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: Burnley
The Team: This week we’re backing Burnley for our guaranteed clean sheet as they host Newcastle. Despite only gaining three clean sheets so far this season, Burnley have been very solid defensively, and have deserved more recognition of this. Sean Dyche sets up his teams to defend, and with Chris Wood potentially missing out with injury, The Clarets may be setting up for a bore-draw this weekend.
The Players: The pick of Burnley’s defenders has to be Stephen Ward. With one goal, one assist, and seven bonus points to his name so far, he’s leading the way among the Burnley backline. Ward has been getting forward to good effect, linking up well with Robbie Brady down the left-hand side. Elsewhere, Ben Mee provides a decent threat from set pieces. Nick Pope is also a great option, considering his ability to rack up the save points even if a clean sheet is not achieved. He’s made TWENTY NINE saves in just five and a half games.
The Opposition: Newcastle have been in decent scoring form this season, failing to notch in just three games so far. They are missing a clinical striker though, and Burnley’s pick defenders should be able to deal with the aerial threat offered by Newcastle.
The Prospects: Burnley’s upcoming fixtures remain good, with games against Southampton, Swansea, Bournemouth, Stoke, and Brighton coming over the next eight games. The likes of Stephen Ward or Ben Mee would be ideal fifth defenders for your squads for the coming weeks and months.
Watford face an out of sorts Stoke side on Saturday afternoon, with a clean sheet a real possibility for The Hornets. Despite scoring in their last three games, Stoke have only won once since the opening day of the season. Marco Silva’s Watford side have indeed conceded in their last five games, but now could be the time for them to return to their solid defensive ways of earlier in the season. Kiko Femenia looks the safest bet.
Brighton could be a decent shout if you’re feeling brave. Coming off a great display (and clean sheet) away to West Ham in GW9, Brighton host a Southampton side seriously lacking in attacking quality. Brighton’s defence looks solid, and another clean sheet is a real possibility. Take a look at Shane Duffy or Lewis Dunk.
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