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: Stoke City
The Team: This week we’re backing Stoke City for our guaranteed clean sheet as they host Brighton. The Potters have been much improved under Paul Lambert, gaining clean sheets during both of his home games so far. Therefore, we’re backing Stoke based on this increase in stability in front of their home fans.
The Players: In terms of the players you should look out for, we’re guessing most Stoke defenders will be free agents in Draft Leagues. Kurt Zouma (19.5% ownership) would be our top pick, closely followed by Ryan Shawcross (7.1% ownership). Both of these offer potential for goals from set pieces. Elsewhere, we’d expect Erik Pieters (9% ownership) and Moritz Bauer (1.1% ownership) to continue in the full back positions. Bauer has been particularly impressive during the four games since his January transfer.
The Opposition: Brighton have shown some improved attacking performances in recent weeks, so its by no means guaranteed that Stoke will bring home the clean sheet points. The Seagulls bagged three goals last time out, which was inspired by the recently out of sorts Pascal Gross. Brighton also managed to score away from home in GW25, for the first time in seven attempts.
The Prospects: Looking forward, Stoke’s upcoming fixtures don’t look great, so this is probably going to be a one week punt. The Potters face decent teams away, and good teams at home. Therefore, we wouldn’t expect many Stoke clean sheets over the coming weeks and months, despite their improved performances.
Bournemouth could potentially pick up a clean sheet as they travel to Huddersfield. The Cherries haven’t been the tightest at the back, but considering Huddersfield’s shocking form, we’d expect a shut out for Bournemouth. The Terriers have lost five in a row, and have only scored one goal over this stretch. Nathan Ake (15.9% ownership) makes our Hot List, and Charlie Daniels (31.7% ownership) is another strong option. They both offer potential for attacking returns.
Swansea City are also a decent shout for a clean sheet, as they host goal-shy Burnley at home. The Swans have only kept one clean sheet in the past ten games, but their form and performances have massively improved. Burnley have averaged just 0.5 goals scored per game over the past six fixtures, so Swansea have a good chance of being able to keep them out. Alfie Mawson (13.4% ownership) makes our Hot List, as he has showed decent form in front of goal in recent appearances.
* Ownership statistics taken from www.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk
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