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FPL Watchlist: Dalot heads best budget defenders

By The Scout 24 Nov 2022
Dalot, Man Utd

The Scout assesses the fixtures to help Fantasy managers identify which cut-price options to select

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The Scout assesses the schedule in order to pinpoint the best players to target with the unlimited free transfers in Fantasy Premier League ahead of Gameweek 17.

Budget Defenders
Diogo Dalot (MUN) £4.8m

The Portuguese has the potential to deliver big scores in Fantasy over Manchester United’s kind upcoming schedule.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of the Red Devils' first 10 matches after the FIFA World Cup 2022 score only two.

Man Utd's next 10 fixtures
17 NFO (H) 2 22 CRY (H) 2
18 WOL (A) 2 23 LEE (A) 2
19 BOU (H) 2 24 LEI (H) 2
20 MCI (H) 5 25 BRE (H) 2
21 ARS (A) 4 26 LIV (A) 5

Dalot has one assist and five clean sheets this term, with his all-round style of play crucial to his prospects for earning bonus points.

The full-back’s 20 chances created and 27 successful tackles both rank second among team-mates.

That has helped him earned an additional 12 bonus points, the second-best total among defenders.

Select Dalot in your FPL team

Romain Perraud (SOU) £4.4m

The Southampton full-back has the fixtures to emerge as a key player under new first team manager Nathan Jones.

According to the FDR, four of Saints' first five matches after the campaign resumes score only two.

Perraud was in fine attacking form before the season break, producing two goals, an assist and 30 points in his previous six.

Furthermore, his total of 20 shots ranked top among all defenders in Fantasy across the opening 16 Gameweeks.

Timothy Castagne (LEI) £4.7m

The full-back has been one of the most consistent defenders in Fantasy thanks to Leicester City's improved displays.

Castagne has blanked just once in the last nine Gameweeks, recording two assists, seven clean sheets and six bonus over that period.

Combined with his low cost of just £4.7m, the Belgian has emerged as a key target during the current unlimited transfers period.

Indeed, Castagne is the most-bought defender in the unlimited free transfers period, collecting over 191,000 new owners.

Ben Mee (BRE) £4.6m

The Brentford centre-back was also in fine form prior to the break, blanking just once in his final five outings.

Mee produced a goal, an assist, two clean sheets and three bonus in that run, picking up points against both Chelsea and Manchester City.

His threat at free-kicks and corners for the Bees has played a major part in his success this season.

At set-pieces, Mee’s nine shots and seven headed shots both rank among the top six defenders.

Brentford, meanwhile, scored 16 goals from set-pieces in the previous campaign, the third-best total in the league.

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