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Best defenders to buy for Gameweek 28 and 29

Looking into some of the best defenders to buy for Gameweek 28 and 29. Using the Fantasy Football Scout member, we can utilise its fixture ticker and underlying stats to find some of the best defenders who play in the blank and double Gameweek ahead.

As we approach one of the most important parts of the season in Fantasy Premier League, managers will be scouring the pool of options available looking for the best defenders to buy for Gameweek 28 and 29. Lets take a look at some of the best.

Fixtures

Chelsea

Chelsea rank second on the fixture ticker. The Blues play Everton in Gameweek 28 and Aston Villa and Liverpool in Gameweek 29. With three fixtures in the next two Gameweeks the early indicators suggest investing in them could be beneficial.

Although slumping their way through rough defensive patches this season, the Blues seem to be tightening up again, especially since reverting back to their back three set-up. In fact in their last six Gameweeks they rank joint second best for goals conceded (five), joint third best for shots in the box conceded (38) and the third best for big chances conceded (six).

The standout option at the back is Ben Chilwell (£5.9m). Chelsea’s wing-back system allows Chilwell to get into some of the most attacking positions on the pitch. He also takes corners which is an additional route to points. Chilwell has been directly involved in four of Chelsea’s last six goals, reflecting his massive potential.

Another good option includes Wesley Fofana (£4.3m). The cheap enabling centre-back looks nailed in a back three. He is also managed to score in one of his most recent matches so also has some threat predominantly from set pieces.

Newcastle

Newcastle rank fourth on the fixture ticker in the round ahead. They also go into the next period with three fixtures in the next two Gameweeks. They face Nottingham Forest in Gameweek 28 and West Ham and Manchester United in Gameweek 29.

Although suffering a recent defensive rough patch, amongst all teams in the league Newcastle still rank for goals conceded (18) and joint first for clean sheets kept (12). Because of this and their fixtures it could be very rewarding to invest in the backline.

The standout option is of course Kieran Trippier (£6m). The full-back takes free kicks and corners which gives is an additional route to points. He also dominates the distribution stats amongst all defenders indicating big assist potential.

The second best defensive option is Fabian Schar (£5m). Amongst all teams in the league in the last six Gameweeks the centre-back ranks fifth amongst all defenders for non-penalty expected goal involvement (4.51). For managers looking for a cheaper way into the defence, Sven Botman (£4.5m) could be a great pick too.

Other great picks

  • Jordan Zemura (£4.3m) – The budget defender sits third on the fixture ticker with his team Bournemouth. He faces games against Aston Villa, Fulham and Brighton whilst also edging his teammates for non penalty expected goal involvement in the last six matches (2.50).
  • Timothy Castagne (£4.4m) – Leicester have fixtures against Crystal Palace, Brentford and Aston Villa. Playing with a wing-back system allows Castagne to advance into some of the most dangerous positions on the pitch.
  • Rico Henry (£4.5m) – Brentford play Leicester, Brighton and Manchester United in the next two Gameweeks and Henry ranks above all of his teammates for non penalty expected goal involvement in the last six Gameweeks (3.54).

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