The 2021-22 Premier League season is currently in full swing. The summer transfer window is closed and there are some exciting bright prospects to consider in your team. I’m not talking about your Cristiano Ronaldos and the superstars of FPL because they are well known and not many FPL managers need assistance to pick that core in their team.
In this post, we are talking about the lesser-known or underrated players in FPL playing in the defense lines. A few of them got transferred in by Premier League clubs in the winter transfer window of which Brighton’s Marc Cucurella tops the list.
Sign some of these budget defenders and fix your team now so that you can aim for the top 5% managers list globally. That’s the bracket where you can win the weekly, monthly, and season-end rewards. Don’t just look at that 1st spot 😀
You need a strategy to balance your team and play your best 11 in a way that if someone is not playing, a player from the bench can cover things up. And to do that, you can’t fill your team with all the top and mid-value players because the budget won’t allow it and you can’t fill the team with all the cheap players either because then it will be impossible to score any good points.
We believe that a mix of these players can help you line up a solid FPL team with budget players who are at least starting the games.
So besides top players of Premier League, you will need the gems that come at mid and low prices but are great squad players plus they have the potential to become the stars themselves. And of course, you also need budget players, that not only fill your squad but are capable to contribute from the bench.
And when it comes to defenders, usually a good FPL defender is the one who is playing out of position, playing regularly and has a good offensive talent. Playing a player solely for a clean sheet is never a good idea.
In this guide, we are going to help you manage your team budgets by recommending the best budget defenders valued at £5m and under. The list will be updated with every game week.
Currently, there are more than 100 players that come under the radar of FPL Budget Defenders.
Many of these players are not even worthy of mentioning: some of them won’t play a minute, some are currently injured and some are out on loan.
With these constraints in mind, listed below are our best Budget Defenders for season 2021/22 of the Fantasy Premier League.
The players we think are potentially under-rated and can score some good points.
1. Marc Cucurella (Brighton)
- Price: £5m
Marc Cucurella is FC Barcelona’s academy graduate. Brighton signed him on the deadline day of the summer transfer window from Getafe at a transfer fee of around £15 million. He plays at left-back and has got all the flavors of going forward and helping the team in attack.
Last season, he scored 3 and assisted 2 goals for Getafe, and in the season prior the numbers were 1 goal and 5 assists. And this is what an FPL manager will love the most to see Cucurella do for their team.
Brighton defensively is a decent Premier League club and with the offensive threat Cucurella can cause, he is on top of our recommended FPL budget defenders.
2. Matt Targett (Aston Villa)
- Price: £5m
Matt Targett is the pick of the pick budget defenders in our recommended FPL Budget Defenders. He was not able to perform well in the 3 game weeks of which he missed the game week 2 play time but he is still on our good players’ list.
The reason for it is his last season’s numbers.
For a price tag of just £5m, he was the top-scoring defender of the Premier League last season with 138 points in his price range.
A sure starter (seems a bit doubtful now) who played every game in the Premier League last season and played 3404 minutes, kept 16 clean sheets and assisted 4.
Overall he was the 7th best fpl defender in the league for every price tag. His position right now is a bit shaky but let’s see how Aston Villa lines up in the game weeks to come. For now we’ll keep him in the list of recommended budget defenders.
3. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)
- Price: £5.0m
He was not available for the 1st game week and played only 11 minutes in the 2nd game week but got a start and played all 90 minutes in the game week before international break.
Kyle Walker-Peters is one of the brightest young defenders in England. On 11 August 2020, Kyle Walker-Peters signed a permanent, five-year deal with Southampton for a reported fee of £12 million. His greatest achievement to date is his 3 assists against Bournemouth making him the youngest player, aged 21 years and 257 days to register 3 assists in a single game.
In last 2 seasons, he has been a regular starter for Southampton but it will be interesting to see if he stays regular in the games to come or not.
Since he was not available for the 1st game week, we will recommend keeping him out of your plans for at least 1 more game week, just to see how the Southampton defense shapes up in the games to come.
Quality wise, Kyle Walker Peters is a player who possesses a high threat of assists from the flank and with the price tag of just £5m at the start of the season, he is among our pick of the list in FPL Budget Defenders.
4. Vladimir Coufal (Westham United)
- Price: £5.0m
It was an awesome trip to Newcastle for Westham United in the opening of the season. But not for the defenders. Westham won the game 2-4 and although Coufal started the game, he scored only a point because of the goals conceded.
Quality wise, Vladimir Coufal is an offensive right back, who is a great threat in terms of assisting the goals which was reflected in his last season where he played 3054 minutes and registered 9 assists throughout the season while scoring 128 points.
The thing that made us pick him in our list of Budget Defenders is those numbers from last season. 1 bad game week in FPL means nothing and if he is in your team, keep him because winning on road in such a comprehensive manner is a huge thing and a morale booster.
His next game is at home to Leicester.
5. Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion)
- Price: £5m
Besides a brief loan spell at Bristol City in 2013, Dunk has spent the entirety of his career at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Last season he had a tremendous 36 Premier league appearances for Brighton and on top of that he scored 5 goals and had 11 clean-sheets.
With 130 points, he is the 9th top scorer among all defenders in the Premier League last season and at his price tag of £5m, he is 2nd to only Matt Targett of Aston Villa.
He or Targett should be an integral part of every FPL team, they are not only budget defenders but the contenders for much more than just rotational players in your team.
His opening fixture was a marginal loss of 1-2 for Brighton away from home against Burnley, but the next one is at home to Watford. If Dunk is in your team, don’t transfer him out that early, he will surely bounce back.
6. Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United)
- Price: £5m
Lindelöf is an integral part of Manchester United’s defence. He played 2585 minutes last season and scored 102 points, which is a decrement to 116 points from a season before. But overall ManUnited has improved in defence last season.
If you consider the points lost by Lindelof because of injury last season, you will see that it was a better one in points per minute compared to the season before.
At just £5m, Lindelof is a guaranteed starter for a team more likely to keep a clean sheet compared to most of the teams in the Premier League.
7. Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
- Price: £4.5m
Last season Conor played 3303 minutes, a season before that number was 3422 minutes. If you are looking for a low priced centre back guaranteed to start, go for Conor Coady.
He scored 106 points last season and comes in just at a price of £4.5m.
The only bad thing in selecting him is that his only chance of scoring a goal or giving an assist is dependent on corners and distance freekicks. Other than that he always stays at the back and last season has scored only 1 goal. But since Wolves has a good defence, you can try him for clean sheets.
8. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)
- Price: £4.5m
The Brighton defender played only 887 minutes last season.
But the important thing is that he scored 1 and assisted 3 in that short period. Plus, he is a defender which further adds fuel to the fire to select him in the team as a budget defender for a price of just £4.5m.
If you are ready to take a chance on 1 player in a 15 players squad to be a hit or miss, Tariq Lamptey is the option to try.
9. Pascal Struijk (Leeds United)
- Price: £4.5m
After a long wait of 16 years, Leeds United returned to the Premier League last season. And under Marcelo Bielsa, they are one of the exciting teams to watch.
The historical club of West Yorkshire battled a long return season in the premier league and finished 9th last season. This is something very impressive for a team that just returned to the top flight.
At Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa has created a team of many shiny players. Some of them are very exciting prospects to have in your team as budget players.
In defense, Luke Ayling is especially suited to have in your team as a rotational player. He is listed as a defender in FPL but can play the role of a defensive midfielder when asked for. And with a price tag of just £4.5m, he is well suited to be your squad player.
Pascal is a Belgian centre-back who like any modern defender is versatile in his game play.
Last season he scored 1 and kept 7 clean sheets.
With the price tag of £4.5m, he is among our recommended FPL Budget Defenders.
That’s all in FPL Budget Defenders. Our list of best cheap defenders in fantasy football will keep on updating throughout the season. Let the season start, there surely will be players especially in defence who can make the list of best value defenders in fantasy football. It will be difficult to list any fpl 4.0 defenders for now but surely once the season starts, there will be a few assets to grab.