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FPL reflections: Digne has form and fixtures

The Scout 6 Sep 2019
Lucas Digne, Everton

The Fantasy experts say Everton left-back is one of two premium defenders becoming essential for the rest of the season

With the international break giving us time to reflect on the start of the season, The Scout consults the Panel of experts to highlight the best budget and premium picks for Gameweek 5 and beyond.

Premium defenders 

The best defenders in Fantasy Premier League are those who combine defensive points with attacking returns.

Lucas Digne (£6.1m) is a prime example. He has kept two clean sheets and added two assists for Everton.

The left-back is just one point off the top of the FPL defender standings, on 23 points just behind Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m).

Furthermore, Digne's seven shots are the most of any defender this season, while his nine chances created are second only to the 14 of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m).

What the experts say

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): Digne looks great at both ends of the pitch and Everton still have fixtures to suit returns for him.

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): When Everton attack down the right, they look to Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.8m) to deliver balls into the box, but on the other side Digne does so as Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) moves over to make a back three and leave Digne to attack at will. He takes direct free-kicks, too. 

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): Alexander-Arnold is my target. Three assists in four games is a superb start to the season and surely more clean sheets are around the corner, too!

Paul Gee (FPLPaulGee): If you don't already have him, Alexander-Arnold is essential for the rest of the season.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): For the combination of price and performance, Digne is my ideal choice. He's hanging with Alexander-Arnold on production for £0.9m less.

Josh Landon (@hailcheaters): Alexander-Arnold is starting to emerge as one of the essential players in Fantasy: a super attacking defender in a team who will keep loads of clean sheets, especially when Alisson (£5.8m) returns. What's not to love?

Also in this series 

Part 1: FPL reflections: Lundstram is gold in Fantasy
Part 3: FPL reflections: Ceballos can spark mini-league rise
Part 4: FPL reflections: De Bruyne can hit 200 points
Part 5: FPL reflections: Barnes can extend goal spree
Part 6: FPL reflections: Matches lift Aubameyang appeal

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