While defenders may not grab all the goal scoring glory, they still have a significant impact on DraftKings and need to be carefully considered when setting your fantasy Premier League roster.
Defenders rack up points for Tackles Won (+1), Passes Intercepted (+.5) and Clean Sheets (+3) along with typical scoring stats such as Goals (+10) and Crosses (+.75). Finding wing backs that may be involved up the pitch is an important tactic to find high scoring defenders on DraftKings. Here are the top-10 fantasy Premier League defenders based on total fantasy points scored from last season on DraftKings. The names on this list should allow you to identify what formations and types of players to look to add to your daily fantasy soccer roster.
10. Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool (247.25 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
The English international will continue to occupy a wingback spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. Clyne managed only two assists and zero goals last season, but he was durable and relentless. He featured in 37 Premier League matches and racked up 97 crosses and 61 tackles.
It’s worth monitoring his health going into the season as he is currently dealing with back and hamstring injuries. There is a chance he misses Liverpool’s opener. If Clyne is unable to go, Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely step in at right-back.
9. Seamus Coleman, Everton (253 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
Coleman had an unfortunate double leg break which ended his season early otherwise he would have been much higher on this list. In limited action, he had four goals and three assists, so when he returns to health he will continue to be a top option.
8. Erik Pieters, Stoke City (256.75 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
The Dutch defender excelled last season racking up 109 crosses, and totaling an impressive 58 fouls drawn (+1 point). He’ll have to continue to do the little things right as he contributed very little in terms of offensive output.
7. Christian Fuchs, Leicester City (261 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
Fuchs delivered four assists and across-the-board solid contributions even as Leicester struggled to recapture their Premier League winning form. He will continue to be a solid option this season.
6. Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth (262 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
Daniels is the first of two Bournemouth defenders on this list, and for good reason. Daniels helped power Bournemouth to an impressive ninth place finish last season on the strength of four goals, three assists and 86 crosses.
5. Adam Smith, Bournemouth (262.75 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
Smith led all defenders in fouls drawn with a ridiculous 70. He was no slouch on the offensive end, chipping in five crosses which was also tops for defenders (tied with Kyle Walker). Smith won’t be flying under any fantasy player’s radar this season.
4. Cedric Soares, Southampton (263 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
The Portuguese defender was playing farther up the field for Southampton and was able to deliver 144 crosses which equaled consistent fantasy output.
3. Jose Holebas, Watford (274 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
Holebas isn’t a household name, but he became one in fantasy circles after sending in 164 crosses, scoring two goals and providing four assists. To take another step forward he will need to improve his discipline. Holebas was booked 14 times, and nearly set a single season record for yellow cards.
2. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea (326 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
Antonio Conte came to Chelsea and delivered a Premier League Championship and also helped Marcos Alonso unlock his fantasy potential. After joining from Fiorentina on deadline day, Alonso settled into Conte’s 3-4-3 system and was able to be involved offensively down the wing. Alonso scored six times from open play and led all defenders with 46 shots attempted.
1. James Milner, Liverpool (447 DraftKings Fantasy Points)
To Milner or not to Milner? That was the question oftentimes for DraftKings fantasy managers for most of last season. The converted midfielder found himself as Liverpool’s left back and reinvented himself with seven goals (all from the penalty spot) and a ridiculous 259 crosses. Milner was typically the most expensive defender when he was available for selection and for good reason.
Honorable Mention: Stephen Ward, Ryan Bertrand, Leighton Baines, Kyle Walker (moved to Manchester City)Who will join this list next season? Consider Benjamin Mendy joining Manchester City from Monaco for the largest fee ever paid for a defender. Kieran Trippier will take over Tottenham’s RWB role from Kyle Walker and Sead Kolasinac joined Arsenal from Schalke and may slot into a LWB role at the Emirates.