Having analysed the Goalkeepers yesterday, the next article in our unlimited transfer series focuses on defensive options. With many fantasy managers looking to freshen up their back line with this opportunity to use their unlimited transfer window our caches have sifted through all the options and come up with five defenders that could prove to be valuable to fantasy managers as they look to secure those elusive clean sheets and defensive points in the final 12 weeks of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League season.
Patrice Evra (Manchester United) £5.0 Million
Evra has collected six clean sheets this season, which does not necessarily make for good reading for fantasy managers but a much more encouraging stat for the United defender is the fact that he has four goals and six assists to his credit which makes him the highest points scoring defender in the game with 83 points.
Leighton Baines (Everton) £4.5 Million
Baines however seems to be making a return to form for the Toffee’s of late and has grabbed three goals and an assist in his last six appearance meaning he is now the top scoring defender in the premier league with five goals this season.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) £4.2 Million
Monreal’s addition to the Gunners back line looks to have had a positive effect on Arsenal rear guard with Arsene Wenger’s side having not conceded a goal since his arrival. Coming into the Irish Times Fantasy Premier league at a very reasonable £4.2 million price tag the 26 year old offers fantasy managers a cheap way into the Gunners back line and one that could pay dividends over the coming weeks.
Christopher Samba (QPR) £3.4 Million
There is no doubting that the R’s have got their act together at the back since the arrival of Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road and Samba is a welcome addition to the Rangers defence.Rangers at this point in the season find themselves at the bottom of the table and with their backs against the wall, but for fantasy managers this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) £3.6 million
Having kept nine clean sheets up until round 18 of the Irish Times Fantasy Premier League the Stoke defence was a so called sure thing week in week out for clean sheet but since then Shawcross and Stoke have not managed a single clean sheet in nine games. This will undoubtedly worry fantasy managers looking at the Potters clean sheet prospects.