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FPL Lessons: Target goalscoring centre-backs

17 Nov 2022
Ben Mee, Brentford

The Scout says defenders such as Ben Mee are providing standout value in 2022/23 Fantasy

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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.

Set-piece threat

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.

Go for Gabriel over Saliba

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.

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.

Consider defensive double-ups

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.

Also in this series

Part 1: Start Ward and free up funds
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

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