The international break in November is here and that means one thing above all: recharging the Dream Team’s batteries before the festive period.
It is a time for reflection. A time to analyze your performance against your pre-season goals. And of course, it’s time to make those changes to bring you closer to your partner who seems to be getting lucky every week.
With almost every club in the Premier League experiencing injury problems – some more than others – it is important that you get a fit and healthy squad onto the pitch during this hectic period after the break.
It is also essential to collect the hidden treasures. Those players who deliver the most weeks but very few managers have been selected.
We’ve compiled the ten best-performing defenders that fewer than 10% of managers have included in their lineups to date. How many do you have?
The 10 best performing defenders with <10% ownership
- Fabian Schar (£4.3m) – 77 points – 6.3%
- Dan Burn (£3.6m) – 71 points – 4.8%
- Diogo Dalot (£3.4m) – 71 points – 3.1%
- Vitalii Mykolenko (£2.9m) – 71 points – 0.6%
- Pedro Porro (£3.2m) – 71 points – 5.7%
- Joachim Andersen (£3m) – 70 points – 6.9%
- Manuel Akanji (£4.4m) – 67 points – 5.5%
- Gabriel (£4.2m) – 67 points – 4.6%
- Lucas Digne (£2.8m) – 65 points – 6.9%
- Ezri Konsa (£3m) – 65 points – 3%
Fabian Schar is currently fifth in the defender points table along with Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Newcastle centre-back has been one of the key players in Eddie Howe’s side over the last 18 months, highlighted by his brilliant performances despite a change of partner at the heart of the defense.
Teammate Kieran Trippier leads the way in terms of defender points, but Schar is £1.1m cheaper and has averaged 4.5 points per gameweek so far this season.
There is another toon player who is also next on the list, with Dan Burn an integral part of Newcastle’s defense which has kept five clean sheets in the Premier League this season.
He is a further £0.7m cheaper than Schar, has six points less than the Swiss star and is featured in 4.8% of teams, compared to Schar’s 6.3%.
Diogo Dalot also has 71 points and has enjoyed a longer career in the Manchester United team as injuries and “tactical reasons” contribute to an often much-changed defensive line.
He has a Premier League goal to his name, three clean sheets – including in the last two games in the division – and only 3.1% of managers name him.
Do you think that’s low? Less than 1% (0.6%) of managers are suffering from Everton Vitalii Mykolenko as part of their squad, although they also collected 71 points.
The itinerant left-back already has a few league goals to his name, with Everton’s two goals conceded also adding to his points balance.
He averages an impressive 6.5 points per gameweek and his last four GW points are 9-10-8-11.
Pedro Porro is the last to score 71 points and is Spurs’ best performing defender, despite strong competition from Romero, Van de Ven and Udogie.
5.7% of managers have the Spaniard, a strong 6.9% below Joachim Andersen in their teams.
The Crystal Palace man has had a strong start to the season and has been mentioned many times this season as his growing resume shows no signs of stopping.
Despite 1, 2 and -1 points in three of the last four gameweeks, his average of 5.8 per GW remains high and he is still one to consider.
Manuel Akanji has scored two goals this season and is one of the first players in Manchester City’s defense that will always dominate the ball.
Only 5.5% have Akanji, which is perhaps surprising given its good value for money, although the 67 points it has scored so far suggests this may not be the case.
similar to Gabriel who also has 67 points and only 4.6% of players trust him – he seems to prefer his partner William Saliba.
Lucas Digne And Ezri Konsa do the business for Aston Villa and both have 65 points each so far.
Digne is £0.2m cheaper than Konsa, who was recently called up to his first England squad, and one would suspect his continued threat from the dead ball and balls from the left will pay dividends as the season progresses.
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