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Coleman leads the way for FPL defenders

The Scout 16 Feb 2017
Seamus Coleman, Everton

The Scout looks at the numbers that make Everton's right-back the top transfer target in defence

The Scout’s analysis of the in-form Fantasy Premier League performers by position continues with a look at defenders.

FPL form in last four Gameweeks

Defender Team Form
Coleman EVE 7.8
McAuley WBA 7.3
Bertrand SOU 7.0
Mawson SWA 6.3
Valencia MUN 6.0

Seamus Coleman (£5.9m) is the most in-form FPL defender having earned 31 points over the previous four Gameweeks.

Producing a goal, two assists and pair of clean sheets, the Everton right-back has supplied attacking or defensive points in seven of his last eight appearances.

West Bromwich Albion pair Gareth McAuley (£5.1m) and Chris Brunt (£5.1m) have provided 29 and 24 points respectively in their last four matches.

Second only to Coleman for transfers in since Saturday, McAuley supplied his 30.3% FPL owners with a goal, an assist and two clean sheets in that period. He has five goals this season, more than any defender. 

Gareth McAuley, West Brom
Gareth McAuley, of West Brom, has scored more goals than any FPL defender

A Swansea City revival under head coach Paul Clement has boosted the FPL potential of Alfie Mawson (£4.5m). 

Scoring for the third time in six Gameweeks in the 2-0 weekend win over Leicester City, the centre-back also helped his side to a first clean sheet in 10 attempts.

Like Everton and West Brom, Swansea are one of only six sides with guaranteed fixtures in both Gameweeks 26 and 28. 

Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand (£5.4m) and Manchester United's Antonio Valencia (£5.6m) are two promising FPL defenders whose upcoming fixtures are not as assured.

Bertrand has delivered three assists and two clean sheets in the last four fixtures, while Valencia served up three shutouts and a single assist.

They are without a Gameweek 26 fixture due to the EFL Cup final and could miss Gameweek 28 as a result of the FA Cup quarter-finals.

ICT Index last four Gameweeks

Defender Team Creativity Threat ICT Index
Coleman EVE 83 101 30.4
Valencia MUN 136 38 27.0
Mustafi ARS 32 91 25.7
Soares SOU 128 26 25.4
Dann CRY 26 144 25.2
Brunt WBA 89 61 25.1
Mawson SWA 1 73 24.6
McAuley WBA 11 78 24.2
Maguire HUL 28 86 24.1
Bertrand SOU 102 24 23.1

Coleman is ranked top of the ICT Index across the last four Gameweeks.

He has registered five goal attempts and as many key passes, recording three efforts on target.

Valencia is in the runners-up spot. Top-scoring for ICT Creativity, the Ecuadorian has produced the most touches in the final third (147) and successful crosses (11) among defenders since Gameweek 22, creating seven scoring chances.

Despite Gameweek 25 with a hamstring complaint, Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann (£5.2m) boasts the highest ICT Threat.

Crystal Palace's Scott Dann
Scott Dann boasts the highest ICT Threat score over the past four Gameweeks

The Palace defender has produced six attempts on goal, all from inside the box, and has scored once. 

Dann’s total of four efforts on target is more than any defender, with manager Sam Allardyce looking to utilise his aerial prowess at set-pieces.

Brunt bettered team-mate McAuley for efforts on goal (six to three) from left-back and also created five scoring chances, yet sits in only 4.3% of squads.

Top for ICT Influence, Swansea’s Mawson found the net with two of his four shots, but only 0.5% of FPL managers have him in their squads. 

Harry Maguire, Hull City
Harry Maguire is an appealing defensive option due to Hull City's guaranteed fixtures

Hull City’s Harry Maguire (£4.4m) is another standout candidate, having fired more shots than any defender over the past four Gameweeks, with three of his eight efforts on target.

Maguire’s defensive contribution has also been key, a total of 48 Clearances, Blocks and Interceptions (CBI) is ranked third overall, helping Marco Silva's side secure clean sheets against Manchester United and Liverpool.

Crucially, Hull are also due to play in both Gameweeks 26 and 28, at home to Burnley and Swansea, so heightening Maguire’s FPL appeal.

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