With the FPL deciding to value Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso at £7.0, he becomes the most expensive defender this season which by FPL standards is quite a lot of money for a defender. Having looked at a few goalkeepers in the first installment of this series,we profile a few defenders in this particular installment who could not only score points, but also be cost-effective and free up funds for the likes of Kane and Sánchez.
1. Rob Holding (Arsenal)
First five fixtures: Leicester (H), Stoke (A), Liverpool (A), Bournemouth (H), Chelsea (A)
The first and probably the most expensive player on our list is Arsenal’s young English centre-back Rob Holding. With Arsenal switching to a 3-5-2 formation towards the end of last season, Holding was one of the 3 starting centre-backs going past Gabriel in the pecking order. Holding is probably the cheapest route to the current Arsenal defense with the others being priced either at £5.5m or £6.0m. Also the fact that Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the first two games against Leicester and Stoke further boosts Holding’s chances of making it into the starting line-up for the first few weeks. You would also fancy Arsenal to keep clean sheets in the home games against Leicester and Bournemouth which would get FPL bosses a few clean sheet points. Thus, Rob is probably the cheapest option for a guaranteed starting defender in all of the top 7 clubs and could be a potential differential in the game.
2. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle)
First five fixtures: Spurs (H), Huddersfield (A), West Ham (H), Swansea (A), Stoke (H)
Our second defender is Newcastle United’s Ciaran Clark. Yes, you may remember him from his time at Aston Villa a few seasons ago. Clark has always been a threat from set-pieces be it free-kicks or corners and has more often than not been the go-to-guy during a set-piece. He chipped in with 3 goals last season in the Championship for The Magpies in their bid for promotion. Clark also only received a total of 3 yellow cards last season indicating that he would avoid a lot of negative points which come with the yellow cards and could be a more than decent substitute defender or even a starter (if you’re really low on cash) in your FPL side.
3. Jan Bednarek (Southampton)
First five fixtures: Swansea (H), West Ham (H), Huddersfield (A), Watford (H), Crystal Palace (A)
Following the departures of José Fonte and Martín Cáceres, and with Virgil Van Dijk’s future also uncertain, Bednarek could quite easily get into the Southampton starting line-up. Southampton had one of the best defenses last season which saw them keep 14 clean sheets and concede only 48 goals. With favorable home fixtures against Swansea, West Ham and Watford, Southampton are in with a good chance to keep clean sheets. At £4.5m, Jan could prove to be an absolute steal and could be a more than capable substitute defender.
4. Miguel Britos (Watford)
First five fixtures: Liverpool (H), Bournemouth (A), Brighton (H), Southampton (A), Man City (H)
Miguel Britos is one of the best FPL defenders points-wise at this price, he scored 1 goal, got 2 assists which aren’t bad for a player priced so cheaply. Something that is really intriguing and noteworthy is that he had accumulated 8 bonus points last season. Now, FPL bosses know how crucial bonus points are and Britos could be an option. Although, you must also keep in mind that Britos got 8 yellow cards and 2 red cards, so he is prone to being booked and that could unnecessarily get you a few negative points.
In the next installment of this series, we’ll be looking at a few cheap midfielders who you could have in your side.
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