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Best defenders on FPL
In this article, we will highlight the top 10 defenders worth picking up in your Fantasy Premier League side for the 2021/22 campaign.
10) Lewis Dunk, Brighton (5.0m)
Despite finishing the 2020/21 campaign down in 16th, Brighton were a fairly solid side defensive.
They kept the joint-7th best defensive record in the league, conceding fewer goals than the likes of Leicester, West Ham and Everton.
So, whilst it is probably best to avoid their attacking options, they do have some solid defensive picks.
In an ideal world, Tariq Lamptey would be in your side for just 4.5m. the right-back will benefit from a fairly solid Brighton defence whilst also chipping in with a nice amount of assists and the odd goal.
However, Lamptey was injured early in the 2020/21 campaign and it has been confirmed recently that he is unlikely to be fit for the start of the new campaign on August 13th.
So, your next best option from Brighton is likely Lewis Dunk, who is a nailed-on starter when fit and also scores a decent amount of goals from set-pieces (five last season).
This, coupled with Brighton’s ability to limit goals conceded, saw Dunk finish 2020/21 as the 10th best defender on the game.
9) Ben White, Arsenal (4.5m)
Another side whose defensive capabilities perhaps go somewhat under the radar is Arsenals.
The Gunners finished the 2020/21 season down in 8th place, but they would boast the 3rd best defence in the league.
Only Chelsea (36) and Manchester City (32) conceded fewer goals than Arsenal (39).
So, this should, of course, make their defensive assets worth a punt. And perhaps the best option is the newly-signed, Ben White.
White is unlikely to chip in with too many attacking returns, he didn’t manage a single on in the PL last term. But given his quality and the fact Arsenal just paid 50 million pounds for him, White should be a nailed-on starter next campaign, ticking along nicely with a decent number of six-point returns.
8) John Stones, Manchester City (5.5m)
Another central defender who may be worth considering is John Stones.
The centre-half formed a superb partnership with Ruben Dias in 2020/21. And in the 22 league games Stones was a part of last season, Man City conceded just 12 goals.
Stones was also a real threat from set-pieces, scoring four in said games.
And whilst there is always a risk of Pep Guardiola rotating, it is really hard to see Stones being dropped too much for Aymeric Laporte or Nathan Ake given how integral he was to Man City’s success last year.
7) Aaron Creswell, West Ham (5.5m)
Aaron Creswell was one of the standout defenders in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
He would notch a very impressive 11 assists in the league as well as helping West Ham keep 11 clean sheets. This saw him earn the 4th most points of any defender on FPL.
But Creswell is slightly further down this list than many may have thought due to West Ham’s involvement in the Europa League in the forthcoming campaign.
The Hammers do not have an especially big squad and lack much quality outside of their main XI. This can often lead to club’s league form suffering as they cannot cope with all the extra matches.
So whilst Creswell should be a decent pick, there is the risk West Ham’s league form falls off a great deal in 2021/22.
6) Lucas Digne, Everton (5.5m)
Rafa Benitez is now at the helm at Goodison Park. Given the Spaniard is a fairly defensive-minded manager, this should see Everton’s defensive FPL assets benefit from more clean sheets in 2021/22.
This, in turn, should make Lucas Digne a very attractive option, especially in the first 10 game weeks when Everton have a favourable run that only sees them play a top-six side once.
Digne is also a pretty consistent provider of assists, notching nine in 2020/21 and eight the campaign prior. The full-back would also notch 0.21 xA per 90 in the PL last term, the third-best total of any defender who played at least 20 games.
5) Ben Chilwell, Chelsea (6.0m)
When Thomas Tuchel took the reins at Chelsea he would completely transform their defence.
The Blues ended the campaign having shipped just 36 goals in 38 league games, which was the 2nd best record in the PL. And only 11 of those goals were conceded under Tuchel.
Ben Chilwell also had a decent campaign overall, providing three goals and six assists in the league.
The only issue with Chilwell is that there is some rotation risk with Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard is not the best defensively but he does the job in a back-five, which was why Tuchel favoured him over Chilwell in his first several games in charge.
But if Chilwell does become Chelsea’s undisputed no.1 left-wing-back, he should be well worth the money as the Blues could easily end 2021/22 with the best defensive in the English top-flight.
4) Ruben Dias, Manchester City (6.0m)
Manchester City’s defence will of course be one of the best in the division again in 2021/22.
The partnership of Ruben Dias and John Stones worked wonders for a backline that had looked pretty poor the season prior.
This led to Dias becoming the 6th best defender on FPL last term and the highest-scoring central defender. But it is also worth noting that Dias missed the first couple of games of 2020/21 as he didn’t join City until September 29th, 2020.
So, now he is an established figure in City’s backline, we should see an even higher points total from the Portuguese in 2021/22.
3) Luke Shaw, Manchester United (5.5m)
Luke Shaw could be the best value for money defender on FPL this term.
Manchester United’s defensive record has been decent for the past few campaigns, but now Raphael Varane is partnering Harry Maguire in the centre, we should see an increase in their clean sheets.
Shaw, meanwhile, has become a very solid attacking full-back. He would earn one goal and five assists in 2020/21, but that total should increase this year.
Shaw would notch 3.76 shot-creating actions per 90 last season. This saw him ranked 18th in the division overall but as the highest defender in this category.
He also had the second-highest xA per 90 of any defender who played at least 20 games in 2020/21.
2) Andy Robertson, Liverpool (7.0m)
Liverpool’s defence took a bit of a battering in 2020/21. This was of course due to the serious injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
However, said players are now on their way back to full fitness and Liverpool have also signed Ibrahima Konate to help improve their backline.
So, we should see Liverpool keep a lot more clean sheets than they did in 2020/21.
This is of course a plus for Liverpool’s defensive FPL assets, including Andy Robertson. But even with a constantly changing centre-back paring last season, Robertson was able to score one goal and provide eight assists.
This made the Scotsman the 2nd best defender on FPL with 161 points. And that points total should only increase with the added clean sheets from a hopefully sturdier backline and also a few more assists.
1) Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (7.5m)
Trent Alexander-Arnold is in a similar situation to Robertson. The right-back has been one of the best in his position for a few years now.
However, his displays did suffer slightly due to Liverpool’s centre-back issues.
But even with these issues, Trent was the 3rd best defender on FPL last time out and he too should be set for a points boost in 2021/22 as a more settled backline will hopefully lead to him reverting back to his usual goals and assist numbers.
In 2019/20, for example, Trent earned 15 assists and four goals on FPL.
So, whilst he is the most expensive defender on the game. He is also probably the best FPL option and should finish the campaign with close to 200 points.
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