fantasy premier league defenders – the best attacking defenders season review


Here’s our fantasy premier league defenders article where we outline the best attacking defenders of the season so far.  We taken their xG and xA and converted them into theoretical FPL attacking points.

fantasy premier league defenders – the best attacking defenders season review

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I’ve take the xG90 and xA90 for the season to date and converted them into FPL attacking points having adjusted the total for average minutes played.  To qualify the players must have played 1368 minutes which is 40% of the available minutes.

I’ve also included their xG and xA as well as their  PPM.  All stats are from the free site understat 

See also our defender and goalkeeper rankings article

The Schedule

fantasy premier league defenders

fantasy premier league defenders

fantasy premier league defenders

A few comments

The scary thing is there are only 7 players with a PPM of 4 or over.  Only Willy Boly is outside the top 22 places.

It made me look at my own team which had 13 players with a PPM of 4.0 or over.  There were 84 games with players who averaged 4.0 or over in my team.   In reality 18 games were from 9 players who averaged less than 4.0 or better in the schedule above who shifted up the averages into my team.  That doesn’t sound great to me compared to 50 games from 8 players who got less than 4.0 PPM

What it does show is that it will be difficult to have players who average 4.0 PPM as your front line players.

Ignoring Lundstram who was a midfielder those 7 players are

Alexander Arnold





Van Dijk


5 of the 7 are full backs from top 6 sides.  Van Dijk is from one of the best defensive sides in Liverpool and Boly is a bit of an anomaly to be fair.

Maybe the way to go is to concentrate on 3 attacking fullbacks from top 6 sides and then the others should be cheap FPL bench players

Food for thought anyway


Other posts

The FFGeek season review

Andrew Whitfield season review

Costas Chari end of season review

A deep dive on the FFGeek Contributors

Final wrap up of the 10 top FPL managers

Rob Reid’s season review

Rob Reids overview of the Promoted Teams

Player Rankings Defenders

Player Rankings Midfielders

Player Rankings forwards

The Underlying Stats team of the season

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