With Ryan Fredericks leaving the Cottagers to join West Ham, ex-Middlesbrough man Christie is set to be a Premier League starter come mid-August. He’s capable going forward and could steal some cheap assists to supplement your squad from the bench. He made four for Boro before moving to Craven Cottage in January. The giant Dane, measuring in at 6ft5in, will be a real threat at set-pieces, which Mark Hughes will surely utilise well. Vestergaard is also a handy defender and will hopefully keep some clean sheets and be the replacement for Virgil van Dijk which was needed. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) – £5million Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta was the top scoring Fantasy Premier League defender last term. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £5million Along with defensive partner Sean Morrison, who is also a potential bargain at £5m, the Bluebirds won’t lose too many aerial duels. Bamba also headed home four goals and could get himself a few more in the Premier League. 12 12 You need to get your defence in order if you really want to be a success in Fantasy Premier League, and there’s less than a week to go for you to perfect your team.If you don’t get the backline right and generating points then you’ll be unable maximise your potential. Kiko Femenia (Watford) – £4.5million Cyrus Christie (Fulham) – £4.5million Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) – £5million The Reds could be set for a brilliant season with their plethora of summer signings. He now has extra protection ahead of him with Fabinho and Alisson is set to keep more clean sheets than Loris Karius, so it could be a big campaign full of points which could see him improve on the 110 he last year. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) – £5million The Spanish star looked fine in fits and starts last season as his campaign was cut up by injuries. Now fit and ready to go he could be a nice acquisition, despite Watford’s propensity for shipping goals. The ex-Tottenham Hotspur right-back will be a brilliant threat down the flank for the Hammers and finally solve their issues in that position. Fredericks got seven assists for Fulham last-term and his electric pace will trouble plenty of defences. He will be hoping to shore things up at the back for Manuel Pellegrini too and if he does you’ll be in the points. 12 12 The England international is set to start ahead of Nathaniel Clyne for the foreseeable future, although he may be rotated a little more than last-term. He’s working on his deliveries and could improve on his one goal and two assists this season, while with Alisson signing he will get a few more clean sheets under his belt. 12 12 A decent first campaign as a permanent Cherries player, Ake will be looking to improve again this campaign. Clearly able to get the odd goal, the Dutchman will be first-choice at the Vitality Stadium and should be considered as a smart but rarely used bench option. 12 Conor Coady (Wolves) – £4.5million 12 Nathan Ake (Bournemouth) – £5million 12 12 Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £5million The first of two Saints who could be bargains, England international Bertrand looked improved in the late stages of last season as he was shifted to a wing-back. If he can continue this under Mark Hughes he might be a smart signing. Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) – £5million 12 12 Okay, he’s unlikely to get many goals and assists but he started 45 of his side’s 46 Championship fixtures last-term so he’s a shoo-in to play and will be perfect for your bench – unless Nuno Espirito Santo and friends decide to land a replacement before the campaign starts. Full-backs are always an excellent option with their ability to deliver crosses from wide areas but this season, especially after World Cup 2018, we’re expecting centre-backs to be even bigger threats at set-pieces.So who are the cheap as chips defenders you will want to consider? Check out our top Fantasy Premier League tips below.Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – £4.5million The Portuguese international star is a converted winger so he can definitely add to the Foxes going forward. In his last two campaigns he’s got eight assists and four goals, while playing for Nice and then Porto. If he can get anywhere near his previous levels then he will be an excellent acquisition for both Leicester and your FPL team.
Fantasy Premier League tips: 11 bargain defenders you should sign