Chilwell can be top-scoring defender

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Ben Chilwell

The Scout says wing-back is the standout pick from Chelsea’s rearguard

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Ben Chilwell (CHE) £6.0m

The Chelsea wing-back has a somewhat mixed run of opponents at the start of the new season.

Half of the Blues’ opening eight matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), while the other half score four.

Chelsea’s first eight Gameweeks
1CRY (H)25TOT (A)4
2ARS (A)46MCI (H)4
3LIV (A)47SOU (H)2
4AVL (H)28BRE (A)2

Although that early schedule might put off some managers, Chelsea’s defensive record under Thomas Tuchel last season was hugely encouraging. 

The Blues produced 11 clean sheets after the German was appointed head coach in Gameweek 20, more than any other side. 

And their 13 goals conceded in that period also ranked first.

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Chilwell’s potential for attacking returns can make him Chelsea’s go-to defender this season.

The left wing-back was involved in more goals than any other player in the Blues’ backline last term, scoring three and assisting a further six in his 27 appearances.

That helped him average 5.1 points per match (ppm), second only to the 5.8ppm of Manchester City’s John Stones (£5.5m) among defenders in Fantasy.

Chilwell scores v Aston Villa

The underlying statistics further highlight Chilwell’s attacking prospects.

His 22 shots in the box and 30 chances created both put him among the top two Chelsea defenders last season.

When the Blues’ strong displays at the back under Tuchel are added to the equation, Chilwell’s potential for goals and assists can help him challenge for top spot among defenders in 2021/22 Fantasy.

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Also in this series

Part 1: Budget goalkeepers: Sanchez has attractive price and fixtures
Part 2: Budget goalkeepers: Early schedule key to Bachmann appeal
Part 3: Mid-price goalkeepers: Save points raise Henderson potential
Part 4: Mid-price goalkeepers: Meslier offers many routes to returns
Part 5: Budget defenders: Lamptey can make another strong start
Part 6: Budget defenders: Coufal an all-round prospect
Part 7: Budget defenders: Fofana can be go-to budget defender
Part 8: Budget defenders: Tierney a growing creative influence

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