FPL managers are backing the premium defenders for their Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 1 team.
It’s the Fantasy Football Community bringing their defenders roundup of articles, videos and tweets for your Fantasy Premier League Tips.
All of the early pre-season hype was aimed at the premium defenders Laporte, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and Digne. WGTA christened this premium quartet L-A-R-D, but with Zinchenko looking set to start the season for Manchester City, many are tempted to adopt Z-A-R-D for a one million pound saving.
— Who Got The Assist? (@WGTA_FPL) June 28, 2019
However, its not just the big premium options that are being tipped. Gameweek 38 hero and founder of the League of Doing Bits, Patrick Van Aanholt is being tipped by Let’s Talk FPL’s Andy. There’s some tasty early fixtures, but Crystal Palace will be starting the season with a depleted backline.
First 7 games include:
EVE (H), SHU (A), AVL (H), WOL (H), NOR (H) pic.twitter.com/xVg8Gchb5n
— Andy (@LetsTalk_FPL) July 10, 2019
FPL Tips advises plenty of premium options in his latest YouTube video. The choice between Liverpool defenders is tricky, with Andrew Robertson, Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold all prominent options. It’s the youngster who ended last season in the best form, but a double up could be a clever move.
🎥 NEW #FPL VIDEO 🎥
💬 10 of his 13 assists came during the last 11 games of the season 👀
Can Alexander-Arnold improve on his tally in 2019/20?
— FPLtips (@_FPLtips) July 15, 2019
Saving 0.5 million by going for Virgil Van Dijk over one of Liverpool’s full backs could be a canny way of saving cash and making upgrades elsewhere. In a very popular Twitter thread, FPL James considers a number of potential downgrades and values their worth.
With money so tight this year in #FPL, I have explored if their any minor downgrades that would make minimal difference to our squads and would allow more noticeable upgrades in other areas 👍🏼 #FPLCommmunity
(All stats from 18/19 season)
— FPL James (@James_FPL) July 10, 2019
It’s Virgil Van Dijk at his friendlier price who’s leading the defenders ownership charts, thanks to the Fantasy Football Pundits. Many FPL managers will be put off by investing seven million pounds in one defensive player. Wan-Bissaka is popular following his big money move and price hike at Manchester United.
1️⃣ Van Dijk – 40.7%
2️⃣ Robertson – 37.6%
3️⃣ Wan-Bissaka 32.0%
4️⃣ Alexander-Arnold 29.1%
5️⃣ Digne 28.1%
— Fantasy Football Pundits (@FFPundits) July 11, 2019
Nick from popular podcast Who Got The Assist? sees Lucas Digne as an excellent option for his Gameweek 1 team. It’s a convincing argument: this volatile player prevailed across the statistics charts in his last campaign and has a tempting run of opening fixtures.
8 reasons why Lucas Digne is in my #FPL team
🔵 Top for chances created last seasons for defs (71)
🔵 6th for shots on target for defs
🔵Nailed on full back, Baines has had an extension and will happily deputise
🔵Amazing opening fixtures – cpl, WAT, avl, wol, bou, SHU pic.twitter.com/kJKo9RmXdm
— Who Nicked the Assist (@WGTA_Nick) July 13, 2019
FPDontTakeTheL has spotted an intriguing defensive rotation which avoids the traditional top six for all 38 gameweeks. With credible defences Wolves and West Ham in the mix, you could net this budget rotation at under 10 million, giving flexibility elsewhere.
😱DID YOU KNOW: If you have rotating Wolves/West Ham defenders you’ll avoid the TOP 6 ALL SEASON!
— FPDontTakeTheL (@FPDontTakeTheL) July 15, 2019
Another potential rotation coming in even cheaper is Leicester and West Ham: it could be a decent run for the opening 12 gameweeks, which for many FPL managers will take them to their first wildcard. The rumoured move of Lewis Dunk to Leicester needs to happen for this to come in at a viable price.
Lewis Dunk £4.5m and Issa Diop £4.5m | Two-way rotation anyone?
— The Editor (@FPLEditor) July 15, 2019
Chris of FPL FC is tipping Zinchenko as a great option to start the season with. It’s certainly looking to be a viable option with Mendy out for the opening weeks. The fixtures look great and he’s a cheap way into one of the best defences in the league – just keep an eye out for new signing Angelino.
The Mendy injury might mean Zinchenko providing a great value pick from the Man City defence.
✅ Plays in a top defence
✅ whu, TOT, bou, BHA
⚠️ Only a short term pick
⚠️ Not guaranteed to start with Angelino lurking – keep tabs with preseason #FPL
— 🄲🄷🅁🄸🅂 🏆 (@FPL_FC) July 19, 2019
Clarke Hutchinson from Fantasy Bet has produced an excellent guide to defenders. His articles span across the price ranges and also includes an excellent feature on potential rotations of the 4.5 million priced defensive assets. It’s a series well worth checking out.
Coverage is a misconception in #FPL, but here's mine in writing.
Complete guide to defenders📝
— Clarke (@ClarkeHutchison) July 19, 2019
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was last seasons budget bench player of choice, and it looks like his deputy could follow in his footsteps. Martin Kelly is now the first choice right back at Crystal Palace: his bonus points potential is less superior than his predecessor, but you can’t go wrong with a 4.0 million starter.
£4m Kelly starts again… 👀
…this seasons AWB? https://t.co/pRZXCINPMe
— #FPL Drew (@FFPundits_Drew) July 20, 2019
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