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. wilson007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 18 hours ago

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Lamptey Justin Taylor Mitchell
    Salah Son JRod Soucek Bissouma
    Kane Werner DCL

    1FT 0.2ITB

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks guys.

    1. Killitzer
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 18 hours ago

      I’d save

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 18 hours ago

    A) Barnes

    B) Rashford (-4)

    C) Bruno(-4)

    D) Zaha (-4)

    Keep in mind the prices please as the extra cash could come in handy later on

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 18 hours ago

      Tempted to stick with barnes this week and make the mid switch next week

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 18 hours ago

      Not sure worth a hit.

    3. Dexters Laboratory
        29 days, 18 hours ago

        I'd want to get Bruno alright for the -4 but A is probably the safe move

      • ivantys
          29 days, 18 hours ago

          I would stick with Barnes, he has the easiest defence to attack out of the others this GW.

      • CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 18 hours ago

        Would you take out Ings or Jiminez for Kane for a FT this week?

        If so which one? Thinking maybe Jiminez.

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 18 hours ago

          Jim

        2. YEAH PITCH!
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 18 hours ago

          Jim

        3. Dexters Laboratory
            29 days, 18 hours ago

            I agree.. Ings has a higher ceiling. Wolves more likely to grind out wins

        4. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 18 hours ago

          Mitchell to Kilman, or is it just swapping one risk for another?

          1. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 18 hours ago

            No i wouldnt

          2. YEAH PITCH!
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 18 hours ago

            Hold

          3. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 18 hours ago

            If you have 2 FTs and nothing else to do it's a decent move.

          4. Dexters Laboratory
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              Save

          5. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            29 days, 18 hours ago

            Triple Wolves tonight, fully expecting a miserable start to the weekend

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              0 wolves - expecting them to score big.

              One of us will be pleasantly surprised.

            2. CAPA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              2 Wolves 2 Palace for me, expecting the same

            3. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              Double Wolves for me I'll be happy with 12 points.

          6. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 18 hours ago

            TAA, James & Jimenez ➡️ Kane, Chilwell & Kilman

            Thoughts on these transfers for -4?

            I know the players I'm selling this week could get points but I have 2 FTs and think Chilwell & Kane are the standout options in defence & attack. The hit should pay off over the next 2-3 gameweeks imo specially as I'm likely to cap Kane next week if not this week.

            Just selling James for Kilman/4.5 def or TAA for Chilwell doesn't make sense to me.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              Keep James this week. I think there's a very high chance he starts.

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                I was left disappointed after he was benched for the last CL game didn't start on the weekend.

                But I could just do TAA & Jimenez to Kane & 5m def.

                1. Better Call Raul
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Wouldn't do that either personally, especially if you have Son.

            2. seewhyaxe
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              For my own team, I have money for James to Chilwell, but I’m holding off and starting James this week. This is solely due to the fact that as he was ‘rested’ in the midweek.

              Judging how my season is going, as a reference, you should do something opposite of me

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                He might start this week but I still feel he's a sell whenever you have the chance to.

            3. Dexters Laboratory
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                TAA/Jimenez to Kane/Kilman.. General consensus is that James will start this week. Then Chilwell next week for free.

                1. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Yes that's definitely an option. But I'll have exact cash for James to Chilwell next week and I don't want to make the move early in the week. Also James didn't start in the PL last time he was benched midweek.

            4. as33
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              G2G?
              Martinez
              Chilwell, Robbo, KWP
              Salah, Zaha, Son, Pulisic
              Kane(c), DCL, Watkins
              Kilman or KWP to start and why?

            5. ooooo
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              Best max 6.1 mil striker?

              1. YEAH PITCH!
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Watkins or Bamford

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Bamford/Adams

              3. Dexters Laboratory
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Bamford

              4. YEAH PITCH!
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Werner > Kane

                TAA > Chilwell

                2FT?

                1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Yes imo

                2. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Tempting

                  1. YEAH PITCH!
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Thanks both.

              5. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Bowen's stats are so good considering the difficult fixture run. Shame about the loss of Antonio, let's see what happens against Liverpool.

              6. cheese XL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Thoughts please. Trying to keep 2 transfers for next gw
                2ft and 1.7 itb

                Martinez
                Robertson Saiss Ayling
                Salah Son Grealish Pulisic Trossard
                Kane DCL

                Button KWP Mitchell Brewster

                A) Mitchell > Chilwell (442)
                B) Trossard > Zaha
                C) Trossard > Foden
                D) Other

                Thanks in advance

                1. Bavarian
                  • 2 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  B

              7. Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                When Ole started managing at Molde, they had never won the league in their entire history. He won the title with them in his first season, and retained it in his second season! Impressive defiance of heritage.

                Now he's beat the hipster's favourite managers, Nagelsmann & Tuchel, and beat Pep 3/4 times last season, is he earning your respect as a manager at all?

                1. bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  To be fair winning with Molde with the squad he had at his disposal coupled with some bad years from RBK, that was expected and demanded. Problem with United is their trouble with derp lying defence. But that is the thing which usually takes longest time to fix, because it is the hardest thing to crack. That is due both to Solskjaer but also due to the personell he gas to work with.
                  Liverpool under Klopp also struggled in the first years to crack open leser and smaller teans, that was also because his players then were more suited to counter attack and high pressing games. He found the solution in creative full backs, a solid midfield with a cb that allows them to have high lines when not in possesion.

                2. SackWenger
                  • 11 Years
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  Cardiff stint wasn't too clever.

              8. THEKID_88
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Is Grealish the best midfielder to get with a 7.5m budget?

                1. ivantys
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Based on fixtures yes

                  • Bavarian
                    • 2 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Yes he is

                  • DrunkPhilosophy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    Yeah him or Zaha

                2. Ronnies
                  • 5 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Start 1;

                  A) Lewis - home to Everton

                  B) Justin - away to Leeds

                  Thanks.

                  1. ivantys
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      A

                  2. Ady87
                    • 7 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Own Hamez, Mitchell, Saiss and my bench is Podence, Taylor (CHE) and Lamptey (tot)

                    1 FT isn’t enough and thinking about just rolling it and accepting defence this week is a car crash for me?

                    1. Bavarian
                      • 2 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Same here...i'm saving

                  3. timawflowers
                    • 2 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Mitchell and jiminez to Chilwell and bamford?

                  4. BigBadCabrera
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Any Wolves fans out there that can shed some light on the nailedness of Kilman?

                    I must confess I haven't watched much Wolves this year outside of the Leeds game where he looked excellent.

                  5. Puyol Pants Up
                    • 6 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Which one to bench??

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

                  6. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Apologies for the repost. What would you do here with 2ft?

                    Martinez
                    Robbo Chilwell Dallas (KWP Mitchell)
                    Salah Son Pulisic Rodriguez McGinn
                    Kane DCL (Brewster)

                    Tempted by selling Pulisic and upgrading Brewster, but still think Puli will come good with a haul at some stage.

                    1. Killitzer
                      • 10 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      How much is in the bank?

                      1. how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 16 hours ago

                        0.5

                  7. camarozz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Those captaining Son or Kane you slightly worried about Brightons Sib conceded been pretty good? (as mentioned above)

                    1. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Spurs v defensive teams in general is a concern.

                  8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Score predictions for these games?
                    Liverpool vs West Ham
                    Tottenham vs Brighton
                    Aston Villa vs Southampton
                    Leeds vs Leicester

                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      3-1
                      1-4
                      1-2
                      2-1

                      1. how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        You'd get good odds on the spurs result.

                    2. drughi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      3-0
                      3-1
                      2-2
                      1-1

                    3. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      2-0
                      1-1
                      1-3
                      0-1

                    4. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      3-1
                      2-0
                      1-1
                      4-0

                  9. Wayne Enterprises
                    • 8 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Really wanna get Rashford in this week but not sure how.. any help?

                    Martinez Steer

                    Saiss Robertson Castagne James Lamptey

                    Podence Son Salah Grealish Rodríguez

                    Brewster Kane DCL

                    I’ve got 2 FT and 0.3 itb

                    1. subhojit123
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Upgrade Rodriguez and downgrade if possible one of castagne or james

                      1. how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Castagne injured. Hamez dodgy ball.

                        Go cheap in defence and there you go.

                    2. Wayne Enterprises
                      • 8 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Got the exact money for Rodríguez > Rashford & Castagne > Mitchell

                      Does everyone think Rodríguez output gonna drop? He’s been quite reliable so far!

                  10. subhojit123
                    • 3 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Hi Guys...should I do
                    Jiminez, Sterling -> Kane, Grealish

                    1. Yes
                    2. No

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      For free ?

                      1. subhojit123
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Yes

                        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 6 Years
                          29 days, 18 hours ago

                          I would do it

                          1. subhojit123
                            • 3 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Thanks buddy

                  11. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Mmh Fofana got 2 assists for Leicester last night. He looks nailed doesn't he ? Thanks

                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Yeah but wouldn't go near Leicester defence with Pereira,Catagne,Soy and Evans all injured atm

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        True. Thanks

                  12. Killitzer
                    • 10 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    I brought in Bamford this week after giving up on Mitro. Anything else necessary- it would be for a hit.

                    McCarthy Steer
                    TTA Justin Mitchell KWP Vinagre
                    Son Salah Barkley Rodriguez Bissouma
                    Kane Ings Bamford

                    Cheers

                    1. Bavarian
                      • 2 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      So Mitro will haul now 🙂

                      1. Killitzer
                        • 10 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Yep. Had that with the Son ‘injury’. Sold him and of course he not only played he killed it.

                  13. Bobby_Baggio
                    • 9 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Morning all. Anything worth a -4 hit here? A lame 0.5m ITB. Cheers.

                    McCarthy
                    TAA - Kilman - Justin
                    Salah - Pdence - Hamez - Son
                    Kane - Ings - DCL

                    Konsa - Lewis - Stephens

                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      No need for a hit, G2G
                      I would be tempted to play Konsa over Justin maybe

                      1. Bobby_Baggio
                        • 9 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Yea im deciding on that at the mo - actually tempted with Lewis over Justin - think SOU will score against Villa

                  14. nicholasporteous
                    • 3 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Trying to tidy up my budget players: thoughts on the following for -4?

                    Ryan + Egan ->> Mendy + Kilman

                    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Never take hits for a GK
                      Probably do Egan to Kilman and do Ryan to Mendy for free next week

                      1. nicholasporteous
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Good shout - thanks for clearing my mind!

                  15. waltzingmatildas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    If I do Antonio to Bamford, I have money for Sterling - Mane (-4)
                    A) Do it
                    B) Hold off

                    1. Tricky FC
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Hold off for one more week i think
                      I fancy sterling vs Sheffield.

                    2. Dexters Laboratory
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Hold

                    3. Tricky FC
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Foden to pulisic for -4
                      Or sterling to salah -4
                      Or do absolutely nothing more?

                      1. Dexters Laboratory
                          29 days, 18 hours ago

                          If you had Salah would you Captain him?

                      2. gunner79
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Salah Injured?

                        1. Joey Tribbiani
                            29 days, 18 hours ago

                            nope, trained