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You want to buy top-notch strikers like Harry Kane, Erland Haaland, and Mohamed Salah. Before splashing the cash all on the strikers, think again. You cannot take a chance with your defenders and concede goals because of having a weak defense.
The defenders do not come chip, too. The balance is the key to a winning fantasy football team. Here are a few top defenders you love to have to maintain clean sheets and keep the top strikers at bay.
The Liverpool right-back ranked third among the top defenders of the concluded season with 156 points. He is now a premium category defender bagging 8.0m this season from 7.5m pounds in the last season. John Terry is the highest at 8.5m pounds, the all-time highest a defender amassed. Arnold brings versatility to the table as someone who can double up as a central midfielder. You want to pluck Arnold over 6.6m Andrew Robertson. It is not a flawed decision. He garnered 60 points with a goal and seven assists in the Red’s last games.
At 198 points, he was at the top in the 2022-23 season. His team, Newcastle United, got a slot in the Champions League. Last season, he got 5.0m pounds. As the campaign advanced, his value soared to 6.0m pounds. Hence, his current price is fair. He deserves all of it. He has 393 crosses, 135 successful crosses, 216 corners, and 83 successful ones.
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool head honcho, wanted a 3-2-2-3 system. There is a reason to spend 0.5m pounds less by adding the Dutchman at 6.0m pounds. It is because Robertson may not flair much at the left side of a three-defender back-line. Instead, use him as a left-back. Van Dijk picked up 127 points in a below-par season for the Reds. His claim for the cost with nine target shots from 22 shootouts and bagging three goals is appropriate.
Last season, Manchester United registered 12 clean sheets in 24 league matches. Erik Ten Hag used the traditional left-back as a center-back. Shaw displayed his prowess, particularly in the second half of the season.
He has gathered bonus points by creating 34 chances but with a low goal attempt of just 14. Luke got the advantage over Kieran for being at 0.5m pounds less.
He finished second as the defender in the last season of Fantasy Premier League. White had 15 shootouts, two goals, and five assists. He displayed consistency in playing games. White played 36 of 38 matches. He looks perfectly placed in Mikel Arteta’s structure. He ranked third for the touches in the final third when he switched from a central position to right-back.
He played a hybrid role at the end of the last campaign, just like Trent Alexander. He is the immunity to Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy. Stones may gather a few clean sheets and appearance points. But unlikely to bag as many points in the future for the Man City.
Dias is a revelation towards the end of the campaign and mainstay. He is not prone to injury as
much as Stone. Although, both got the same price. You can bank on his consistency and pick him as a captain or vice-captain of your fantasy team. He can earn a few returns in the attacking department, too.
The Ecuadorian was in demand at 4.7m pounds in the last season at the end of the league. He has been an exceptional performer for Brighton. The Estupinan has registered a goal, six assists, and nine clean sheets with four bonus points since Roberto De Zerbi took over the reign at the club. He delivered 28 shots and created 46 chances. It led to 116 points benefit during the time for a left-back option in the team.
The Brazilian comes at 0.5m pounds cheaper than his teammate White, who is in action every minute at the back positions for Arsenal in 2022-23. Gabriel enjoys the best tally among all defenders. He scored three goals and finished fourth among the defenders, bagging 146 points, including 15 bonus points.
It is a surprise that Alexander-Trent got 8.0m pounds and Kieran Trippier at 6.5m pounds, but Botman at just 4.5m pounds, who is at par with both. However, it makes him a rock-solid yet inexpensive defense option for your team. He is among the highest-scoring defenders in the 2022-23 campaign.