Fantasy Premier League tips 2016/17: Top 10 defenders you should consider buying


first_img 10 10 4: Erik Pieters (Stoke) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – One of these other £4.5m options is Stoke’s Erik Pieters. Another cheap starter, Pieters could be a good choice as a rotation defender. However, like Burnley, Stoke also have some tough initial fixtures and so Pieters may be a better choice down the line. 7: Wes Morgan (Leicester) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – The captain of the Premier League champions who gloriously lifted the trophy at the end of last season only costs £5.0m? It seems whoever decided on the FPL prices this year doubts the chances of Leicester repeating their heroics of last season. 10 2: Jordi Amat (Swansea) – £4.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Jordi Amat has featured regularly for Swansea in pre-season and, seeing as Ashley Williams is off to Everton, the Spaniard could become a permanent fixture in the side. Even if not, it’s always good to have a super-cheap £4.0m defender in your side to save money for the rest! 10 So you’ve got your two goalkeepers sorted and you’re now trying to figure out which five defenders you should choose to make up the next section of your team.(If you haven’t yet made a final decision on your ‘keepers, click here to see our seven recommendations.)Do you go with an expensive, high-class defence and sacrifice your midfield and attack slightly? Or do you go for the absolute bargain basement back line in order to load up your strike force?Whichever way you choose to do it, our top 10 suggestions, ranked by their value for money rating, should help you make these all-important decisions.Check out which defenders you should sign by clicking the right arrow above… 10 8: Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Last season was the first in Jose Mourinho’s career in which he has had a defence that crumbled to pieces. We think it’s pretty unlikely he’ll let that happen two years running and so Luke Shaw should be an absolute bargain for £5.5m… providing he doesn’t get injured! 3: Ben Mee (Burnley) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Ben Mee is a regular in the Burnley back line and is a solid choice as a cheap £4.5m defender. However, Burnley have some tough opening fixtures, so you may want to consider one of our other £4.5m options for the early stages and look again at Mee later on. 5: Emilio Nsue (Middlesbrough) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – ‘Boro’s Emilio Nsue is our favoured option of the £4.5m regular starters. This is mainly because his opening four fixtures against Stoke (H), Sunderland (A), West Brom (A) and Palace (H) provide a much more optimistic outlook for clean sheet possibilities than those of his £4.5m rivals. 10 1: John Terry (Chelsea) – £5.5m – Click the arrow above, right, to see the next player – You may be surprised to see John Terry on this list and rightly so, as Chelsea’s defence last season was a shambles at times. However, with Kurt Zouma still injured, the Blues captain is currently a guaranteed Chelsea starter and if defensive-minded coach Antonio Conte can get the team’s back four in order, Terry could be a bargain at £5.5m. 10 10 10: John Stones (Manchester City) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – £5.0m for John Stones at Everton was about the right price. However, £5.0m for John Stones in a Man City defence is an absolute BARGAIN. You don’t spent £40m+ on a player without intending to play him and, in recent times, City’s defence has been consistently one of the strongest in the league. REVEALED: Signings to avoid. 10 6: Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Walker may not always be the most reliable right-back in the world, but is Toby Alderweireld really going to score enough to be worth £6.5m as opposed to this man’s price tag of £5.5m? Don’t rule out Walker’s abilities to go forward and create goals himself. 9: Rob Holding/Calum Chambers (Arsenal) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – At the end of this week, when Arsene Wenger holds his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s opening game, be sure to listen in. With Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel all ruled out it’s expected at least one of Holding or Chambers should start for the Gunners. If they impress and keep their place, you could have just picked yourself up a long-term bargain. 10last_img

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