When you’re assembling teams from the Fantasy Premier League, your budget can disappear pretty quickly, but you can put together a top-notch FPL roster without spending a lot – starting with your defense.
After a turbulent 2021/22 season, football fans can now choose who they want in their Fantasy Premier League squad for the new season.
Football clubs have been gradually announcing their player awards over the past few weeks and now fans can dive into the virtual world, choose from some of the big summer signings and identify the best hidden gems.
Joining the English elite this summer are the likes of Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez and Fabio Vieira – all of whom will no doubt be chosen in thousands of FPL teams around the world.
While these expensive stars are likely to guarantee you the most points, there’s also a list of cheaper alternatives that could prove to be real bargains throughout the season.
With less than a month until the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season, we’re taking an in-depth look at the biggest bargains at each position to ensure your FPL team is looking its best – starting with defence:
Neco Williams – £4million
Neco Williams has spent most of his professional career at Liverpool and made his senior debut in 2019.
The Welshman made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Reds but has struggled to impress in the Premier League.
Despite still being a teenager, Williams struggled with social media abuse during his last full season with the Reds and failed to live up to high expectations of playing for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, the defender enjoyed an exceptional loan spell at Fulham last season as they won the league title and he now seems ready to join Nottingham Forest, who have also fought their way back to the top flight.
Adding Williams to your FPL squad could be a risky move but it’s likely his time at Fulham has improved him a lot and he may now be ready for a more successful spell in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old impressed on both offense and defense for the Cottagers, earning them a number of vital points throughout the season.
Sven Botman – £4.5million
Newcastle United could sign a number of big names this summer but Sven Botman is certainly one of the most exciting.
Despite interest from AC Milan, the centre-back arrived from Lille for around £35m and could prove a key factor under Eddie Howe.
The Magpies are expected to enjoy a vastly improved season following last year’s takeover and seem unlikely to experience the same leaky defensive problems they have suffered in recent years.
Botman played an important role for Lille in his first season in France as they clinched their first Ligue 1 title in ten years, conceding just 23 goals all season.
If the Dutchman can repeat his form in the Premier League, his clean sheet could guarantee you some big points.
He’s also 6ft 5 so it wouldn’t be surprising if he scores a few headed goals.
Tyrell Malacia – £4.5million
Tyrell Malacia became Erik ten Hag’s first signing as Manchester United manager last week when he joined from Feyenoord for an initial £13million.
The Dutchman looks like an exciting signing for the Red Devils and Ten Hag could be the one to get the best out of him knowing the defender from his time in the Netherlands.
At just £4.5million, Malacia is a cheaper option than Luke Shaw and Alex Telles, and contributed more goals than either (one goal, four assists) last season.
If the 22-year-old can pick up where he left off at Feyenoord then he could be a good addition for you.
Kieran Trippier – £5million
Kieran Trippier returned to the Premier League with Newcastle United in January and made an immediate impression for the Magpies.
The full-back was one of United’s best players as they turned the corner in the new year until a broken foot limited him to just six appearances for the remainder of the season.
Like Botman, Trippier could be a real asset to Newcastle’s defense ahead of an exciting season and will play a key role in both defense and attack, with his set-piece ability being an added bonus that will likely rack up the FPL points.
The 31-year-old is also looking to impress to work his way up into England’s World Cup squad.
Kyle Walker – £5million
Kyle Walker has been one of the best full-backs in the Premier League since joining Man City five years ago.
Still, the England international has a lower FPL price than all three centre-backs in Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias and John Stones, while being a whopping £2million cheaper than Joao Cancelo.
While Pep Guardiola is happy to rotate his team throughout the season, Walker still managed 20 games in the top flight last season and it is always highly unlikely that a Man City defender will have a negative impact on your FPL squad.
Walker conceded 11 goals in the Premier League last season – that’s 44 points for his defense alone.
While Cancelo will have more points for his assists, Walker is definitely worth considering for significantly less money.
Ivan Perisic – £5.5million
Ivan Perisic joined Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer this summer after spending the last two years at Inter Milan alongside Antonio Contes.
While the Croatia international may not be one of the most exciting signings for Spurs, he has been seen as cheat code of sorts for FPL users.
While Perisic has spent most of his career as a winger, the 33-year-old acts as a full-back under Conte and will most likely fill that role for Tottenham.
Despite being used as a defender, Perisic still has some brilliant attacking stats – he scored eight goals and assisted another seven in Serie A last season.
That means Perisic has the potential to pick up plenty of points for clean sheets and make a brilliant change at the other end of the pitch too.
While certainly not quite as good as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo, Perisic would still be a huge bargain for FPL players and would also take up a lot less of your budget