Before the start of the Premier League season, It’s almost impossible to guess if a 4.0 fpl defender will start for any team or not. Things start getting clear with the passage of each game week.  But by the time most managers finally are able to find a starting 4.0 defender, the player value is increased.

If you are still looking for a 4.0 defender, unfortunately, Tsikmas and Manquilo are the only reliable options. And of them, only Javier Manquilo is getting minutes more regularly. Shane Duffy was the best option at the start of the season but his value is now £4.4m and still the best option in that price range to buy.

Usually, Injuries play a key role in whether a 4.0 defender will start for any team or not and that’s what is happening at Leicester and Liverpool.

Among 5 of Leicester’s highest valued defenders (Evans, Costagne, Justin, Fofana, and Bertrand) were not available at the start of the season. In their absence, Amartey, a 4.0 defender started in game week 1 and then again in game week 2. But he is not worth signing, because ever since then, he only played a game and a full game in game week 8 against Man United, which gives a glimmer of hope that he will start again in the future games but not guaranteed.

Tsikmas is another 4.0 defender, who started for Liverpool in game week 1 and 2 because Robertson was injured. And not only he started but kept 2 clean sheets, and scored 6 and 11 points in those game weeks.

But with the return of Robertson, even with that performance, Tsikmas is not getting regular minutes.

Besides and including these players, below is the list of our top 5 4.0 FPL defenders that are worth considering for an fpl team:

1. Javier Manquilo

Manquillo is an experienced defender who has previously played for some top teams in Europe like Athletico Madrid. Currently, he is owned by more than 9% of managers, which shows that there is people’s confidence in the player that he will at least salvage a point or two.

The best thing is that he is getting regular minutes and there are some exciting times ahead for Newcastle especially after the recent acquisition of Saudis.

Manquilo is regularly in playing 11 since game week 4 and is the top-performing midfielder in a badly performing Newcastle United.

Being an experienced veteran, highly likely to keep starting, and with a lack of depth in Newcastle United defense and midfield, Manquilo is our top priority best 4.0 defender in fpl.

2. Daniel Amartey

Leicester has got a huge squad and Daniel is highly unlikely to start regularly but if he did it will be a huge favor to Fantasy Premier League managers.

The reason why he is on 2nd in our list of 4.0 defenders is that he played 718 minutes last season and in the ongoing season, he has already played 4 full games.

3. Shane Duffy

Shane is a veteran defender going to start his 10th season in Premier League. The Brighton Defender once was a top priority defender between season 2017 and 2020, in fact, a goal-scoring defender scoring 5 goals in the season 2018-19  while playing 3087 minutes. But somehow he fell on the priority list and couldn’t register any minute through the season 2020-21.

Maybe that’s the reason that a player who was a bargain at 4.5 and 5.0 is now thrown into the list of 4.0 defenders. But to everyone’s surprise, he is back in the playing 11 and has played every minute for Brighton in the ongoing season.

The only problem is that his value is increased to £4.4m in almost no time.

4. Martin Kelly

Much like Shane Duffy, Martin Kelly is a veteran Premier League defender going to his 12th season in the English top flight. He is also demoted to the list of 4.0 defenders because of the lack of minutes last season, having played only 1 minute throughout the season.

Before last season, he was a regular 1500 minutes player for Crystal Palace, and looking at his experience we think he is highly likely to start or at least at some point during the season.

Currently, he hasn’t played even a single minute and player value is further decreased to £3.9m.

5. Ben Johnson

His minutes of play are going up every season. Hopefully, the trend will continue.

In the last campaign, Ben played 516 minutes including a goal he scored against Brighton. And before that, he played 270 and 62 minutes in a season.

The expectation is that he will keep the trend alive and play more than 516 minutes this time around. If that happened maybe we’ll get forced to put him at top of the list of best bargain defenders.

For now, he has played only 91 minutes in the ongoing season, 90 of them came from the last game, meaning you can put him into the watch list, he might start the next game again.

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