. InterUranus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              I would possibly consider Son -> Rashford and upgrade Adams

                          9. Titchmalpas
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Squeeky bum time. Ready to wrap it up now and settle on a team. Any advice on this would be very useful, thanks.

                            Ryan
                            TAA Davies Egan KWP
                            Auba Salah Son ASM
                            Ings Antonio

                            Walton Romeu Mitchell Brewster

                            With 3.0m left in the bank to adjust according to form, Utd, City, over the next few gameweeks.

                            1. PogBruno
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              I would want one good sub with that team and formation

                              Antonio to 6.0 and a 4.5 DEF?

                          10. b91jh
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Thoughts on this team?

                            Johnstone
                            TAA Coady KWP Mitchell
                            Auba(c) Alli Son ASM
                            Werner Jimenez

                            Button Martial Dallas Lemina

                            Auba to KDB/Sterling and Alli to Chelsea mid in GW3
                            Probably would get Ings from Gw4/5. Maybe too planning ahead so the Ings move is not compulsive tho.

                          11. mo 10+ FFS- einzkp
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Morning all,

                            I have been on and off the site numerous times over the past 11 years and whilst I have been very impressed with the staggering amount of new content the past few years, iId like to rekindle some of the communication between the old school registrants of the site.

                            To this end, I have set up an FPL FSS Old School Classic league for registrants who have been on the site for 10 years +.

                            I thought this would be a fun way to see which old school lurkers are out there and to try and tempt them to come out of the woodwork.

                            Who of the FPL FSS stalwarts would like to pit themselves against age-old friends and foes?

                            This isn't supposed to be inclusive and one day the new school will be eligible!

                            League Code:einzkp

                          12. Og
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Long term from the start..

                            A. Son
                            B. Ings.
                            C Havertz

                            1. Gabbiadini
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              Ings

                            2. Sanchit
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Son

                          13. Cesc in the city
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            A. Alli and Ings
                            B. Son and Adams

                            1. Gabbiadini
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              A comfortably

                          14. OneMan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            What the odd Laporte misses a few games early on ?

                          15. JennaGirl87
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Think I’m “G2G” after countless drafting scenarios.. any comments ?

                            McCarthy
                            Robbo Egan Lascelles Kwp
                            Dendoncker Havertz Abu
                            Firmino Ingsi Mitro

                            ( Nyland branthwaite Foden Fernandes)
                            will swap Martial for Firmino in Gw 2!