Fantasy premier league – The best 10 attacking defenders

I’ve had a look at the stats in a bit more detail to give you my views of the best attacking defenders in fantasy premier league.

It’s a very subjective area so it comes with a bit of a health warning but will give you some ideas on who to choose.  Its complicated by the fact that as a general rule CBs get goals and FBs assists unless they are  involved in the free kicks so comparing the 2 is difficult.   I did give more weight to goals as not only are the 6 points in fantasy premier league for defenders goals as opposed to 3 for an assist, they will also virtually guarantee  some sort of bonus award.    The starting point has been the number of goals and assist but looked at the underlying stats as well as good old observation to give a more complete picture.
Here it is:


 Player  Goals  Assists  Team CS’s
1 McAuley (WBA) – £5.4m 2 1 4
2 Baines (Everton) – £7.7m 2 0 6
3 Terry (Chelsea)  – £6.4m 1 1 3
4 Lovren (Southampton) – £5.8m 1 1 6
5 Huth (Stoke) – £5.4m 0 2 3
6 Caulker (Cardiff) – £5.0m 2 0 3
7 Coleman (Everton) – £5.5m 1 1 6
8 Evra (Man Utd) – £6.3m 0 2 3
9 Enrique (Liverpool) £5.8 0 2 4
10 Zabaleta (Man City) £6.1m 0 2 4

Here’s a few words on each.

McAuley:  Until 2 games ago he had just the 1 goal but its a goal and an assist in his last 2 games and looks a constant menace at free kicks and corners

Baines:  I’ve checked abut 3 times to see that he hasn’t got any assists.  One of the few players with regular free kick duties

Terry:  Looks a threat in the air from every set piece

Lovren:   Another player who looks strong at set pieces.  Would have been 2 goals if it weren’t for Lallana’s calf at Old Trafford

Huth:  Hasn’t scored but has good goal scoring history plus good underlying stats.

Coleman:  Only returns have come from the opening day but always getting forward and creating chances

Evra:  Hasn’t been the set piece threat of last year but getting forward and creating chances still

Enrique:  has had strong attacking instincts since his Newcastle days.  Will suit Rodgers wing back position in 3 -5 2

Zabaleta:  Has some attacking issues but a strong overlapping presence especially when Nasri plays on the right and tucks in.

Other fantasy premier league defenders worth mentioning:

Kolarov:  No returns yet but great creating chances and shooting stats will eventually reap rewards if gets a regular run

W Reid:  Out injured now but a handful at set pieces

G Johnson:  Amazingly yet to have a fantasy premier league return but history says will undoubtedly will do

K Walker: Again amazingly no returns to date but will definitely do so.

Ivanovic:  only 1 to date but scored 5 goals last year in fantasy premier league and 3 and 4 in the2 seasons prior to that

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