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: Leicester City
The Team: This week we’re backing Leicester City as they host Stoke City in the early kick off. The Foxes have kept out Huddersfield and Watford in recent home games, and we’re expecting them to be able to keep out The Potters this weekend.
The Players: The Chaps of note here are Danny Simpson (5% ownership) and recently returned Wes Morgan (2%). Both of these should be free agents in Draft Leagues. Kasper Schmeichel (80%) and Harry Maguire (96%) offer better route into the Foxes backline, but we would expect both of them to be taken by a fellow manager.
The Opposition: Since the arrival of new manager Paul Lambert, Stoke have somewhat changed their form considerably. However goals are still at a premium having only scored two goals in the last seven gameweeks. Therefore, we’re backing Leicester to keep them out. Star man Xherdan Shaqiri is obviously the biggest threat.
The Prospects: Looking forward, Leicester have some great fixtures ahead; with Bournemouth, West Brom, Brighton, and Newcastle all in the next four gameweeks. But if you’re looking for a GW31 option, Leicester do not have a fixture! For a total lowdown on the GW31 options, check out our special feature!
Bournemouth host Newcastle, and they have a good chance of keeping a clean sheet, despite conceding four goals against Huddersfield last time around! Newcastle have been struggling in front of goal all season, and new striker Islam Slimani has been ruled out. Look to pick up Nathan Ake (56%), who features in our Hot List, or Charlie Daniels (43%). Expect Steve Cook (27%) and Simon Francis (62%) to make up the rest of the backline, with Asmir Begovic (42%) in goal.
We’re also backing Burnley to get back on the clean sheet train, as they hose a Southampton side who are still struggling in front of goal! Burnley haven’t kept a clean sheet since GW21, but they have been putting in decent performances despite the tough fixture list. Things are looking up for Burnley, and we’d recommend snapping up Stephen Ward (58%), who has recently returned from injury, Ben Mee (92%), or Matt Lowton (58%). James Tarkowski is struggling with an injury, so maybe steer clear of him.
Loris Karuis (17%) is an interesting pick – he’s likely to be a free agent despite being the undistputed number one goalkeeper at Liverpool. The Reds face West Ham at home, and have been surprisingly tight at the back this season. He’s worth snapping up if you need a goalkeerer for GW28, as well as GW31 – he’s one of the few keepers with a game!
* Ownership statistics taken from www.playtogga.com
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