Before the start of the Premier League season, it is nearly impossible to predict if a 4.0 FPL defender will start for any team. As each game week passes, the situation becomes clearer.

However, by the time most managers finally find a good starting 4m defender, the player’s value has already increased.

Almost every good £4.0m defender from last season was valued at £4.5m at the start of the current season, including Amartey, Tsikmas, and Manquillo. Amartey’s value has since dropped back to £4.0m, and he is currently the top-scoring defender among players in his price range.

Usually, injuries play a key role in whether a defender of such low value will start for any team. But do not worry! We have recommendations for you.

Best 4.0 Defenders in FPL for the 2022-23 season:

1. Neco Williams (Nott’m Forest)

Although Neco Williams is not a regular starter for Nott’m Forest, he has already played 1,628 minutes in the ongoing season.

Currently priced at just £3.8m in FPL, he is among our top recommendations for a 4 million budget for the following reasons:

  • He consistently gets playing time.
  • He is the top-scoring defender in his price range (£3.8m).
  • He is an excellent option if you need a player to complete your squad and earn points when called upon from the bench.

2. Daniel Amartey (Leicester City)

Amartey was initially priced at £4.5m at the start of the FPL season, but he is now available at a 4m price point.

He has played 1608 minutes so far, but his playing time has been inconsistent.

While he played 90 minutes in every game between game weeks 11 and 21, he is currently an in-and-out player.

Despite this, he remains the top-scoring defender in his price range (£4.0m). Therefore, he is a viable option for your team.

3. Emerson (West Ham United)

Emerson is presently a regular starter in West Ham United’s playing 11, having already played over 980 minutes.

Valued at £4.0m, he is one of our top recommendations to sign as a 4.0 valued defender due to the following reasons:

  • He has been consistently starting games recently.
  • He has already scored a goal against Chelsea and has the potential to earn you 2 points per game.

4. Mathias Jorgensen (Brentford)

Mathias Jorgensen is known as Zanka in the Fantasy Premier League player card.

He has played 815 minutes for Brentford in the ongoing season, but he is currently not in the manager’s plans.

However, he could be a viable option to keep an eye on.

Until game week 20, he had only missed out on playing time in four games.

However, he is currently out of favor, so it may be wise to add him to your watchlist rather than immediately adding him to your team.

While he may not be a regular starter, he could still be a decent option in the current pool of 4.0 defenders.

5. Ryan Bertrand (Leicester City)

Last season on Boxing Day, Bertrand sustained a knee injury during warm-up before the match against Manchester City, which resulted in him being unable to play for the remainder of the season.

As a result, his FPL player card still has a red flag for his knee injury, and there is no update on whether he will be fit to play for Leicester City during the current season.

Despite this, Bertrand is currently priced at a reasonable £3.9m in FPL. If and when he does return to the field, he has the potential to secure a place in the starting lineup, making him a valuable asset for FPL managers.

It is advisable to add him to your FPL watchlist and monitor his progress closely. If he regains full fitness and returns to form, he could potentially be a valuable 4.0 bargain defender.

Best 4.0 Defender FPL:

Ryan Bertrand for sure is the best 4.0 defender in FPL. He is 32 years old with still a lot of football left in him. The only problem is determining how severe his last season’s boxing day injury was.

The current status says “Lack of match fitness – 25% chance of playing” on his FPL player card.

If he gets fit and is available at any stage during the league season, he for sure will be an asset to the struggling Leicester City team.

His best season to date was the 2014/15 season at Chelsea when he scored 140 points, and he was a consistent 100-plus points player in FPL till the 2017/18 season.

His knee is problematic, but we recommend adding him to your watchlist. If at any stage during the season, Bertrand is available to play and gets some minutes, he will be a super bargain and the best 4.0 defender in FPL.


That’s all that we could find in 4.0 defenders.

There are a few others like Brandon Williams, Jannik Vestergaard, James Tomkins, Jarrad Branthwaite, and Yan Valery, but I personally won’t recommend them.

Because they are not even 2nd choice from the bench!

I will keep updating this article throughout the season to keep you updated on the best 4.0 defenders in FPL.

For any suggestions on the quality of content, reach out to me on Twitter.

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Bilal Ahmad

Hi, my name is Bilal, i'm playing chess since i was 5 and over the years played it just for fun. I took the game seriously for the 1st time when i participated in Uni tournament and finished no where in top rank. Ever since it's a matter of RESPECT ! Football on the other hand is love of my life. I'm a huge fan of Real Madrid but you will mostly see my football content on Fantasy Premier League, a game I'm playing since 2012/13 season of the Premier League.


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