Best Defenders in La Liga – Week 8


This past weekend in La Liga it was generally entire defensive lines that won out, rather than individual defenders. Each of this week’s best at the back earned themselves five points (sorry, spoiler alert) and it can generally be seen to be more than one from each relevant club. With that said, let’s group them together and see which teams saw their back line earn themselves the most individual points.

Espanyol saw three of their defenders finish up tied at the top of this weekend’s defender charts. Aarón Martín (4.00m), Marc Navarro (6.50m) and Sergio Sanchez (6.00m) all earned their places among La Liga’s elite this weekend thanks to their participation in the 0-0 draw with Levante, resulting in clean sheet points all round!

Unsurprisingly, then, the guests in that fixture also have a couple of defenders among the five-point club. Pedro López (2.00m) and Antonio L. Rodriguez (2.50m) make up possible one of the cheapest defensive duos in the entire Euro Fantasy League game this season, but they performed admirably in keeping the attacking threat from Espanyol at bay.

Deportivo La Coruna saw two of their stoppers enter the fray as well. Sidnei (4.50m) and Luisinho (4.00m) both earned their five thanks to a goalless draw at Eibar. Interestingly, that outcome means that both defenders move into positive points on their scores after starting the weekend on negative points.

Of course, Eibar’s defenders were also ranked among the top from the weekend’s action. Ivan Ramis (4.50m), Jose Angel (3.00m), Paulo Oliveira (8.50m) and David Lombán all finished up with a clean sheet on their match events charts. Anaitz Arbilla would have been there too, but his booking meant he ended up with four.

Leganes had two of their defenders achieve the milestone as well. Raúl García (5.00m) and Mauro Dos Santos both featured in the good 2-0 win at bottom club Malaga, and so earn clean sheet awards of their own too.

The other club to keep a clean sheet and so have a presence at the top of this week’s La Liga defenders chart was Athletic Bilbao. Inigo Lekue (6.50m) – who has the potential to feature somewhat regularly in this weekly article moving forward – joins Mikel Balenziaga (5.50m) and Mikel San Jose (5.00m) in this week’s review as well. Much like Eibar’s story, though, Aymeric Laporte would have been there but for entering the referee’s book during his side’s great 1-0 win at home against Sevilla.

If you fancy yourself as a Euro Fantasy League manager, why not get involved and register your team? It is always fun, and gives you the opportunity to show your tactical nous (or psychic tendencies, if you prefer) against other like-minded fans around the world.

If you feel La Liga specifically is more your cup of tea, then head over to Fantasy Liga, where you can play a version of the game containing only players and teams from the Spanish game. That is always an alternative if you prefer a more specific style of fantasy football management.

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