Every fantasy football team needs at least one defender capable of scoring the odd goal here and there, right?
After all, a modern day defender isn’t just there to keep the ball out of their own net… they’re about making a difference at the other end, too.
Here we’ve listed the best scoring centre-backs and full-backs in the Premier League from last season, and they’re all ready and waiting to be picked by you.
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1 Virgil van Dijk (£6m)
Not only is Virgil the best defender in world football right now (Sergio Ramos fans in pieces, I know), but he’s also pretty adept at getting the odd goal or two, too.
Last season the tough-tackling Dutchman netted five times in the Premier League – all headers, of course – including two against Brighton back in November.
2 Trent Alexander Arnold (£5m)
Is Trent the best full-back in the world right now?
Plenty of fans think so, and that’s possibly why he’s currently the most-picked defender on Dream Team.
His attacking brilliance on Liverpool’s flank is universally recognised and last season he notched 14 assists across the Prem and Champions League, as well as four goals – two of which were brilliant direct free-kicks against Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
3 Marcos Alonso (£2.5m)
Alonso has been a fantasy football favourite for years now, although his status on Dream Team is beginning to wane – largely because he isn’t quite the player he once was.
Back in the 2016/17 season, for example, the Chelsea defender was easily the best defender to pick as he mostly played as an attacking wing-back in Antonio Conte’s system.
Last season he found regular game-time hard to come by under Frank Lampard, but he still managed find the back of the net four times, proving he’s still a goal threat.
4 Matt Doherty (£4m)
Matt Doherty has been a fine addition to the Premier League and Dream Team ever since Wolves’ promotion in 2018.
The Irish right-back is one the league’s most potent attacking threats from defence – having scored six goals across the league and Europa League last season, while often popping up in the FA Cup during Wolves’ run to the semi-finals in 2018/19.
Hopefully he’ll be able to continue being a goal threat when he moves to Jose Mourinho’s Spurs in the next few days.
5 Ricardo Pereira (£4m)
Leicester’s defensive strength last season – they conceded less goals than Chelsea and Spurs, and only one fewer than Wolves – combined with Pereira’s attacking abilities made the Portuguese defender a solid fantasy football option.
Four goals and two assists was his return across all competitions, and he probably would’ve had more was it not for a season-ending injury in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa back in March – the final Prem game played before lockdown.
6 Ben Chilwell (£3m)
Leicester had attacking threat on the other flank of their defence last season too, with Chilwell finishing the campaign as one of the league’s most highly praised full-backs.
Seemingly a regular in England’s set-up and readily sought after – he’s since signed for Chelsea – he’ll be hoping to improve on his Dream Team haul of 110 points from last term.
7 Aaron Cresswell (£1.5m)
Fancy a budget option?
While Cresswell will likely struggle to pick up regular bonus points for clean-sheets with West Ham, the England left-back has proven to be fairly handy at scoring goals.
In fact, one of standout moments of the Hammers’ season in 2019/20 was their 2-0 win over Man United which saw Cress hit a peach of a free-kick – something that he’s more than capable of on occasion.
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