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: Liverpool
The Team: This week it is really slim pickings for a clean sheet. As a result we’re backing Liverpool for our guaranteed clean sheets as they host Newcastle. Liverpool have kept two clean sheets in their last four pictures, Newcastle have been in pretty good form recently; but Liverpool at Anfield; that has 4-0 written all over it.
The Players: Unlike other top 4 sides, the Liverpool defence has relatively low ownership in Draft Fantasy Football sides; other than Virgil van Dijk (91% ownership). Of the defenders, Andrew Robertson (31% ownership) and Joel Matip (62% ownership) look to be the pick of the defence; with Robertson contributing an assist in in GW28 and has since made it on the Fantasy Football Chaps Hot or Cold feature. But for a real bargain pickup, look to the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius; the newly established no.1 has been in sublime form recently and is only owned by 17% of Draft Fantasy Football managers.
The Opposition: Since their promotion from the Championship, Newcastle failed to live up to their potential, sitting in 15th only two points clear of the relegation zone. Recent form is average however, 6 points from a possible 12 has given Newcastle fans some hope. Here at the Fantasy Football chaps, we’ve been impressed in recent weeks by the performances of Dwight Gayle; the front man has three goals in the last two gameweeks and will pose the biggest threat to your Liverpool cleanie.
The Prospects: Looking forward, Liverpool have excellent prospects, most notably the guaranteed fixture in gameweek 31; which we cover in more detail in our GW31 analysis feature. After the GW30 fixture at Manchester United, the fixtures are very kind; Watford, Crystal Palace, Everton, Bournemouth, West Brom, and Stoke City all make up the next six gameweeks.
It is difficult to look beyond the Burnley vs Everton fixture. Burnley are firm favourites of the Fantasy Football Chaps; in particular Stephen Ward (58% ownership) is the pick of the Burnley defence. Having returned from injury in GW28, Ward looked on form in his comeback. Everton have experienced mixed form recently, but the away form is a serious issue. A return of 1 point from a possible 15 and having only registered two goals in those 5 gameweeks means that if you are looking for defensive returns, look no further than Burnley and the Sean Dyche train. Matt Lowton (58% ownership) should continue at right-back, and Nick Pope (84% ownership) may have been dropped by a fellow Draft Fantasy Football manager ahead of Tom Heaton’s return to first team training. Pope should keep his place for GW29 though.
We’re also suggesting one player from a Top Six club who may be a free agent in your Draft League. That man is Danny Rose, who has a lowly 44% ownership via Togga. Rose has had a shocking season so far, but he may be in for a mini run in the side. Tottenham face Juventus in an incredibly important Champions League second leg tie bang in the middle of GW29 and GW30… therefore you would expect Ben Davies to be rested either side of that match. Spurs are playing Huddersfield at home in GW29, and Rose has a good chance of a clean sheet, or maybe even an attacking return! The Englishman did play against Rochdale in an FA Cup replay ahead of GW29, however.
* Ownership statistics taken from http://www.playtogga.com
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