When assembling your fantasy World Cup team you are probably planning on prioritising your budget for attacking players. While this is a credible strategy it pays to do your research when it comes to defenders as these can be a valuable source of points for way less outlay.
A key difference when playing our fantasy game in comparison to most other typical fantasy games is the scoring, as players are given two extra points for a win. As a result, it pays to ensure that you are picking as many players as possible that are expected to win their respective matches.
Below are three defenders who are expected to shine for some of the best teams offering points at both ends of the pitch over the next month alongside one final pick who could offer exceptional value.
Likely to be one of the most popular defenders amongst fantasy teams this summer is Brazilian wing back Marcelo.
The left sided defender has had another remarkable season playing a key role at Real Madrid which was capped off with his fourth Champions League medal.
Having contributed 5 goals and 11 assists in 44 matches this season, Marcelo is expected to be first choice for the Canarinho.
Joshua Kimmich (Germany)
Another team expected to go far in the prestigious tournament is Germany and an important player for them is likely to be Joshua Kimmich.
When legendary right back Philip Lahm hung up his boots last year nobody expected that such an able understudy would emerge for club and country but Kimmich has filled his shoes more than ably since.
The creative full back has been in exceptional form for Bayern Munich this season having provided 17 assists and could easily make a couple more chances for team mates this summer.
Jordi Alba (Spain)
Spain’s decorated left back is another who is expected to shine once again on the international stage in Russia.
Having been a part of the European Championship winning team in 2012, Alba would relish the opportunity to add a world cup trophy to his impressive CV.
The 29 year old has enjoyed another storming season guiding Barcelona to another La Liga championship supplying 12 assists in 48 matches.
Santiago Arias (Colombia)
By no means as much of a household name as the rest of the list but this Columbian defender could present an excellent enabler for more higher valued players in the rest of your team.
Columbia were a bit of a surprise package at the last World Cup making it to the Quarter Finals before being knocked out by hosts Brazil. They could go just as far this year too as they have been generously placed in a group with Japan, Senegal and Poland and could easily finish the group on 9 points.
Right back Arias plays his club football for newly crowned Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven where the 26 year old played 35 matches, 3 goals and 6 assists.
Although the Columbian isn’t quite as exciting a pick as the others in the list he still provides an excellent opportunity to gain some big points for less outlay.