The budget defenders position in Fantasy Premier League is probably the one that requires the most planning. Due to the fact you are likely to have at least two to four of them and rotation planning for optimal fixtures is key in fantasy football. We will scurry through the list for you and pick out the best budget defenders in the £4.0m to £4.5m price range.

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The best £4.0m defenders in FPL

There are 17 £4.0m defenders in the Fantasy Premier League game this season and so far only around four viable options, and that’s putting it kindly. It is looking very unlikely this season that we are going to see another John Lundstram (£5.5m) or Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m). Nathan Ferguson seemed to look quite promising for a while but seems to still be out with a knee injury. Therefore our best bet at the moment seems to be his teammate Tyrick Mitchell who looks like he will fill in for the injured Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m).

Mitchell played in two games at the end of last season while the Dutchman was out injured. With no known return date for Patrick as of yet this is one to definitely keep an eye on. Another one to keep an eye on is West Ham United’s Ben Johnson who started the final three games of last season due to Jeremy Ngakia’s departure in June. Jarrad Braintwaite who put on a good showing as he started Everton’s penultimate four games due to injuries to Mason Holgate (£5.0m) and Yerry Mina (£5.5m) but they seem to be fit again so the chances of him starting are now slim.

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Ruben Vinagre (£4.5m) - Wolves

At the time of writing, Ruben Vinagre is being linked to a move to Porto however, for now, we will assume he is staying. A bit-part player last season for Wolves but with Jonny Castro out injured for around six months, he could be one of the bargains of the season. Last season Wolves kept 13 clean sheets (3rd) and conceded only 40 goals (5th best). They also conceded the least Big Chances in the league (49).

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For only £4.5m you are potentially getting a player worth £5.5m. Now we know Wolves have signed 31-year-old Brazilian left-back Marcal on a two-year contract and this puts some doubt into the left-back spot. Has he been bought as back up or first choice? We don’t know but I would assume from the reports of Ruben being linked to Porto is that they have either bought him to replace him or as a back-up. Even if the latter its something we need to keep an eye. Wolves first two games are tough – facing Sheffield United (a) and Manchester City (H) so he could be one to look at from Gameweek three onwards when their fixtures pick up.

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Kyle Walker Peters (£4.5m) – Southampton

Kyle Walker-Peters impressed during a loan spell with Southampton last season, particularly after the restart. He started six out of the seven last league games keeping two clean sheets and picking up one assist. Post restart he created two Big Chances (BC) and has shown in his days at Spurs that he has some attacking threat.

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One goal and five assists in 24 appearances for them. The Saints picked up three clean sheets (4th) in total after the restart, conceded only eight goals (4th), and conceded 28 Shots on Target (5th). With his kind run of opening fixtures and the fact he rotates well with another young attacking full-back (who we will talk about next) further increases his appeal.

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Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) – Brighton

The 19-year-old English right-back broke into the team late last season and played the last eight games for the Seagulls. In that time he kept three clean sheets, created three Big Chances (3rd), and scored one assist. He also made six Key Passes and attempted 22 crosses so we know he likes to attack.  A lot of managers will be rotating Matt Ryan and Alex McCarthy but for those opting for another option or even a set and forget goalkeeper they have another set of £4.5m defenders that they can rotate instead.

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Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) – Burnley

Charlie Taylor provided a cheap route into the solid Burnley defence in the latter part of last season. He started every game from Gameweek 18 to 36 in which he got injured after 30 minutes and missed the remaining two games. Burnley kept the second most clean sheets last term (15) behind only the mighty Manchester City. He is currently the first choice left-back for the Clarets and even though he has a blank in Gameweek one it's still worth picking him from the off. At £4.5m he can easily be benched and Burnley’s fixtures pick up after Gameweek two where they play Southampton (H), Newcastle (a), West Brom (a), Brighton (a) and Crystal Palace (H).

Furthermore, Burnley’s fixtures rotate very well with both Wolves and Aston Villa. Rotation from Gameweek two to 10 with Aston Villa will give you SHU, SOU, new ,wba, LEE, SOU, bri, BRI/CPL, and whu. Whereas rotation with a Wolves defender (please be first choice Vinagre) means you only play last year's top six twice for the whole season! With a possible £4.5m rotation with Ruben Vinagre and the fact that Burnley and Wolves kept the second and third most clean sheets last term this could be gold.

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Stuart Dallas/Luke Ayling (£4.5m) – Leeds United

The fullbacks are both nailed on starters for a very impressive Leeds United side under Marcelo Bielsa. They have by far the best defence from the newly promoted sides. They kept 19 clean sheets in the Championship last season where left-back Stuart Dallas scored five goals and three assists, and right-back Luke Ayling picked up four goals and five assists. It’s worth noting though that Ayling missed the first nine games of the season.

Dallas created 11 Big chances to Ayling’s eight, and 58 shots to 30. The left-back seems to have a better goal threat with 1.3 shots per game compared to 0.7 per game.  It difficult to pick between the two given that their underlying stats are actually really similar as we have to take into account Luke missed nine games. Also, something to keep an eye on is who Leeds United sign in the transfer window as both full-backs are quite versatile – Dallas can start at either fullback position and at times even a central midfielder (which makes me lean towards him) and Ayling can play at centre-back and as well as his original right-back role. Leeds fixtures rotate well with both Burnley and Brighton so one of the Leeds United full-backs plus Taylor and Lamptey could be a good three-way rotation.

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Matt Targett (£4.5m) – Aston Villa

The left-back is the most attacking of the Villa defenders. Over the whole season their defensive numbers look poor but if we look at post restart from Gameweeks 30 to 38 we can see they played like a whole new side defensively. In that period the kept three clean sheets (4th), conceded only 12 Big Chances (4th), 57 Shots in the Box Conceded (4th), and had the third-best expected Goals Conceded (xGC) of 9.76. They clearly changed their way of playing during this period which ultimately kept them from being relegated. If they pick up where they left off Targett could be great value and rotation with Charlie Taylor of Burnley could be profitable.

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£4.5m Budget Defenders worth a mention

James Justin of Leicester City seemed like a good option for a while. Having played the final 10 games of last season he picked up three clean sheets. However, with the Fox’s new signing of Timothy Castagne, it outs his place in doubt so maybe too risky to start with him. William Saliba was another good prospect who’s chances of starting took a dash when Arsenal signed centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille. He may be one who breaks into the team later in the season but again is now too risky to start with.

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