Pro Pundit Teams

The case for a cheap FPL defence as premium assets continue to disappoint

Fantasy Premier League managers could find value in spending as little money on defenders as possible in the coming weeks.

With Liverpool conceding for the fourth consecutive match in Gameweek 7, and the injury to Fabinho (£5.5m) exacerbating the loss of Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m), Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.4m) and Andrew Robertson’s (£7.1m) certainly offer less Fantasy value than before.

It’s not just Liverpool who are letting the premium defenders union down though. Last season’s top six have kept just seven clean sheets combined over the first six Gameweeks (Liverpool 1, Manchester City 1, Manchester United 1, Chelsea 2, Spurs 1, Arsenal 1) so justifying ownership of their expensive defenders is proving harder and harder each week.

Using some underlying statistics in the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, I want to analyse if teams with defenders at the more budget end of the spectrum (say, up to £5.0m) can possibly provide similar returns to their more expensive counterparts at the bigger clubs. 

For the purpose of this analysis, I have used data from the last four Gameweeks:

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  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Digne to
    A cresswell
    B reguilon

    Thanks and gl

    1. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Cheers

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Got Chilwell?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Yes

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I have Cresswell in my plans but for Saiss after this week. Probably will keep Digne for now. It is just one match ban.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Oh saiss to cresswell is a nice moce

  2. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    And here I am with Taa robertson and chilwell

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Who’s your C?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Salah

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Salah

    3. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Kane

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Kane

    5. djoker_nole
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Kane

      • MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Salah. I don't think he'll blank 2 games in a row, but I thought the same think about KdB on GW3 and GW4 lol.

      • Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Son

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Son

      • jb1985
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Salah

        1. SmasherLagru
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Kane

    6. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A) Lamptey & Maupay -> Chilwell & Adams
      B) Lamptey -> Zouma

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A for free ?

        1. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yes

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Nice move imo

    7. DagheMunegu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I have 2 ft but I really don't know what to do. Would you burn it ?

      Martinez
      Taa Robbo Zouma
      Salah Son Pulisic Trossard
      Watkins Kane DCL

      Button Lamptey Stephens Branthwaite

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Trossard>foden

        1. DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I have 0@ itb

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Want to keep Frossard ?

      3. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You have 2 non-playing players on your bench. If you have .1 itb, go Stephens to Bissouma instead of burning a FT.

        1. SmasherLagru
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lamptey to Coufal

    8. DagheMunegu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Have 0 itb

      1. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Virtually or in real life?

    9. Michelle Davin
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Robertson & Podence

      To

      Zaha & Saiss

      Good move?

      1. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Saiss not nailed anymore

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lol how is that?

    10. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Any ideas greatly appreciated. 2FT 0.5 ITB

      Martinez
      Robertson, Semedo, KWP
      Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish
      Kane, DCL, Maupay
      4.0 | Bissouma, Lamptey, Mitchell

      A) Maupay -> Bamford
      B) Semedo -> Chilwell/ Saiss/ downgrade
      C) Bissouma -> Soucek ( given West Ham fixture swing)
      D) Burn a transfer

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B

        1. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Chilwell

          1. CROCosta
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            this

      2. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B with Chilwell.

      3. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        C, but medium term reguilon has to go given rotation.

      4. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B Chilwell

    11. El Magico5
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Give barnes 1 more week of transfer to zaha?

      Martinez
      Taa, James, Saiss
      Salah, Son, Foden, Grealish, Barnes
      Kane, dcl

      Steer, lamptey, taylor, brewster

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        One more week imo

      2. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Do it now.

    12. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Very nice article, quite informative.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Mind to summarize ?

        Only joking 😉

      2. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Appreciated mate

    13. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      We need more of this Pépé!

      https://streamable.com/nyk2kc

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Leave him in the second team. Shame as he has potential, but not living up to it enough.

        Leno
        Bellerin Luiz Gabriel Tierney
        Partey Ceballos Xhaka
        Willian Lacazette Aubameyang

        Runarsson
        Cedric Holding Mari AMN
        Elneny Saka Willock
        Pepe Nketiah Martinelli

        Backups: Macey, Saliba, Smith-Rowe, Nelson
        Sell: Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Chambers, Ozil, Torreira, Guendouzi

    14. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Play
      A. Justin
      B. Killman (double with saiss)

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A

      2. CROCosta
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        normally b, but since you have saiss i would go justin

    15. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      bringing in graelish this week, who to take out:
      a) barnes
      b) podence

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        B

      2. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A. Pod out next week.

      3. CROCosta
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        if i take out podence i will have to stick with barnes for 2 more weeks before his good run starting gw10, if i take out barnes then i am keeping podence till gw10 and then switching him to foden.
        considering this i think barnes will depart this week, thanks all for your thoughts

    16. RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Hey guys, I'm having an absolute nightmare this season. I'm about 100 points adrift at the bottom of my mini league, and this is after I've wasted my wildcard.

      Every week that goes by, I'm more and more tempted to rip it up and start again with a huge points hit to improve my midfield

      Here's my current team.

      Martinez Steer
      TAA Robbo Saiss Konsa Mitchell
      Mane Son Podence Hames Bissouma
      Kane DCL Maupay

      What would you do?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Nothing. Roll FT

      2. Easy Cheesy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Roll. Podence/ maupay/ taa/ robbo could be part of a -4 or -8 next week. All could do well this week

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          This.

          I'd downgrade TAA and upgrade Podence.

      3. NO SALAH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Team is not bad.. Maybe you could downgrade one of Liv defender boys and upgrade Podence to Rashford or KDB..

      4. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        There's nothing wrong with your MF, and as a whole, with your squad. How many FTs do you have? If 0 or 1, hold. If 2, you can downgrade TAA/Robbo and upgrade Podence, but even these moves can wait a week considering the fixtures.

      5. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        If it’s just 1FT I’d just roll it or switch Maupay to Bamford if you fancy

      6. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Similar team and situation as you.
        I would remove funds from defence and upgrade Podence.
        Monitor Antonio, he could be a decent replacement for Maupay.
        Rest of the team looks fine.

    17. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Pick two to start. Already starting Martinez and Saiss.

      A) Kilman
      B) Targett
      C) Barkley

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A C

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A, C

    18. NO SALAH
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Any advice for GW7? Captaincy on Salah atm.. 1 FT 0.2 ITB..

      Martinez
      Chilwell Reguilon Targett Kilman
      Sterling Salah(c) Grealish Son
      DCL Kane (vc)

      Bench: Lamptey Bissouma Brewster

      Have a nice day to all!

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Looks good to hold.

        GL

      2. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I would roll the transfer and put Brewster as first sub in case Kilman is dropped. Lamptey is unlikely to get more than 2 points this week, Brewster has higher ceiling.

    19. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Morning all. Down to these options I think. Can’t decide!

      A) Maupay > Bamford (roll 1FT)
      B) Pulisic > Zaha (roll 1FT)
      D) Maupay, Puli > Bamford, Zaha (2FT)
      E) Maupay, Puli > Adams, Rashford (2FT)

      I know Pulisic *could* come good and with Ziyech back... but he will be sharing any returns across a pool of Werner, Puli, Ziyech, Havertz so I wonder if it's better to shift to a player more likely to score/ haul - i.e. Rash or Zaha.

      2FT 0.5itb
      Martinez
      Robbo, Chilwell, Dallas
      Salah, Son, Pulisic*, Grealish
      Kane, DCL, Maupay*
      (Forster) (KWP, Stephens, Braithwaite)

      Frustrating that I’m 0.1 short of Rashford over Zaha in D because that’d prob be my preference.

      Thoughts?
      Cheers

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A or E

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Those are my 2 favourites ... E could be a tasty differential or equally a flop!

      2. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        You didn't buy Pulisic because you thought he'd have all the hauls to himself only. Why is that now a reason to sell?

        Stephens to a starting sub and roll

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I agree re Pulisic in a way but at the same time he hasn’t come back looking dangerous and exciting at all. Don’t want to just sit on him waiting for nothing to happen

      3. NO SALAH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Give Pulisic one more week maybe. Maupay to Bamford is no brainer.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I think whatever happens I’m inclined to ditch Maupay - just hasn't done the business I thought he might!

      4. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'd be more inclined to get Rashford in or hold Pulisic.

        I know Zaha is doing well and is playing in a more prominent attacking position, but his career goal average is less than 1 in every 5 games.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I know what you mean re Zaha and you could be right ..... hmmm

      5. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Can’t help but feel Bamford is just having a purple patch and will fizzle out soon - although that’s why I always miss the bandwagons!

        Rash & Adams looks interesting. Good numbers behind them and potential differentials also.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          They could either be a huge win or a massive flop!

      6. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Thanks all. All different answers!

      7. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I wouldn't (and won't) sell Maupay yet. Yes he blanked 2 in a row, and I think he's a bad finisher, but keeps getting good chances regularly. Moving budget forwards feels just wrong, get 1 and keep him for like 5-6 weeks is the way to go imo.

        1. Puyol Pants Up
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Agreed with this

        2. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Really unsure. It feels like holding onto a player waiting for something that the eye test and stats aren’t happening just because I haven’t held him for long enough.

          Of course you could be right and his haul could come...

          1. MESSINHO
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            The thing is that budget forwards don't haul regularly, and I feel if I move them after 2 blanks I will miss all the points. Bamford just hauled last week, and yes he's probably a better value than Maupay in the long run, but I'm not sure if he'll outscore Maupay in coming weeks.

            I don't know, maybe I'm overthinking lol.

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              No I hear the point.

              This is why I’m thinking if I drop Maupay then maybe the differential option of Adams and Rashford could be worth it. Adams playing well and for a better team.

              1. MESSINHO
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Yeah if I decide to move Maupay this week, it will be for Adams, not Bamford.

    20. MikeLowrey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A) Semedo to Chilly
      B) Lamptey to Masuaku
      C) Mitchell to Kilman
      D) Lamptey & Trossard to Masuaku & Foden

      B & C are both bench options only

      1. Rocky FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I like A tbh. Lamptey is a keep imo.

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Problem with Lamptey even with assists no clean sheet returns.

          Form = 1!

    21. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A) TAA, Jimenez to Kane, Cresswell
      B) TAA, Saiss, Jimi to Chillwell, Kilman, Kane (-4)

    22. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      This is the perfect GW to roll one FT

      Fixture swings coming in GWs 8, 9, 10 and 12

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Right now I feel like I’m digging for gold with a sledgehammer and so the hits continue

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          It's just GW2 that really hurt you. You'll be back over time

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Agreed, rolling mine. Wish I kept my WC

    23. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No idea what to do here. 1ft 3.8m in the bank

      Martinez Steer
      TAA Castagne Saiss Taylor Ferguson
      Mahrez Salah Son Podence Anguissa
      DCL Jimenez Watkins

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Get rid of Podence and spend your 3.8m.

        1. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not sure if that is my biggest issue right no when Wolves have good fixtures coming up

      2. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Castagne>Chilwell looks obvious. Sounds like the latter out for a while

        1. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          True but then once again the 3.8m stays in the bank. Not sure if there is anything worth a hit though

    24. Johnny too hotty
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I have 2 FT which feels like I should use 1 rather than waste ? Any ideas ....

      Martinez
      Trent semedo lamptey
      Salah son zaha havertz
      Kane dcl Watkins

      Steer. Dallas. Ferguson. Bissouma

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Spin out TAA and Watkins and upgrades in attack.

        Or move Lamptey on? His form is 1.

    25. Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Who will I bench? Other two will play..

      a) Podance
      b) ASM
      c) Barkley

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        ASM

    26. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I simply couldn't think of who to swap Castagne for as I already have Chillwell, went all kamikaze and doubled up with CHE and brought Zouma in hoping Burnley and Sheff U blank.

    27. Sterling Archer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      still sitting here with Mitro, planned the switch to Antonio but now that's out! may aswel leave him in for this home game, team looks in OK shape, 180k overall... FT rolled, Kane captain!

    28. Puyol Pants Up
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Which one to bench?

      A) Dallas (LEI)
      B) KWP (avl)
      C) Targett (SOU)

      1. MESSINHO
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        It's between B and C imo, I'd probably bench KWP.

      2. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A because Monday night at Ellend Road could be a goal fest.

        3.2 Leeds United.

        1. Puyol Pants Up
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Wasn't the last monday night Ellend road game last week where Wolves won 1-0 from a jammy deflected Jimenez goal?

    29. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      moupay to who up to 7.0?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Bamford - you’ll need the cash itb for the fixture swing

    30. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Kane salah captain decision will be a good indicator of casuals vs pros

      If u watch football u pick salah...if u dont and pick captains based on who scored more points last few weeks u go kane simple as that. Very interesting gw coming up

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        People could also not watch games and pick players based on stats.

      2. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        So Kane is a causal pick as captain for how many seasons, with not many blips!?

      3. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Brighton could play right into spurs hands - I’m thinking it’ll be a high scoring game. That said with no Antonio, the West Ham game will also be interesting- tough decision regardless of last weeks points

      4. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Wow teach me master. I'm not worthy

      5. Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Loool clueless

    31. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      GTG for this GW? I'm thinking to roll the FT to give flexibility for GW8 and to get away from the template.

      0.4itb 1ft
      Martinez
      Robbo Ayling TAA Justin
      Grealish Salah(C) Son Rodriguez
      DCL Kane
      (Peacock Taylor Bissouma Vassilev)

    32. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mccarthy
      TAA KWP Saiss
      Salah Bruno Son Rodriguez Grealish
      Jiminez Bamford

      Nyland Taylor Mitchell Davis

      Panicked early Mitrovic to Bamford transfer to beat price rises that didn't happen ewt worth a - 4/-8 even debating wildcard

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        GTG for this GW