The Scout looks at the key lessons from the opening 16 Gameweeks of Fantasy Premier League, broken down by position.
Ben Mee (£4.6m) is among a host of budget defenders who have proven a huge success in 2022/23 Fantasy.
Nine of the 10 top-scoring defenders started at a cost of £5.0m or less in Fantasy, with Manchester City's Joao Cancelo (£7.4m) the only premium pick to justify their price tag.
Mee has amassed 57 points, combining two goals and an assist with four clean sheets.
The centre-back's threat at free-kicks and corners has been a big factor in his successful first season at Brentford.
The Bees scored 16 goals from set-pieces in the previous campaign, the third-most in the league.
Mee, meanwhile, has been a huge threat in such situations.
At set-pieces, his nine shots and seven headed attempts both rank among the top six defenders.
Arsenal's Gabriel (£5.2m) and Newcastle United centre-back Fabian Schar (£4.9m) both rank among the five top-scoring defenders this season.
They both boast a considerable threat at dead-ball scenarios.
Similar to Mee, Gabriel has scored both his goals this season from set-pieces.
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Indeed, the Arsenal centre-back scored all five of his goals last term at set-plays, more than any other defender.
Gabriel is the third top-scoring player in his position on 72 points, only two behind his team-mate William Saliba (£5.3m).
The Brazilian has boasted a far greater goal threat, though, producing nine shots in the box to the three of Saliba.
Schar, meanwhile, has totalled 12 shots from set-pieces, second only to the 15 of Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) in defence.
Both Gabriel and Schar are owned by no more than 13 per cent due to the popularity of their respective team-mates Saliba and Kieran Trippier (£5.9m).
That highlights their potential as differentials or double-up options as routes into the Arsenal and Newcastle backlines in the second half of the season.
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Part 2: Trippier an all-round star
Part 4: Forward role helping Rodrigo thrive
Part 5: Foden leads midfielders who thrive at home
Part 6: FPL unlimited transfers: Build around Salah and Haaland
Part 7: Kane a strong partner for Haaland
Part 8: Solanke revived under new head coach