Budget defenders have proved to be one of the most important assets in the FPL in the recent gameweeks. With the addition of premium strikers such as Ronaldo and Lukaku, fantasy managers have been put in a dilemma to fit them in their teams with the limited budget provided. Defenders in the game can provide points on both sides of the pitch, 4 points for keeping a clean sheet, and 3 points for assist. In this article, we look at the Three defenders under a price of 5 that can come in handy for your team this week.
#3 Joel Matip
Priced at just 5m in the game, Matip is the perfect budget fit in this Liverpool team who consistently keeps clean sheets. Joel has started all four games of the season alongside Virgil Van Dijk and looks to be a nailed starter against their next game against Crystal Palace as well. The centre-back has accumulated 20 points in just 4 games, averaging 5 per game, he has also kept 3 clean sheets this season.
Matip ranks joint-third for most goal attempts among FPL defenders this season (7) and will be looking to fancy his shooting boots against Palace as well. Liverpool host them at Anfield and Matip only has 2 losses in his last 61 league games while keeping 27 clean sheets in them.
#2 Fernando Marcal
The Wolves defender, Fernando Marcal hit a double-digit haul in gameweek 3 as he delivered a clean sheet, two assists, and two bonus points, all of which got him 13 points. Marcal is also a nailed starter in the Wolves defence who have looked strong defensively. He has got 18 points to show in the 4 games he has played this season, averaging 4.5 per game.
Marcal also ranks seventh for crosses among defenders (23) and will be looking to get an assist or two against Brentford at home as well. Wolves have a good run of fixtures in Brentford, Southampton and Newcastle and will be looking to keep at least 2 clean sheets.
#1 Kieran Tierney
Priced at just 4.9m, Kieran Tierney is the most exciting prospect in this Arsenal defence. After having a disastrous start to the season, the Gunners now look on track as they won 1-0 against Norwich and have relatively easier fixtures in Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace. Even though Kieran only has 9 points to show in the 3 games he has started, he is one of the most involved players in Arsenal’s attack.
Tierney is also the most likely player to get an assist and a clean sheet this coming game week, as he tops this list of Three defenders under a price of 5 that can come in handy for your team this week.