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: Watford
The Team: This week we’re backing Watford for our guaranteed clean sheet as they host Swansea. Marco Silva’s men got back to winning ways in GW20, and they are likely to get another win against a struggling Swansea City side. The Hornets haven’t been very tight at the back in recent weeks, but we’re backing Watford mainly due to the awful form of Swansea!!
The Players: Perhaps the best option for a Watford defender is Marvin Zeegelaar. The Dutch international has now returned from a three game suspension, claiming back his starting berth from Jose Holebas for the win over Leicester in GW20. He offers potential at both ends of the pitch, due to his prowess going forward. Christian Kabasele is another solid option if he’s a free agent. And Daryl Janmaat should hold onto his right-back slot due to the ongoing injury concerns for Kiko Femenia.
The Opposition: Swansea have only scored four goals in their last nine games, so their prospects are looking incredibly poor for GW20. New manager Carlos Carvalhal could potentially breathe life into their attacking play, but it will probably take him a few weeks to really put his stamp on the team.
The Prospects: Looking forward, Watford face Manchester City away in GW21, but will have another chance for a clean sheet in GW22 as they face Southampton at home. An indifferent fixture list doesn’t offer that many prospects for shut-outs, but if you can afford to bench a Watford defender for GW21, then they would be a good option for a short-term pick up.
Newcastle have a decent shout for a clean sheet this weekend, facing a Brighton side struggling for goals. Jamaal Lascelles is the obvious choice for a route into their backline, with Rob Elliot an option if you’re after a new goalkeeper.
Burnley face Huddersfield in GW21, and could return to their usual ways and gain that clean sheet. Phil Bardsley and Kevin Long should provide routes into the defence as Matt Lowton has seeminlgly been ousted from the side, and James Tarkowski suspended for one more game. Be wary of Huddersfield’s in-form, and well rested, striker Laurent Depoitre though.
Eliaquim Mangala also provides a potential clean sheet opportunity, as Vincent Kompany is once again injured, and John Stones likely to miss out once again. Manchester City face Crystal Palace, who are on decent scoring form, but The Citizens are just so good at the moment they are likely to provide another clean sheet.
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