G’day guys, I’m back with the 3rd and final installation of Defender Analysis. If you’ve read my first two works you’ll see that I put a massive emphasis on clean sheets… The problem is when you start looking at the bottom seven defences, and then the newly promoted teams, we can’t really rely on those points regularly. We need to start looking at trends and scoring/assisting potential, or super cheapies that might get some games.
I’m just going to pick out some to look out for, but to become a good fantasy player you need to keep an eye out on how these teams are travelling. Are they playing a little bit more defensive than last season or have they opened it up (looking at you Sunderland)? Have they got a block of games against other lower teams, or even games at home (Norwich and Southampton at home are immense!)? Have we got them taking penalties or free kicks? Basically anything that may increase the chances of a player scoring a point or two…
Sunderland – Pass. I have no trust that Di Canio can keep it tight at the back, or get the defenders scoring goals. Not too mention his new game style might take a bit of time to bed in.
West Brom – Pretty good defence but I’m going for Dawson (4.0m) as a value shout here… He’s has come back from loan at Bolton for the end of last season where he scored 3 goals from 4 games in just over a week at one stage! He looks to be in direct competition for a spot at the back against WBA’s highest scoring defender last season, MacAuley (5.5m). If he gets early games get on board because West Brom’s defence isn’t too bad. Edit: With the news of new signing Lugano (5.0), Dawson’s value may be lessened…
Norwich – As I alluded to above, Norwich’s defence at home is pretty darn good (conceded 20 from 19 games) and I can only see it improve away from home. If Bassong (5.0m) is fit for the first game put him on your shopping list. He is the rock of the Norwich defence and can get on the end of some crosses and score goals. Last year Garrido (4.5m) scored a heap of points, but he’s in direct competition with Olsson (4.0m) now so beware. Turner (4.5) should start at CB and will be good value.
Fulham – They’ve realised their defence was not great (it was crap) and went out and fixed it during the off season with Stekelenberg and…. Amorebieta (4.5m). He comes with a wealth of experience and is very good value at that price. If Fulham look good early and he’s playing, get him.
Southampton – Clyne (4.5m) is a year older and smarter and with a better defensive team around him should keep on developing. Keep an eye out for Shaw (4.5m) as well to expand his game a bit more offensively.
Newcastle – Horrific last season defensively. They had a lot of injuries and new faces in the back four and it showed with the goals they let in. It will improve. Whenever I’ve seen Santon (5.0m) play he has impressed me, especially going forward. Debuchy (5.0m) is another I can see getting some goals. Bit pricey for the risk involved though?
Villa – To be honest I don’t know where Villa are at… They are a young team in the whole and as such you can’t completely trust what they’re gong to do. Lowton (5.0m) is probably the best option but a bit pricey. They’ve signed Okore (4.5m) who is very talented but would like to see a bit more before taking the plunge.
Cardiff – Read my Cardiff preview. They could do alright… Look at Taylor, Connolly or Hudson (all 4.5m) if you want to take some risks. They got assists and goals last season, but that was in the best team in the Championship…
Hull – They might actually keep it pretty tight this season. Their pre-season defensive form has been very good. As my review on Hull stated however there’s not much scoring or assisting from these guys based on last season. New signing Figueroa (4.5m) from Wigan likes a goal every now again if you need someone, Chester (4.0) could be good value…
Crystal Palace – No no no. Again, I’ve reviewed this mob… Please read that.
Well that’s it!!!
Who do you like? Keep en eye out for who will be the scoring centre back or the assisting wing back in each team. Remember clean sheets aren’t everything! I’ll be back with an analysis of the forwards shortly. Until then, cheers!