10 Fantasy Premier League bargain defenders
- By Football Burp
Get ready for the 2016-17 season with this carefully scouted list of Fantasy Premier League bargain defenders, here to propel you to fantasy football success.
Gareth McAuley, West Brom – £4.5m
Team-mate Craig Dawson scores even more frequently but costs slightly more at £5m, while regular assists provider Chris Brunt – also £5m – is listed as a defender this season.
Previously down as a midfielder, Brunt is currently injured but is expected back a few weeks into the new campaign.
George Friend, Middlesbrough – £4.5m
Boro’s attacking left-back made the Championship Team of the Year two seasons running and will now enjoy back-up from former Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés.
Pape Souaré, Crystal Palace – £4.5m
Alan Pardew sides tend to be streaky, so if Palace start stringing results together then it could be wise to lump on their Senegalese left-back.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Man Utd – £4.5m
He might not be a starter straight away, but youngster Fosu-Mensah is thought to figure in José Mourinho’s plans.
Keep an eye also on £5.5m Antonio Valencia, who was a bonus points magnet after returning from injury at the end of last season.
Michael Keane, Burnley – £5m
The former Man Utd youngster was pivotal to his side’s Championship title-winning success last season, scoring five goals along the way.
Patrick van Aanholt, Sunderland – £5m
Underlined his attacking potency by scoring in four consecutive matches towards the end of last season, and should keep clean sheets under David Moyes.
Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth – £5m
Three goals and five assists last season put him amongst the top ten points-scoring defenders in the FPL.
Wes Morgan/Robert Huth, Leicester – £5m
They may have won the title but you wouldn’t know it from the modest pricing.
A word of warning: Huth is suspended for the opening game of the season.
Ashley Williams, Swansea – £5m
At just £4.5m, his team-mate Federico Fernández is also worthy of your consideration.
Leighton Baines, Everton – £5.5m
Due to injuries, his price is well below what it has been in recent seasons – but if he’s back on penalties and a starter in a Ronald Koeman defence, he could be the bargain of the year.
At £5m apiece, John Stones and set piece danger Ramiro Funes Mori are also worth a look.