A good defense, is the best offense. I wish I was the brilliance behind that statement, but it was definitely said by someone smarter than me, well… not smarter, just older. So they had the chance to say it first, there, that makes my OCD feel better. Setting yourself up for the first 6-8 weeks of the year is always a keen thing to do. The chart in this feature will give you the tool to look at the match-ups as they sit now and how they are favorable or not. It works in the stop light fashion. Green means go for it, Yellow means caution, and red is obviously a warning sign. It is still preseason though, so making presumptions is always a dangerous game. By game week 3, we should know who is nodded on and who isn’t. Also, that is when the summer transfer window shuts so it is a what you see is what you get kinda deal. So enjoy the chart and I hope it helps in your selection process. Cheers!
- Investing Man United looks to be an obvious with six straight good to favorable fixtures in their favor. Only problem is that they have some guess work in who will be the starting 3,4, or even 5 defenders in the FPL universe. No bargains is also a worry, but United cover on defense seems like a need.
- Promoted squads Newcastle and Huddersfield rotate very nicely and are on the cheap for that 4-5th defender with differential appeal.
- If Man United has the best schedule, Southampton has to be in the conversation for number two. Cedric now has a niggling injury and is a question mark to start the year. They have value as Ryan Bertrand is the most expensive defender at 5.5 and it trickles down value wise from him.
- Another nice rotation with mid price value is the West Brom/West Ham one. You can ride it all the way ’til Week 6 when both teams run into an awful match for each that week. Mid-value defenders like Dawson, McAuley, and maybe a gamble on Zabaleta wouldn’t be awful at 5 bucks.