Fofana can be go-to budget defender

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The Scout says Leicester centre-back is already the most-popular option costing £5m or less

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

Wesley Fofana (LEI) £4.5m

Leicester City’s centre-back has the schedule to secure his place as the go-to budget defender in Fantasy.

The 20-year-old faces just two of last season’s top 11 sides in the first seven Gameweeks of the 2021/22 campaign.

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Indeed, according to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), five of Leicester’s first nine matches score only two, including their season opener at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Leicester’s first 10 Gameweeks 
GWOpponentFDRGWOpponentFDR
1WOL (H)26BUR (H)2
2WHU (A)47CRY (A)2
3NOR (A)28MUN (H)4
4MCI (H)49BRE (A)2
5BHA (A)310ARS (H)3

Fofana’s price of just £4.5m has quickly turned the heads of Fantasy managers.

He is the most-popular defender costing £5m or less and is third in his position overall, found in 27.6 per cent of squads.

The Frenchman established himself as a key figure for Leicester in his debut campaign last season.

Fofana combined an assist with seven clean sheets and five bonus points in his 27 outings.

Fofana’s 2020/21 highlights 

Although Fofana failed to score, the underlying numbers highlight his forward threat.

His 11 shots inside the box were more than any other Leicester defender in 2020/21.

Indeed, his nine headed shots from set-pieces were second only to the 11 of team-mate Jamie Vardy (£10.5m).

Fofana’s potential for points at both ends of the pitch can help him thrive from the very start of 2021/22, boosting his appeal as a big budget favourite in Fantasy.

Tomorrow: FPL watchlist: Tierney creativity vital for Arsenal

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



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