Our ongoing analysis of Fantasy Premier League squad selection trends now shifts to defence as we weigh up the current top targets.
|Wes Morgan||Leicester City||£5.0m||23.0%||139|
|Juan Carlos Paredes||Watford||£4.0m||17.2%||30|
Bellerin commands 31.3% ownership and his North London rival can be found in 26.6% of squads.
With Bellerin's team-mate Laurent Koscielny (£6.0m) also proving a popular target (17.9%), it is clear that FPL managers are showing little hesitancy in splashing the cash among their five-man backline.
The recent injury to Per Mertesacker (£5.0m) may yet have a say prior to Gameweek 1.
With the German potentially sidelined for up to four months, Arsene Wenger may bolster his defence but could turn to Gabriel (£5.0m) in the interim; that could force Bellerin and Koscielny owners to rethink.
Rotation around UEFA Champions League ties is the concern, though. We saw throughout last season's UEFA Europa League campaign that Mauricio Pochettino can opt to rest his first-choice full-backs.
Team-mate Christian Fuchs (£5.5m) could again outscore his skipper and has found his way into 11.6% of squads. But there could be a cheaper Foxes option available.
Robert Huth (£5.0m) is suspended for Gameweek 1 and that could hand new signing Luis Hernandez (£4.5m) an opportunity to claim regular starts.
Shaw's 15.9% ownership should profit from his attacking raids down the left following a return to fitness. Along with Antonio Valencia, (£5.5m) they present viable alternatives to the popular David De Gea (£5.5m) as coverage of Jose Mourinho's defence.
Azpilicueta can be found in 14.2% of squads and looks the most assured option in Antonio Conte's backline.
Kurt Zouma's recovery could change matters. The imposing centre-back is available for £5.5m and his return to fitness, mooted for September, may signal a shift in ownership.
The Ecuadorian has been targeted by 17.1% of managers as a means of preserving funds but may struggle to figure regularly on Walter Mazzarri's team-sheet.
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