Defences continue to be overlooked as managers try to fit three big-name strikers into their squads. But one player is showing there are big points to be found at the back, if you know where to look.
That player is Ben Davies (£5.8m), who is top of the defender standings after Gameweek 7.
Amazingly, Davies has already scored more goals this season (two) than in the previous three combined (one).
And with three assists already, he has also matched last season's tally from 17 fewer appearances.
But why is he being so productive?
Playing at left wing-back has given Davies a more advanced starting position and increased his influence in the final third.
His average touches in the penalty area are up to 2.3 per appearance this season, compared to 1.0 last.
He is also creating a chance on average every 33 minutes, compared with 61.3 minutes last term.
Davies is also taking charge of set-pieces, already taking 17 corner kicks this season, compared with just 14 in 2016/17.
|Penalty-area touches per match||1.0||2.3|
|Corner kicks taken||14||17|
Despite all the talk being about star striker Harry Kane (£12.7m), Davies has scored or assisted 38.5% of Spurs’ goals when playing. That figure was just 8.5% last term.
Davies is second only to Kane for transfers in following Saturday’s haul, claiming 83,000+ new owners.
But managers should beware. A tough schedule awaits.
While Davies may miss matches due to rotation over that spell, he is just one of many defenders, such as Nacho Monreal (£5.4m) and Nicolas Otamendi £5.7m, offering outstanding value in Fantasy Premier League.
Managers should note that defences are currently on top.
After seven Gameweeks there have been 55 clean sheets. This is 25 more than at this stage in 2016/17.
If they can keep it up, defences could be where mini-leagues are won.
Clean sheets by Gameweek 7