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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1,790 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Are there any other double Liverpool defence owners (TAA and Robbo) holding for this week? Or are people shipping one out or both?

    1. Tshelby
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 21 hours ago

      Keep Robbo and ship TAA my feeling

      1. gribude
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        I'll do just oposite after this GW (got Robbo last week and wanna keep TAA as get back that .1)

        1. gribude
          • 10 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          want*

      2. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        TAA to chilwell is tempting me. But I want two ft for next week. Plus I'm worried TAA will start hauling once I take him out!

    2. Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Both have assist potential this week I think, if historic Liverpool/West Ham results are anything to go by

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        TAA also looked dangerous in the CL this week. Should have had a few assists.

  2. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Next weeks deadline is 4pm on Friday

    1. gribude
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      I can imagine how will be funny next friday afternoon here...

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Why do I get a feeling now is the time to get Pulisic.

    1. The Albatross
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Too many prunes?

  4. Tshelby
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Morning all, could use your input here,
    What to do next? Kinda really want Bruno in my team

    Ramsdale, Steer
    TAA, Webster, Taylor, Davies, KWP
    Salah, Son, Trossard, Soucek, Bissouma
    Kane, Jimenez, DCL

    1FT
    1.8 ITB

    A) TAA, Trossard -> Bruno, Coufal (-4)
    B) Davies -> Coufal
    C) Trossard -> Zaha

    1. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Save and make 2 FTs or even 3 with one hit next gw?

      1. Tshelby
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Makes sense mm but can't see Trossard getting any points this weekend

  5. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Who to Captain?

    A- Salah
    B- Kane
    C- Son

    Who to play?

    1- Dallas (LEI)
    2- Maupay (spurs)

    1. Tshelby
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 21 hours ago

      A for me with Maupay, Spurs not really solid at the back

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 21 hours ago

      B 2

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

      2

  6. Transferred Out
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Would you sell Sterling to fund Kane? Is Kane considered essential due to his high ownership and form?

    1. Cruz88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      You may want Sterling/KDB over Kane after the next two

  7. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Order of preference for the following 3, please. One starts and 2 go to the bench.

    A) Mitchell (wol)
    B) Lamptey (tot)
    C) Taylor (CHE)

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Play A bench BC

      1. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Currently on this. Thank you!

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      ACB

  8. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Who is your C this gw?

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 21 hours ago

      Will flop between kane and son

      1. The Albatross
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Same

    2. Pomp and Circumstance
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Kane

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Sonny boi

    4. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Son or Kane

    5. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Mo

    6. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Son

  9. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Doing the hokey cokey on my final mid spot on draft.

    Who would you rather have for this weekend only?
    A) Torres (Shu)
    B) Periera (ful)

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 21 hours ago

      B

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      B as he plays

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Feran has looked really sharp in Europe but you're right, no need for the risk

  10. NABIL - 1 season 1der
    • 8 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Gtg? Or should I play soucek (liv) over Dallas (LEI)?

    Martinez
    TAA Chilwell PVA Dallas
    Salah (c) Son Grealish Barkley
    Kane (vc) DCL

    Button Soucek Brewster Lamptey

    1. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Soucek over Dallas makes sense

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Yeah doing my head in. Cheers

  11. Johnny too hotty
    • 9 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    I have 2 FT which feels like I should use 1 rather than waste ? Any ideas .... Trent to chilwell and change Watkins is an option however I feel Trent will bite me.
    Can you see a 1 transfer option ?

    Martinez
    Trent semedo lamptey
    Salah son zaha havertz
    Kane dcl Watkins

    Steer. Dallas. Ferguson. Bissouma

    1. gribude
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Kilman>Ferguson

      1. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        This and play him ahead of Lamptey

  12. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 21 hours ago

    Help guys, not sure what to do 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?

  13. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    25 days, 20 hours ago

    Morning all. In my draft should i swap out Soucek for:

    A) Jota
    B) JWP
    C) Millojevic
    D) Stay with Soucek

    1. The Albatross
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      D good fixtures and some returns are coming

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Cheers i'll keep the faith - i have Trossard and Podence, worth taking them out for the above?

        1. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Snap. I'd like to get rid of them both but not worth it for a hit imo. And in the draft, I think there are better players in that price bracket. Planet FPL had a podcast on that theme this week.

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            25 days, 20 hours ago

            Ah sorry this is for Draft. Cheers

    2. Tingate
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      D

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Cheers - have Podence and Trossard, worth swapping them out for any?

    3. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Like A

  14. Jdpz
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      TAA to Chilwell and Podence to Grealish (best mid under 8.9m) for - 4 points?

      1. Tingate
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        I wouldn’t be taking the hit, id give Podence and TAA one more week then review next week with 2 FTs personally

      2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Nope

    • Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 20 hours ago

      Anyone still have KDb? I kept him throughout his knock and am licking my lips at a differential Kevin over the foreseeable.

      No snarky comments about his percentage ownership pls.

      1. Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        See below - thinking of captaining KDB this week as a differential to try and make up some ground.

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          I was thinking the same but with Son/Kane against the high line of Brighton, it seems needlessly reckless

    • Saka_me_sideways
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Any thoughts on a double chelsea defence?
        I’m thinking Chilwell + Zouma... Not normally a fan of doubling up but TAA to Zouma frees up money for elsewhere and they have form and fixtures on their side.
        If not what other 5.5?

        1. The Albatross
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Could bring dividends over their good run of games. Different from the template too

      • Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        KDB (c) as a differential?

        Most are obviously split between Salah and Kane/Son. I own Salah and Kane so figure the damage won't be huge if either hauls.

        KDB's ownership has dropped, he had 2 assists midweek where City played well, and SHU are conceding chances.

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          No. Kane and Son are so explosive. If they were out of form, it'd be close but they are capable of 20+ hails. KDB isn't really.

        2. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Do it, consider getting him and C myself great differential captain

        3. Machine_Gunnerz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          if you have him, why not.

      • SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Guys got 2ft and 0.0 itb

        A) maupay to bamford
        B) havertz to pulisic for free
        C) maupay saiss to bamford and chilwell

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          C

      • Mane Mane Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        My team is
        Martinez 4.0
        Dallas TAA Mitchell Justin C.Taylor
        Son Grealish Zaha Mane Bissouma
        Ings Maupay Kane

        Thinking of taking Maupay out for Bamford which leaves me with 0.7 to improve the defence perhaps:

        Don’t know if it’s silly but wanting to keep TAA as I still think a big game week is coming up.

        Any suggestions as I fancy a bit of a mix up but don’t know the best strategy.
        Any help is appreciated cheers.

      • Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Gtg guys?

        McCarthy
        Saiss TAA Robertson
        Salah(C) Trossard Son(vc) Klich
        DCL Ings Jimenez

        Nyland Bedna Mitchell Bissouma

        £1.5 itb 1FT

        Was going to do Mitchell>Kilman but missed his price rise

        1. sunzip14
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Kilman's price rise shouldn't be the reason to not do the transfer, if you were sure to do the transfer. However, saving a ft looks fine to me as well.

      • SOTHPAW
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Premier League news conferences

        From 09:00 GMT: Man Utd, Newcastle, Villa & West Ham

        From 12:30: Liverpool, Leeds, Man City, Everton & Southampton

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Cheers. Hopefully some surprises to punish the early transferrers.

      • sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Gtg and save a FT? Not confident about the order of defenders.

        McCarthy
        TAA, Justin, Mitchell
        Salah, Son, Zaha, Grealish
        Kane, DCL, Jimenez

        Forster, Lamptey, Taylor, Stephens

        1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Gtg

      • Atimis
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        How would you use 2FTs? Maupay to Bamford? Also waiting for any Hamez news.

        Martinez
        Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
        Salah/Son/Grealish/Hamez
        Kane/DCL/Maupay

        Martin/Lamptey/Mitchell/Stephens

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          If you want to risk a bit, I d do Hamez + Maupay our Foden + Watkins in, low ownership players is the way to go

      • skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Morning everyone and good luck! Appreciate any help here

        Martinez
        Dier Rob Justin
        Salah Son James R. Pereira
        Kane(c) Jimenez Mitrovic

        McCarthy Targett Reed Castagne
        1FT 0.6 itb

        A) Save FT
        B) Salah -> KDB (I feel MCI will do better than Liv this GW)
        C) James -> Foden
        D) Salah + James -> KDB + Foden (-4)
        E) Anything else

        1. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          I'd be looking to move on one of Mitro, James or Pereira to Bamford or Foden.

        2. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Salah out is a suecide.

      • CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 20 hours ago

        Hi all

        How do you see this weekend's games going - any shock results on the cards?

        After their midweek trip to Russia, I think Chelsea will be held to a 0-0 draw at Burnley. Weather could also play a part.

        What do you reckon?

        1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Big scores this GW

          Law of averages

        2. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Palace at Wolves could be an away win

        3. lugs
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          i fancy West Ham to get a result at Liverpool, Haller + Soucek will bully that makeshift defense

        4. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          I think Chelsea might lose this one, Burnley weren’t too bad vs Spurs and Chelsea are totally unpredictable. Spurs seem unable to win at home but hope they won’t do it again. An Arsenal win would be welcome although they are amazingly boring so far

      • Jdpz
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Podence to Foden?

          1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
            • 8 Years
            25 days, 20 hours ago

            Nope

        • Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Hi, I've changed my profile name on here, but it hasn't registered when in the members' zone where it still has my old one. How do I get that changed?

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          Pulisic or Grealish?

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

            Tough...

            LT Pulisic scores more frequently for me.

        • Babelcopter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          So far every captain decision wrong this season! So much pain and tears.. Please Mo bring back my happy face!

        • Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 20 hours ago

          2FT + 2.4ITB

          Mccarthy, Steer
          Robbo, Saiss, KWP, Mitchell, Ferguson
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Podence, Pereira
          DCL, Werner, Davis

          A) Pereira --- Grealish + save FT
          B) Davis + Podence + Pereira --- Adams (leader has bamford) + Grealish + Bissouma (-4)
          C) Davis + Pereira --- Brewster + Grealish
          D) Ferguson + Pereira --- Coufal / Dallas + Grealish