Many a time FPL managers tend to spend a lot on buying fancy forwards and midfielders and are often left to spend pennies on defenders. However ignoring defenders in FPL means you’ve lost half the battle on your way up top as defenders have proved time and again that they offer the highest returns per million. Hence, FYS takes a look at some of the budget defenders whom you can give a shot if you’re running a little low on cash:
1. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth, 5 million)
The defender owned by the most number of FPL managers this season after David Luiz is the first one to make it to our list. He earned the 7th most number of points last season among defenders, scored 4 and assisted another 3 times while also keeping 10 clean sheets. The Bournemouth man has a decent run in at the start of the season too and it’s hard to ignore the Englishman’s attacking prowess.
2. Lewis Dunk (Brighton, 4.5 million)
The 6’3 centre back helped Brighton and Hove Albion secure promotion last season and offers exciting offensive and defensive returns. In the Championship last season, Brighton kept the most number of clean sheets (21) and Dunk played a huge role in that by producing 481 clearances, blocks and interceptions. The 25-year-old also offers a serious set piece threat thanks to his towering presence and scored 2 goals last season. However he is an asset to be used with caution – he was sent off once last season, while also receiving 12 yellow cards.
3. Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham, 5 million)
The ex Manchester City right back has always been known for his attacking instincts and with regular game time at West Ham, who kept 10 clean sheets last season he could turn out to be a stunning differential owned by under 3% of the managers. During his peak, the Argentine scored 4 goals and assisted another 12 over 3 seasons at the Etihad and hopefully, he can find his mojo back with the Hammers.
4. Chris Lowe (Huddersfield, 4.5 million)
The full back came to Huddersfield last season on a free transfer from Kaiserslautern and could prove to be an excellent differential (owned by under 1% FPL managers). While his output of 2 goals and 2 assists in the Championship doesn’t put him in the “must have” category, he did produce 1.2 successful crosses per every appearance and produces a key pass every 74.1 minutes. His attacking returns may not match his fellow full back, Smith however at 4.5 million he might be a decent acquisition considering that he took Huddersfield’s penalties last season and Huddersfield have a very welcoming fixture list in the Premier League this season.
5. Cedric Soares (Southampton, 5 million)
The Southampton right back is not as glorious going forward as his defensive partner, Ryan Bertrand, but at 5 million he is a very good option for FPL managers. He created more chances than Manchester City’s new 50 million signing Kyle Walker (40) and also recorded 12 clean sheets in just 30 Premier League appearances. He offers a great potential for returns on both ends of the pitch and that is the reason why more than 16 % of the managers have already snapped up the Portuguese.