Fantasy Football

Gameweek 23 Fantasy Football Defensive Phenoms

Gameweek 23 fantasy football sees Alexis Sanchez continue his dominance in total points. Although a good defence will get you a large number of points, most fantasy football managers ignore their rearguard. Only worried about the attack, valuable points can get lost.

For gameweek 23, does not ignore its defenders, and here we put forth five key stoppers you should buy, steal or borrow for your fantasy football team.

Gary Cahill – Chelsea 

Games: 22; Clean sheets: 13; Total FPL points: 117

We admit to making a mistake in last week’s defensive selections. We chose Gary Cahill’s teammates Cesar Azpilicueta and Marco Alonso for our top five. Both of those players had good weeks, but nothing like Cahill.

The Englishman collected 15 points as he scored a goal and helped keep a clean sheet. The performance moves him to the top of the defenders list in points.

Cahill has Liverpool and Arsenal up next, and gameweek 23 and 24 come in a very short week. Fantasy football managers may go easy on Chelsea defenders for the next two fixtures.

Kyle Walker – Tottenham

Games: 21; Clean sheets: 9; Total FPL points: 103

Kyle Walker has been a regular in my fantasy football team all season, and with Spurs upcoming fixtures against Sunderland and Middlesbrough, he isn’t going anywhere.

Walker collected six points against Manchester City in game week 22. His assist was just one of the options he brings to your fantasy football team.

Tottenham have given up the second fewest goals in the English Premier League this season, and Walker’s play has been a big part of that. Expect two solid performances upcoming.

Seamus Coleman – Everton

Games: 19; Clean sheets: 6; Total FPL points: 92

Seamus Coleman makes our top five after a brilliant 15 point performance in gameweek 22. He is a great fantasy football selection for Everton’s upcoming set of fixtures against Stoke, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

At just £5.6 million, Coleman could be your defensive answer to points.

Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea 

Games: 22; Clean sheets: 13; Total FPL points: 110

Despite Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures, it is difficult to leave Cesar Azpilicueta out of our top five.

Gameweek 22’s seven point performance was still solid and it keeps him in second on the defenders points chart. Sure, the next two fixtures maybe difficult for Chelsea, but he has exceeded most expectations to this point.

Gareth McAuley – West Brom

Games: 22; Clean sheets: 4; Total FPL points: 81

It’s no secret that Gareth McAuley is in my fantasy football team. Gameweek 22 saw him rebound from a -3 point showing the previous gameweek.

That points total caused a lot of fantasy football managers to miss out on his 12 point return in gameweek 22.

McAuley has shown he is very solid against the right opponent, and West Brom have the right opponents coming up. In fact, West Brom have very winnable matches coming up in the next six fixtures.

Bonus goalkeeper

Ben Foster – West Brom

Games: 22; Clean sheets: 4; Total FPL points: 74

A seven point performance in gameweek 22 was highly respectable as Ben Foster picked up his fourth clean sheet of the season.

Sure, West Brom don’t keep many clean sheets, but the team have a lovely six match run coming up that could see them double their total.

Don’t sleep on Foster as this West Brom team is flying under the radar this season.


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