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Fantasy football: In celebration of this season’s top scoring defender

We’re reaching the final murmurings of the fantasy football season.

And I think it’s safe to say it’s been a rollercoaster journey for everyone involved.


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Mo Salah Liverpool

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Salah is streets ahead of the rest

Mo Salah and Harry Kane are threatening to break records left, right and centre whilst Kevin Wimmer just tries to avoid the ignominy of a negative total score.

Yikes.

So which defender – unlike Wimmer – has blown away the rest of his positional competitors this season?

Well it won’t surprise you to know he plays for champions Man City, but it might that it’s Nicolas Otamendi.

Unlikely hero Nicolas Otamendi helped lead Man City to the most sweet of victories

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Arise, our top defender this season

There’s no denying Otamendi has come on leaps and bounds under Pep Guardiola but he’s still regularly held accountable for some fairly high profile mistakes.

None more so than against Liverpool in the Champions League, when in both the home and away leg he was at fault for a Reds’ goal.

Yet those weaknesses don’t paint the picture from a fantasy football perspective at all.

Nicolas Otamendi and his defence can adapt as three at the back or a four

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Otamendi has been an ever present under Guardiola

Otamendi is streets ahead of his fellow defenders, racking up 215 points across the season at an average of 4.9 points per game.

His nearest competitors are Chris Smalling (186), Marcos Alonso (181) and last season’s top scoring defender Cesar Azplilicueta (172).

So why has Otamendi been such a hit?

Nicolas Otamendi has seen his Man City reputation shoot up - while that of fellow defender John Stones has dipped

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Otamendi’s passing is brilliant

Well his five goals across all competitions are an obvious factor, but his 92% pass completion can’t be understated either.

At that kind of level he’s always likely to produce 7+ ratings and is part of the reason why he’s racked up five Star Man awards too.

It’s probably one of the reasons why John Stones is now facing the City exit after finding Otamendi difficult to dislodge at centre-back.

So yes he can be rash, but he’s also proving invariably reliable.


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