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Fantasy Soccer: Top 5 Defenders At 2014 World Cup

Top 5 Fantasy Defenders At 2014 World Cup

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Defense wins championships according to the old adage, and it is just as true in fantasy soccer. There are only so many talented defenseman that can contribute offensively, so it is important to get your hands on at least one All-Star option. To help you pick your back line, here are the top five fantasy soccer defenders for the 2014 World Cup.

5. Giorgio Chiellini, Italy

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5. Giorgio Chiellini, Italy

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Chiellini is Italy’s premier defender. The team has a plenty of offensive talent with Mario Balotelli and Andre Pirlo leading the charge and Chiellini is not shy about feeding them long balls from the back. The veteran defender will be heavily involved in Brazil and will be one of the safest defenders to latch onto this year.

4. Philipp Lahm, Germany

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4. Philipp Lahm, Germany

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This is Lahm’s third World Cup and he will be the leader of the Germany's backline. He has become much more offensively minded since playing with Byron Munich and it has really helped him polish off his game. Lahm will be a major factor on both the offensive and defensive end of the field in this year's WC.

3. Thiago Silva, Brazil

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3. Thiago Silva, Brazil

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Silva makes a ton of runs into the offensive zone for a defender. He will rack up the assists in Brazil with all the talent in front of him and the veteran will be involved in plenty of free kicks as well. Silva is one of the premier offensive-minded defenders in all of fantasy soccer.

2. Vincent Kompany, Belgium

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2. Vincent Kompany, Belgium

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Belgium has a bunch of offensive weapons and Kompany knows how to quickly move the ball up to his forwards. Kompany has been with the National team since he was 17 years old and has perfected his role within this system. He will finally be able to show the world how much he has matured over the last four years.

1. Sergio Ramos, Spain

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1. Sergio Ramos, Spain

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Ramos was critical in Real Madrid’s Champions League Championship. He will be one of the top fantasy defenders in the entire tournament and will be worth targeting very early. There is no doubting that Spain will score plenty of goals and Ramos always seems to be involved in the action. Look for the veteran to easily outplay the rest of the fantasy defenders making the trip down south this summer.