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. Deadeye367
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Got 2 FT and £0.3m ITB but no idea what to do... Help please!

    Martinez
    Robbo / Chilwell / Saiss
    Salah / Son / JRod / Grealish
    Kane(c) / DCL / Maupay
    (4.0 / Bissouma / Mitchell / Dallas)

    Was looking to do Maupay to Antonio next week so I could take a one week punt on Mitro?

    1. MESSINHO
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      I have Lamptey and Stephens instead of your Dallas and Bissouma, the rest is same. I have 2 FT also, and probably will just go Stephens to Bissouma if Hamez is fit. If I were you, I'd do Mitchell -> Kilman.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Looks like Antonio will be out for a month. Consider Maupay to Bamford and roll the other FT

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        or Adams

    3. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Yeah wait on Antonio news.

      Really tough with that team! With reading the article above, any thoughts in dropping Roberton?

      Wolves fixtures aren't as good going forward and with Saiss a possible risk, could go for a WHU defender and be proactive?

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Already confirmed

  2. lekalatch
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 20 hours ago

    Believe Foden will be benched this GW? Considering him out for Zaha for a -4. Thoughts?

    1. lindeg
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Even if hes benched, that would still be a dumb move.

    2. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      dont do it, you will want foden back soon and zaha is such a hot/cold player and i do not fancy them to score to wolves away from home

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      No just start Foden

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Yeah I think this is probably an Ill advised move - he scored off the bench last week and looks ok, unlike most of the other mids at 6-8 he’s got a haul in him as well

    5. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Don't bring in Zaha for a hit against a good Wolves defence.

  3. Zlatan F.C
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Podence to Rodriguez or Pulisic or hold?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Neither, I think I would rather bring in Foden or Zaha

      2. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Either... I think Everton need Richarlison back.

        So Puli?

      3. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Not Rodriguez with his injury concerns. One of the Chelsea options for free sounds good

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      GTG for this GW? I think I will 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)

    • Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      This article makes me believe even more that no Liverpool defence is the future.

      Chilwell and 4 x cheapies for now.

      Even more tempted to do Trent to Chilwell now!!

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I have both TAA and Robbo and I am most likely going to do TAA to Chilwell and use the funds in Mid/Fwd

      2. veedub1989
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I moved TAA>Robbo and now Robbo>Chilwell. Don't see the value in LIV assets at the moment, more so with so many midfield and forward options scoring well.

        This will all come back to bite me when TAA gets a hatrick.

    • Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Why there is allways this talk about Saiss rotation risk/Not nailed anymore? Like Killman or Marcal will just takes his spot? I think NES likes Saiss and he is first choice to LCB.

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I agree.

        Also best value defender in FF.

        People pick on themes on here.

      2. Abra Dubravka
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        agree

      3. Villan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        It's all speculation but understandable given Kilman's form

      4. jb1985
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Agree on this, hence why i wont be swapping Saiss out as i believe he keeps his place regardless. Even may take Dendoncker place in midfield if Marcal comes in at LWB and Kilman stays at LCB.

    • waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Went in on antonio early, didn't pay off.
      Best replacement?
      A) Adams
      B) Bamford
      C) Wilson
      D) Watkins
      E) brewster (money in the bank, play bissouma)

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        You'd have to say B.

        6 goals in 6 games and played 90 mins last 4 matches.

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I like Adams. He was getting lots of chances before he eventually scored and SOU have good fixtures coming up

      3. Superninteno Chalmers
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Same situation.
        I'm thinking A as Adams looks good and has differential over Hatrick Bamford.

    • The Greenback Boogie
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Maupay to

      A. Adams
      B. Bamford

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I went b so probably a.

      2. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        B for more than 1 game week.

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Adams

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Guaita
      Chilwell Saiss Mitchel
      Salah Son Mahrez Zaha
      KaneC DCL Wilson

      Forster Lamptey Anguissa Digne**

      G2G and save my FT?
      0,5 IDB

    • Michelle Davin
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      Best defender 5.4 or under?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Saïss

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          He is the best value defender overall.

      2. FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Ayling
        Coufal
        Cresswell
        Dallas

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Ayling, Coufal or Musuaka

    • burnhilla
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        Play two:

        A: Bellerin (mun)
        B: Justin (lee)
        C: KWP (avl)
        D: Mitchell(wol)

        1. FPL ElasticO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          B & D for me

          1. Villan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            D even with the knock and rotation risk?

            I want to play him but probably going to go safe with Ayling instead

        2. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          BC for me.

        3. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          B+C

      • FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 20 hours ago

        I'm looking to get Kane in my team this week..... Got 2 FTs. Can anyone suggest me?

        A. Jimenez & Pulisic >> Kane & Foden
        B. Jimenez & Maupay >> Kane & Brewster
        C. Maupay & Pulisic >> Kane & 4.6 mid

        1. Abra Dubravka
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          They could all backfire. It's very difficult. C...just.

          1. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Yep, c is better and keep Jimi.

        2. Villan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          Do you have a cheap attacker already?

          1. FPL ElasticO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Currently I have

            DCL / Jim / Maupay

            1. Villan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Cheap mid?

              1. Villan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Sorry, meant in the whole front 8

                1. FPL ElasticO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  29 days, 20 hours ago

                  This is my current front 8....

                  Salah / Son / Grealish / Pulisic / 4.5
                  DCL / Jim / Maupay

                  1. HenrikFPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 20 hours ago

                    A for me then.

                    Two 4.5’s in midfield is no bueno, as you then will need to play 4-3-3 with no bench.

        3. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          That's a tough decision.

          I recommend A, but you would be moving 2 good point scorers out too.

        4. Esalman
          • 11 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          A

        5. TNB
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Depends on the rest of your team but I would say B

          • Easy Cheesy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            A

        6. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          Anyone thinking of going to 3-5-2 over the next few weeks? Feels hard to accommodate assets from Utd, city, pool and spurs in the 3/4/3 and some of the cheap striker options are drying up a bit

          1. FPL ElasticO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Yeah I'm also dropping Maupay to 4.5 & going 5 mids

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Yep, thinking of

              Jimi, Semado and anguissa

              To

              Brewster, chillwell and Rashford

              Or something similar

          2. Villan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            I have as I see your point on attacking mids.

            If Antonio isn't injured it may change my thinking though

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Someone said he was confirmed to be out for 4 weeks

              1. Villan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Yeah I'm just waiting for official news

          3. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Been my plan for a while. Combine that with Zophar's cheap defence strategy and you can have a midfield of Salah KDB Son Rashford Pulisic.

            1. Villan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              This exactly

          4. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Currently on 3-5-2, feels like the best formation to me.

        7. Abra Dubravka
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          Really at a loss with what to do here. Reluctant to sell Trent or Jimenez to fund Kane for -4 as both could haul.
          £0.8m itb. Any ideas?

          Martinez
          Robbo, TAA, Saiss
          Salah, Son, Pulisic, J.Rod, Podence
          DCL, Jimenez
          (Bench: Taylor, Mitchell, Brewster)

          1. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Upgrade Podence.

            Unless 3 point returns are okay?

            1. Abra Dubravka
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              That’s all I can see for free this week, but with £6.3m to spend, my options are limited

              1. Scrumper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Bowen?

                1. Abra Dubravka
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 20 hours ago

                  Yeah but maybe next week. Surely Podence at home to Palace is better than Bowen away to Liverpool?

                  1. Scrumper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    29 days, 20 hours ago

                    That's the exact question im tossing up - I have a FT to burn and Podence is my weakest link.

                    I think I'll probably end up sticking. But a bit of me does keep thinking of the significantly weakened Liv defence

                  2. Scrumper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    29 days, 20 hours ago

                    OR maybe Soucek is a better call? Big man on headers whilst Liv miss VVD. Plus frees up £0.6 form Podence.

                    Still undecided

                    1. Abra Dubravka
                      • 1 Year
                      29 days, 20 hours ago

                      I only have 1 FT to happy to roll. Different in your shoes. I still like what I saw from Podence last few weeks. He’s been unlucky. Last chance saloon for him this week.

        8. Taegugk Warrior
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          Play 1
          A. Justin
          B. Mitchell
          C. Killman ( double with saiss)

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            A

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            A

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            C

          4. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            C

          5. D.Glynn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            A

        9. tim
          • 11 Years
          29 days, 20 hours ago

          Morning lads!

          Taa to Chilwell and Podence to Foden -4?

          Cheers!

          1. TNB
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              I'd just do TAA to Chilwell for now

            • Villan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Wouldn't for a hit.

              I like the Trent to Chilwell move.

            • jamiejoe
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Why not, if Foden reruns its paid off.

              Podence is plodding along with 3 points thanks to Wolves clean sheets.

              1. tim
                • 11 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Cheers guys! Taa is gone, feels bit weird to have a team without him but has to be done!

            • abhirup780
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              TAA to Chilwell makes sense

            • sunzip14
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              I'd save this week if Podence>Foden isn't affordable without selling TAA. Then make 2 FTs next GW.

            • D.Glynn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Same dilemma myself. I'm thinking Grealish was fodens next 2 after this GW aren't great

          2. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Martinez
            Robertson Chilwell Saiss
            Salah Son James Grealish Sterling
            DCL Watkins

            Forster Dallas Brewster Ferguson

            2 FT, 0.0 itb

            Best use of 2FT:

            1. Sterling >> KDB (save 1FT)
            2. Sterling Watkins >> Foden Kane
            3. Other

            Thanks

            1. Villan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              I like 2. Might be a little late on the Kane train but he has two great fixtures and could be a long term keep

            2. Concrete
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              I’d burn it

          3. CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Always room for a cheaper defender in your XV. That being said I will be moving one on for GW8.

            With Antonio likely out I am considering an early move, maybe if I see a defender I highly rate about to spike, or if I see one of my bunch of misfits about to drop, but otherwise I really want 2 FTs next week, so that I can be more specific in my changes.

          4. Ritchies Magic Hat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            29 days, 20 hours ago

            Drop Rashford or Sterling for Son?

            1. Concrete
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Difficult one

              Not sure

            2. abhirup780
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              No

            3. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Get Son another way if you can.

              It I had to pick one to go it'd Sterling for now because United play WBA in GW9

            4. djoker_nole
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Yes

            5. Concrete
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Saiss to Chilwell before the possible rise tonight?

              Y

              N

              1. jamiejoe
                • 5 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Before or after the deadline this evening?

                1. Concrete
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  29 days, 20 hours ago

                  Good point

                  Before

                  1. jamiejoe
                    • 5 Years
                    29 days, 20 hours ago

                    Both could keep clean sheets.

                    I thought price rises were around 1.30 am GMT

            6. Fernando Torres
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Start Bale or Wilson?

              1. Concrete
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Wilson

              2. Gandalf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Wilson

            7. abhirup780
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Can anyone share any list of IDs for best FPL related content in Twitter. Injury updates, statistics etc?

              1. jamiejoe
                • 5 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Team news = FFS!

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Ben Dinnery - Injury news

                Ben Crelin - DGW/BGW planning etc.

                FFS Page is also good for press conference times and round-ups

            8. fpork
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Would you do Pulisic, Semedo->Rashford, 4,5 defender?

              1. Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                I wouldn't lose Pulisic. If you want Rashford find another way.

            9. Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Gtg all? 1FT 0.2itb

              Martinez
              Robbo konsa Mitchell
              Salah(c) sterling son soucek
              Werner jimi dcl

              Forster lamptey Burke dunne

            10. You've got red on you.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Really tempted to do Trossard, Lamptey and Jimenez ---> Chilwell, Pulisic and Bamford.

              Would cost -8 but that seems like some really good swaps going forward. Would have to do it before any price changes though.

            11. tibollom
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              best move here? 2 FT and 2.4 ITB...

              Ryan Button
              Robbo Dallas Lamptey Saiss Ferguson
              Salah Son Grealish JRod soucek
              DCL Kane Brewster

              Was thinking of doing Saiss + Grealish to Chilwell + Rash?

              1. Kvothe
                • 5 Years
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                I would keep both for this GW at least.

                1. tibollom
                  • 4 Years
                  29 days, 20 hours ago

                  so what do you suggest?

            12. ZoumasBloomers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Justin or Ayling? Can’t see Justin as a wing back with the defensive shortages Leicester have

            13. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              Trossard reminds me of Tadic when he was at Southampton. You think he should score more FPL points, but he never does.

            14. altomfredrik
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              2ft and 3m
              Bissouma and Maupay -> Rashford and Brewster?

              McCarthy
              Saiss-chilwell-Mitchell
              Salah-Son-Rodriguez-Grealish
              Kane-DCL-Maupay

              Forster-Lamptey-Dallas-Bissouma

              1. D.Glynn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                I'm not convinced on Brewster yet

            15. D.Glynn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 20 hours ago

              1 ft and 2 issues, double pool defence and Podence.
              Should I do
              A) TAA to Chilwell
              B) upgrade Podence
              C) -4 and do both

              Rest of team
              McCarthy
              Robbo TAA** Justin Taylor Strujk
              Salah Son Zaha Podence 4.5
              Kane DCL Mitro

              1. Abra Dubravka
                • 1 Year
                29 days, 20 hours ago

                Keep TAA for 1 more week if Antonio confirmed out