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Who are the best FPL defenders from Gameweek 6 onwards?

Which combination of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) defenders to own has been a big talking point of the opening few Gameweeks of the season.

Should Fantasy managers sell Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) to budget for the desirable premium forwards? Is a double-up on £4.0m defenders a wise move? Should we trust the underlying stats and invest in the Wolves backline even after their Gameweek 5 defeat to Brentford?

We asked the Scout Network for their thoughts on the best defenders in the £5.0m-and-under bracket and the more expensive purchases.

£5.0m and under

Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers – Gameweek 5 1

Nelson Semedo (£4.9m) has yet to register attacking returns but sits on an xG (expected goals) of 0.79 and an xA (expected assists) of 0.4 from four appearances. Wolves have been putting up decent numbers as a team but are failing to make the most out of it. With fixtures now looking great all the way into December, Semedo should be able to deliver upon the promise shown so far.

Meltens

Nelson Semedo looks the standout pick. Yes, Wolves were handsomely beaten by Brentford but many more teams will be embarrassed by Ivan Toney (£6.3m) this season. We’re happy that the result is just a blip and if we had the budget, would grab Semedo at the drop of a hat. His penalty area involvement is impressive and, with four decent fixtures, he’s a player with lots of potential. 

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It’s difficult to understand when and why Matt Lowton‘s (£4.4m) price has decreased as he is only owned now by 1.5% of the field. But Burnley is a medium-plus range defence of the Premier League and is always a tough opponent at home with more clean sheet potential than, for instance, Leeds or Watford. This year, with assists from crosses in his arsenal and a friendly price tag, Lowton looks like a good rotating option in our defense.

FPL Froggies
Is Ben White the best FPL defender option at £4.5m?

Ben White (£4.4m) is without doubt one of the better sub-£5.0m options around with the fixture ticker a lovely shade of green and there’s a renewed steel about the Arsenal defence. Gabriel (£5.0m) and White look like their partnership could blossom and there is no doubt that Thomas Partey’s (£5.0m) return this week gives them extra protection, so at £4.4m I suspect he will grace many a Gameweek 7 Wildcard team.

Greyhead

After losing to Brentford in Gameweek 1, Ben White (£4.4m) was sold by many FPL managers, especially as he missed the next two games with Covid. But the England defender has since helped his team win back-to-back games without conceding. Barring their clashes with Tottenham (Gameweek 6), Liverpool (Gameweek 12) and Manchester United (Gameweek 14), they have a run of seemingly easy games until the end of the year (Gameweek 20) and I expect White to bring solidity to an Arsenal side that were hard to break in the latter part of last season. 

FPL Poet
Torres benched as Livramento nets a shock clean sheet at champions Man City 1

Tino Livramento (£4.2m) has shown impressive potential for a defender that started in the £4.0m price point. He has started all Southampton’s matches, in which the Saints accomplished two clean sheets. Additionally, he has created four chances and 12 crosses. Not only do his potential attacking returns make him attractive, he is owned by only 10.1%, and his low cost can free up funds for other FPL assets. In the following five matches, the Saints only have one difficult fixture from Wolves (H), Chelsea (a), Leeds United (H), Burnley (H) and Watford (a).

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Timo Livramento has to be the best budget defender in the game right now. He started the season at £4m and has started every game. With the amount of premiums we are trying to fit in our squads, he is a very good enabler, in my opinion. Despite a tough opening five fixtures, Southampton have been able to keep two cleen sheets and concede just one goal from games against Manchester Utd, West Ham and Manchester City – three of the best attacks in the league right now. Southampton’s fixtures from Gameweek 6-12 are very good (bar Chelsea in Gameweek 7) so we can expect Livramento to rack more clean sheets and offer tremendous value.

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Shane Duffy (£4.3m) is one of the top budget defenders after five games. He has 27 points, one Fantasy assist and two clean sheets. At his price point, he is a great enabler, freeing up budget for other premiums elsewhere. Over the next three games, Brighton play Crystal Palace (a), Arsenal (H) and Norwich (a) and are probably good for a couple of clean sheet over that spell. From Gameweek 9 they play Man City and Liverpool back-to-back; time to jettison him.

FF Titan

Shane Duffy has to be our value pick for the next three games. Travelling away to both Palace and Norwich, sandwiched around a home fixture against Arsenal, combined with Brighton’s strong start to the season and a price tag of £4.3m makes him a prime candidate to get into the Mini League Mate first XI.

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Over £5.0m defenders

City have four clean sheets in five games and their defenders are set-and-forget options from Gameweek 8 onwards (barring any Pep roulette) due to their great run of fixtures. There’s no guessing what Pep might do, but it’ll be worth investing in the pricier pair of either Ruben Dias (£6.1m) or João Cancelo (£6.0m) for as much safety as possible. There’s not much to split them currently, as both have played every minute in every game so far and both have an assist, Dias just stealing a few more bonus points than his team-mate. There will be rotation once the Champions League kicks in but hopefully, with the pressure on, Pep will call on his trusted defensive pair more times than not in the Premier League.

FPL Nymfria

While no one is really “nailed” for Manchester City as we are all aware, João Cancelo has started all five games in the league so far and his the advantage of being able to play both on the left and right hand sides of the defence. His xG is 0.82 and xA is 0.86 so, even if the very short-term prospects could be dicey against Chelsea and Liverpool (both away), the medium and longer-term prospects of Cancelo continue to look great.

Meltens

It’s boring but can you ignore a player who has averaged 6.8 points per game and is £1.5m cheaper than Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m)? Ruben Dias faces tough opposition in Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two fixtures but Burnley in Gameweek 8 at home makes up for this, especially with the fixtures becoming much greener thereafter. Plus. with the likes of Dias and the City defence, the fixtures are less important because of the solidity of their backline.

Mini League Mate
Sarr underlines differential potential as Chelsea earn another clean sheet 9

It is starting to reach the point where we are just overthinking it when it comes to Marcus Alonso (£5.8m) this season. He has always had the potential to reach Trent Alexander-Arnold levels of returns but the game-time was the worry. Now he has started every match this season, produced four clean sheets, a goal and an assist in just five games and quite frankly, he was unlucky not to come out with 20 points against Spurs rather than 10. He plays for the best defence in Europe and the fixtures turn green starting from Gameweek 7. Sure, there can be the odd benching every now and then but if you have decent squad depth to cover this, the upside of owning him is too good to pass.

Fantasy Chat

Marcus Alonso. Answer me, why not? Without using the word rotation. Every man and his dog is aware of the lovely run of fixtures coming up for Chelsea from Gameweeks 7 to 12 – couple that with their defensive strength with four clean sheets already and the much-fabled swashbuckling ways of the Spaniard and you are onto a winner. He has created 12 chances already and appears to think he is a striker with nine shots, six of those in the box, so there are some potentially huge hauls coming his way. I am sure he will miss the odd game but there are enough cheap options this year to cover his absences and the upside is too good to ignore.

Greyhead
Mendy injury latest as Chelsea defence impresses again 1

Antonio Rüdiger (£5.5m) has started all five of Chelsea’s league games so far, recording a clean sheet in four of them besides scoring a goal. From Gameweeks 7 to 11, they have five easy games which bodes well for the London side’s tight defence while their Gameweek 6 opponents Manchester City can also be contained, which Southampton showed last weekend. For anyone using a Wildcard, the German is a ‘must have’ while people not taking a wildcard now should also aim to cash in on Chelsea’s excellent run of fixtures and transfer him in before Gameweek 7. 

FPL Poet

Over £5.0m, we’re looking at Chelsea assets for their fixtures from Gameweek 7 onwards. The challenge is choosing the Chelsea defender that won’t be benched! With that in mind Antonio Rudiger looks the best bet, especially if you have a playing bench option. Chelsea don’t tend to bring on centre-backs as subs, so if Rudiger is benched, there’s a strong chance he won’t come on and your bench option can fill in. 

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Salah on target as Liverpool assets prosper at Leeds 1

Trent Alexander-Arnold has delivered every season and has continued to do so this time, despite missing Gameweek 5 with an illness. The Liverpool right-back ranks highly in almost every creativity metric, including expected assists and successful crosses. When he returns, he will contribute significantly and is an absolute season-keeper. He is one of the first names on my squad at any given time of the season.

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344 Comments Post a Comment
  1. unclesbasement
    • 1 Year
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    I know it may sound stupid but I need someone to convince me to captain Ronaldo/Salah over antonio

    1. unclesbasement
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      I feel like with leeds defence and antonio's clinicality he is bound to haul however I dont feel the same way about ronaldo.

      1. swanseag55
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        26 days, 18 hours ago

        Go with your gut. My gut says Salah even though people say Brentford have a good defence but I know most captaining Ronaldo. It’s early in the season to make those calls and at least you have Ronaldo and Salah

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        26 days, 18 hours ago

        Then captain Antonio

    2. liner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      If you are more convinced with Antonio than stick with him. Better to mistake on thing that you chose for yourself than to listen someone else and regret it. One bad C choice wont destroy ur season

    3. F4L
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      Antonio could pull a hammy before HT

      1. unclesbasement
        • 1 Year
        26 days, 18 hours ago

        now thats just wishful thinking

  2. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Repost.

    Hey guys, how nailed on is Duffy long term? Does Webster take his place when he returns?

    Cheers

  3. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Sarr or D Gray?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      Gray this week but Sarr long term.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 18 hours ago

        Both are good fixture players

  4. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Is Thiago Silva nailed for Chelsea?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      Competition is high in that position.

    2. swanseag55
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      I am starting to think he will play more than he won’t and I’m thinking of getting him next week in at £5.4m.

    3. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      He'll play in the big games as he has that quality and experience. But he's 36. Don't expect him to start at home against a lesser team. To answer your question: No.

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        26 days, 16 hours ago

        Thank you.

  5. Noé Pamarot
    • 2 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Sanchez, Foster,
    TAA, Shaw, Ayling*, Livramento, Duffy
    Salah, Greenwood, Barnes, Jota, Brownhill
    Ronaldo, Antonio, Toney

    2FT, 0.4 ITB

    I know a fair few would say that the likes of Barnes should be out here, but feel like I might keep him for the Burnley fixture. My options currently are:

    1. Brownhill > another 4.5 (yawn, but he may drop I guess)
    2. Toney > ASM
    Or I may just end up having to burn a transfer. I do like Toney despite the tough fixture. Thoughts on the options?

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      You answered your own question: "I do like Toney despite the tough fixtures." So keep him. I am. I think he's gonna suprise people.

      Your defence looks good so rather than burning a transfer just downgrade Ayling to a 3.9 and build up your war chest.

      I have Brownhill as well. He'll sit there until WC time.

  6. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Who gets more points this GW? Thank you.

    A) Sarr
    B) Bruno

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      C) Bob

  7. Fantasyamateur
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Sanchez
    Livramento - Trent - Shaw
    Salah - Torres - Greenwood - Benrahma
    Antonio - Ronaldo - Bamford

    Bench: Veltman, Brownhill, Tsimikas.

    -4 to get Sarr and Jimenez for Torres and Bamford? Sets up Tsimikas to Rudiger/James the GW after.. Or is 1FT enough, and then play Veltman?

  8. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Start James of Marcal?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      Marcal

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      James

    3. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      Marcal

  9. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Amartey dropped?

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      Yes

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 18 hours ago

      yup

  10. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    sanchez
    matip shaw christensen (white amrty)
    gren salah jota benrhma (sisoko)
    ronaldo bamford antonio

    which route?

    a) jota bamford -4 to vardy 6.1mid.
    b) jota bamford -4 to lukaku 4.5mid.
    gw7 green shaw -4 to rudi/alonso raph
    gw8 4.5 mid to 6.0 mid.
    c) sisoko in for bamford roll ft
    gw7 jota green shaw bamfrd -8 to rudi/alonso raph 5.8mid. lukaku

  11. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    Hello All,

    Didn’t get replies on previous post?

    which is better?

    A- Bamford > Dennis for FT
    B- Bamford > ASM for FT
    C- svae FT and play White

    1. Bojam
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      C I think. Use the 2 FTs next week. Unless you plan to WC - then it's a one week punt on whoever you fancy. ASM for me in that case.

  12. Alli
    • 4 Years
    26 days, 18 hours ago

    A. Torres > Benrahma
    B. Toney > ASM
    C. Ayling > Livramento
    D. Other / Save FT?

    Sanchez - Steele
    TAA - Shaw - Ayling - White - Tsamikas
    Salah - Torres - Greenwood - Raphinha - Bissouma
    Ronaldo - Antonio - Toney

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      26 days, 17 hours ago

      Just do C). That's what I did.

      We have the same forward line. 😉

  13. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Someone help me pls

    Sanchez, Foster
    TAA, Shaw, Veltman, Ayling, Tsimikas
    Salah, Mahrez, Benrahma, Raphinha, Sissoko
    Ronaldo, Toney, Antonio

    £0.3m itb. 2FT

    Which transfers to make?

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Mahrez to Sarr. Roll the other FT and get in two Chelsea defenders next week.

  14. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    26 days, 17 hours ago

    Traore > Sarr with my free transfer?

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      26 days, 16 hours ago

      Yes if no other fires.

  15. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    26 days, 16 hours ago

    A) mount to sarr
    B) bamford to armstrong
    C) hold and play white and gilmour (ayling 1st sub)