The Defensive Watchlist – Gameweek 12

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With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW12 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.

The Watchlist – Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford (4.1) made a number of fine saves, securing his first clean sheet of the season. Is well poised to be one of the value picks of the season. Buy.

Tom Heaton (4.8) conceded four this week but had little chance on any of the goals. Fixtures about to turn in his favour. Buy.

Ben Foster (4.7) the fixtures are well and truly in his favour although his defenders come in at a cut-price compared to the man in goal with a chance at attacking points. Consider.

Lee Grant (4.1) no clean sheet in three and Butland is ever closer to a return, look elsewhere now. Light Monitor.

The Ponder – Goalkeepers

Frasier Forster (5.0) made a number of saves to deny Liverpool with fixtures turning in his teams favour he is worth consideration. Strongly Monitor.

Ron-Robert Zieler (4.4) made a fine save at the weekend and had little chance of saving either goal. With Schmeichel (5.0) injured he looked a potential pick but Leicester is lacking defensive form. Light Monitor.

The Exception – Goalkeepers

Thibaut Courtois (5.5) having accumulated six consecutive clean sheets he is now a single point behind Tom Heaton. Top teams generally accumulate 14-18 clean sheets so factor that into a decision. Consider.

The Watchlist – Defenders

There is a sapling of hope for an increase in clean sheets as sides begin to strengthen and settle defensively as we enter the second third of the season.

Six Straight for Chelsea

Chelsea picked up their sixth consecutive clean sheet although they now face Tottenham (away) and Manchester City (home) in GW13 & GW14. This is normally a deterrent, given their form its hard to argue against investment now.

Marcus Alonso (6.1) the left-wing-back continues to be a threat on goal, is the top selection amongst defenders. Buy.

Cesar Azpilicueta (6.1) is accumulating the bonus points in his new role on the right-side of central-defence. Although a yellow card stopped him this week. Strongly Consider.

West Bromwich Albion

They have managed to defeat the champions and run riot on Burnley in consecutive weeks. Never the most exciting option they do offer good value when the fixtures are in their favour. Which is fortunately now!

Chris Brunt (4.9) played on the left-side of midfield against Burnley and was a joy to watch. He is a classy player is likely to accumulate FPL points in an OOP role. Buy.

Allan Nyom (4.3) collected an assist against Burnley he has been a great addition to the West Brom defence. Is the best value defender on the market at the current time. Buy.

Gareth McAuley (4.7) his goal threat combined with a boost in fixtures make him a strong option although I prefer Brunt or Nyom. Strongly Consider.

Super Southampton

Having earnt their forth clean sheet of the season in FPL the south-coast side have been remarkably resilient. It took a while to settle given their squad and manager turnover. With a favourable run of fixtures and a solid style of play the boys from the South are worthy of investment.

Cedric (4.9) is the standout option at the back for Southampton, the Euro 2016 champion has just returned from injury. He has attacking potential and comes in at a cut price. Buy.


A clean sheet for the Reds, a rare occurrence as they kept Charlie Austin at bay in an energetic yet misfiring performance.

The injury prone Dejan Lovren (5.0) proving to be most cost effective option, make sure you have able defensive cover in your 4th and 5th spots at the back. Strongly Consider.

Joel Matip (5.5) is a significant goal threat and came close on two occasions, his just not justifying the price yet. Monitor.

The Mid Price – Defenders

Patrick van Aanholt (5.0) the man dubbed as PVA Glue is about to embark on a favourable run of fixtures (yes Sunderland can have a favourable run) in which clean sheets look reasonably likely. He doesn’t need too many though as his an attacking points magnet. Strongly Consider.

Jose Holebas & Daryl Janmaat (4.8) as impressive as Holebas has been his team mate is shaping as the better FPL product over the course of the season. Consider.

Robert Huth & Wes Morgan (5.0) the Leicester duo embark on a kind run of fixtures yet without Kasper in goal seem unlikely to accumulate too many clean sheets. Light Monitor.

Ryan Shawcross (4.9) has favourable fixtures ahead but will need Butland to be behind him in goal before I seriously consider him an option. Light Monitor.

The Budget – Defenders –

Erik Pieters (4.5) his team has a strong month ahead and his the cheapest way into the Stoke City side. Buy.

George Friend (4.5) his side appears to have flicked a switch defensively with the return of De Roon as a shield in midfield. Consider.

Simon Francis (4.6) is the cheapest way into the Bournemouth defence which I must admit has been surprisingly resistant with Boruc in goal. Consider.

The Punt – Defenders –

Paddy McNair (4.3) his cheap,his playing in midfield, his teams form is turning. Keep him mind as an OOP if his injury isn’t a major concern. Consider.

Others – Defenders

Glen Johnson (4.7) made his return to the Stoke City side with a 34 minute cameo appearance. Could be an option as an attacking right-back. Light Monitor.

Lamine Kone (4.4) was a beast under Big Sam with a favourable run of fixtures he could pop up with a clean sheet and a headed goal. Light Monitor.

Josh Tymon (4.0) the youngster played 67 minutes for Hull City. He could shape as a budget option dependent on injuries. Light Monitor.

Jordi Amat (4.1) vs Stephen Kingsley (4.1) the battle continues in the 5th defender spot at Swansea. Your best bet will be to hold off on a trade and keep either of them as your 15th man on the bench. Hold.

Defence is not an area you want to be making regular trades in so the number of options here is normally a selection of the very best.

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