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: Southampton
The Team: This week we’re backing Southampton, despite the fact that their defensive performances haven’t been great recently. An encouraging display against Spurs in GW24, and a clean sheet at home to Watford in the FA Cup has promoted The Saints’ prospects. We are mainly backing Southampton due to Brighton’s shocking record scoring away from home though, it must be said.
The Players: Most of Southampton’s defenders should be free agents, after a poor run of just one clean sheet in 15 games!!! We’d expect the back four to be Cedric, Jack Stephens, Wesley Hoedt, and Ryan Bertrand (if he can recover from the knock taken in the FA Cup). Bertrand would be out top pick, but due to him being an injury doubt, Stephens takes his place. With a goal as well as the clean sheet against Watford, he’ll be likely to keep his place in the side, despite pressure from a returning Mayo Yoshida. Alex McCarthy is also worth a look if your first choice goalkeeper has a tough fixture.
The Opposition: Without an away goal for six Premier League games, we’re not expecting much from Brighton. Pascal Gross’ form has taken a big tumble, and Glenn Murray and Tomar Hemed haven’t exactly been prolific in recent weeks. The Seagulls put in an awful display against Chelsea in GW24.
The Prospects: Looking forward, picking up a Southamapton defender may allow you to keep hold of one of these players for the next few weeks. Their fixture list is looking pretty good, with Liverpool the only top ten team they face over the next eight games!
Burnley look good for a clean sheet away to a misfiring Newcastle side. The Clarets are hitting a nice run of fixtures, so it may be time to jump back on board the Burnley clean sheet train. Phil Bardsley is perhaps the most likely to be a free agent, as well as guaranteed to start. Stephen Ward may be fit enough to take back the left-back berth from Charlie Taylor, so perhaps steer clear of that one for now.
Our other option for a cheeky clean sheet is Stoke City. Paul Lambert guided The Potters to a win and a clean sheet during his first game in charge, and has another opportunity to do so at home to Watford. The Hornets didn’t look like scoring during Javi Gracia’s first game in charge in the FA Cup. Kurt Zouma is the strongest option from the Stoke backline, with Moritz Bauer perhaps more of a lesser known option.
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