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FIFA 2022 World Cup Fantasy: Top 10 defenders to sign

Here are the top 10 defenders to sign for your FIFA World Cup Fantasy team.


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Best defenders FIFA 2022 World Cup Fantasy

In this article, we will highlight the top 10 defenders worth picking up in your Fantasy side for the 2022 World Cup.

Thomas Meunier (Belgium – 6m)

Meunier is one of the better defensive options this year. He is classed as a defender on the game but Belgium play a three-back with Meunier operating in a right-mid role.

This has seen him score eight and assist 16 in 58 outings for the Red Devils despite being a defender.

Kieran Trippier (England – 5m)

With Reece James not going to Qatar and Kyle Walker still recovering from an injury, Kieran Trippier is a nailed-on starter for England this summer.

Trippier should start at right-wing-back and provide an attacking threat in that role, and from set pieces.

And whilst England have not been in great form recently, their last major tournament saw them concede just two goals all competition.

Lisandro Martinez (Argentina – 6m)

Argentina head into the World Cup as one of the favourites and with a superb defensive record.

In their last 14 outings, Argentina have conceded just two goals. And with a fairly easy group in front of them this winter, they should keep plenty of clean sheets.

Pau Torres (Spain – 5.5m)

Whilst not one of the favourites, Spain head into the WC in good form and with a solid defensive record.

Pau Torres is a key figure in their backline and expected to start every group game. Their first game comes on November 23 vs Costa Rica, who should be a fairly easy opponent for La Furia Roja.

Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands – 6m)

Dumfries made a name for himself at Euro 2020 as an attacking wing-back and he continues in that role heading into the WC.

He has provided one goal and three assists in 15 Serie A games for Inter Milan this season and at his last major tournament, he scored two and assisted one in four.

Thiago Silva (Brazil – 6m)

Brazil are one of the tournament favourites and have one of the best defences in the world, so having one of their defensive options in your side makes a lot of sense.

And as Brazil like to rotate their full-backs a lot, Thiago Silva seems to be the safest pick as he is guaranteed to start every game unless he picks up a knock.

Nuno Mendes (Portugal – 5.5m)

Mendes is an excellent attacking full-back who is sure to earn plenty of goal contributions at the World Cup.

He has one goal and four assists in just 12 Ligue 1 games for PSG this campaign despite being a left-back.

Antonio Rudiger (Germany – 5.5m)

Germany have not been at their best in recent years but they are improving under their new manager and have a fairly kind WC group.

They began their campaign vs Japan and have also been drawn alongside Costa Rica.

Andreas Christensen (Denmark – 5m)

Denmark are one of the dark horses heading into Qatar and they have some great budget defensive options for your Fantasy team, the most nailed-on likely Andreas Christensen.

Denmark face Tunisia and Australia in Group D, both of whom they should be able to keep clean sheets against.

And whilst France may prove a tough game, the Danes have beaten Les Bleus twice in the last year.

Presnel Kimpembe (France – 5m)

Like Denmark, France represents a good team to target for your defence as they have two easy games.

Picking a player who will start each game is somewhat tough as France like to rotate, but Presnel Kimpembe seems the best choice, especially as Raphael Varane is still recovering from his injury.


Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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