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The Scout looks at how the flexibility to trade players in Draft and no quota on teams have made Manchester City defenders increasingly popular.
Defenders in four-team leagues
When determining an FPL Draft league to play in, the number of managers involved has an impact on your tactics.
Leagues with four teams will have less competition for players than those consisting of eight teams, for example.
Five defenders are required for every 15-man squad, so a four-team league will therefore have just 20 defenders.
This allows more opportunity for managers to target resilient defences and build a solid foundation at the back.
More faith in City defenders
For his home match with Newcastle United, Mendy was started by an average of 216 of the latest 250 FPL Draft squads in four-team leagues to play in Gameweek 4.
But in Gameweek 1, only 146 of his 195 owners named him on the teamsheet for the trip to Arsenal.
And those who benched him paid the price, as Mendy tallied 15 points in the 2-0 win.
Interestingly, that reflects the pair’s ownership in Fantasy Premier League.
Alonso is the most popular, with 38.6 per cent ownership, while Mendy sits second on 35.9 per cent.
Laporte earned just 44 starts from Draft managers in early leagues for Gameweek 1.
But a goal and a clean sheet over four appearances meant this figure climbed to 115 against Newcastle, ranking him ninth in defensive picks in Gameweek 4.
This is in stark contrast to FPL, where his 3.2 ownership means that the Frenchman is only the fifth-most popular defender at City.
Laporte’s rise in Draft reflects not only his increased minutes for the defending champions, starting in all four Gameweeks after just nine starts in 2017/18.
It also highlights the greater flexibility Draft managers have to adjust their squads on a weekly basis.
Either through waivers or player trades, the unlimited transfers that Draft allows, as well as there being no three-players-per-team quota, mean that FPL Draft managers have quickly taken advantage.
Top 10 defenders for starts in Draft*
|Player||Team||GW1 TSB||GW4 TSB||Change|
*TSB= teams selected by four-team leagues
Also in this series
Part 1: FPL Draft: Defenders rising in managers' plans
Part 3: FPL Draft: Palace pair proving a big hit
Part 4: FPL Draft: Leicester pair making waves
Part 5: FPL Draft: No limits put Milner in the frame