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FPL experts' teams: Back Dias for clean sheets

1 Aug 2021
Ruben Dias, Man City

Fantasy expert Ben McNair opts for three premium defenders including Man City star

The Scout's panel of experts reveal who they currently plan to pick in their 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League starting teams.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair)

Defenders in Fantasy can often prove to be an outstanding source of value.

Indeed, last season there were seven defenders who returned 25.4 points per million (ppm) or more for value.

By comparison, Leeds United's Patrick Bamford (£8.0m) led all forwards for ppm with a score of 24.2. 

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For Fantasy expert Ben McNair, Manchester City's Ruben Dias (£6.0m) is a standout option as a sure starter in Pep Guardiola's reliable defence.

"Ruben Dias seemed to be immune to rotation, at least up until Manchester City wrapped up the title towards the end of last season," says McNair.

"If last season is anything to go by, Manchester City and Chelsea are going to be two of the tightest defences in the league."


McNair includes the Portuguese defender alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Luke Shaw (£5.5m) in a premium three-man backline.

His faith in Man City isn't limited to Dias, with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) also earning a spot in the team at the expense of the more popular Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m).

"He was the top-scoring player in FPL two seasons ago," explains McNair.

"He missed a lot of last season through injury but when he played, he was outstanding and recorded more assists per match than any other player."

Also in this series

Part 1: Sam Bonfield: You have to invest in Toney
Part 2: Ben Crabtree: Havertz can enjoy breakout season
Part 3: Utkarsh Dalmia: Fixtures key to Antonio appeal
Part 4: Chuck Booth: Saint-Maximin backed over Toney
Part 5: Neal Thurman: Double up on Liverpool defence
Part 6: Holly Shand: Calvert-Lewin can start strongly again
Part 8: Pranil Sheth: Double up on Aston Villa
Part 9: Tom Cantle: Smith Rowe and Harrison are bargains
Part 10: Experts' ultimate Gameweek 1 team

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