Fantasy Premier League

Lindelof leads Man Utd's defensive picks

The Scout 17/07/2017
Victor Lindelof, Manchester United

The Scout's watchlist of premium defenders starts with the new go-to Fantasy option in Jose Mourinho's rearguard

After revealing four budget defenders to consider for 2017/18, The Scout begins a watchlist of players worthy of their hefty price tags.

Victor Lindelof (Man Utd) £5.5m

Fantasy Premier League managers have wasted little time in moving for Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof (£5.5m).

The Swede is already part of 16.8% of squads, making him the most popular option in Jose Mourinho’s defence.

That has put both Antonio Valencia (£6.5m) and Eric Bailly (£6.0m) in the shade, with Lindelof’s cheaper valuation the key factor.

The former Benfica man can repay that faith.

Lindelof will be expected to partner Bailly in central defence, ahead of Chris Smalling (£5.5m) and Phil Jones (£5.0m), with Marcos Rojo (£5.5m) sidelined through injury.

If Lindelof can avoid rotation around Man Utd’s UEFA Champions League campaign, he can offer outstanding value.

Mourinho’s rearguard kept 17 clean sheets last season – a tally matched only by Tottenham Hotspur – and will be backed to maintain those standards.

Lindelof could even add to his defensive returns with some attacking points.

A set-piece specialist, following the departure of both Wayne Rooney (£7.5m) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lindelof will be in the pecking order for direct free-kicks.

His fixtures also tempt immediate investment.

Man Utd avoid all of last season’s top five sides until a Gameweek 8 trip to Liverpool.

With that schedule, Lindelof can deliver strong points-per-million returns and cement his new status as the go-to option in Mourinho’s defence.

Man Utd's opening Gameweeks 
GW Opponent FDR (1=Low 5=High)
1 West Ham (h) 2
2 Swansea City (a) 2
3 Leicester City (h) 2
4 Stoke City (a) 2
5 Everton (h) 3
6 Southampton (a) 3
7 Crystal Palace (h) 2
8 Liverpool (a) 4
9 Huddersfield Town (a) 2

See: The Scout's budget defender watchlist

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