With the resurgence of defenders this season, switching to a back 5 seems like a viable strategy with so many attacking defenders stepping up this season. Here are the 5 options we think you should consider:
Sergio Reguilon (5.1M)
The Spanish fullback could prove to be a key player for Tottenham as Antonio Conte relies heavily on his wing-backs to initiate attacks. With Conte’s three-man defense, Spurs could be defensively solid, which increases Reguilon’s attraction. Since joining Spurs last summer, Reguilon ranks third in the squad for Premier League assists, registering eighth in total. And with excellent fixtures coming up for spurs and Conte getting the first win under his belt, they could kick on from here as they are in the run-in for the top 4.
Reece James (6.1M)
He is one of the highest-scoring defenders this season with 75 points, scoring 4 goals and providing 4 assists. And it also seems like he’s nailed on to start almost every game in the right wing-back position. Although there will be some sort of rotation now and then, he’ll get the majority of the minutes, considering the form he’s in at the moment, Tuchel won’t change a winning formula. With Lukaku about to make a return, it only makes James even more necessary to have in your teams, as there could be potential for more assists.
He’s the highest points scorer amongst defenders this season with 79 points. Jurgen Klopp has made a tactical tweak this season which enables Trent to be in the midfield in some instances from where he has been so influential. He had also taken 20 shots on goal, of which 6 were from inside the box. The fact that he’s on free kicks just makes him an instant pick for your fantasy teams.
Joao Cancelo (6.6M)
He’s the joint highest scoring defender in the game with Trent-Alexander-Arnold and the second-highest points scorer amongst all positions. He is Manchester city’s best defender in terms of fantasy, and the fact that he’s a fullback increases his appeal. He’s taken a total of 27 shots which is a lot for a defender, and plays the role of an inverted full-back which enables him to play higher up in the midfield. Although he has overperformed his xA, there is a massive potential for returns with good fixtures coming up.
Antonio Rudiger (5.9M)
He’s started 11 games out of a possible 12 in the league this season. If you’re looking for a safe option from that Chelsea defense. Rudiger is the man to go for, he’s a threat at set-pieces and corners. He’ll start almost every game and he’s been Tuchel’s main man at the back since he took over the club last January. And with his current contract up in the summer, he has a point to prove and earn himself a contract extension at the club. A double-up of Reece James and Antonio Rudiger is very viable under the current circumstances.