Low-Costing Defenders Who Could Offer Huge Rewards In Fantasy Premier League

FPL kicks off on Friday night
08:00, 10 Aug 2023

The new Premier League campaign is just one day away which means another chaotic year of Fantasy Premier League awaits. Managers all around the world will be making the final adjustments to their squads that will start the season and hopefully get them off to a flying start.

There are countless tactics for squad building and one that seems to be quite popular is short-changing the defence to open up more funds for the midfield and attack. This can go horribly wrong unless you put some thought into this approach.

Here are some options to help you get the best out of a low-costing defence.

Kenny Tete - Fulham (£4.5m)

Full-back Kenny Tete was one of Fulham’s star players last year and his performances reportedly caught the eye of some of the bigger clubs in the Premier League over the summer. Not only did Tete help the Cottagers keep seven clean sheets last term, he also chipped in with one goal and five assists.

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Tyrone Mings - Aston Villa (£4.5m)

This time a year ago things were looking bleak for Tyrone Mings at Aston Villa. Former boss Steven Gerrard stripped him of the captaincy and there was speculation that his time in claret and blue was coming to an end. Thankfully he rediscovered his best form under Unai Emery and helped the club keep 12 clean sheets in the top flight last year. The England international also scored once and registered three assists. 

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Ethan Pinnock - Brentford (£4.5m)

Brentford posted an incredible ninth-place finish in the Premier League last term under Thomas Frank and the Bees will be hungry for more this season. Centre-back Ethan Pinnock helped the club keep 10 clean sheets last year and he also showed his goalscoring abilities by netting three times - the joint-most from a defender in 2022-23. Goals from defenders are worth their weight in gold in FPL.

Sven Botman - Newcastle United (£4.5m)

Netherlands defender Sven Botman enjoyed a successful first season with Newcastle United, helping the Magpies qualify for the Champions League. The Dutchman is primed to play a much bigger role for Eddie Howe’s side this campaign and will be eager to beat his tally of 13 clean sheets and two assists from last season.

Ryan Giles - Luton Town (£4.5m)

Ryan Giles joined Luton Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer and it is a transfer that hasn't received much praise. Giles was one of the best full-backs in the Championship as he provided 11 assists for Middlesbrough as they reached the play-offs which the Hatters eventually won. If he can make the step up to the top flight, his left foot is a dangerous weapon.

Levi Colwill - Chelsea (£4.5m)

It was only a few months ago that defender Levi Colwill would be seeking a permanent move from Chelsea given their struggles last year and his impressive loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion. The 20-year-old has now won the European Championship with the England Under-21s and has signed a new long-term contract with the London club after positive talks with new boss Mauricio Pochettino. He is likely to play an important role at Stamford Bridge this year.

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