In the last few seasons, defenders have become providers of points in FPL, with many supplying points at both ends of the pitch. Here are some of those premium FPL options:
Andy Robertson (Liverpool, £7million)
The Scottish international helped the Reds keep 21 clean sheets last season. At the other end of the pitch, the former Hull star produced 12 assists, picking up a massive 29 bonus points. Robertson collected 213 points in all, finishing the campaign as the top-scoring defender in FPL. The full-back is likely to be the mainstay of many of the top FPL teams this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £7million)
The England international started last season as an FPL bargain. However, the youngster’s price rose after helped Liverpool keep 16 clean sheets. Alexander-Arnold scored once and also produced 13 assists, picking up 25 bonus points. Only Reds teammate Robertson and Virgil van Dijk scored more points as defenders last season. Alexander-Arnold is an alternative or a potential partner for the Scot.
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, £6.5million)
The Dutch international established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. Van Dijk picked up 208 points courtesy of four goals, four assists and 20 clean sheets. The former Southampton defender was a bigger goal threat than his two high-scoring defensive teammates. He is likely to be in many people’s thoughts as a slightly cheaper option than Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City, £6.5million)
The French centre-back seemed to be immune from Citizens boss Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy. The former Athletic Bilbao star is likely to be the safest defensive option for the champions. Not only did Laporte help City to 18 clean sheets, he scored three goals and also picked up three assists. He looks like a great FPL option, even if he does come at a premium.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea, £6.5million)
At one point in his Chelsea career, the Spaniard was regarded as a must-have FPL asset, as he produced so many attacking returns. Last season was not as fruitful, though, as he scored two goals and produced eight assists, while also picking up 14 clean sheets.
The full-back was not always in favour with former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during the campaign. Whether Alonso is a good FPL option this season will likely depend on whether new Blues boss Frank Lampard is a fan of the Spanish international.
Lucas Digne (Everton, £6million)
The France international enjoyed a very good debut campaign for Everton after a move from Barcelona last summer. Not only did Digne catch the eye defensively, keeping 13 clean sheets, he also impressed going forward too. In fact, the full-back scored four goals and produced five assists. His ability from set-pieces makes him an even more attractive FPL option for next season. For us, at £6million he looks like a shrewd purchase, especially as the Toffees have a favourable start to the campaign.
David Luiz (Chelsea, £6million)
The Brazilian centre-back was the fourth highest-scoring defender in FPL last season. The experienced defender helped Chelsea to keep 16 clean sheets, while also scoring three goals and picking up two assists. With the Blues unlikely to bring in a new central defensive this summer, Luiz will once again be a key figure for the team from south west London. He is not an obvious choice, but could well prove to be a good maverick choice.
Which of the above players will be in your FPL team next season?