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. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Any news on Salah's injury?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      He trained

    2. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Klopp presser soon

    3. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      What injury?

      1. PL Ball
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Was seen limping. Probably nothing though.

  2. RyanMK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Pick one.
    A. Keep Mitrovic for 1 more week
    B. Bamford
    C. Adams

    1. Dexters Laboratory
        2 months, 27 days ago

        A.. Save the FT

      • thewhitepele
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Save

      • BeWater
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A

        • BeWater
            2 months, 27 days ago

            With Antonio being out I'm actually going to move Mitrovic to Adams next week.

        • Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Captain this week?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Son - think Brighton will be a bit naive and allow Spurs to counter them. Son to do well in behind Lamptey and a Dunk-less defence

          2. Big Ronnie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Kane although keep flip flopping between him and Salah

          3. thewhitepele
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Son or Kane, coin toss

          4. Dexters Laboratory
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Salah.. as you can see this is the most open gameweek in a long time for Captains.. add Sterling and you've 4 great picks this week

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                + Mane for those that own

            • I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              When in doubt, Salah.

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Son is the best option this week IMO

            • PL Ball
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Still not sure.

              Most will go for Kane, Son or Salah

            • TomSaints
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Lots of solid choices, limited stand out as i expect lots of the big players to get 7-10 points+

              West Ham are going to be super defensive and i'm just not feeling confident about a liverpool win, let alone a big win (2-1 or 2-2 my gut feel). While i expect Salah / Mane to score i think a double digit return is low chance v others on this list.

              Spurs should batter Brighton as i don't think they're capable of sitting back. That said their defensive stats are actually ok, just not turned into clean sheets and at some point that will change. Overall though it just feels a bad match up so if spurs get an early lead it could easily be 4-1 territory. I'm going with Kane or Son (Kane atm).

              KDB is going to have a good game v sheffield united. Goal, assist and max bonus incoming but i don't own him and no way to get him

              It's Rashford's birthday on Saturday. He's on form in life and in football. He'll score at least 1.

            • Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Kane

            • Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Mane. Don't think there's too much in it between Brighton and West Ham defensively, but with Mane's high xG and West Ham's weakness down the right, I'm leaning towards the differential captain

          5. Big Ronnie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            McCarthy
            TAA, Dier, Saiss, Ayling
            Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Podence
            Kane, Jimenez

            Steer, Soucek, Justin, Brewster

            £1.7m ITB and 1FT.

            A) Podence to Foden
            B) Justin to Chilwell
            C) Dier to Chilwell
            D) Save

            1. Dexters Laboratory
                2 months, 27 days ago

                D)

              • thewhitepele
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                A or Save, wouldn't put more money in defence at least

            2. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              What time are pressers today?

            3. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 27 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? Means burning a FT if I don't do any of the above.

              1. Dexters Laboratory
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Bamford / Wilson

                • TomSaints
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  I'd seriously keep. Spurs defense is poor and way this season is going, he'll score 2 having missed a hatful of chances in the 'easy' fixtures.

                  a) Antonio is 100% out for next month.
                  b) I just don't like Bamford, especially after my brother (c) him last week (double yuck). May get him at some point but don't like the next fixtures.

                  c) I was super close to going Maupay -> Adams. He's on form and great value but Villa should be a tough game. It's the best of these options if you really want to do a transfer.

                • Hart-ake
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Think Adams and Maupay will match each other tbh. Antonio's injured. Bamford the only worth doing it for, just because of how many chances he will get at Leeds, but I would be tempted to hold this week tbh.

                  Sort out your bench instead of burning maybe?

              2. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                I've noticed in recent weeks the number of players making the "A" sign with their hands after scoring.
                Grealish, Chilwell, Barkley to name a few

                I note the origins of the sign was from early 2000's in support of "A star" foundation. Thats no longer being followed.

                But for this most recent glut of signers I can see no reason other than they think it looks kool.

                As a grumpy old man this really gets my goat . Its nonsense. Doesn't even represent anything. Stoopid kids, with their stoopid meaningless trends.

                I hope an interviewer pulls one of them up on it soon and asks why,...why are you doing that.
                Id love to hear their reasoning.

                Rant over.

                1. JelliedSpark968
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Fantastic taste in music, Ultra Mono is my favourite album this year

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Glad to meet another fan.

                    They have such great sound and great message to share.

                2. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  I thought Grealish did it because A for Aston Villa. And that Chilwell did it because he's dimwit

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Well I'm interpreting it as .. "A" for A**hole.

                3. Arteta
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Jimenez dedicated it to his daughter Arya. No idea about others.

                4. El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  What I don't get is why is it so important for you to the point of taking the time to be upset and writing about it. Is it silly? Meaningless? Maybe. Is it inflicting damage or insulting someone? No. So who cares??

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    I enjoy having a discussion about things.

                5. Mufc202020
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  BEN CHILWELL, Ross Barkley and Jack Grealish all paid tribute to Chelsea fan Andrew Wood who passed away last Thursday.

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    I've read that.
                    Grealish has done it before I recall.

              3. JenkoJunko
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Help! So stuck! Hideous start! What would you do with this lot..?

                Steer Mcarthy
                TAA Justin Tierney Mitchel Enda
                Salah Foden Barnes JRod Bissouma
                Werner DCL Bamford

                3.3 ITB / 2FTs
                Please any advice and suggestions really welcome. I have options but i think too many which is leaving me very confused, could also WC. Many thanks all and GL

                1. BeWater
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Tierney to Chilwell and Barnes to Son.

                    1. JenkoJunko
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Thanks

                2. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  One defender and one attacker from each of palace and wolves.... Guaranteed disappointment whatever happens tonight...

                  1. Nunoooooooooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Saiss/Semedo & Jimmy

                  2. TomSaints
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    2-2

                    Palace 2-0 up at half time (2 returns), then the defender gets subbed off 65 mins.

                    Wolves late surge for an epic 2-2 draw.

                    Easy 25-30 points all round.

                    1. HashAttack
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      That's what I am hoping for from PVA ... nice 65 minutes with a CS and assist

                3. Gentle_Turks
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Play

                  A Lampty (tot)
                  B Taylor (CHE)

                  Thanks and good luck this week.

                  1. Dexters Laboratory
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Lamptey.. both will concede. Lamptey is more attacking

                      1. Gentle_Turks
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Yeah that's where I am currently. Thanks.

                    • thewhitepele
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      I'd go Lamptey for the attacking potential

                      1. Gentle_Turks
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Cheers.

                  2. thewhitepele
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Good spot to save FT? Got 0.1m itb and nothing pressing it seems?

                    Martinez
                    Chilwell Saiss Konsa
                    Salah Son JRod Grealish
                    Kane DCL Maupay

                    Martin, Bissouma, KWP, Lamptey

                    1. Gentle_Turks
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Yes save.

                      Please help above thanks.

                  3. Lukakus talking
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Bottomed on previous page, so trying again

                    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

                  4. Tribecca
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Thiago Silva as chelsea cover? Can’t fit chilwell

                    1. Dexters Laboratory
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Just go Zouma so?

                        1. Captain_Shirokov
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          this

                      • Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Go Zouma - goal threat for 0.4 less than Silva

                    2. Tmel
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Martinez
                      James Saiss TAA
                      Podence Salah Son Foden
                      Kane DCL Jimenez
                      (Steer Burke Lamptey Mitchell)

                      1.3ITB & 2FT

                      a) James > Chilwell (then perhaps Podence > Bowen next week?)
                      b) Podence > Barkley
                      c) James & Podence > Coufal & Grealish

                      1. Dexters Laboratory
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          A looks good

                      2. Stand By Mee
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Play Ayling or Justin? They play each other, Leeds at home.

                        1. Boly Would
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          Ayling

                      3. dmcnam12
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Captain?:

                        A. Kane
                        B. Son
                        C. Sterling

                        1. Miguel Sanchez
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          C

                        2. Dexters Laboratory
                            2 months, 27 days ago

                            Pick a number between 1 and 3

                          • Nedvěd11
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 27 days ago

                            A

                        3. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          Confused captaincy again:
                          Better to think this way?
                          Home:salah/kane
                          Away:mane/son

                          So between kane & salah?
                          I have son too.

                        4. Lutherc71
                            2 months, 27 days ago

                            McCarthy
                            TAA KWP Targett
                            Rodriguez Salah Son Zaha
                            Kane DCL Bamford

                            Ryan Pereira Dallas Lamptey

                            - Keep the free transfers? (I have two)
                            - To start: Targett or Dallas?

                          • merin
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 27 days ago

                            A penny for your thoughts on how to use this FT

                            Martinez Steer
                            Chilwell Saiss Lamptey KWP Mitchell
                            Salah Son Pulisic Grealish Bissouma
                            Kane DCL Maupay

                            1 FT, 1.8 ITB

                            1. Dexters Laboratory
                                2 months, 27 days ago

                                Put that penny in your pocket and save it for next week

                                1. merin
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  Yeah, thats what I'm thinking too. Not quite sure though. I feel the urge to do something with either Maupay (maybe Wilson or Antonio next week) or Mitchell (out for Kilman). The latter is a bit sideways though...

                                  1. Dexters Laboratory
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      Definitely want Antonio after the IB if fit

                                  2. merin
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Oh and Pulisic is a concern, and Rashford is tempting...

                                    1. Dexters Laboratory
                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                        Doing Hav to Rashford this gameweek myself. Have Pulsic who could come good but two Chelsea mids are overkill

                                2. Oggle22
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  Mccarthy
                                  TAA KWP Saiss
                                  Salah Bruno Son Rodriguez Grealish
                                  Jiminez Bamford

                                  Nyland Taylor Mitchell Davis

                                  Or WC
                                  Martinez
                                  Chilwell Konsa KWP
                                  Salah Son Bruno Jorginho Barkley
                                  Kane Jiminez

                                  Steele Kilman Balbuena Robinson

                                  Cheers

                                  1. Oggle22
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Jiminez is DCL sorry

                                  2. Nedvěd11
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    -4 instead of Wildcard if your main goal is to get in Kane imo..

                                    1. Oggle22
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      Would be a -8 as used my ft to do Mitrovic to Bamford

                                3. Nunoooooooooo
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  GTG? Think I am sticking with Kane(c)...(0.6itb)

                                  Martinez
                                  Robbo - Saiss - Chilwell
                                  Salah(vc) - Son - Pulisic - Foden - Grealish
                                  Kane(c) - DCL

                                  Steer - Kilman - Mitchell - Brewster

                                4. Manani
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 27 days ago

                                  ditch one
                                  A Barnes
                                  B Podence

                                  get one
                                  A Grealish
                                  B Zaha

                                  1. Nunoooooooooo
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    BA

                                  2. Dexters Laboratory
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      AA.. Podence out next week

                                    • Champione
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      BA

                                  3. Jones Kusi
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Is Chilwell nailed?

                                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      yES

                                    2. Nunoooooooooo
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      hope so! he should be

                                  4. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Bottomed

                                    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

                                    1. Champione
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      E

                                    2. Nunoooooooooo
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      B

                                  5. Jet5605
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Salah v Son/Kane (c) debate.

                                    If Brighton's defence are without Dunk then might they be shakier than West Ham? I don't own Kane but am leaning towards Son (c) but equally Salah could easily haul. Thoughts?

                                  6. JelliedSpark968
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Soucek > Pulisic or Barnes > Son ( I have Kane)

                                    1. Nunoooooooooo
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      First one for me

                                    2. Champione
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      Son

                                    3. Konstaapeli
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      Son

                                  7. Shankly611
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Best defender up to 4.5m? Thinking of Coufal. Not sold on Kilman, we still don't know if he is nailed and I already have Saiss.

                                    1. Nunoooooooooo
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      Probably Coufal or Leeds boys. Personally, I have Kilman and Saiss so one should always start and the other is 1st bench choice...saves a few quid too!

                                    2. JelliedSpark968
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      Coufal for sure. Otherwise, probably KWP or Justin

                                    3. Hart-ake
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      yep Coufal, agreed. KWP alternatively.

                                  8. diesel001
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Lateriser bigging up Sterling as a (c) choice this GW, but confident that when it comes to his team he will go Salah(c).

                                    Same as when he went Werner(c) and Werner wasn't even mentioned by him as an option.

                                    1. Pumpy Pro
                                      • 11 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      What's ya point?

                                      1. diesel001
                                        • 4 Years
                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                        Don't blindly trust the FPL Twitterati, FPL 'Pros', FPL Pundits etc.

                                        1. Pumpy Pro
                                          • 11 Years
                                          2 months, 27 days ago

                                          I agree with that. All this pro and elite made up nonsense has done is made certain people's pockets fatter and give them an excuse not to do a real job and earn a proper living but i don't think LR should have to give his team out or his captain and he has a right to change last minute without justifying it.

                                        2. Gnu
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 11 Years
                                          2 months, 27 days ago

                                          Like Pumps above I agree but there is the odd exception. Most of them would pay good money for LR's history over last few years.
                                          132,668
                                          189
                                          2,212
                                          77
                                          49,211
                                          8,621
                                          12,202
                                          30

                                          Pretty good you'd agree and all his own work. 😉

                                      2. Zim0
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                        LateReesesCup is fooling us

                                  9. Reeker
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Almost take a risk and bring in Bowen. Reckon he could start up front

                                    1. JelliedSpark968
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      they have Haller

                                      1. Reeker
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        2 months, 27 days ago

                                        He doesn't fit their system. Bowen played up front when Antonio came off

                                    2. Hart-ake
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 27 days ago

                                      good shout. Allowing them to put Benrahma on the wings. I get the feeling that Moyes doesn't rate Haller so this would make sense.

                                  10. Jimbo-Jones
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 27 days ago

                                    Anything worth a hit here? 0.5 itb.
                                    Bench order right? Annoying to have so much skin in the AVL-SOU game...

                                    McCarthy
                                    TAA Justin Konsa KWP
                                    Salah Son Grealish Bruno
                                    DCL Werner

                                    Mitchell Brewster Soucek