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: West Ham United
The Team: This week we’re backing West Ham for our guaranteed clean sheet as they host Brighton and Hove Albion. It is a bold call to back a West Ham chap in your Draft Fantasy Football League this weekend, considering that it has been a less than satisfying start to the 2017/18 campaign; shipping 14 goals in the opening 8 gameweeks.
Yet Brighton are not frequent goal scorers away from home, having only returned 1 goal from their previous 4 away trips. Couple this with the clean sheet in West Ham’s previous home fixture to Swansea; points to a clean sheet return from The Hammers’ defence. Most West Ham defenders should be free agents in your Draft Fantasy Football League, with possible exception of Aaron Cresswell and Joe Hart!
The Players: It might not just be a clean sheet you get from you West Ham defenders this week, in terms of the players you could transfer in; there’s actually points potential at both ends of the pitch. Aaron Cresswell and Pablo Zabaleta should be fielded as wing-backs, with lots of potential for assists. Furthermore, as highlighted in our ‘Set Pieces‘ feature, Zabaleta is a free kick taker for West Ham. In the centre of the West Ham defence you will find two excellent danger men for set pieces in Winston Reid and Jose Fonte, who already has an assist to his name.
In goal, England’s number 1 Joe Hart is also a great option. With 4 clean sheets already to his name, Hart can also boast an assist; a rare commodity for a goalkeeper. Of course it is more than possible that Hart has already been snapped up, but if he isn’t, he is an absolute essential signing.
The Opposition: Since their promotion from the Championship, Brighton have yet to ever really show any signs of being a strong attacking outfit. The two key attacking chaps for Brighton are midfielders Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross; if anything, it will be one of these two players that will threaten your West Ham cleanie.
Knockaert was a standout performer in the Championship last season, and is beginning to find his feet in the Premier League returning a goal in last weekends draw with Everton. Gross has been a surprise package for Draft Fantasy Football managers this season. 3 assists and 2 goals has given Gross an excellent return of 42 points from the opening 8 gameweeks.
The Prospects: Looking forward, picking up a West Ham defender may allow you to keep hold of one of these players for the weeks to come. West Ham have clean sheet potential in GW10, GW12, GW13, and GW14. So these players may not just be a one-time thing.
Stoke vs Bournemouth has the potential to return a possible clean sheet, Stoke have not been exactly flush with goals and equally Bournemouth have only scored 1 goals in their previous 4 away fixtures.
But it is difficult to look beyond Southampton for a certain cleanie. The 3 clean sheets kept so far may not fill you chaps with enormous confidence, but West Brom have only returned 7 goals so far this year. Of course, it is highly unlikely that Fraser Forster is going to be available, along with Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dijk. So look towards Maya Yoshida and Cedric Soares as possible opportunities for a defensive return.
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