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Top 5 Defenders to have in your FPL side - Fantasy Premier League 2019

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14.63K   //    06 Aug 2019, 22:30 IST

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Wizard
Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Wizard

The introduction of attacking fullbacks has changed the way modern-day football is played. They are expected to contribute as much to attacking forays as they do in defense, and many teams rely exclusively on them to provide width. The scoring system in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) with six points for a goal from a defender means that they can be a rich source of points.

Fantasy Premier League - Utkarsh Dalmia - Team Zophar
Fantasy Premier League - Utkarsh Dalmia - Team Zophar

Even the way the Bonus Points System (BPS) is tailored means that any attacking contribution leads to them picking up bonus points, and when combined with a clean sheet these can lead to massive FPL point hauls. For the first time in the history of FPL, two defenders breached the 200 point mark in the 2018/19 season and this article aims to identify the candidates who I believe can achieve a similar output –


1) Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV, 7.0m) –

Liverpool v Man City - FA Community Shield
Liverpool v Man City - FA Community Shield

The young Liverpudlian became a household name in the 2018/19 campaign after his impressive displays and is without a doubt the number one defensive asset in the game. Over the last eight gameweeks of last season, only Digne (19) created more chances than the Englishman's 18 and no defender came close to matching his six assists. His total of 13 assists was one more than Robertson despite playing nearly 600 minutes less.

Set piece duties are a huge part of his appeal and he took 38 of the Reds' corners in this period. He is also proficient at free-kicks and would hope to improve on his goal tally of just one from last season. The Reds' defense itself needs no introduction, keeping a whopping 21 clean sheets last season. Though he was rotated with Gomez at times last season, his importance to Liverpool's attacking play cannot be overstated and given the experience of a full season under his belt, he should only see more minutes this season.

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