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FPL best defender picks: Gameweek 5 complete budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

Published: 9:30, 15 September 2023

Picking the right back line can make all the difference when it comes to glory in FPL. We’ve got you covered with all of the info ahead of Gameweek 5. 

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 5
Best cheap defenders for Gameweek 5
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
Trent Alexander-Arnold 78% Liverpool 7.9
Pervis Estupinan 78% Brighton 5.3
Ben Chilwell 78% Chelsea 5.8
Pedro Porro 76% Spurs 5.0
Ivan Perisic 70% Spurs 4.9
Andy Robertson 66% Liverpool 6.5
Ben White 61% Arsenal 5.5
Lewis Hall 58% Newcastle 4.5
Nathan Ake 58% Man City 5.1
Kieran Trippier 58% Newcastle 6.5

Top defender pick for Gameweek 5

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 5, we take a closer look at Chelsea’s Levi Colwill (4% ownership) and Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier (30.3%).

There’s a huge amount of ownership on Trippier but this hasn’t been repaid in points so far. The Newcastle right back has amassed just five points in the first four gameweeks, much owing to Newcastle’s poor form.

Colwill has over double the amount of points compared to his England colleague, collecting 11 points so far. Chelsea have a string of ‘easy’ fixtures coming up too, and no European football to cause a distraction, meaning this could be a nice way to bank £2m.

Here’s how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix

Best cheap defenders for Gameweek 5

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

Using our Squawka Score super computer, we have found some budget defenders for you to consider ahead of Gameweek 5.

The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Lewis Hall, Newcastle (58%)
  2. Emerson Royal, Spurs (57%)
  3. Willy Boly, Nottingham Forest (54%)

The best 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Pedro Porro, Spurs (76%)
  2. Ivan Perisic, Spurs (70%)
  3. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Arsenal (57%)

 Best defenders with easy fixtures

Before submitting your defence for Gameweek 5, 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 54% 5.5
Aston Villa Matty Cash 77% 4.7
Burnley Ameen Al-Dakhil* 4.0
Chelsea Ben Chilwell 78% 5.8
Fulham Kenny Tete 37% 4.5
Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold 78% 7.9
Luton Mads Andersen* 4.0
Nottingham Forest Willy Boly 54% 4.5
Spurs Pedro Porro 76% 5.0
*Does not qualify for a Squawka Score until GW6 as he did not feature in the Premier League last season.