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The best defenders for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 2021/22

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage starts next Tuesday and the UCL Fantasy game returns with it. The list of best UCL defenders will certainly be of assistance!

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Our series of preview articles previously got underway with a look at the best goalkeepers on offer, so now we turn our attention to the pick of the defenders.

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Best UCL Fantasy Defender Strategy

Unlike in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), defenders pick up three points for every ball recovered. Starting from this season, players will also pick up three points for winning Player of the Match in UCL Fantasy.

The balls recovered stat is a great way to pick up easy points and gives some defenders the lowest possible score of 4/5 points after they’ve picked up nine ball recoveries. Selecting these players is a great way to secure points for your team as potential high-reward and low-risk options, with a clean sheet possibly resulting in nine/ten points. 

Best Defenders

The best defenders for UEFA Champions League Fantasy 2021/22

Achraf Hakimi (6.5m) – PSG

PSG’s new right-back is an attacking force who has had a great start to his career in France. He’s picked up a goal and two assists in his first four Ligue 1 starts and is nailed on to start in one of the best attacking sides in the competition. The main issue with Hakimi is PSG’s Matchday 2 game against Manchester City, but their Matchday 1 game in Bruges should still give the former Real, Dortmund and Inter man a great opportunity to score big.

Joshua Kimmich (6.5m) – Bayern Munich

Kimmich has been one of the best UCL Fantasy defensive picks for a few seasons now and somehow continues to be classified as a defender despite playing in central midfield. He grabbed a goal and four assists in last season’s competition and averaged over seven points per 90 minutes.

He continues to be an integral part of this Bayern side under Julian Nagelsmann, picking up two assists in his opening three Bundesliga games, and opens his campaign against a Barcelona side in disarray and Dynamo Kyiv. He even accrued nine points for balls recovered in seven UCL starts last season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.5m) – Liverpool

Alexander-Arnold is an even better pick in UCL Fantasy than he is in FPL. He averaged two points for balls recovered a game last season alongside two assists. Playing in a Liverpool defence that has Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back fit and opening his UCL campaign against AC Milan and Porto, there’s plenty of scope for Alexander-Arnold to score big early on this season. 

Raphael Guerreiro (6m) – Borussia Dortmund

An attacking full-back in an attacking side with a relatively easy group, Guerreiro continues to be a great under-the-radar pick. He’s put up great numbers so far under Marco Rose and with opening games against Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon, Guerriero is a player with a very high upside. The biggest downside with the Portuguese left-back is that Mats Hummels and Gregor Kobel are both good options in the Dortmund defence at much lower prices. 

Reece James (5.5m) – Chelsea

An attacking wing-back who looks set to start in the best defence in Europe against Zenit and a poor Juventus side, Reece James looks kindly priced at 5.5m. The 21-year-old has grabbed a goal and two assists in one-and-a-half Premier League games so far this season and Thomas Tuchel’s side have only conceded one goal.

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Robin Gosens (5.5m) – Atalanta

Opening his campaign against Villarreal and Young Boys, Gosens grabbed 11 goals and six assists in 32 Serie A games last season. He also averaged more than one ‘balls recovered’ point per game in last season’s UCL. He’s an attacking force in a side that are building a great reputation in this competition.

Theo Hernandez (5.5m) – AC Milan

Theo is another great attacking fullback from Serie A. He banked seven goals and six assists in 33 league games last campaign and has already got an assist in the first two Serie A matches this season. However, opening games against Liverpool and Atletico Madrid won’t offer him many chances and probably means that there are better options at this price point. 

Ridle Baku (5.5m) – Wolfsburg

Despite being a defender in UCL Fantasy, Baku has lined up as a right-winger in Mark van Bommel’s Wolfsburg side so far this season, getting a goal against Hertha Berlin in the league and one against Preussen Munster in the cup. Opening games against Lille and Sevilla could be much harder and Baku is a crucial part of the attack in this Wolfsburg side. 

Marquinhos (5.5m) – PSG

65 balls recovered was the fifth-highest total last campaign and meant that the Brazilian centre-back averaged more than two balls recovered points per game. He also grabbed three goals in just nine starts. As with Hakimi, a Matchday Two fixture against Manchester City is the only real downside for Marquinhos, but he still has plenty of ways of scoring points. 

Mats Hummels (5m) – Borussia Dortmund

Hummels’ 75 balls recovered was the second-most in the last UCL campaign and gained him an extra 22 points. Back fit and opening his campaign against Besiktas and Sporting, Hummels could be a great way into the Dortmund backline with a low points floor and a high ceiling, given that he can pop up with a goal or an assist.

Denzel Dumfries (5m) – Inter Milan

Fresh from a very impressive Euro 2020, Dumfries is Inter’s replacement for Achraf Hakimi. Although he’s yet to start in Serie A, that full debut could come this weekend, just in time for his opening UCL game against Real Madrid. The combination of not quite being established in the side and a tough opening game may mean that Dumfries is more of a wait-and-see pick, but for those willing to take a risk, he could pay off handsomely.

Diego Carlos (4.5m) – Sevilla

Another centre-back with a penchant for balls recovered, Carlos picked up more points for this statistic (18) than he did for appearances (16) last season. Opening fixtures against Salzburg and Wolfsburg are favourable and Sevilla look set to continue their strong form at the back. 

Noussair Mazraoui (4.5m) – Ajax

Having accumulated a goal and two assists in his three Eredivisie starts this season, Mazraoui is a great pick in UCL Fantasy. He recorded 44 balls recovered in six UCL appearances and is nailed at right-back for an Ajax side who start their campaign against Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas. A very solid budget selection.

Mohamed Simakan (4.5m) – RB Leipzig

The opening game against City is very tough, but if Simakan picks up balls recovered points at a similar rate to the duels won points he’s been getting in Fantasy Bundesliga, he could turn out to be a steal. The Matchday 2 game against Club Brugge is a must-win game for Leipzig and he could be a great pick for that. 

Rasmus Kristensen (4.5m) – RB Salzburg

Salzburg proved they can hold their own in the UCL last season and Kristensen has got three goals and two assists in five Austrian Bundesliga starts so far in the current campaign. Sevilla and Lille are solid opening games and, with a 0% ownership currently, Kristensen could prove to be a real boom-or-bust differential in the group stage. 

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Maximilan Wöber (4m) – RB Salzburg

The safer pick in the Salzburg defence, Wöber is another balls recovered machine. He managed 53 recoveries in the group stage last season, averaging nearly three balls recovered points per game. As with Kristensen, Sevilla and Lille are kind opening fixtures and he’s the most nailed of the three 4m budget options on this list.

Jerome Roussillon (4m) – Wolfsburg

Filling in at left-back for Wolfsburg while Paulo Otavio is out injured, Roussillon is a great budget pick for the early games this season. He grabbed Wolfsburg’s only goal in their 1-0 win over Leipzig in Bundesliga Matchday 3 and could add to those in Wolfsburg’s early fixtures against Lille and Sevilla. 

Alberto Moreno (4m) – Villarreal 

Moreno seems to have nailed down the left-midfield spot for Villarreal and is a solid option at 4m. However, opening games against Atalanta and Manchester United are tough and he’s yet to play 90 minutes so far this season, which may make Roussillon and Wöber better picks in the bargain-bin price bracket. 

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593 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Calculated Risks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Anyone else quietly confident after tuning out the Ronaldo noise and not made a transfer this week with wildcard in tact? Could be a pretty powerful position

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      I’m happy enough to hold out with Bruno for one more GW but equally I can see myself scrabbling to get Ronaldo in on Saturday evening if he hauls before his price is unlocked.

      Without the captaincy I’m just not sure Ronaldo outscores Bruno by 4 this GW.

    2. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      one could saying going without Ronaldo is a calculated risk

      1. 15men1cup
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        Can you imagine a day that one of the best footballers that has ever lived , returns to his old club where he has such a history and does not score on his debut....

        1. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 20 hours ago

          You are in my head 😉

      2. Calculated Risks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        Indeed...I'm going to wait and see. I will wet myself laughing if Bruno outscores him this week

    3. Gunneryank
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      I'm mostly confident even though I had to WC, but i'm glad i did now, with the way this week has gone, i can avoid all the bannings/injuries. My team will be much stronger coming out of the IB break than it was at the beginning. It's early but i need to keep from falling further behind.

    4. Costa Nostra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Imagine if Ronaldo scores a few and you don't own him.... If you don't get him in immediately that night you will be paying a ridiculous mark up. He could legit rise at least .2 before the next deadline...this early in the season that's like paying 13 million for a player since you probably haven't made enough to make up for it.

      If you don't get him this week and he puts up a crooked number, you're pretty much forced into making a very early move or pay the markup or I guess you could just buy a huge sofa??

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        imagine if gets injured coming off the bench for a 1 pointer while Lukaku scores a captain’s hattie 😉

      2. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 17 hours ago

        This same argument could be made for anyone. Imagine if Lukaku nets a hatty against AV without their keeper - you might be paying a markup!

    5. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      got 2 fts, wc intact and passing on ronaldo.

    6. Fabreghastly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      I have Kane and no squad issues so can switch to Ronnie if I want. I'm leaving it till the last minute. If it looks like he starts I may well go for it. I doubt he'll flop the first few games

  2. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Think I’ve narrowed it down to the following, what is the best option… assuming Raphinha is allowed to play:

    1. Fernandes Ings >> Torres Ronaldo
    2. Fernandes Ings >> Raphinha Ronaldo
    3. Tsimikas Fernandes Ings >> Livramento Jota Ronaldo (-4)

    Cheers

    1. 15men1cup
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      1 for sure
      is Raphinha playing this GW?

    2. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      I have the identical dilemma and debating 2 vs 3.

      Option 2 allows me to do toney > dcl next gw (or hit this gw). With raphinha out, I am thinking of getting Sarr instead.

      Option 3 is tempting but my issue there is how to exit from Toney

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Haha exactly same mate… I prefer 2… just question is whether he plays?!

        If he is confirmed to play then 2 is the move for us both isn’t it?

        1. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          15 days, 19 hours ago

          If raphinha plays, then def 2.

          If he doesn't, even then I am leaning towards 2 (with Sarr/Troare). With option 3, I have no idea what to do with Toney if he doesn't perform. I guess I could take another hit next week to toney > raphinha

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 13 hours ago

            Yeh just wouldn’t want to have to take another hit would you, number 2 is no hits, number 3 could mean -8 overall

            Let’s hope Raph plays!!!!

  3. 15men1cup
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Hi Guys, a little feedback would be very appreciated: Any glaring mistakes?

    Sa, (Steel)
    Dias, Shaw, Reguilón, (Livramento, Williams)
    Salah, Jota, Torres, Benrahma, (Sissoko)
    Ronaldo, Antonio, DCL

    I have 0.1 to change Benrahma to Raphinha in for GW4
    and then saving 2 FT's to swap Ronaldo and Shaw to Lukaku and James in GW7

    I know I have no Trent, I have a much more balanced team without him. Maybe I will drop Torres to Gray and and upgrade a defender to get him is as a contingency plan.

    thanks and good luck!

    1. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Strong

      1. 15men1cup
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        cheers mate!

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Torres is a trap. Wouldn't get Benny if on wildcard just get Raph now and bench him. You sure you'll sell Ronaldo?

      1. 15men1cup
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        50/50 on Ronaldo. if he is on form, he will stay put, but I will get James in for Shaw for sure

        1. 15men1cup
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 19 hours ago

          who would you put in for Torres (8m or less)?

      2. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Didn't realise this is wildcard team? If so I wouldn't go benny as a one week hit-and-grab.

        1. 15men1cup
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 19 hours ago

          I want Benny to Raphinha, but there is talk he wont play. I have the free transfer next week....I could run with another 6.5 or less until next week. or do you think that Rapha will play?

          1. polis
            • 10 Years
            15 days, 19 hours ago

            Their feedback is that if you wanted Raph longer term then to not have a transfer booked post WC to get him in. Another issue may come up.

            1. 15men1cup
              • 3 Years
              15 days, 19 hours ago

              true, true

  4. Differential C (Mark)
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Is it reasonable to assume this five day ban malarkey will be resolved today? I can't take this suspense.

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      no

    2. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Not reasonable to assume at all.
      In fact are there further hierarchy levels each side then raises an Appeal to when they lose?

    3. Fabreghastly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      They will announce the decision 1m after deadline as per usual

  5. Dthinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Has there ever been a player injured more often than Christian Pulisic?

    1. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Maybe Phil Jones, I guess

    2. Costa Nostra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Kun says hi.

    3. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      jack wheelchair trumps them all

    4. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Sturridge joined the chat

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Owen Hargreaves had a bad run of it

    6. polis
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      "Like a new signing" Diaby

      1. Gunneryank
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Thanks, now i'm triggered.

    7. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Jonathan Woodgate, absolutely class player (except his Real Madrid debut), but injured far too often.

      1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Andy Carroll.

    8. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      Paolo Rossi. Went missing for 4 years then kept showing up at the World Cup.

    9. THE SHEEP HUNTER
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      The Lesser Spotted Wickham.

    10. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      Marcelinho. Who? A big bruiser centre back signed by Newcastle back in the day. Only played a handful of matches and was notably out for a long time with a sore toe.

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 18 hours ago

        Three months out with an injured finger, too...

        1. Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 5 hours ago

          That's right it was his finger not his toe!

    11. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      Darren anderton

  6. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 5 hours ago

  7. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 5 hours ago

    :open_mouth: