Guide to the 4.0 defenders
The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) player price list served up very slim pickings in the 4.0 defender price range. The majority sadly aren’t regulars for their clubs, but we’ve picked out a handful that could offer regular game time.
These defenders are a great way to save budget, and you’ll never know when you need to call upon them, so choosing players who guarantee game time can be important.
James Chester (Hull)
The 24 year-old centre-back was a regular in Hull’s promotion campaign, and should keep his place alongside new signings Curtis Davies (4.5) and Maynor Figueroa (4.5) in Hull’s 3-5-2 formation. Paul McShane (4.0) and Abdoulaye Faye (4.0), regulars alongside Chester last season, are expected to lose their place.
Chester recently signed a new 3-year contract and the former Man United youngster is tipped to have a great future.
Hull’s first 6 home matches are against Norwich, Cardiff, West Ham, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, so Chester could offer some early value.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
Ward is the regular right-back for Palace and chipped in with 1 assist last season.
Crystal Palace only kept 11 clean sheets last season, so we can’t expect many shut outs. But regular lots of 60 minutes and a chance of attacking points isn’t bad for 4.0.
Jonathan Parr (Crystal Palace)
Parr is the regular left-back for Palace and offered more attacking threat than Ward with 4 assists.
He’s currently recovering from an ankle injury picked up towards the end of last season, but is hopeful he’ll be fit for the season kick-off.
Ben Turner (Cardiff)
Turner is a regular centre-back for Cardiff alongside Mark Hudson (4.5). Turner scored once last season and is the only 4.0 regular amongst the Cardiff defence.
The Welsh side kept 18 clean sheets last season and only conceded more than once at home on two occasions.
Edit: Steven Caulker’s arrival looks to have demoted Turner to a bench role, with club captain, Mark Hudson, keeping his place. However new right-back, John Brayford, looks nailed on (ousting Matt Connelly) and is priced at 4.0, so we have an alternative.
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa)
Baker is the most uncertain of our picks, despite finishing last season in excellent form alongside Ron Vlaar in the centre of defence.
The fans favourite is competing against Vlaar (4.5), Ciaran Clark (4.5), and new signing Jores Okore (4.5) for a centre-back role in Villa’s back 4.
Vlaar looks the most secure, but Baker faces stiff competition from Okore to keep his place. However, Okore picked up an injury in pre-season, so Baker may have an edge on fitness.
Villa are unlikely to get many clean sheets, but Baker does offer a great threat from set pieces.
Fantasy managers are confident that he will nail down a role. A whopping 19% have chosen him so far, the fourth most selected defender.
Perhaps the best approach with Baker is to wait and see, especially when Villa’s opening 3 matches include trips to Arsenal and Chelsea and a home game against Liverpool.