The new Fantasy Football season will arrive soon, and as aspiring managers put aside homework and social lives to build their dream teams, we analyse who could be the best defensive and goalkeeper signings under the £6m mark.
This article's focus will primarily be on value for money, listing players whose affordable values could be golden for your team. The article will also only account for the first three gameweeks or so, where the listed players are likely to get the most amount of points.
All figures quoted are from the Premier League's official Fantasy Football game.
1. Ben Foster - £5.0m - West Bromwich Albion - Goalkeeper
The England international 'keeper kept seven clean sheets last season out of 20 League appearances. He was kept out many of WBA's games owing to a groin injury but now he is back in full fitness, and if he continues his impressive ratio of clean sheets to games, he could very well be gold dust in goal.
2. Sebastien Bassong - £5.0m - Norwich City - Defender
The Cameroonian international formerly of Spurs was Norwich City's player of the season, helping his side to keep 10 clean sheets and scoring three goals. He amassed an impressive 121 points in 2012/13, and starting with games against Everton, Hull City and Southampton, who perhaps do not pose such an attacking bite, Bassong may be a top pick. 3. Phil Jagielka - £5.5m - Everton - Defender
The 30-year-old newly-appointed captain of Everton guided the Toffees to 10 clean sheets last season. Though amassing less in terms of points to teammate Leighton Baines, he is cheaper than the left-back. He starts his season against Norwich, before playing West Bomwich Albion and Cardiff. He should not concede too many goals in these games.
4. Cesar Azpilicueta - £6.0m - Chelsea - Defender
The Spanish international made the right-back position his own last season under Rafa Benitez's management, keeping nine clean sheets whilst laying on six assists, in 27 League matches.
He faces stiff competition for places under Mourinho's regime, but an opening game against Hull, potential clean sheets and goals galore means 'Dave', as he is known, may be a punt worth having.
Wildcard Choice - Vincent Kompany - £6.5m - Manchester City - Defender
The Belgian and City captain's form will be pivotal to how the Citizens respond to coming second last season to their rivals, Manchester United.
Vincent is our wildcard choice, the single player above the value of the £6.0m guideline, because we feel, with opening games against Newcastle, Cardiff, Hull and Stoke, he will be playing a key role in keeping some clean sheets for his side. That's the first of our defenders (and goalkeeper) guide for Fantasy Football this season. These are purely our suggestions, but we'd love to hear yours, leave them in the comment section below.
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