FPL Defenders – Game Week 11 Picks
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Game Week 11 Defender Focus
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As much as Quigliano (podcast reference for anyone who hasn’t listened) seems to currently have a #GodComplex I know that we can always do better with the tips and the site in general. That is why I am happy to admit that one area that we sometimes overlook is the less exciting defensive options for our FPL teams. It is not quite as exciting and glamourous as choosing a prospective hat-trick hero but it can make a huge difference to your weekly points total. If we overlook it at times, then I am guessing that it is also an area of the team neglected by managers so I thought a timely reminder to myself and to others would be apt ahead of game week 11. It is fair to say that defenders will have a hard time getting the same amount of points as players in other positions and the current rankings would reflect this with the top defender (Kolarov) sitting on 54 points compared to 57 points for the top keeper (Myhill), 71 for the top midfielder (Payet) and 70 for the top forward (Vardy). The fact that 3 of the top 4 players in their positions come from West Brom, West Ham and Leicester show you the sort of season it has been so far – but interestingly the top 7 defenders all come from traditional top 6 sides in Man Utd, Man City and Spurs. My argument as to the reason for this is that not only do these teams get the odd clean sheet, but they generally score more goals with these defenders involved – of course, quite often they will also come with a more expensive price tag. So, with this in mind – who are the best FPL defenders for game week 11 and beyond?
Fantasy Premier League Defenders – Game Week 11 Onwards
Three of the top five FPL defenders are currently Man City defenders and that is mainly down to the amount of clean sheets they have kept. The cheapest option in the top 5 is Sagna of Man City – a player who we had massive concerns over keeping his place in the team due to Zabaleta returning to full fitness. Interestingly, Sagna kept his place against Manchester United and so the £5.4m defender could keep his place for some time yet… add to this the fact that Zabaleta has sustained a knee injury that will almost certainly see him miss GW11, then Sagna becomes a very viable option – I also think that we will see a City clean sheet this weekend. With the exception of Kolarov who currently tops the defensive charts (£6.1m) we would have concerns over the central defensive pairing with even Vincent Kompany not looking 100% nailed on to have a starting role in every game.
The Budget Defender
Two players stand out for me in terms of budget defenders. When I say budget I mean £4.5m or less (so even Johnny Evans doesn’t make this cut) and players who are likely to play every week (sorry Targett – you are so GW3).
Craig Cathcart – Watford - £4.5m
Having played ever minute of Watford’s season so far, Cathcart has racked up a solid 34 points, picking up 4 clean sheets our of 10. He is slightly preferred to Nyom due to the fact that he lasts the full 90 and we need to ensure the 60+ minutes to keep the clean sheet. Added to this the fact that Watford have a pretty good run of fixtures over the next 6 games with Manchester United being their toughest opposition in that run in. He could provide a good return over 6 those 6 weeks and will allow you to invest the money elsewhere.
Brendan Galloway – Everton - £4.5m
Many eyebrows were raised at the inclusion of Galloway in the team at the start of the season and he has benefitted from a prolonged run due to the injury to Leighton Baines. Baines is expected to be out until mid-November at least and then it just depends how long it takes for him to regain match fitness.
We are hoping to get the full month of November out of Galloway as Everton have some tasty looking fixtures coming up. Everton have only kept two clean sheets so far this season, but with some promising fixtures we are hopeful that Galloway could be another to shine over the next few game weeks.
The Expensive Defender
Most FPL managers like to have that one marquee defender who is a little bit special. If you were going to push the boat out then we would be going for one of Arsenal’s raiding full backs – but the pick goes to Hector Bellerin.
Hector Bellerin – Arsenal - £5.9m
Bellerin has already had a great start to the season and we expect that to continue. When Arsenal are attacking he is almost like a winger and he provides plenty of crosses in to the box, something that Giroud will benefit from in Theo Walcott’s absence. Arsenal travel to Swansea in GW11 and then have their North London derby against Spurs. They need to bounce back following their League Cup disappointment and Bellerin will be a pivotal cog in the title challenge. Who are your favourite defenders and why? Would you ever captain a defender? Let us know below and we will feature the best comments on next week’s podcast.
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