Who will be in your Fantasy Football defensive wall? John Egan, Kieran Tierney?

With less than a week before the conclusion of the season, it’s time to select which defenders will and will not be on your Sky Sports Fantasy Football backline. Goalkeepers and defenders are essential members of any squad, but they have grown in importance in the sport of Fantasy Football, particularly in Sky Sports Fantasy Football.

Find out Fantasy Football defensive wall?

In the 2018/19 season, there were five defenders among the top ten point scorers in the game, but in the previous season, there were four goalkeepers and defenders combined who accomplished the same feat, including Dean Henderson and the Liverpool trio of Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Virgil van Dijk. There are some possible steals and some that will appear out of nowhere, but two or three of these five defensive players should be at the top of your list when putting up your starting lineup.

£7.2 million for John Egan

£7.2 million for John Egan

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John Egan was a good value for money during Sheffield United’s excellent season, scoring 146 Fantasy Football points in his maiden season in the Premier League. Despite his higher price tag of £7.2m, he is one of the cheapest assets in defense, having started the bulk of games last season. This is reflected in his current selection percentage of 11.75 percent. The pricing caters to the larger defensive players, but at one of the value or budget options, you can’t go wrong with Egan, a quality defender who maintained 13 clean sheets last season, scoring twice and scooping up two man-of-the-match honors.

Virgil van Dijk – £10.9 million

Virgil van Dijk - £10.9 million

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Virgil van Dijk scored the most points of any defender and any player in Sky Sports Fantasy Football for the second season in a row, although scoring 31 points fewer (268) than in 2018/19. (299). This still equates to 7.1 points per game, which is a reasonable average for the most expensive defender, whose price has risen to £10.9 million for the current season. It does not seem to have deterred many, with Van Dijk appearing in 32.37 percent of Fantasy Football teams. With 15 clean sheets, five goals, and 21 tier-two passing bonus points (70+) last season, it seems that even £10.9m is not too much to pay to have him on your team. With just four games remaining until the Overhaul (unlimited moves within a £100m budget for a defined amount of time), Van Dijk seems to be a solid path to get your season off to a strong start, beginning with new boys Leeds on Saturday, despite Chelsea and Arsenal following.

Nick Pope – £6.7 million

Nick Pope - £6.7 million

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Last season, the Burnley goalkeeper scored 215 Fantasy points, behind only Dean Henderson, who finished first. Pope only had one clean sheet behind Ederson, who won the Golden Glove. He has now received an England call-up as a result of his strong performances between the posts. Burnley’s tenacious defense only allowed 50 goals last season, and this level of consistency is anticipated to continue next season. Burnley face Southampton and Newcastle before the international break, after a difficult journey to Leicester on the first day. Pope earned tier one bonus points (three or more saves) 15 times and tier two bonus points (five or more saves) six times, indicating that even when clean sheets are scarce, your number one will provide averages.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – £10.6 million

Trent Alexander-Arnold – £10.6 million

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Trent Alexander-Arnold finished fourth in Fantasy Football with 245 points last season. For the second year in a row, he had at least 10 assists, finishing the season with 13. Trent strolled to the Young Player of the Year accolade and is looking forward to another successful season in the red of Liverpool. Perhaps the fact that the England full-back costs £0.3 million less than his teammate Virgil van Dijk is the explanation for his greater selection rate of 37.07 percent. Will Alexander Arnold be in your starting lineup on the first day? You may play for free.

Kieran Tierney – £8.1 million

Kieran Tierney - £8.1 million

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Kieran Tierney truly came into his own towards the end of last season, and the Scotland full-back was instrumental in Arsenal’s FA Cup victory. With a pre-season under his belt, he should be ready to go for the new season. His numbers may not seem to be encouraging, but his ability to go down the sides and all the way to the byline before delivering inch-perfect crosses should account for an increase in defensive assists. In addition, with William Saliba returning from loan and Gabriel introduced, Arsenal’s defense should (should) be a little more robust and durable, making clean sheet points more likely. The opening match of the season, Fulham vs. Arsenal at Craven Cottage, is just around the corner. Change and improve your squad, and who knows, you could win!

 

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