For those of us familiar with a certain store that sells cheap wine, the title makes complete sense. For those that don’t, I basically just told you that it is a cheap wine sold at a store, so now you are caught up. Keywords being wine and especially in conjunction with FPL defenders being cheap. This is the last part of the three-part positional series talking about cheap options, and defender is where the biggest price pinching goes on. Every year the search for the sexiest starting option happens in the preseason and with 4.0 the stepping off point, why not start there and shed some light on the guys that re being bandied about as not complete throw away fellas as they looked to be semi nailed on? Since the strategy for defenders is to basically either get 3 or 5, the sense to me is that you either want to spend on them for the full five players or spend on three great options and save for the rest of your roster. Best part about FPL is there is never a wrong answer because it is your team, your favorites, and your attention. So avoiding the noise and flow of everyone else is a good and bad thing, but always in your own favor. So here are some 4 and possibly some 4.5 buck chucks to start the FPL season. Cheers!
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace – Getting some great first team run, and for his name I reallllly hope he gets the starting gig. Just think of all the Star Wars puns. It is infinite to think about. Palace are reshaping there team bit by bit, and he has been a youth player that many had said to keep your eye on. Well now is the time since he is getting a ton of preseason love and with not much fantastic competition to push him, he could be that 4.0 player that actually plays significant minutes.
Jan Bednarek, Southampton – One thing is for sure about S’oton defence. Bertrand and Vestergaard are nailed on. The health and ability of everyone else there is in contention. So taking a chance on a 4 buck guy from a team that has let in oodles of goals in the lead up to the season isn’t always a good idea, unless it saves you money to budget in 3 stout defenders from the top 6 clubs. If you aren’t sold on him look on the same team and look at what Matt Targett is doing this preseason at a budget of 4.5.
Scott Malone, Huddersfield – Don’t be the lemming who looks ta the 4.0 ownership rates sees Malone have the highest, currently at 15%, and join the crowd. the only reason he is owned that much is that he had the most points last year. Don’t be a fool, Huddersfield is not the 4 dollar bin you are looking for.
Willy Boly, Wolves – New promoted teams that led the Championship in defense last year are so intriguing. Will they do it in the Premier, prolly not. Actually definitely not. But as a 4.5 wildcard that won’t be owned a ton you may want a Wolves investment based on last year’s intangible goodness.
Steve Cook, Bournemouth – Minutes is the key phrase here as he is the anchor and has been for the Cherries defense for 3 straight years. Last 3 years he has averaged 3100 minutes. the scores of his returns aren’t the best because well Bournemouth isn’t a CS team on the whole. But a usable sub that will get you 2-3 points on a daily fixture basis is the anti-clean sheet play. but an effective bench option for sub purposes.
Issa Diop, West Ham – The hammers are going to have to outscore most opponents, so defensively that is not a point of investment. Unless the fixtures line-up that way and you can’t resist. Cressy is over-priced as a go forward option and the stoutness of clean sheets should be middle of the pack. You need underowned and underspoken of defenders to be contrarian in the early stages of point grabs in the FPL.