Fantasy Premier League Tips: 10 defenders to watch out for this season

Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
Bellerin had a great 2015/16 campaign and is expected to carry on that run of form
Arvind Sriram

With the arrival of superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Sane and other attackers, most people would be scrambling to try and fit in these big names in their fantasy premier league squads with little money for the defence, which may not be such a wise option.

Clean sheets contribute massive points to a team. With each clean sheet worth 4 points, it would be advisable to choose defenders from teams boasting solid back fours. In general, though, attacking full backs contribute the most to a team due to the fact that each assist contributes 3 points while a goal is worth a massive 6 points.

On that note, here is a list of 10 must have defenders for each FPL manager: 

#10 Hector Bellerin - £6.5m

Hector Bellerin was one of Arsenal’s best players last season. His ability to bomb down the wing and deliver useful balls into the box adds to his value.

His 6 assists and 1 goal, along with the fact that he was the leader among defenders in points, justifies his pricey £6.5m price tag. Bellerin’s pace allows him to constantly track back while defending counter attacks and also lead counter attacks himself. One of the best young defenders in the world, Bellerin also received the highest bonus points for a defender in the league.

With Cech between the posts and the imminent arrival of Mustafi from Valencia, Arsenal would be expected to keep a large number of clean sheets. They managed 18 last season and that number could reach 20 for the 2016/17 campaign. Arsenal have a tough initial run of fixtures, so Bellerin could be a useful pick in the month of September.

First six fixtures: Liverpool(H) Leicester(A) Watford(A) Southampton(H) Hull(A) Chelsea(H)

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