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. built_this_city
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Antonio out means one thing.....

    Alexander Arnold stays in my team for one more week

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      2-1 liverpool

  2. serpen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Any thoughts? Got 2 FTs and 0.2 ITB.

    Martinez (Fabri)
    Robertson - Chilwell - Saiss (Mitchell, Lamptey)
    Salah - Son - Rodriguez - Grealish (Bissouma)
    Kane - DCL - Watkins

  3. Lallana
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Do you ever wonder what happens to your players after you sell them?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Hattie usually for me

  4. trinzoo
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Maupay to:
    A) Adams
    B) Ings

    A leaves me with money to get United mid later

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      A if you're set on getting a United mid but I do think Ings is worth the extra

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      B

      1. trinzoo
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks, Ings is my plan, just see a lot of love for Rashy here. Will stick to the plan.

  5. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Who's the best 4.5 defender?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Coufal from next week for me

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        This

      2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Why not against leaky pool?

      3. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        I jumped in early this week to sort out Vinagre sucking away price points from my budget. Not expecting a CS but considering the defensive crisis at Liverpool I'm taking the chance on an attacking return.

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Kilman

    3. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Coufal (WHU) - next 3 matches Fulham, @SHU, Aston Villa

  6. Alex1995
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Any suggestions? 2 FT and 0.3 ITB

    Martinez
    Robbo Chilwell Saiss
    Salah Son JRod Grealish
    Kane DCL Maupay

    Steer, Dallas, Mitchell, Bissouma

    1. GE
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 10 hours ago

      Same team as me, beside you have Steer, I have Button! Haha 🙂

      I have 2FT and 0.0 itb.

      Not sure, I was set on Maupay -> Antonio but he’s out so not sure. Maybe Mitchell -> Kilman?

  7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    In case JRod is ruled out would you consider a move to Grealish?..
    Have exact funds

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Yes

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      *Ziyech lol sorry, already have Grealish

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      if it is only going to be one game i would be tempted to hold

    4. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Get another Grealish!

  8. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    psychology question.

    what will I regret more, if it goes against me.

    A) being on Kane all week and making a last minute switch to Salah.

    B) being on Kane all week feeling like I should should make a switch to Salah, but sticking with Kane

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      A

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        feels like a last minute switch hurts worse doesn't it.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      B

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Pick who you think the best option is. It really is that simple and be happy no matter the outcome.

    4. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Probably B because thats what your gut is telling you to do

      1. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 10 hours ago

        Very true. When in doubt, do nothing.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          that would mean doing the opposite and sticking with Kane.

          It will be Kane I think. Not reading too much in to last night's result.

  9. dezille
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Morning all, a little advice for this week please!

    2.8 ITB, 1FT

    Martinez
    TAA Saiss James (Justin, Mitchell)
    Salah Son Grealish Foden Podence
    Kane DCL (Brewster)

    A) Podence > Rodriguez (hopefully confirmed fit today?)
    B) Save and reassess, especially with international break/covid cases looming. May decide to change plan and use the funds to jump onto a United asset. Also have other fires in James, Mitchell and possibly Foden.

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      B

  10. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Hey fam! GTG? 0 FT 0.4 ITB

    Did Johnson to Dallas for free!

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Dallas
    Salah(C) Son Havertz Foden Podence
    Kane DCL

    Button Mitchell Davis Ferguson

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      7.5/10 gtg

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Cheers mate

  11. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Best defender for up to 5mill?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Kilman

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Cresswell

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Cresswell

    4. jb1985
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      R.James if he is nailed for next few games

      1. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        I'd like to get R.James, but he is not nailed no?

    5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Cresswell

    6. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Cresswell over Coufal?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Yup - great assist threat and BPS magnet

        1. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 11 hours ago

          Interesting. So worth 0.5 over Coufal? Probably not a good idea to get him anyways this week, since he plays Liverpool.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            25 days, 10 hours ago

            Yeah, worth the 0.5 extra. Coufal weould be an easier move for me but looking at the stats Cresswell is worth stretching to. Low scoring wins to nil he should be in the BPS, high scoring wins and hopefully he has had an assist or two.

    7. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Coufal > Cresswell and save the 0.5m

      1. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Leaning towards that. Coufal is nailed?

  12. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Start Lamptey or Taylor

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Lamps

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      toss a coin. probably both going to get 1 pointers.

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Lamptey

    4. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Lamptey

  13. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    Jimmy to Wilson for free?

    Wolves and Newcastle both seem to be scoring similar amounts so why not save 2m?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      i'd trust Jimi alot more than Wilson but 2m can be used well i guess

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Not this week

    3. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Just waiting for that day when Jimi actually scores more than once in a match, maybe it will never come sigh.

      The question is how would you use the 2mil? If you haven't planned it out just yet then I'd hold Jimi for now.

    4. Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      25 days, 10 hours ago

      Madness

  14. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    25 days, 11 hours ago

    1 FT 4.5itb

    A: Bank FT, play Podence (CRY) & Lamptey (tot) 352
    B: Taylor to Justin (lee), bench Lamptey 352
    C: Brewster to Ings (ast) & bench Podence 343

    1. Millartime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      C

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        cheers. was leaning that way but hid it at C 🙂

  15. Young_Boobs
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Hi Guys,

      What to do?

      McCarthy
      Trent, Saiss, Justin, Walker-pieters, Mitchell
      Salah, Son, Fernandes
      Kane, Mitrovic

      Nyland, Saint Maxim, Adams, Bissouma

      Any suggestion I have 1,4 mln in bank and 2 ft

      1. ballsy_b
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Try.... KWP to Chilwell
        Mitrovic to Bamford

    • Millartime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Morning All,

      Podence to Zaha

      or

      TAA & Podence to Vestergard & Sterling, -4?

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        P to Z

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 11 hours ago

          But probably not this week

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        1st option

    • No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Martinez
      Robertson Saiss Mitchell
      Salah Son Grealish Foden
      Kane(c) Jimenez DCL

      Steer Mitchell Lamptey Alzate
      0.9m 1FT

      looking to hold as no major injury news (Mitchell a doubt but can live with that).

      Plan is to get Rashford and KDB in across the next 2-3 weeks by losing Son or Kane, so really want to roll the FT.

      GTG?

    • King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Score predictions?

      LIV WHU
      SHU MCI
      TOT BRI
      NEW EVE

      1. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        3-1
        0-2
        4-1
        1-1

      2. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        2-1
        0-3
        1-1
        1-1

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        2-1
        0-3
        4-2
        1-2

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        3-0
        0-2
        3-1
        1-3

    • james 101
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Who would you bench out of these?

      A. Grealish
      B. Rodriguez
      C. Zaha
      D. Bamford

      1. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        C

      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Embarrassment of riches. Zaha probably.

      3. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        honestly never seen such a hard call... who else is in your front 8?

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 9 hours ago

          Son Sterling Grealish Rodriguez Zaha
          Kane DCL

      4. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        B. Thinking that even if he does play I don't think he can do everything on his own with Digne and Richarlison out.

      5. built_this_city
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 10 hours ago

        Never EVER bench a striker

    • Mike82
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Am I right to save a FT this week or anything I can do to improve now?
      McCarthy
      TAA, Semedo, Justin
      Salah, Armstrong, Havertz, Son (C), Barnes
      DCL, Kane
      Ryan, Brewster, Mitchell, Dunne

      1. Millartime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Yeah, love the hold this week.

    • KUNingas
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Too late to get Kane in? Own Son however

      1. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Never too late

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 8 Years
          25 days, 11 hours ago

          Yes

      2. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Not too late no.

      3. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        32 Game weeks to go!

      4. KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Robbo + Maupay -> 4.5 + Kane then for free?

      5. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Never too late

    • NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      I've a feeling Bowen will break the midfield template

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        There is no template though.

        Salah, Mane, Sterling, KDB, Son, Rodriguez, Grealish, Zaha, Foden all are good options.

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

          Yeah but one has to make way

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Could do but shame about Antonio being out...

        Now get back to your studying.

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

          Lol

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Podence -> Bowen could be locked in soon

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

          Barkley to Bowen for me

    • KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      25 days, 11 hours ago

      Will Regulion start this week?

      1. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Difficult to say

      2. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Yes

      3. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks!

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

        I'd imagine

    • Young_Boobs
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        sell Fernandes?

        1. Mike82
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 11 hours ago

          No

      • Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Who goes for Bruno / Rash?

        Grealish or Zaha or out of the box Kane? Kane will be after the WBA game ofcourse and will still have Son

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

          Zaha

      • Millie7
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Mcarthy
        Coady - TAA - Mitchell - Taylor
        Son - Barnes - Salah
        Werner - DCL - Watkins
        Nyland - Bissouma - Soucek - Holding

        1 transfers 5.7m in the bank
        Think its about time I WC?

        1. Mike82
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 11 hours ago

          Soucek in for Mitchell and save FT to next week

          1. Millie7
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 10 hours ago

            already have Soucek, and they play in different positons?

            1. Millie7
              • 6 Years
              25 days, 10 hours ago

              ignore me, i'm being stupid!!

              1. Mike82
                • 3 Years
                25 days, 10 hours ago

                No worries, you could do a lot of damage with 2 FT and 5.7m to play with, maybe even worth a -4 next week for 3 transfers

            2. Mike82
              • 3 Years
              25 days, 10 hours ago

              Yeah, I mean bench Mitchell and play Soucek, or leave as is, either way id save your transfer.

              1. Millie7
                • 6 Years
                25 days, 10 hours ago

                Thanks mike, I've actually just check and already have 2 transfers so will need to use one up this week

      • Jet5605
        • 6 Years
        25 days, 11 hours ago

        Bit nervous about not having Kane v Brighton and next week too. Is it worth disrupting my team and taking a hit in order to get Kane or should I just upgrade Egan? I'd need to ship both Ings & Jimi or either one of them plus Grealish.1 FT and 0.2 ITB

        Or should I save the transfer seeing as Egan on my bench?

        McCarthy
        Konsa - Saiss - Mitchell
        Son (c) - Bruno - Salah - Grealish
        Ings - DCL - Jimi   

        Steer - Soucek - Taylor - Egan    

        1. Mike82
          • 3 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          Hold i would

        2. Bullet Eder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          Hold, great team, especially in midfield and attack. While I wouldn't usually advise spending transfers on defence, it might be necessary in your case with Mitchell and Egan. Egan to Creswell from next week looks dreamy, and you've have two free transfers.

          1. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            25 days, 10 hours ago

            Thanks mate. Yeah Cresswell is a good shout as West Ham's fixtures turn. Coufal is also an option and 0.5 cheaper than Cresswell.

      • ballsy_b
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 10 hours ago

        Hi Guys,

        Thinking of the following moves for a -8.

        KWP - Chilwell
        Fernandes - Pulisic
        Maupay - Bamford

        Thoughts?

        Current team:

        McCarthy
        TAA - Ayling - Justin - Mitchell - KWP
        Salah - Fernandes - Son - Barkley - Bissouma
        Kane - DCL - Maupay

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          Just do KWP to Chillwell

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        25 days, 10 hours ago

        Do set pieces make Cresswell worth the .5 over Coufal/Masuaku?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          I think so, see my points above

      • KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        25 days, 10 hours ago

        Is Werner a good option against Burnley as a differential?

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          yes

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          25 days, 10 hours ago

          Definitely.

          I actually feel with Werner that he is absolutely destined to be in my team again this season.

          Quality striker, decent attacking side, loads of pace and great technique. He will be a fantasy asset for sure this season.

          For me, it's just a matter of timing.