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FPL best defender picks: Gameweek 3 Budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

FPL defenders Gameweek 3

Published: 9:00, 25 August 2023

You’ll need to have a strong backline, capable of grabbing points at both ends of the pitch. We’ve got all the best picks to help you achieve that.

Ideally, you are looking to include defenders that are expected to keep clean sheets, but the best defensive assets will also provide an attacking threat at the other end of the field.

Using our new FPL tool — Squawka Score — we can provide you with the best options to consider, comparing a player’s output per 90 minutes against the best attacking defenders in the game.

What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here.

Best FPL defenders
Top defender pick for Gameweek 3
Best cheap defenders for Gameweek 3
Best defenders with easy fixtures

Best FPL Defenders

Here are the top 10 Premier League defenders based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Pervis Estupinan 80% Brighton 5.2
Trent Alexander-Arnold 79% Liverpool 8.0
Ben Chilwell 77% Chelsea 5.7
Pedro Porro 74% Spurs 4.9
Ivan Perisic 70% Spurs 5.0
Andy Robertson 67% Liverpool 6.5
Kieran Trippier 60% Newcastle 6.5
Ben White 60% Arsenal 5.5
Lewis Hall 58% Newcastle 4.5
Nathan Ake 58% Man City 5.1

Top defender pick for Gameweek 3

Every week, we will bring you a Differential Duel to shine a light on a player who both ranks well according to our Squawka Score system and could be being overlooked by the majority of FPL players.

We will do the numbers and pit them against each other but, ultimately, the power is in your hands.

Ahead of Gameweek 3, we take a closer look at Chelsea’s Axel Disasi (5.5% ownership) and Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier (32.1%).

Disasi has established himself in the heart of the Chelsea defence, picking up 11 points in two games so far, almost three times Trippier’s total at 4. There’s also a 1.5m difference in price between the two players, a fair amount to reinvest elsewhere on the pitch.

With European football about to become a factor for Newcastle, and not for Chelsea, it could be a wise move to transition from Trippier to Disasi ahead of a more congested fixture schedule for the Magpies.

Here’s how their stats compare on our Comparison Matrix

Best cheap defenders for Gameweek 3

With the £100million budget to adhere to, FPL managers need to be a bit tactical with your selections.

Using our Squawka Score super computer, we have found some budget defenders for you to consider ahead of Gameweek 3.

The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Emerson Royal, Spurs (57%)
  2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Man United (55%)
  3. Michael Keane, Everton (52%)

The best 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Pedro Porro, Spurs (74%)
  2. Ivan Perisic, Spurs (70%)
  3. Fabian Schar, Newcastle (58%)

 Best defenders with easy fixtures

Before submitting your defence for Gameweek 3, it is worth doing one final check to accommodate one other factor.

Here, we have crunched the numbers on the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) and used our Squawka Score ranking system to determine the best pick from each club with an ‘easy’ fixture this Gameweek.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Arsenal Ben White 59% 5.0
Aston Villa Matty Cash 34% 4.5
Brentford Rico Henry 53% 4.6
Brighton Pervis Estupinan 80% 5.2
Chelsea Ben Chilwell 77% 5.7
Everton Michael Keane 51% 4.5
Man City Nathan Ake 55% 5.1
Man United Luke Shaw 59% 5.5
Spurs Pedro Porro 74% 4.9
Wolves Rayan Ait-Nouri 47% 4.5