As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.
The Manchester City defender had a strong finish to the 2018/19 season.
Two of Laporte's three goals and all three of his assists came in his final 10 appearances.
Combined with 18 clean sheets, he finished as the fourth highest-scoring FPL defender with 177 points.
That total resulted in an average 5.1 points per match (ppm), compared with the 4.4ppm of Man City goalkeeper Ederson (£6.0m).
Laporte was a regular for Pep Guardiola's title-winners and his 34 starts were more than any other outfield player.
Indeed, apart from Kyle Walker (£6.0m), with 30, no other City defender started more than 20 matches.
Man City’s opening schedule this season suggests that investment in their main players can pay off.
|1||WHU (A)||3||7||EVE (A)||4|
|2||TOT (H)||4||8||WOL (H)||3|
|3||BOU (A)||3||9||CRY (A)||2|
|4||BHA (H)||2||10||AVL (H)||2|
|5||NOR (A)||2||11||SOU (H)||2|
According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), only two of their first 11 Gameweeks score more than three.
However, Guardiola’s men kept a clean sheet in both the corresponding fixtures in 2018/19.
This highlights their ability to register shutouts regardless of the opponents.
Man City claimed six clean sheets in 10 clashes with top-six sides last season, double the three registered by runners-up Liverpool.
Combined with his upturn in attacking output, that resilience can make Laporte a key figure for FPL managers in 2019/20.