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Best DGW29 defenders for attacking threat

By The Scout 24 Mar 2023
Ben Chilwell, Chelsea

The Scout analyses shots and key passes stats to reveal the top Fantasy picks

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The Scout looks at each outfield position in Fantasy Premier League to identify the Double Gameweek 29 players who have boasted the most attacking threat recently.

Defenders

Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) leads the way for shot involvement statistics among the Double Gameweek 29 defenders.

The Chelsea wing-back supplied 10 key passes and also had five shots in his last four matches, meaning he was involved in 15 shots.

Most attacking defenders in FPL
Player Shot involvement Chances created Shots Shots in box
Chilwell 15 10 5 4
Henry 13 6 7 2
Shaw 13 9 4 1
Trippier  12 8 4 0
Estupinan 11 7 4 3
Robertson 11 8 3 3
Alexander-Arnold 11 7 4 1
Dalot 9 4 5 2
Dunk 8 4 4 3
James 8 4 4 1
Schar 7 0 7 5
Ayling 7 2 5 5
Van Dijk 7 2 5 5
Moreno 7 6 1 0

A comparison with his team-mate Reece James (£5.8m) shows why managers have made Chilwell a top target for the Blues’ home encounters with Aston Villa and Liverpool.

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Chilwell betters James by four shots to one inside the box and has supplied more than double James' four key passes.

Luke Shaw (£5.2m) is the most-bought defender in Double Gameweek 29, earning 83,000 new owners for Manchester United’s matches against Newcastle United and Brentford.

He has been involved in 13 shots across his previous four outings, creating nine and producing four of his own.

That total is matched by Brentford’s Rico Henry (£4.5m), whose seven shots rank joint-top with Newcastle’s Fabian Schar (£5.0m) over their last four appearances.

However, the Bees have one of the toughest pair of fixtures in Double Gameweek 29, facing Brighton & Hove Albion and Man Utd. 

Estupinan a strong alternative

That suggests Pervis Estupinan (£4.8m) is the standout pick in the budget bracket.

Brighton's left-back matched the 11 shot creations of Liverpool’s premium-priced pair Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m), thanks to seven key passes and four shots.

The Ecuadorian has blanked only once in his last eight appearances ahead of meetings with Brentford and AFC Bournemouth

Elsewhere, Leeds United’s Luke Ayling (£4.5m) has been a major goal threat under Javi Gracia.

The right-back scored his first goal of 2022/23 in a 4-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the previous Gameweek.

Ayling has recorded five shots in the box in his last four matches, placing him joint-top among Double Gameweek 29 defenders alongside Schar and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m).

Also in this series

Part 2: Best DGW29 midfielders
Part 3: Best DGW29 forwards

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