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The mid-priced Fantasy Premier League defenders throw up some great options every season and the key is to identify them early.
Over the last few years, the emergence of wingbacks has given more importance to the defender slot in Fantasy Premier League.
The best defenders in the game are those with not only clean sheet potential but also a plethora of attacking threat.
Almost every team implements this system of overlapping wingbacks and these defenders are much more involved in the attacking play and final third.
Who are the Best Mid-Priced Defenders in FPL?
Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m)/Vladimir Coufal (£5.0m) – West Ham United
West Ham had a fantastic campaign and were the surprise package of the season.
They finished 6th and were only two points off the Champions League positions. Their defensive record was solid with 11 clean sheets (6th) and 47 goals conceded (8th).
However, it was Cresswell’s and Coufal’s attacking output which make them such good options.
Cresswell finished as the third-highest scoring defender in the game behind only Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m).
The Englishman managed 11 assists (1st in the entire league) while creating 59 Chances (4th), and 12 Big Chances Created (2nd) amongst defenders.
Coufal on the other hand wasn’t far behind notching nine assists (2nd) with 45 Chances Created (6th) and 10 Big Chances Created (4th).
With a £0.5m price difference between the pair, I would have to favour Coufal with the attacking statistics and output being so close.
The Hammers also have good fixtures to start the season. They play Newcastle United (a), Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (a), and Brentford (H) in their first eight matches.
Not only do the West Ham full-backs have a good chance of clean sheets, but the fixtures are also promising for their attacking potential.
John Stones (£5.5m) – Manchester City
Manchester City blew the Premier League away last season finishing as champions by a 12 point margin with the most goals scored and the least goals conceded. They kept 19 clean sheets (1st) and only conceded 32 goals (1st).
John Stones had a resurgent season playing himself back into the squad and cementing himself right into Pep Guardiola's starting 11.
The season only really began for him from Gameweek 10 onwards when he became a regular starter.
Yet in only 22 games he kept 12 clean sheets, scoring four goals with 15 Shots, five Shots on Target, 11 Shots in the Box and four Big Chances.
The England international wasn’t completely nailed and occasionally rotated with Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) so I would guess it will be the same this season.
For £5.5m I still reckon he deserves to be considered one of the best mid-priced defenders in FPL. Stones was benched six times in the league last season from Gameweek 10 and he didn’t come on as a substitute in any of the games.
If Pep was bringing him on for one point cameos then I would say he's a no-go. Yet with decent options on your bench, I don't oppose the idea.
He is the cheapest route into the City defence. I also don't believe any player is 100% nailed in a Guardiola team!
The Citizens have good fixtures to open the season and their defence is so solid that they are almost fixture proof. If you have their defensive players you are almost obliged to play them in every game (unless they come up against Liverpool).
Norwich (H), Arsenal (H), Southampton (H) and Burnley (H) are their four home games in the first eight Gameweeks and I would not be surprised in the slightest if they kept a clean sheet in all of them.
Lucas Digne (£5.5m) - Everton
Lucas Digne comes in at a very enticing price of £5.5m. I think he is underpriced by at least £0.5m and possibly one of the best value players in the game.
Everton kept 12 clean sheets (5th) last season conceding 48 goals (9th).
The French left-back registered an impressive nine assists (2nd), 46 Chances Created (5th) and 11 Big Chances Created (3rd) amongst defenders. This was in only 30 games as he missed a significant chunk of the season through injury.
In total, over the last three seasons, he has scored four goals and registered 22 assists so we know he has bags of attacking potential.
He is nailed in that left-back spot and at times he was even deployed as a left-winger last season.
Digne also takes corners from the right side and is on some set pieces. I think he is one of the best value players in the game and most definitely the best value from Everton.
He hasn’t registered less than nine attacking returns in the last three seasons. His fixtures to start the season only amplifies his inclusion in your FPL team even further.
I haven’t made any drafts yet but I can’t see Digne not being one of the first names on my team.
The Toffees play Southampton (H), Burnley (H), Norwich (H) and West Ham (H) in their first eight games and our Fixture Ticker ranks them well for both attack and defence.
Luke Shaw (£5.5m) – Manchester United
Luke Shaw is another player who had a breakthrough season and showed us what he's capable of when getting a run of games.
In only 30 starts he created 72 Chances (2nd) and seven Big Chances (6th) picking up one goal and five assists (5th).
At the start of last season when Manchester United signed Alex Telles (£5.0m) most (including myself) thought it was the end for him. Yet he has earned his place as the number one left-back for the Red Devils.
Man United kept 13 clean sheets (4th) while only conceding 44 goals (5th). They have a decent defensive record and Shaw provides that threat down the left wing in abundance.
At £5.5m I think he is the best United defensive pick especially as Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka come in at the same price.
United’s fixtures are fantastic to start the season also as you can see from our Fixture Ticker. In the first eight, they play Leeds United (H), Southampton (a), Wolves (a), Newcastle United (H), Aston Villa (H) and Everton (H). I can see both defensive and attacking returns for Shaw in this run.
Mid-Priced Defenders in FPL Worthy of Mention
Kieran Tierney looks a great option at £5.0m. In only 26 starts last season he managed one goal and four assists with 15 Shots, three Shots on Target and four Shots in the Box while also creating 31 Chances and five Big Chances.
The Scotsman also scored one goal and amassed two assists in his debut season in only 986 minutes due to his concerning injury record. Arsenal kept 12 clean sheets (5th) last season so they are a decent defensive side.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also a good shout and a viable alternative to Luke Shaw.
He scored two goals and had five assists with four Shots on Target, five Shots in this Box while also creating 31 Chances and two Big Chances. His attacking statistics are nowhere near as good as fellow fullback Luke Shaw but he is far less injury-prone so might be the safer pick.
Matt Targett is another decent asset at £5.0m. Aston Villa kept a very impressive 15 clean sheets (3rd) last season and Targett managed four assists by creating 39 Chances and four Big Chances.
He is nailed and played every single minute of Villa’s league games in 2020-21.
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