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. Infected by ebolasie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Morning all, what would you do here?

    Mccarthy
    TAA Chilwell Justin
    Son Salah Podence Rodriguez
    Werner Mitro Jimi

    4.0 Bissouma Ayling Ferguson, 1FT 2.5ITB

    A) Podence to Grealish
    B) Podence to Zaha
    C) Hold
    D) Something else

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      A

    2. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      A

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Mitro > Bamford work?

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Want to hold Mitro for WBA

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Jimmy to Kane?

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Is Kane really worth it for just 2 weeks? Not too keen on a Spurs double from GW 9 given the fixtures

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 hours ago

          If you see Kane as the outstanding captain option for next week, then it probably is worth a potential -4 in a couple of weeks. If you don't, then it's probably not worth it.

  2. Pomp and Circumstance
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    for Aston Villa--is it better to have Martinez or one of the defenders? currently have McCarthy as GK

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Martínez and a Mid

  3. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Anyone less than 20% ownership is a differential or not?

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      I think the answers Yes, but the question is to difficult.

  4. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    2FT but depending on news that comes out today might just be a dullard and go Saiss > Kilman.
    TAA has one more week...

    Dallas, TAA, Kilman
    Salah, Son(C), Hamez, Grealish, Harrison
    Kane (VC), DCL

    Macey, KWP, Brewster, Mitchell

    2.8 itb

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    What are the chances of ?

    A. Podence starting tonight
    B. Saiss starting tonight

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      85%
      80%

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      High, the question is who scores more and that has been Saiss.

  6. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Never taken a -8 before but this tempts me. Would you?

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

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      - 8 makes the game week fun, gives it an edge.

      Sometimes pays off instantly!

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      That's an interesting -8.

      Do you have to do Lamptey out? Because the other two would be good enough I think. Taking a -4 for a defender is never a good thing.

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      I did my first -8 last GW. Paid off and now I save my FT this GW and have 2 next

    4. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Jimi ticking along nicely though

    5. Cooking_on_Fabregas
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Took a -20 2 weeks back. Scored 108. Admittedly I was melting down over the state of 2020 Fpl at the time. Overjoyed with the result. Would’ve scored circa 50 points less so instant payback and sorted my team out.

    6. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      I wouldn't get rid of Jimi to be honest, even with Leicester, Arsenal and Liverpool coming up in the next 5 matches. Just one goal and he's in the BPs

  7. Pancake
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Wildcard
    After much deliberation!

    McCarthy
    Chilwell - coufal - justin - kill
    Son - zaha - pulisic - salah - bissouma
    Kane - vardy - bamford

    Gtg?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Looks good but I'm not convinced Vardy is worth the 10 million but I could be wrong.

    2. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Zaha to Rashford and DCL instead of Vardy for me.

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      issue with that wildcard is there is no easy way in to united or city due to the team structure.

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Don’t like it at all sorry mate. Lose Vardy to beef up your 4th mid and defence. You also need to be wary of City and United assets in GW9-10 when their fixtures turn very favourably

  8. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    If Rodriguez I’m out how are these for a -8?

    Taa> chilwell
    Rodriguez > son
    Brewster > Watkins

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      For a minus 4?

      He'll play wont he?

      1. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        no would be a -8 which isn't ideal.

        just feels like all 3 moves have their merit.

        not sure if he'll play, lots of reports saying struggling but hopefully carlo sheds some light

  9. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Would you save the FT this week to offload double wolves next week? Or anything more pressing, I like the look of Bowen for upcoming fixtures.

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Saiss - Taylor (Lamptey & Dallas)
    Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
    DCL - Kane - Jimmy

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      You're playing Taylor vs Chelsea over Dallas?

  10. Tshelby
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Trossard and Davies to Bruno and Coufal (-4)?

    1. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Do it for free next week?

    2. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Wait a week

    3. The Albatross
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Next week for free

    4. Tshelby
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Davies has to be TAA..

  11. Rocky FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    2 FT, 0.0 itb, no clue what to do, any ideas?

    Martinez
    TAA Saiss KWP
    Salah Mane Son Foden
    Maupay Jiminez DCL

    Bench: Mitchel, Lamptey, Bissouma

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Switch your sub keeper for the heck of it?

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Or switch out Maupay?

    3. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      TAA and Jimenez to Kane and someone? Cresswell, Zouma?

  12. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Mirror reporting that Fabinho could be back after the International Break (2 GWs)

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-receive-fabinho-boost-hamstring-22921329

  13. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Mane or Salah captain? Leaning towards Mane but it's a flip of a coin really

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Salah with 24 penalty box touches in his last 2 games is insane

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        How many points?

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Its an indicator of points to come

      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        If only he could stay onside!

    2. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Both good options, I'd suggest reading this weeks captaincy article to help inform your decision too, both Mo and Mane are considered.

    3. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Salah

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Mane - WHU concede about double the chances down their right hand side

  14. Apollo Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    A. Barnes to Grealish
    B. Justin/Mitchell to Chilwell

  15. Lev Yashin
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    This team has got points written all over it! (mainly 1,2, 2, 3, 2 etc.)

    Martinez
    Robbo, Chilwell, Kilman
    Salah, Son, Pulisic, Grealish
    Kane, DCL, Bamford

    Steer, Dallas, Bissouma, Lamptey

  16. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    What are my most pressing moves here? Who do I need to move out & bring in soonest.

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Saiss - Taylor (Lamptey & Dallas)
    Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
    DCL - Kane - Jimmy

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      Podence.

  17. SOTHPAW
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    G2G?

    Martinez
    TAA, Chilwell, Saiss
    Salah (c), Son, Zaha, Foden
    Kane (v), DCL, Bamford

    Forster Klich, Lamptey, Mitchell

    1. KUNingas
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      For sure

  18. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Thoughts? Team looks solid for this week so maybe improve it for future?
    2FTs and 1.9 ITB

    A) Maupay -> Antonio
    B) Pulisic -> Zaha
    C) Jrod -> Zaha
    D) Robbo + Maupay -> Kilman/Masuaku + Kane

    Martinez
    Robbo, PvA, Chilwell
    Salah, Son, Pulisic, Grealish, Jrod
    DCL, Maupay

    4.0, Dallas, Lamptey, Brewster

    1. SOTHPAW
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      D

      1. KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Kilman or Masuaku or some else below 4.5?

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      D

    3. NOMONEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      isnt antonio injured?

      1. KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Might be

  19. Jdpz
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      1 FT, 1.6 itb, no clue what to do, any ideas?

      McCarthy
      TAA Justin Konsa
      Bruno JRodriguez Son Podence
      Kane Ings DCL

      Bench: Nyland, Bissouma, Taylor, Tierney

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Easy, upgrade Podence.

        What's the point of a 3 point midfielder?

        1. Jdpz
            1 month, 16 hours ago

            What if he scores today?
            Who to buy?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 16 hours ago

              Bowen or Foden or Soucek. Bowdenek.

              1. jamiejoe
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 hours ago

                This. Foden.

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 16 hours ago

                  Agreed.

      2. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Rank these combos best to worst pls

        A) Rashford Soucek
        B) Jrod Bamford
        C) Puli Bamford
        D) Werner Lookman/Soucek(rotation)

        1. AgentRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          A, C, B, D on current form & fixtures

          (taking a guess Chelsea going to have a good few weeks and Everton will pick up again when Richarlison and Digne back)

      3. makaveli123
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Morning all!
        Would you give Sterling one more GW or get Son in now?

        1. LOLarov
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 17 hours ago

          Sterling vs SHU is a great game for him and I think city win 3/4-0 IMO.

          Son however if starts has very likely chance of returns.

          I would stick it out this week if you have do so already for so long!

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Keep for sure.

      4. LOLarov
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Simple Transfer for me is R.James to Chilwell, but something in my brain telling me James is gonna start and get Cleanie, assist and 2 baps.

        James = 11 points
        Chilwell = 5 (cleanie and a yellow)

        Really not sure why but I am going to make the transfer and bookmark this haha

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Keep James for another GW then

          1. LOLarov
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 hours ago

            ye that that doesnt work into my future plans and transfers.... that is my biggest issue ATM

      5. YEAH PITCH!
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Werner > Kane

        TAA > Chilwell

        2FT

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Nice, all big players but 2 in form!

      6. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        I'm working with the logic that I captain Salah because I have both Son and Kane.

        Stupid logic, right?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Yes.

      7. Fantasyfootballryan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Any suggestions? - Defence may need some work... 1FT 0.00 ITB

        McCarthy
        Justin, Doherty, Mitchell, Chilwell
        Son, Sterling, Salah
        Watkins, Kane (C), DCL

        Subs: Nyland, Bissouma, Soucek, Taylor

      8. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Team for GW7 is:

        Martinez
        Robbo - Chilwell - Saiss
        Salah - Son - Hamez - Grealish
        Kane - DCL - Maupay

        Soucek - Mitchell - Dallas

        2 FTs
        0.1 itb

        As I am keeping Maupay (he will become Antonio in 1 or 2 weeks) and not to burn a transfer, what should I do here?

        A) Mitchell ➡ Kilman
        B) Dallas ➡ Coufal
        C) Dallas ➡ Masuaku
        D) sth else?

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Antonio out for up to 4 weeks, source through TalkSPORT

      9. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Team gtg? Bench order correct? Made 2 ft

        Mccarty
        Taa Robertson chilwell
        Salah Son Grealish Foden
        Kane Dcl watkins

        Forster ayling soucek douglas

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Shame to bench Ayling but yeah looks good

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 hours ago

            Yeah but see leicester nicking a goal

      10. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        My captaincy dilemma was supposed to be Mane vs Kane but perhaps Sterling should get the armband...

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Good option

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Captain Mane. It's a nice differential. The underlying stats are there.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 hours ago

            Did it last GW, not sure about this one. Kane is my current choice as I expect Mourinho to destroy Potter.

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Mane and Sterling I think are the two best options this GW

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 16 hours ago

            What's your reasoning on Raz?

        4. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          I'm going Sonny boii!

      11. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Who should I get rid of? (in order)

        A. Podence
        B. Barnes
        C. Mitrovic
        D. Werner

      12. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Bench 1)
        A) Shaw
        B) Soucek
        C) Podence
        D) Kilman

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          B

        2. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          B

        3. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          B