Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Top Defenders for 2020/21

Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Top Defenders for 2020/21

This article is part of our Fantasy Premier League Rankings series.

We continue with our positional rankings for the 2020/21, this time focusing on defenders. The index score is a bit different from the forwards and midfielders because clean sheets and goals conceded are much more relevent to defenders, though goals and assists still play a major role.

The Liverpool duo of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were the top fantasy scoring defenders last season, and they project to keep those places thanks to their excellent attacking returns in addition to Liverpool's expectedly strong defense. Remember that goals are more valuable to defenders, so anyone who gets on the score-sheet will have a big leg up on the competition.

As mentioned in the forward and midfielder rankings, these will change as projections change, and those are updated whenever there is a transfer, injury or change in playing time situation. The rankings will not change as frequently as the projections, but be sure that we will have multiple updates leading up to the start of the season.

And, as always, if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below, hit me up in our subscriber Discord chat or on Twitter.

Note: all columns are sortable

RankPlayerTeamPriceMINGASOTCCGCCSIndex
1Trent Alexander-ArnoldLIV£7.52,6002.6611.649.9873.4026.8111.90192.69
2Andrew RobertsonLIV£7.02,7002.009.426.2447.0527.8412.36154.24
3Lucas DigneEVE£6.03,0000.136.203.2164.4552.107.94131.30
4Enda StevensSHU£5.53,2002.274.054.9431.4137.9713.17128.13
5Ben ChilwellLEI£5.52,7003.253.636.2434.8535.579.92122.41
6Matt DohertyWLV£6.02,7504.322.6112.5122.1435.6010.22120.74
7Cesar AzpilicuetaCHE£6.02,9002.003.004.9343.2744.569.20118.08
8Serge AurierTOT£5.53,0001.345.064.0434.8940.5410.76117.69
9George BaldockSHU£5.53,2002.242.985.5921.1537.9713.17115.13
10Marcos AlonsoCHE£6.02,2003.452.0912.4537.0433.806.98113.55
11Virgil van DijkLIV£6.52,9003.190.8411.067.4229.9013.27105.30
12Aaron Wan-BissakaMUN£5.53,0000.063.391.0928.3533.7812.73103.39
13Patrick van AanholtCRY£5.52,5002.912.124.9631.2940.557.1799.17
14Nathan AkeMCI£5.52,8002.011.818.038.2229.5712.6095.81
15Kieran TierneyARS£5.52,5001.634.843.4924.2636.458.1595.07
16Stuart DallasLEE£4.53,0002.331.239.0418.4649.908.3491.03
17Willy BolyWLV£5.53,3201.211.045.2210.6542.9812.3389.40
18Jack O'ConnellSHU£5.03,2000.281.083.4014.3737.9713.1788.70
19Ryan BertrandSOU£5.02,9000.901.273.3331.8649.047.9888.40
20John EganSHU£5.03,2001.940.224.702.7637.9713.1785.77
21Reece JamesCHE£5.02,0000.852.213.5835.4730.736.3584.51
22Romain SaissWLV£5.02,7602.070.736.4310.3035.7310.2583.84
23Harry MaguireMUN£5.52,9000.760.095.4611.5632.6612.3083.13
24FernandinhoMCI£5.52,1001.092.074.9118.7022.189.4582.91
25Chris BashamSHU£5.03,2000.280.990.9110.3337.9713.1781.90
26James TarkowskiBUR£5.53,2001.671.704.5311.9352.439.0581.11
27Aymeric LaporteMCI£6.02,5001.950.124.977.0226.4011.2579.47
28Aaron CresswellWHU£5.02,7002.240.314.3825.7553.215.9279.43
29Luke AylingLEE£4.52,8001.901.894.9414.2646.577.7879.06
30Jonny EvansLEI£5.53,0000.930.976.356.3439.5211.0377.80
31Kyle WalkerMCI£6.02,0000.732.863.5216.7521.129.0077.56
32Adam WebsterBHA£4.52,8002.610.925.669.3845.118.0577.33
33Toby AlderweireldTOT£5.52,9001.321.223.298.4239.1910.4076.97
34Ezgjan AlioskiLEE£4.52,0002.491.386.5419.9533.275.5676.14
35Ben MeeBUR£5.03,2001.131.136.689.1452.439.0575.52
36Matt TargettAVL£4.52,5000.971.913.0127.3147.845.7675.33
37Caglar SoyuncuLEI£5.53,0001.011.054.834.1639.5211.0374.82
38Benjamin MendyMCI£6.01,8000.082.421.5425.0119.018.1074.19
39Victor LindelofMUN£5.02,9000.880.091.635.7032.6612.3074.16
40Ben DaviesTOT£5.02,8000.241.062.0813.7837.8410.0472.31
41Ricardo PereiraLEI£6.01,8002.021.663.1117.5323.716.6271.72
42Conor CoadyWLV£5.03,3200.300.201.024.5442.9812.3371.11
43Ahmed ElmohamadyAVL£4.51,8001.241.611.4531.6734.444.1469.45
44Yerry MinaEVE£5.52,4001.871.137.8010.7441.686.3668.59
45Ryan FredericksWHU£4.52,7000.052.840.4124.1453.215.9268.30
46Luke ShawMUN£5.01,7000.070.744.1025.2219.147.2167.88
47Issa DiopWHU£4.53,0002.470.816.405.3759.126.5867.84
48Joe BryanFUL£5.02,6000.592.574.2318.0051.115.6867.03
49Michael KeaneEVE£5.02,8001.970.313.896.3648.637.4164.31
50Federico FernandezNEW£5.02,5002.021.385.623.5541.947.0163.89
51Joao CanceloMCI£5.51,6000.120.504.1821.2116.907.2063.08
52Semi AjayiWBA£5.03,0002.420.134.163.6458.746.6561.81
53Joe GomezLIV£5.52,3000.420.211.415.4423.7210.5361.70
54Seamus ColemanEVE£5.02,6000.061.704.0513.8045.166.8961.70
55Kyle Walker-PetersSOU£4.52,6000.050.561.3918.5943.977.1561.39
56Tyrone MingsAVL£5.03,2000.930.972.976.9861.237.3761.25
57Cedric SoaresARS£5.01,8001.001.275.0814.7926.255.8760.66
58Dan BurnBHA£4.52,7000.110.200.5215.7843.507.7759.89
59Jan BednarekSOU£4.53,0000.911.031.883.9350.738.2559.86
60Liam CooperLEE£4.53,0001.170.122.114.0749.908.3459.42
61Hector BellerinARS£5.02,0001.210.452.8311.9129.166.5257.76
62Angelo OgbonnaWHU£5.03,0001.780.134.212.9459.126.5857.04
63Kyle BartleyWBA£4.53,0001.270.863.604.0258.746.6556.92
64Jack StephensSOU£5.02,3000.812.252.287.0038.896.3355.79
65Antonio RudigerCHE£5.02,1001.650.063.036.9332.276.6755.47
66Ruben VinagreWLV£4.51,8000.330.352.1315.8523.306.6955.27
67JonnyWLV£5.51,5500.971.252.5012.5020.075.7654.07
68James TomkinsCRY£4.52,2001.281.443.543.2335.686.3153.18
69Jamaal LascellesNEW£4.52,5001.440.142.782.6041.947.0152.90
70Michael HectorFUL£4.52,9000.091.562.687.0257.016.3452.36
71Charlie TaylorBUR£4.52,1000.091.460.5213.2734.415.9451.22
72David LuizARS£5.52,0001.160.664.803.0429.166.5251.19
73William SalibaARS£4.52,4000.300.241.124.5734.997.8349.53
74Matthew LowtonBUR£4.52,0000.041.350.5713.3132.775.6649.14
75Joel WardCRY£4.52,5000.060.301.087.2940.557.1748.73
76Frederic GuilbertAVL£4.52,0000.041.802.2014.0438.274.6048.61
77Erik PietersBUR£4.51,5000.232.732.6413.0024.584.2448.42
78Mason HolgateEVE£5.02,1000.262.434.004.1636.475.5648.00
79Paul DummettNEW£4.52,0000.500.353.208.9233.565.6146.94
80Kieran GibbsWBA£4.51,7000.981.621.4012.2033.283.7746.50
81Eric DierTOT£5.01,7000.121.401.285.9022.986.1043.58
82Mamadou SakhoCRY£4.52,4000.160.340.853.1838.936.8943.57
83Ezri KonsaAVL£4.51,8000.851.362.667.0634.444.1442.96
84Tim ReamFUL£4.52,9000.090.090.613.4657.016.3442.32
85Oleksandr ZinchenkoMCI£5.51,0000.050.192.2615.6910.564.5040.99
86Dara O'SheaWBA£4.51,6001.780.223.444.6931.333.5540.34
87Javier ManquilloNEW£4.51,8000.181.080.306.6030.205.0538.92
88DeAndre YedlinNEW£4.51,3001.270.261.148.5721.813.6538.13
89James JustinLEI£4.51,0000.531.131.3611.0313.173.6837.85
90Mohammed SalisuSOU£4.51,8000.590.671.182.0230.444.9536.05
91Joel VeltmanBHA£4.52,0000.300.190.801.4832.225.7535.98
92Gary CahillCRY£4.51,7000.110.883.202.6527.574.8835.75
93Tariq LampteyBHA£4.51,2000.021.440.4011.1419.333.4534.78
94Fabian ScharNEW£5.01,2001.430.073.502.4520.133.3733.22
95Joel MatipLIV£5.51,0001.150.091.661.4910.314.5832.81
96Kortney HauseAVL£4.51,6000.930.172.352.2430.613.6832.07
97Konstantinos TsimikasLIV£5.07000.091.081.6410.317.223.2031.45
98Darnell FurlongWBA£4.51,2000.600.382.108.3423.502.6630.82
99Pablo MariARS£4.51,6000.200.160.750.8223.335.2230.80
100Kurt ZoumaCHE£5.01,4000.140.362.492.5221.514.4430.52
101Brandon WilliamsMUN£4.58000.400.071.078.789.013.3929.35
102Ciaran ClarkNEW£4.51,0001.570.062.710.9616.782.8128.68
103Cyrus ChristieFUL£4.51,2000.470.502.016.7023.592.6228.51
104Conor TownsendWBA£4.51,3000.040.470.718.2125.452.8827.51
105Andreas ChristensenCHE£5.01,2000.120.031.252.7518.443.8125.05
106Ben WhiteBHA£4.51,1000.350.431.102.3317.723.1624.04
107Ainsley Maitland-NilesARS£5.08000.070.890.636.2311.662.6123.72
108Barry DouglasLEE£4.09000.060.051.367.0514.972.5022.67
109Yan ValerySOU£5.01,0000.020.222.443.9516.912.7522.34
110Davinson SanchezTOT£5.51,0000.070.061.060.9713.513.5921.16
111Phil BardsleyBUR£4.58000.020.471.404.2713.112.2619.57
112Bjorn EngelsAVL£4.51,0000.610.100.731.4619.132.3019.52
113Martin MontoyaBHA£4.57000.010.370.926.4011.282.0119.45
114Christian FuchsLEI£4.57000.150.201.013.339.222.5719.04
115Florian LejeuneNEW£4.54001.570.022.000.776.711.1218.40
116Nathan FergusonCRY£4.06000.390.401.383.549.731.7217.84
117Alfie MawsonFUL£4.51,2000.040.040.490.8623.592.6217.19
118Shkodran MustafiARS£5.06000.320.301.561.918.751.9616.63
119Neil TaylorAVL£4.58000.070.150.144.4715.311.8416.17
120Eric BaillyMUN£5.07000.060.020.250.497.882.9715.96
121Sead KolasinacARS£5.06000.070.560.283.058.751.9615.77
122Ahmed HegaziWBA£4.58000.430.040.631.3315.661.7715.07
123Fabian BalbuenaWHU£4.57000.470.031.900.7613.801.5314.61
124Rob HoldingARS£4.57000.090.070.970.3610.212.2814.12
125Kevin LongBUR£4.58000.080.080.320.5613.112.2613.97
126Martin KellyCRY£4.56000.010.380.092.569.731.7213.23
127Arthur MasuakuWHU£4.55000.070.400.924.029.851.1013.04
128Emil KrafthNEW£4.56000.060.500.101.3310.071.6812.51
129Japhet TangangaTOT£5.05000.040.060.731.596.761.7911.98
130Wes MorganLEI£4.55000.040.041.870.236.591.8411.90
131Jarrad BranthwaiteEVE£4.06000.080.070.280.3510.421.5910.18
132Timothy Fosu-MensahMUN£4.53000.010.030.133.273.381.279.88
133Maxime Le MarchandFUL£4.56000.040.030.150.6611.791.318.88
134Steven SessegnonFUL£4.54000.010.040.550.877.860.876.75
135Diogo DalotMUN£5.02000.000.050.031.452.250.855.86
136Phil JonesMUN£5.02000.020.010.480.632.250.855.49
137Axel TuanzebeMUN£4.52000.010.020.091.042.250.855.48
138Ryan SessegnonTOT£5.01000.150.130.380.921.350.364.45
139Max KilmanWLV£4.02000.020.010.060.112.590.744.11

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