Draft Primer with Player Rankings: Defenders


Defenders in a draft style league are a weird conundrum. You must have them, but they do not always produce as much. Sometimes a defender is worth taking early because their floor is higher enough to justify beating out a midfielder, but normally these are the players you fill in at the end with whoever is available. Waiting will lower your floor at the position, but it’s a much smaller drop off from the 10th to the 30th defender than it is from the 10th or 30th midfielder selected.

Get your other players first, but don’t let the special defenders go. When they play out of position and/or get involved offensively, their value goes up. If you find a Penalty or Set Piece taker, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Defender Rankings

  1. Walker Zimmerman, NSH
  2. Ryan Hollingshead, FCD
  3. Lalas Abubakar, COL
  4. Jonathan Mensah, CLB
  5. Romain Metanire, MNU
  6. Keegan Rosenberry, COL
  7. Yeimar Gomez Andrade, SEA
  8. Kai Wagner, PHI
  9. Anton Tinnerholm, NYC
  10. Donovan Pines, DCU
  11. Harrison Afful, CLB
  12. Brooks Lennon, ATL
  13. Richie Laryea, TFC
  14. Joevin Jones, MIA
  15. Frederic Brillant, DCU
  16. Nick Lima, ATX
  17. Florian Jungwirth, SJ
  18. Francisco Calvo, CHI
  19. Kyle Duncan, NYRB
  20. Larrys Mabiala, POR
  21. Sam Vines, COL
  22. Aaron Long, NYRB
  23. Tim Parker, HOU
  24. Andrew Farrell, NER
  25. Aaron Herrera, RSL

Ike Opara does not make this list due to injury. He would be 3rd overall if he was healthy.

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