Mings 5.0, Cash 5.0, Konsa 4.5, Targett 4.5, Hause 4.5, Guilbert 4.5, Engels 4.5, El Mohamady 4.5, Taylor 4.5, Bree 4.5.
To score points as a defender you must keep clean sheets, assist and score.
That being said, Villa’s defence only kept seven clean sheets last season and provided minimal opportunities in front of goal.
Ahmed El Mohamady was top of the goal/assists charts for defenders last season in all competitions but the arrival of Matty Cash is likely to leave him as a third choice right-back. Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett, Frédéric Guilbert and Ezri Konsa all scored two and provided two assists apiece throughout the season, with Mings (90) and Targett (80) the highest point scorers in the Premier League term.
Those two were the mainstays in the defence and likely to be the more consistent names on Dean Smith’s team sheet, providing the more solid options in your team. Mings’ height is a threat from set-pieces and he will want to score more goals this term, while the former Southampton left-back is a comfortably first choice and will provide starting points barring any injuries or suspension.
The opening two fixtures have the opportunity for clean sheets, so there inclusion in your team won’t be viewed as ill-judged.
The final two options will be dependent on Dean Smith with no clear indication on who will be picked. Guilbert will now be competing with Cash, while there is the competition between Bjorn Engels and Konsa for that final centre-back position. Konsa is looking favoured.