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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team best defender: Cheap and meta players

Choosing the right defenders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is tough, so we’ve put together a guide of the best, cheap, and meta options.

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While attackers often get the headlines, defenders are just as important in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. A solid backline can be the difference between winning and losing, so here are the best, cheap, and meta defenders you should buy in FUT 22.

Crafting the perfect Ultimate Team can take a lot of work. It usually involves hours of experimenting to find the right combination of players and chemistry to be a success in FUT Champions.

What goes without saying is that having the best players in each position is vitally important to being competitive when faced with high-skilled opponents.

We’ve picked out the defenders that are dominating this year’s FIFA and split them up into three categories.

Best defenders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 defender passing the ball

Even though it’s the strikers that tend to get the attention, keeping things tight at the back is just as important.

Defenders need to have the intelligence to read the game when opponents are in position, but also have the speed to recover when a pacey forward inevitably beats the offside trap.

Based on EA’s player ratings, these are the best non-Icon center-backs on the market in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubRatingAverage Price
Virgil van Dijk (Headliners)Liverpool91804,000
Marquinhos (RTTK)PSG90900,000
Kalidou Koulibaly (Headliners)Napoli89230,000
Ruben Dias (Signature Signings)Manchester City89300,000
Mats Hummels (Numbersup)Borussia Dortmund8932,000
Milan Skriniar (Signature Signings)Inter Milan89170,000
Sergio Ramos (Ones to Watch)PSG8992,000
Jurgen Kohler (FUT Hero)N/A8935,000
Aymeric Laporte (TOTW 15)Manchester City8734,000
Andreas Christensen (TOTGS)Chelsea8785,000

Best meta defenders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Sergio Ramos in FIFA 22

Even though some defenders have unbelievably high ratings, they aren’t always the best ones to buy.

Whether it be because of their pace, defending, or something else, there are other cards that fit the FIFA 22 meta far better. You’ll see them in FUT Champions teams up and down the land.

Special cards also come out thick and fast, many of which quickly outshine the top-rated players with their stats.

These players will often have lower overall ratings, but a higher market value. Here are the best meta center-backs you should think about using in your squad.

Player NameClubVersionRatingAverage Price
Marquinhos PSGRTTK90900,000
Virgil van DijkLiverpoolHeadliners91800,000
Eder MilitaoReal MadridNumbersup86700,000
Ivan CordobaN/AFUT Hero87450,000
Tiago DjaloLOSC LilleTOTGS85400,000
Jules KoundeSevillaVersus Ice86400,000
Joe GomezLiverpoolVersus Fire86365,000
Presnel KimpembePSGGold839,500

Best cheap defenders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Laporte in FIFA 22

Some of the defenders we’ve listed there are probably going to set you back a few coins, but this isn’t always possible if you’re just starting out or if you’re respecting a budget.

In the early stages of your FUT journey, you might just want someone who can keep you competitive while you save up for six-figure meta cards.

Luckily, this year’s notoriously slow market means you can bag some outstanding cards without breaking the bank.

Here are the cheap gold defenders you should buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubRatingAverage Price
Antonio RudigerChelsea831,500
Kostas ManolasNapoli831,900
Jules KoundeSevilla832,200
Joe GomezLiverpool821,800
Diego CarlosSevilla82850
Eder Militao Real Madrid821,600
Jan VertonghenBenfica81700
Lukas KlostermannRB Leipzig801,100
Maxence LacroixWolfsburg791,000
Nathan AkeManchester City78850

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our list of the best goalkeepers, full-backs, midfielders, wingers, and strikers.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Team of the Week 18 predictions: Fernandes, Ben Yedder, Lewandowski

FIFA 22’s Team of the Week 18 is set to drop on January 19, and we’ve predicted who will get an in-form card with major stat upgrades.

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The new year of football has been coming thick and fast, with plenty of games and goals. As always, EA Sports are set to drop some new in-form players in packs this week, and here are the players we think will feature in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team’s Team of the Week 18.

Each and every week, EA drops the Team of the Week into FIFA 22 Ultimate Team to reward the stars who made the headlines in the previous round of fixtures.

The chosen squad of players receive a special card in packs for the next week for FUT fans to hunt down and use to improve their teams.

Next up is Team of the Week 18, so here are our predictions of who will be included in the next FUT TOTW lineup.

FIFA 22 Team of the Week 18 release day

PSG players in FIFA 22

FIFA’s Team of the Week drops weekly, so players can expect TOTW 18 to release on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, with an announcement from EA usually coming shortly before.

TOTW cards replace the normal cards of the player in packs for the duration of the week, meaning that the upgraded card is the only version it is possible to pack for seven days.

Each wave of in-forms remains in packs until they are replaced by the next Team of the Week on the following Wednesday.

Team of the Week 18 predictions

Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

The Bundesliga, Serie A, Premier League, and Ligue 1 were in full swing last week with La Liga’s sole fixture taking a backseat to the aforementioned leagues.

Robert Lewandowski’s presence in TOTW 18 is all but confirmed as the clinical Striker scored three goals for Bayern Munich in a dominant 4-0 win against Köln. In terms of forwards making the cut, Ciro Immobile, Wissam Ben Yedder, and Erling Haaland all scored two goals over the weekend.

Elsewhere, Bruno Fernandes is a strong shout after scoring two goals in an incredible 2-2 draw against Aston Villa. Both Seko Fofana and Kevin De Bruyne scored mesmerizing game-winning goals for their clubs. Finally, speedy center-back Jeremiah St. Juste scored a rare goal for his club Mainz 05 and FUT players believe his stats fit the current meta perfectly.

We’ll have to wait until Wednesday to find out the official squad for Team of the Week 18, but, until then, here are our best predictions.

  • Peter Gulasci – RB Lepizig – GK
  • Jose Sa – Wolves – GK
  • Salih Dursun – Fatih Karagümrük – RB
  • Thilo Kehrer – PSG – RB
  • Brandon Williams – Norwich City – LB
  • Cristiano Biraghi – Fiorentina – LWB
  • Jeremiah St. Juste – Mainz – CB
  • Riccieli – Famalicão – CB
  • Kal Naismith – Luton Town – CB
  • Fabinho – Liverpool – CDM
  • Seko Fofana – Lens – CDM
  • Mahmoud Dahoud – Borussia Dortmund – CM
  • Matt Crooks – Middlesbrough – CM
  • Weston McKennie – Juventus – CM
  • Fabio Vieria – Porto – CM
  • Kevin De Bruyne– Manchester City – CAM
  • Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United – CAM
  • Harry Wilson – Fulham – CAM
  • Adrien Thomassen – Racing Strausborg – CAM
  • Junya Ito – KRC Genk – RM
  • Jack Harrison – Leeds United – LM
  • Gonzalo Martinez – Al-Nassr – LM
  • Tom Lawrence – Derby County – LM
  • Hirving Lozano – Napoli – LW
  • Antonín Barak – Hellas Verona – CF
  • Robert Lewandowksi – Bayern Munich – ST
  • Wissam Ben Yedder – AS Monaco – ST
  • Ciro Immobile – Lazio – ST
  • Aleksandr Mitrovic – Fulham – ST
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund – ST
  • Marvin Ducksch – Werder Bremen – ST

Those were our FIFA 22 Team of the Week 18 predictions. We update this page every seven days with the next batch of TOTW guesses, so be sure to check back here every week.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, here’s a FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide: What is sniping, how to snipe & make coins.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide: What is sniping, how to snipe & make coins

Sniping players is an easy way to make coins in FUT, so we’ve made a complete FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide.

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Sniping is an invaluable skill when buying players in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team because it helps keep hold of some of those precious coins. Here’s a full guide on what sniping is, how to do it, and how to use it to make FIFA coins.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is all about filling out your team with the best possible players, from clinical strikers to clutch defenders. If you’re lucky, you’ll pull your dream player from a pack, but there’s a good chance you’ll have to tackle the Transfer Market instead.

While every player has a specific value, like any market you can secure a bargain if you put the time into sniping rather than just paying upfront. We’ve put together an in-depth guide on how you can snipe your dream team, and save yourself some coins in the process.

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What is sniping in FIFA 22?

FIFA 22 webapp transfer market

Simply put, sniping is the art of bagging a player from the Transfer Market for less than its usual value. This usually requires the user to act quickly and make the purchase seconds after the listing goes live.

Other FUT fans that are looking to sell a player quickly, or perhaps didn’t check the market properly, will occasionally list players for much less than they are usually worth. These are the listings you are on the hunt for.

FIFA 22 FUT hub transfer

How to snipe in FIFA 22

  1. Type the player’s name into the search box in the top-left corner
  2. Check the market value of the player you want to snipe
  3. Adjust the Buy Now slider for the most you are aiming to spend
  4. Hit search and look at the listings
  5. Quickly try to buy the cheapest player who pops up
  6. Refresh and repeat

If you’re looking to snipe a specific player, the first thing to do is type their name into the search box on the top-left of the market screen. This means that only listings for that player will show up and you won’t accidentally buy the wrong man.

Then you’ll need to check the actual market value of whoever you’re looking for to get an idea of what sort of price filters you need to set up.

Once you know how much they usually sell for, head to the price filters on the bottom-left tile and adjust the Buy Now slider to slightly less. There isn’t a certain price that guarantees you’ll find a listing, so it’s best to set it for the absolute maximum you would be willing to spend.

From here, it’s just a case of refreshing the market until one pops up so you can move in for the snipe. There are thousands of other snipers who may be trying the same thing, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t win the battle every time.

How to refresh the market quickly

One of the hardest parts of sniping is being the first to get onto the market so you can snatch a player before everyone else. If you’re too slow, then you’ll find yourself missing out more often than not.

Luckily, EA have provided a way of refreshing the market quickly if you follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. Set the Buy Now filter to the maximum number of coins you want to spend
  2. Adjust the Bid Price filter to 15,000,000 – the highest it will go
  3. Edit the filters to criteria you are looking for
  4. If no listings, or you lose out, quickly go back to the Bid Price fliter and move it down one
  5. Hit search again

Carrying out this method each time refreshes the market quicker than simply searching again with the same criteria. It takes practice to get the hang of, but the quicker you can pull it off, the more successful you will be.

How to make FIFA coins through sniping

FIFA 22 Transfer list screenshot

While sniping is a great way to land a player for your Ultimate Team at a big discount, it’s also a way that savvier FUT fans can make easy coins.

By sniping lots of cards for a lower price, you can then re-list them back on the market for their actual value and net a tidy profit.

This can be a way to make small gains over a long period of time or make big bucks in one swoop if you’re able to snipe a high-value player for a lot less than he’s worth.

If your aim is purely to make coins, consider casting a wider net with your filters instead of looking for a specific card. For example, if French defenders are going up in value, search for all of them rather than just Kounde or Lacroix.

Who to snipe in FIFA 22

If you’re looking to sell cards to earn some coins, it’s best to go for those that are in demand.

That means sniping any players, managers, or consumables that are rare, needed for a Squad Building Challenge, have a high value, or are out of packs.

The market is always changing, but here are some transfer targets to get you started:

  • CBs with a high pace stat
  • Brazilian mangers
  • Hunter Chemistry Style
  • Players required for SBCs
  • French players
  • Silver cards from the top five leagues

Why you’re finding it difficult to snipe in FIFA 22

FIFA 22 Buy Now screenshot

Even if you get the hang of sniping players, you may notice that they are often snapped before your fingers can react. There are a number of reasons why this could be happening.

The first is your internet connection. If there are multiple snipers all going for the same card at the same time, those with slower internet speeds will always find they come out in second place.

There’s also the issue of other users, especially on PC, bots to buy players automatically. These bits of software quickly snap up listed cards within microseconds of them going live.

Unfortunately, when it comes to snipe bots there isn’t much you can do other than try and hunt for a different card that may not be as obvious.

Son dribbling in FIFA 22

That was our full FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the year with more helpful hints and tips when we find them.

For more on FIFA 22, check out our other guides on how to make the most of the Web App, and the fastest players in this year’s game.

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Best FIFA 22 camera settings for Ultimate Team

Here are the best FIFA 22 camera settings you can try out to give yourself an edge over your opponents.

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Stadium in FIFA 22

When playing a game of FIFA, the camera can give you an advantage over your opponents, so here are the best camera settings that you can utilize in FIFA 22.

Players have been enjoying FIFA 22 for months now, and we’ve had plenty of time to try out some of the best skill moves, players, and goalkeepers in this year’s Ultimate Team.

If you just can’t seem to feel comfortable with the default camera settings, you have the option of giving yourself a slight edge over your opponents by changing it. If you’re looking for a competitive edge, then check out our best camera settings in FIFA 22.

Best FIFA 22 camera settings

FIFA 22 stadium

When you first launch FIFA 22, the game’s cameras will be set to the EA Sports GameCam. While this gives you the same standard view as other players, you can try tipping the odds in your favor.

Here are the options that we recommend :

  1. Launch FIFA 22
  2. Visit the Options menu
  3. Select the “Camera” tab
  4. Switch both Single Player and Multiplayer Cameras to ‘Tele Broadcast’ 
  5. Set ‘Camera Height’ to anything between 10 to 17
  6. Set ‘Camera Zoom’ to zero
Mbappe controlling a ball in FIFA 22

Switching both the Single Player Camera and Multiplayer Camera to the ‘Tele Broadcast’ option will provide you with a better look at the pitch, and the camera height lets you see the field better as well.

Once your overall display has been improved, you can alter the Camera Height and Camera Zoom settings. You can try adjusting these however you’d like until you’re satisfied with the camera settings.

For more FIFA 22, take a look at our guide to the best wingers in FUT, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more breaking news.

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