The 2021-22 Premier League season is currently not started but Fantasy Premier League is back. Last season Manchester City was killing it on the top with no other team in the sight for the title race. And although many Fantasy Premier League managers had given up early in the season because of different reasons like lagging behind in the points table and exit from the FPL cup.
But the 2021-22 Premier League season will be a fresh start.
If your team clicks right from the start, it will increase your odds of being lucky and at least finish somewhere in the top 5% of managers globally.
For it, you need to have a strategy and balance in the team. You can’t fill your team with all the fpl superstars 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 some gems that come at a low price but are good squad players plus they have the potential to become the stars themselves.
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 passing gameweek.
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. Matt Targett (Aston Villa)
- Price: £5m
Matt Targett is the pick of the pick budget defenders in our recommended FPL Budget Defenders.
His numbers are enough to not look anywhere else and sign him as a defender in your team.
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 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 defender in the league for every price tag. A sure starter and on top of our recommended list.
2. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)
- Price: £5.0m
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.
Under Ralph Hasenhüttl, the defender is a regular and with his current ownership of only 1.1%, he can be your saviour of a low scoring game week if he clicks in that game week.
The player 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.
3. Vladimir Coufal (Westham United)
- Price: £5.0m
Vladimir is an offensive right back from the Czech Republic who plays for the Premier League club Westham United. The thing that made us pick him in our list of Budget Defenders is the numbers from last season.
He played 3054 minutes and registered 9 assists throughout the season while scoring 128 points.
His numbers are surely very considerable and he is an in-form player well settled at Westham United now.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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 defence, 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 gameplay.
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.