Assemble a cost-effective back line for the start of the new season with these Fantasy Premier League bargain defenders.
Recommended picks for 2018/19 include players from Arsenal, Man City, Everton, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Man Utd, Cardiff City, Wolves and Brighton.
💸 Héctor Bellerín ARS, £5.5m
Looked dangerous going forward towards the end of last season, so he could be a great source of six-points-apiece goals if he takes Unai Emery’s fancy.
He’s not a dead cert to start, so keep an eye on Arsenal’s pre-season for clues. If he plays, he could score you points in defence and attack.
💸 John Stones/Vincent Kompany MCI, £5.5m
Whichever one starts (or maybe they both will?), they’ve both demonstrated as recently as the World Cup that they pose an attacking threat from set pieces.
And as part of last season’s runaway champions’ defence, they’re likely to keep their fair share of clean sheets too.
💸 Séamus Coleman/Yerry Mina EVE, £5.5m
If a proper pre-season helps Coleman recapture his pre-injury form then he’s a potent weapon, while Mina offers plenty of goal threat from set pieces.
In addition, Marco Silva’s side have a favourable start to the season on paper in terms of fixtures.
💸 Patrick van Aanholt CRY, £5.5m
If he can finally have a consistent season he could hit double figures in terms of goals, given he’s managed 6, 5 and 5 in the last three despite missing games.
He just scored twice in a 6-1 friendly win over Halmstad, so it seems like he’s in good nick.
💸 Trent Alexander-Arnold LIV, £5m
Should he manage to keep his place ahead of the returning Nathaniel Clyne he could be a phenomenal bargain, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.
UPDATE: It doesn’t look likely he’ll start ahead of Clyne, so best avoided for now, but keep an eye on his progress all the same.
💸 Luke Shaw MUN, £5m
Ashley Young may be carrying a World Cup hangover, and even if he isn’t he may switch to right-back to cover for the injured Antonio Valencia.
This opens up a chance for Shaw to claim the left-back spot – he certainly sounded focused and determined in an interview the other day.
💸 Sean Morrison CAR, £5m
Scored seven goals in last season’s Championship and should pose a threat in the top flight if Neil Warnock’s side keep it tight and rely on set pieces.
💸 Willy Boly/Ryan Bennett WOL, £4.5m/£4m
Boly’s starting place looks more nailed-on and he carries a goal threat at set pieces, but keep an eye out for Bennett’s likelihood of starting since he’s so cheap.
Left-back Douglas is the most expensive but his five goals and 14 assists in last season’s Championship suggest he could pay off in spades.
Wolves were strong defensively last year, so if they can make the step up to Premier League then they could boast some of the best bargains.
💸 Aaron Wan-Bissaka CRY, £4m
The 20-year-old earned rave reviews for his performances at the end of last season, but his right-back competitor Joel Ward recently signed a new contract.
This indicates that Ward may have had assurances about his starting place,
💸 Ezequiel Schelotto BHA, £4m
Looked like he may have wrested Brighton’s right-back spot off Bruno last season, so that’s a situation worth watching.