Best fantasy football defenders in the Premier League 2018-19 season

Goal takes a look at the players you should consider when putting together your defence for the fantasy football season

Fantasy football has returned for another season as the 2018-19 Premier League season gets going.

Old rivalries are being rekindled across the globe as fantasy managers prepare their squads for the new campaign, while new players will inevitably be introduced to the challenge.

Gathering as many points as possible is the aim of the game and choosing the right players is essential.

With the season under way, Goal takes a look at some of the best fantasy football defenders to choose for your team.

Best Fantasy Football Defenders

Naturally, when mulling over your options for defence in fantasy football, the first thing you need to consider is that likelihood that a defender will keep a clean sheet.

Generally speaking, that will mean looking at the top teams, but every now and then a mid-table team - such as Burnley last term - will be very hard to break down.

While keeping goals out is highly important, the best scoring fantasy football defenders tend to be those who find the net at the other end, so attacking full-backs, dead-ball specialists or centre-backs who pose an aerial threat are the best options.

Below are some of the best defenders to choose in fantasy football for 2018-19.

Marcos Alonso Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta | Chelsea | £6.5m

Chelsea may have disappointed in their attempt to defend their Premier League crown last season, but the Blues had some of the best performers from a fantasy football perspective and Cesar Azpilicueta finished the campaign as the highest scoring defender. As such, he is now one of the most expensive defenders in the game. The Spain international was deployed as part of a back three under Antonio Conte and that may change under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri, but his quality is undisputed.

Marcos Alonso | Chelsea | £6.6m

Wing-back Marcos Alonso was the most prolific defender in the Premier League in 2017-18, scoring seven goals from the left flank. That capacity for finding the net meant that he was among the top defenders in fantasy football for the second season in succession. Alonso has made the left side of defence his own at Stamford Bridge in the past two years and should be up there once more this season.

Benjamin Mendy | Man City | £6.2m

France international Benjamin Mendy spent the majority of his maiden season with Man City on the sidelines, but he has entered the new campaign fully fit and eager to make up for lost time. The full-back loves to get forward and will be a key member of Pep Guardiola's team as they attempt to retain the title. 

Kyle Walker | Man City | £6.5m

As one of the most consistent performers in the division, Kyle Walker is among the most expensive defenders in fantasy football. The full-back, who can also play as part of a back three, likes to get forward to join in with attacks, something that is reflected in his stats for assists. Walker laid on six goals for City in his debut campaign at the club and will be expected to continue that habit in 2018-19.

Andrew Robertson Liverpool

Andrew Robertson | Liverpool | £6m

It took Andrew Robertson a while to cement his place in the Liverpool starting XI, but once he did the Scotland international went from strength to strength. The 24-year-old contributed five assists and scored once in his first season at Anfield and, as the Reds attempt to push for the Premier League title, he will be expected to build on that.

Kieran Trippier | Tottenham | £6m

The 2017-18 season was Kieran Trippier's best in a Tottenham jersey as he finally stepped out from the shadow of Kyle Walker and he will be hoping to improve even more this season. The full-back likes to get forward and was one of the most creative defenders in the Premier League last term with seven assists. Trippier's accuracy from dead-ball situations is also an asset and he may have more opportunities for goals after scoring a free kick for England at the World Cup.

Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham | £6m

Jan Vertonghen has been a mainstay at the heart of the Tottenham defence since signing from Ajax in 2012. The Belgium international is a strong defender, capable of playing anywhere across the backline and should start every game that he is available for.

Best Fantasy Football Bargain Defenders

Seamus Coleman Everton

Seamus Coleman | Everton | £5.5m

Seamus Coleman missed the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign due to a broken leg, but he has returned to full fitness and will be desperate to make up for lost time by helping Everton in their fight for contintental football. The attacking full-back has shown a knack for scoring in the past and regularly contributes assists as he gets forward on the right flank. While he is not strictly 'cheap', Coleman's starting price is good value.

Ricardo Pereira | Leicester City | £5m

Portugal international Ricardo Pereira has hit the ground running at Leicester City since arriving from Porto during the transfer window and he is a cheap alternative in fantasy football. An attacking full-back, Pereira will be chipping in with assists and goals throughout the season.

Sean Morrison | Cardiff City | £5m

Cardiff City are going to be up against it to stay in the Premier League this season, but in Sean Morrison, they not only have a towering presence at the back, but one who can score in the opposite end. The 27-year-old has scored 20 Championship goals for Cardiff over the course of the past four seasons, which is an average of five goals a season. It remains to be seen if he can translate that to the Premier League, but it is a risk worth taking.

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Jamaal Lascelles | Newcastle United | £5m

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles finished the 2017-18 campaign with a higher fantasy football score than the likes of Kieran Trippier and Andrew Robertson, but remains much cheaper than both players this season. While Newcastle may ship a few goals more than Tottenham or Liverpool, Lascelles' strength lies in his ability to find the back of the net from set-pieces.

James Tarkowski | Burnley | £5m

Burnley qualified for the Europa League last season by finishing seventh and the chief reason for that was their solid defensive foundation, which was comparable to that of Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. From a fantasy football perspective, James Tarkowski was the Clarets defender with the most clean sheets to his name and his ability to clear the ball helped him pick up bonus points.

Shane Duffy | Brighton | £4.5m

A huge part of Brighton's survival in the Premier League in 2017-18 was their defence, in which twin pillars, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, figured prominently. Both players scored admirably in fantasy football and they are valued the same, but Duffy's stats put him marginally ahead. No player in the Premier League made more blocks or clearances than the Republic of Ireland international last term and he bagged his first goal in the division in Gameweek Two against Manchester United.

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