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Fantasy Football 2015-16: Must have keepers, defenders and forwards

SoccerBy Sean Nolan
Branislav Ivanovic is a must have in defence
Branislav Ivanovic is a must have in defence

Some players are worth busting the budget for as they will bring home the points week after week for the entire season.

We've already discussed the must-have midfielders, and we've also picked out five budget strikers for your team.

Now we pick the must haves in the other parts of the field.

Yes they are pricey but just like real life football, in Fantasy you usually get what you pay for. Here are five big buys that will turn out to be bargains in the long run.

Petr Cech (Arsenal) €5.5m

A good keeper that you rarely have to change is hugely valuable. The clean sheet points are worth as much as a goal by a striker so if you can find a stopper that gets into double figures on that measure you will be doing very well indeed.

Defensively Arsenal were decent last year, getting into double figures on clean sheets even with a rotating cast of goalkeepers. With the reliable experienced Cech in nets, they former Chelsea man looks to be a very safe pick for your Number 1.

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) €5.5m

The other best bet is the man who took his spot at Stamford Bridge, especially if you fancy having three of Arsenal fleet of classy outfield players.

Last term Courtois was only the eighth highest scoring keeper but there is no doubt he plays behind the best defensive unit in the league so if you want a player you can pick in Week 1 and largely forget about until Week 38, then the Belgian is the go to pick.

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) €7m

You could add the Serbian defender’s Fantasy Football consistency to the well worn maxim about death and taxes. Over the last six seasons the full back has only failed to break to 100 point barrier once, an injury affected 2011-12.

Not only is he part of the stingiest defence in the league (he had 17 clean sheets last year, nabbing him 68 points alone) he’s also always good for a few goals and a few assists a season to boot.

Add in the fact he picks up bonus points at a ridiculous rate and Ivanovic has become the centre piece of virtually every successful team. He’s pricey but worth every penny.

Leighton Baines (Everton) €6.5m

Even more consistent than Ivanovic, and half a million cheaper Baines is a true must have this season. 

His record speaks for itself. Seven seasons on the trot the full back has scored more than 125 points and with the Toffees freed from the burden of the Europa League, they look set for a better 2015-16.

Baines will always nip in in with a big tally of goals and assists, usually from set pieces, so a few more clean sheets this term will make him indispensable this term.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £10.5m

The striking options in 2015-16 are a little tricky. Top scorer Sergio Aguero is an injury doubt and fatigued by the Copa America. Diego Costa is also having problems with his troublesome hamstrings and Harry Kane was a must have at £6m last term but the jump to £9.5m makes you at least think twice.

That leaves Rooney as the no-brainer option for a big name forward.

While has rarely played as an out-and-out striker at Old Trafford he always manages to break the double digit mark in league goals and while his assist tally last season (5) was the lowest of his career we expect he will bounce back this season.

Why? With Falcao and RVP gone he’ll be the main striker this term so we see lots more goals for the England striker this term. And, with more pace in the squad in the shape of Memphis Depay, we have a hunch that Rooney will also have a few more assists this season.

Rooney may not finish the season as the top scoring striker in the game, but he will bring you the points with far less stress and chopping and changing than the injury prone Aguero and Costa.