Streaming defenders is an essential tactic in Draft Fantasy Football, so we’re here to outline the best options on a weekly basis.
We pick out the best options for a clean sheet to be found in a Premier League defence with potentially low ownership, as well as players who look set to start for a top 6 side on a given gameweek. Pick up a free agent from one of these sides to give your team a better chance of victory!
Top Tip: Swansea City
The Team: We’re backing Swansea for our guaranteed clean sheet at home to a goal-shy Huddersfield side. Let’s face it, most Swansea defenders should be free agents in your Draft League! Swansea have kept three clean sheets so far this season, although all of these have surprisingly come away from home. Look for that to change this week.
The Players: In terms of the players you could transfer in, there’s actually points potential at both ends of the pitch for most Swansea defenders, so it may not just be a clean sheet you’ll be blessed with this week. Martin Olsson and Kyle Naughton should be fielded as wing-backs, with lots of potential for assists. Alfie Mawson possesses a great danger from corner kicks, scoring 4 goals in 27 appearances last season. And Federico Fernandez also has potential for bonus points though, as he leads the way among the Swansea defenders with 5 bonus points so far this season. Lukasz Fabianski is also a great option. He’s gained 7 extra points so far from save points, but is more likely to be taken already considering there’s only 20 goalkeepers to spread among your draft league sides.
The Opposition: After a strong start to the season, Huddersfield have faltered in recent weeks. They have only hit the back of the net once in the last five games, and with star striker Steve Mounie still doubtful, the prospects don’t look good. Aaron Mooy looks like a great player, but the lack of penetration elsewhere is causing issues.
The Prospects: Looking forward, picking up a Swansea defender may allow you to keep hold of one of these players for the weeks to come. Swansea have clean sheet potential in GW9, GW11, and GW13, so these players may not just be a one-time thing.
Burnley have been on tremendous form so far this season. With three clean sheets already, as well as fine performances away to three title chasing teams, Burnley are a safe bet for another strong performance at home to West Ham. With the exception of possibly Stephen Ward, the rest of Sean Dyche’s backline should be free agents, and are well worthy of a place in your squad.
Leicester have only kept two clean sheets so far, but facing a goal-shy West Brom team this weekend looks a great route to a clean sheet. Again, most of these defenders should be free agents, considering the lack of defensive returns to date. Harry Maguire looks like a great pick up for not only this fixture, but over the coming weeks too.
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Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players. Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League. Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!