Draft Rankings 18/19 – Defenders

These are our Draft Rankings for Defenders for the 18/19 Draft Fantasy Football season!

Based on a classic eight man league, 40 defenders will be drafted, so there will be a huge amount of first choice Premier League players who will go undrafted.  For this article we rank our top 50 defenders.  The standard scoring system for FPL/Draft Fantasy has been used to determine the rankings!

Check out our Draft Essentials: How to Draft article for our tips on when would be the best time to draft your defenders!


These rankings will be constantly updated over the next few weeks, as we gain more information from friendlies.  New signings will also be added as and when they occur.  The World Cup status provides an easy reference as to when these players are likely to return for pre-season training.

Page last updated: 09/08/2018


🛡 Defender Rankings 🛡

Rank Player Team Notes World Cup Status
1 Azpilicueta Chelsea Best defender in the league and provides attacking returns Last 16**
2 Walker Manchester City Most nailed on from City defenders Finals
3 Van Dijk Liverpool Liverpool are much improved in defence after his arrival in January N/A
4 Robertson Liverpool Now a guaranteed starter – great attacking potential N/A
5 Alonso Chelsea Great attacking potential, but will perhaps play more defensive role under Sarri N/A
6 Valencia Manchester Utd Most nailed on from Utd defender. Dailot will provide competition when fit though N/A
7 Vertonghen Tottenham Most nailed on Spurs defender Finals
8 Otamendi Manchester City Potential rotation Last 16
9 Mendy Manchester City Back to full fitness and has great attacking potential Finals**
10 Sanchez Tottenham Last 16
11 Trippier Tottenham Should hold off competition from Aurier, but will return late after World Cup Finals
12 Davies Tottenham Should hold off competition from Rose, and going in fresh N/A
13 Bellerin Arsenal Faces competition from Lichtsteiner N/A
14 Sokratis Arsenal N/A
15 Maguire Leicester Excelled at World Cup – people have finally realised how good he is Finals
16 Coleman Everton Looking to get back to his best after returning from injury last season N/A
17 Lovren Liverpool Should be nailed on to partner Van Dijk, but returning late from World Cup Finals
18 Bailly Manchester Utd Looks set to start the season as first choice, after injuries and fitness issues elsewhere N/A
19 Van Aanholt Crystal Palace Very good returns towards the end of last season N/A
20 Tarkowski Burnley N/A
21 Cresswell West Ham N/A
22 S Ward Burnley N/A
23 Alex-Arnold Liverpool Should regain his place in the side after late return from World Cup Finals**
24 Rudiger Chelsea Not quite nailed on to start, lots of competition Group Stage
25 Luiz Chelsea Looks set to be in favour under Sarri N/A
26 Mustafi Arsenal N/A
27 Sakho Crystal Palace Very good returns towards the end of last season N/A
28 Mina Everton Last 16
29 Evans Leicester Has moved to Leicster and should form good partnership with Maguire N/A
30 Bertrand Southampton N/A
31 Stones Manchester City Finals
32 Lowton Burnley N/A
33 Mee Burnley N/A
34 Pereira Leicester Last 16
35 Lascelles Newcastle N/A
36 Fredericks West Ham Should be first choice right back, and has good attacking potential N/A
37 Ake Bournemouth N/A
38 Mawson Fulham Arrived from Swansea and is a goal threat N/A
39 Monreal Arsenal N/A
40 Keane Everton N/A
41 Digne Everton New signing from Barca, could take over as first choice left back N/A
42 Smalling Manchester Utd Apparently starting season as first choice, but for how long? N/A
43 Young Manchester Utd Late return from the World Cup diminishes his draft prospects, Shaw set to start as first choice Finals
44 Rose Tottenham Likely to be behind Davies in the pecking order Finals
45 Morrison Cardiff 7 goals for Cardiff last season N/A
46 Shaw Manchester Utd Apparerntly starting the season as first choice N/A
47 Cedric Southampton Should play as a wing back Last 16
48 Jonny Wolves New loan signing from Athletico N/A
49 Alderweireld Tottenham Finals
50 Schindler Huddersfield N/A

✏️ Notable Exclusions ✏️

Rank Player Team Notes World Cup Status
1 Moses Chelsea Looks set to lose his place in the side, with a move to a back 4 under Sarri Group Stage
2 Baines Everton Digne could force him out of the side N/A
3 Kompany Manchester City Legend – but is he worth punting on in the draft with his well documented injury troubles? Finals
4 Laporte Manchester City Could start the season in the side, but lots of competition N/A
5 Schlupp Crystal Palace Could start the season in midfield N/A
6 Rico Bournemouth New left back, suspended for 3 games but likely to start thereafter N/A
7 Ream Fulham N/A
8 Aurier Tottenham Could start as first choice after Trippier’s late return, but should lose his place N/A
9 Vestergaard Southampton New signing, and an absolute giant Last 16
10 Zouma Everton N/A
11 Chilwell Leicester Should keep his place ahead of Fuchs, but other Leicester defenders are better choices N/A
12 Jones Manchester Utd Finals**
13 Christensen Chelsea A favourite under Conte, will perhaps not be first choice Last 16
14 Yedlin Newcastle N/A
15 Diop West Ham Good player, but the full backs are better options N/A
16 Soyuncu Leicester N/A
17 Dotherty Wolves Good attacking outlet N/A
18 Lichtsteiner Arsenal Looks set to be a backup player Last 16
19 Duffy Brighton N/A
20 Zanka Huddersfield N/A

** Denotes a non-playing/limited World Cup role for the player


📢 More Draft Rankings 📢

Check out our other Draft Rankings by position here:

Draft Rankings 18/19 – Goalkeepers

Draft Rankings 18/19 – Midfielders

Draft Rankings 18/19 – Strikers


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