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. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Finally settled on Son for the captaincy, good luck all!

    Martinez
    Chilwell Saiss Kilman
    Salah Son(c) Rodriguez Grealish
    Kane Jimenez Ings

    Button Justin Bissouma Ferguson 0FT 0.3 ITB

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Its so confusing this GW. Have Salah, Son and Sterling as my options. Cannot decide.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Sterling from those three

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 26 days ago

            You'll go Sterling over Son and Kane? I'm actually very tempted.

      2. PL Ball
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looks good.

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

        Nice team, why have you gone Son captain over Kane?
        I’m really stuck deciding between the two.

    2. Tribecca
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      anyone thought of getting Dier as a punt?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        He is a such a non-pick right now

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

        Not once the drugs wear off............

      3. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Defenders aren't really worth a punt. He's not even guaranteed game time

      4. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I've had him since GW1 so i'm sticking for now. Almost snuck a BP versus Burnley, if not for a late Lloris safe.

    3. AlCapwnUK
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      First semi decent week last time out
      G2G?

      Guaita
      Taa, chilwell, Saiss
      Salah, Son (c), J Rod, Zaha, Foden
      Ings, Bamford

      Maupay, Konsa, Mitchell

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

        Y

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

          Oops y as in ‘yes, gtg.’ Not ‘why?’

      2. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looks good

    4. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Which do you prefer?

      A. Dunne>Chilwell/other (maybe too much money tied up in defence)
      B. Pereira/Trossard>Foden/Other
      C. Other (2m in bank)

      McCarthy
      Justin, TAA, Mitchell
      Salah, Son, Trossard, Pereira
      Jimmy, Kane, DCL
      Steer, Lamptey, Mendy, Dunne

    5. quayle99
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Villa v Southampton

      Martinez or McCarthy?

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

        Martinez is a better keeper.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        coin toss

      3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Martinez

      4. ivantys
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I think both sides will score so doesn't matter

        • Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I have same and going for Martinez on the theory he may get more save points (and slightly more likely for clean sheet possibly?).

        • PL Ball
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          50/50.

          Tough one.

      5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        If I keep Maupay this week, surely he would be worth keeping GW8 for Burnley right?

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

          Yeah, get rid or keep for next 2/3.

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Burnley defending well recently. Spurs not so much. U can lose next game if u want

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I'm personally switching to Adams for the extra 0.7mil

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

          What makes you think Burnley will be open to giving Maupay lots of chances?

      6. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Could Bowen be on pens if the usual takers (Noble/Antonio) are not on the pitch?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Won't it be Haller if he ends up playing?

      7. ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Justin or Ayling? Can’t see Leicester sticking with wing backs with the injuries

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

          Ayling

      8. G Banger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Got a 0.2ITB and a transfer to burn, current defence of:

        Chillwell, TAA, Semedo, PVA, Mitchell

        Would you do Mitchell => Kilman???

      9. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Team is a mess! already lost 0.1 on Agüero, but needed PC news before decinding with all those injuries.
        What to do? Thinking about triple Chelsea defense for the next 3 trying to make up some lost ground.
        Most nailed on Chelsea defenders?

        0.3 ITB 1 FT

        Martínez - Steer
        Chilwell - *Digne* - *Mitchell* - Lamptey - Taylor
        Sterling - Son - *Rodríguez* - Grealish - Pereira
        Kane - *Agüero* - Brewster

        Pereira and Taylor about to drop and make me lose 0.1

        Agüero + Digne + Taylor/Mitchell out (-8) ?

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Can't find 3 nailed on Chelsea defenders you'll have to make do with Mendy for 1 spot

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

              Not in a position to swap out Martínez though 😉 !
              What would you do?

              1. ivantys
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I would take out Kun and Digne/Hames out of those for just a -4. But yeah your team is in a big mess with the price drops.

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

              Zouma very nailed on currently

          • Q
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            A. Lamptey + saiss to chilwell + kilman.

            B. Robbo to chilwell and bank cash.

            Current def:

            Robbo saiss lamptey Justin kwp.

            2 frees

            1. Blue&White85
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I wouldn't use 2 transfers on a defence that isn't too bad. I think before you do the Saiss / Kilman swap you really want to know with more clarity which is first pick. Maybe do Lamptey to Kilman this week and roll a transfer?

          • Inspector Gadget
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Either of these worth the transfers to bring the Son in?

            a) KDB (shu) to Son (BHA)
            b) TAA (WHU) and Pereira (ful) to 4.3 and Son (BHA) -4

            TAA, Pereira and KDB all have good fixtures which makes removing any of them difficult!

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

              No don't think so. KDB is a great differential to own and I don't like TAA out for a hit.

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              No keep

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Guaita
            TAA / Saiss / R. James
            Salah / Son / Rodriguez / Foden / Podence
            Kane / DCL

            Forster // Lamptey / Mitchell / Brewster

            - R. James looks likely to start, so holding for a week
            - Was tempted to sell TAA, but good UCL performance and no Antonio, so will hold
            - Front 7 are not too much of a concern this week. Podence/Rodriquez can be sorted another time if necesary

            In terms of prospective transfers, what seems best?
            A) None. (May end up with Lamptey sub.)
            B) Saiss > Chilwell (question marks on both starting, though?)
            C) Mitchell > Kilman (covers Wolves DEF for 1 week. Mitchell maybe injured, but Kilman could be benched.)

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              B

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

            Higher on bench:

            A) Justin (lee)
            B) Bissouma (tot)

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              A easily, B is a guaranteed 2-pointer max.

          • gunner79
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            De Bruyne Captain anyone?

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Not a lot of people currently have him but if u do i think that's an amazing differential

          • Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Play 1 and 1st on the bench:
            A. Justin (A vs LEE)
            B. Taylor (H vs CHE)
            C. Bissouma (A vs TOT)

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

          • Muscout
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Best Castagne replacement 5.9 or under?
            Have Chilwell and Lamptey

          • Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Is there any clear consensus on budget mids right now (4.5-4.7 range)? Guess it's a toss-up between Romeu, Anguissa, Bissouma?

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Also hello gang, it's been a while. I'm finding this season a lot of mental effort and I'm trying to spend less time thinking about FPL!

          • abhirup780
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Who to captain among Salah Son Kane Sterling?

            1. El Lobito 10
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Salah. Spurs bus has broken down

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

                This

            2. shiraz
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I am going with son

              • Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Kane for me!

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

              G2G?... Salah over Kane :/

              Martinez
              Robbo, Chilwell, Kilman
              Salah(c), Son, JRod, Grealish, Zaha
              Kane, DCL

              Peacock, Ayling, Brewster, Lamptey

            4. Patrick Bateman
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Adams or Bamford

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

                Che

              2. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Both good

            5. JelliedSpark968
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              What should I do?

              Meslier/Steer
              TAA/Semedo/KWP/Justin/Mitchell
              Salah/Sterling/Barnes/Soucek/Bissouma
              Kane/DCL/Maupay

              0.7ITB, 2FT

              1. El Lobito 10
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Barnes>Zaha or McGinn

            6. El Lobito 10
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Captain?

              I'm on Mane, he going to haul

            7. fachada
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              just sold Kane for Vardy (c) after that Mourinho comments towards the team over their last night perf. Kept Son though. Can backfire but also dont want to be putting all the eggs in the same basket. Can see an upset coming tomorrow with a 1-0 win for Spurs. Also Leeds tend to play on the attack, and can see lots of space open on the back for Vardy runs.

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

                That is brave.

              2. El Lobito 10
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Good shout imo

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

                Um

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

                you mean like when he said Son would be out a while past international break and played next game...

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

                  I mean the comments where he said "Now you know why some players are not playing"

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

                Spurs tend to be passive when Mourinho makes such comments. Vardy, in other hand is hungry for goals and against an attacking Leeds it can bring the best of him

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

                  Any specific examples of that happening?

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

                  He did not mean Harry Kane. He meant Alli for example. Kane is their striker.

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

                    True, but imagine being the captain of a team and hearing your manager pointing out at your colleagues. This just has an upset written all over it and if you are looking into climbing the ranks, this is a moment to do so

              6. fachada
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Throw back to this prediction on Friday, had vardy scored that second goal would be skyrocketing way more

            8. Lukakus talking
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Morning all

              Martinez
              TAA – Saiss – Lamptey (Mitchell, Dunne)
              Son – Salah – JRod – Klich (Anguissa)
              Werner – Kane – DCL

              2FT 0.2ITB

              Worth doing a -4 of TAA, Klich, Werner → Masuaku (or other 4.5 def), KDB, Wilson?

              Or just Anguissa → Bissouma and roll the FT for another week?

              Thanks in advance

            9. G Banger
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yo yo yo, who is better this week:

              a) Mitchell
              b) Kilman

              Ta

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

                B

              2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                B

            10. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              2ft 1m itb - No fires this week so...?

              A Forster/Martin in for Nyland GK
              B Podence to Bowen
              C Podence to Barkley
              D Burke/Podence to Riedeweld/Foden
              E TAA/Podence to Chilwell/Grealish

            11. shiraz
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Just used one of my ft, how is this team?

                McCarthy
                Robbo Coufal Saiss
                Salah Son(c) Hamez Grealish
                DCL Maupay Jim
                Ryan Lamptey Anguissa Dunne

                1. FPL FAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Saiss could be benched

                  1. shiraz
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      I am having lamptey as my first sub, just in case

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

                        If Saiss is benched, your first defender on the bench comes on - no need to make Lamptey first sub unless you are happy for him to come on if e.g. Hames doesn't play

                        1. shiraz
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Thanks, didn't know that

                            1. Zim0
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 26 days ago

                              If u play back 3 and 1 of ur defender doesn't play then the replacement can only be a defender since minimum 3 is required to play. Same with if u have only 1 playing forward and he doesn't play and minimum 2 midfielders too

                    • Crucipicks
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Anguissa has the potential to get points against WBA, just saying. If this were my team i would play anguissa in stead of Maupay

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

                          Don’t do this

                    • Captain_Shirokov
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Best Maupay replacement?

                      A) Antonio (injury concern, when is WHU's presser?)
                      B) Bamford (he's...well, he's Patrick Bamford. Yuck.)
                      C) Adams (pound-store Ings, think it has to be Ings or nothing from Soton)

                      Thoughts? Doing none of these means burning a free transfer.

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

                        Antonio already confirmed out for this week

                    • Sho-kun
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      A) Mahrez + Long --> Zaha + Chillwell
                      B) Mahrez + Mitchell --> Zaha + Cancelo
                      C) Mahrez + Trossard --> Zaha + Foden

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

                        A

                      2. Big Ronnie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        A

                      3. PL Ball
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Probably A.

                      4. Dexters Laboratory
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          A) Foden & Chilwell

                        • Jimbo-Jones
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          Definitely Zaha over Grealish...?

                          1. Sho-kun
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            I have already barkley