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Spotlight: The Defenders

Attacking players get all the publicity. We take a look at defenders you should consider for the upcoming game weeks.

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"You four - The Devil of Hell's Kitchen, the smart-ass detective, the righteous ex-con and the kid with a glowing fist - the war for New York is here. So get your shit together." (Marvel’s The Defenders, Season 1 Trailer)

Week six is on the horizon friends, and with an early four-point hit already applied to my team, I used my free time to binge watch the Netflix series Marvel's The Defenders. This of course made me think about the fact that, while everyone is trying to get Sergio Aguero into their team right now, there are several defenders we should consider bringing in for the upcoming weeks.

The battle for our respective mini-league supremacy is happening, so let's look at four possible heroes to help us umm... get our $&*t together.

Sead Kolasinac: Arsenal £6.0

Known as the 'Tank' (how could we not start with him?), the Bosnian is a player we should all have on our watchlists. Aside from everyone talking about his powerful physique, three clean sheets and two assists are very eye catching.

The departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should mean the Gunners left flank will be patrolled by the impressive newcomer for the rest of the season. He has earned three bonus points in his four starts, and his upcoming fixtures are West Brom (H), Brighton (H), and Watford (A).

Michael Keane: Everton £5.5

Everton have been bad, there's no other way to say it. This is a team many thought could challenge for a place in Europe this season but instead sits in a relegation spot. We've seen many heroes return from the brink though haven't we?

If the current plot is going to twist, fixtures against Bournemouth (H), former team Burnley (H), and Brighton (A) should provide the platform after a rough opening five weeks that included games against four of last season’s top six. Keane has not missed a minute and sits atop the BPS for Everton, which suggests that clean sheets will bring bonus points his way.

Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City £6.5

Fulfills the comic relief portion of our assembled team? We have to take the Frenchman very seriously when it comes to his ability on the field. His raids down the left flank exemplify why Pep Guardiola made him the most expensive defender in football.

Manchester City are the most likely team to top the goal scoring charts this season, and the form of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus means the man who is in both the top 15 for key passes and crosses per game has the opportunity for a high number of assists. Mendy has two clean sheets in his three starts so far, and the upcoming fixtures provide further opportunity with Crystal Palace (H), Chelsea (A), and Stoke (H) the next three.

Ben Davies: Tottenham Hotspur £5.7

Our final hero was sidelined in game week five, but we expect him to bravely return to the fold this week to show why he was the game's highest scorer before then.

Two assists, two clean sheets, and five bonus points highlight the potential of the Welshman. Wembley has not always been great for Spurs, but the good news is that Davies earned both his clean sheets on the road and that's where the next two fixtures happen to be. West Ham (A), Huddersfield (A), and Bournemouth (H) will be his next opponents.


All heroes need them right? Let's look at two further players who may be able to lend some assistance to the big guns.

First up is Kyle Naugton of Swansea. Available for just £4.5, he's locked in at right back and will get his share of clean sheets and possibly assists.

Ben Mee is our other helper. He may not get much screen time, yet we all know our teams need someone like him. The Burnley man also comes in at £4.5 and is a great servant to Sean Dyche and his men.

Is your defense solid or have you neglected the back line in pursuit of the glamour boys up front? Let me know if any of the defenders are in your plans.