The Christmas period is in the past, and we can relax (a little) for a weekend when FPL has its break because of FA Cup games. For the free days, I prepared a list of three defenders who could be a good addition to your fantasy squad, as they’re cheap and should help you gain some points for clean sheets in upcoming weeks.
Injury comeback: John Stones
Club: Manchester City
Current price: 5.4M
Fixtures: liv, NEW, WBA, bur, LEI
John Stones made his comeback against Watford after recovering from injury. He played 67 mins and immediately picked up bonus points for a clean sheet. Stones’ return is great news for Pep Guardiola because ManCity is a little short on central defenders. Except for Stones, ManCity is relying on injury-prone Vincent Kompany and Elaquim Mangala, who doesn’t really have Guardiola’s trust. Stones should be ahead of both in the pecking order to partner with Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of the defense and, for his price of 5.4M, offers an excellent value to pick up. If you want to have ManCity’s defense asset and save some funds, Stones is your man.
Moving target: Virgil van Dijk
Current price: 5.4M
Fixtures: MCI, swa, hud, TOT, sou
Liverpool finally got its dream defender and paid an unbelievable amount of money for him. You can be sure that he will have a secure spot in the starting eleven, if healthy, and should improve Liverpool’s defense. Some can say that he is not worth that money but from the FPL perspective, I believe that he’ll be an upgrade and will help Liverpool to keep more clean sheets. Same as Stones – there are not many defenders from TOP Clubs with a low price tag like these two and with only 2.4% ownership, he’s also a great differential. If you still don’t have money on Van Dijk, it could be a nice move to look at cheaper Liverpool assets like Gomez, Arnold, or Robertson who could benefit from Van Dijk’s arrival.
Risky pick: Calum Chambers
Current price: 4.7M
Fixtures: bou, CRY, swa, EVE, tot
The third target of mine is a risky one but also the cheapest. Arsenal’s Calum Chambers got a chance in the starting eleven three games in a row when Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, and Sead Kolasinac were out of the game because of injury. The Englishman didn’t disappoint and could hold his place for upcoming fixtures until both central defenders are able to play. With a nice run of fixtures coming up, Chambers could offer a nice punt for your defense as a short-term pick.