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: Newcastle United
The Team: This week we’re backing Newcastle United, as they look to be the standout option among the potentially low ownership teams. The Toon Army have been pretty good defensively when playing in front of their own fans, with two clean sheets in a row, and only two goals conceded in the last five games at home. These are pretty good statistics for a defence that isn’t very well fancied. A home game against Huddersfield Town should bring further returns!
The Players: The hottest prospect from the Newcastle defence is obviously Jamaal Lascelles. The Toon captain has been in great form all season, gets himself attacking returns, as well as a fair few FPL bonus points! If Lascelles is taken, DeAndre Yedlin is our number two pick, as his attacking runs could potentially earn him an assist. The American is much improved this season, and looks to be confident in his right-back role. Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett are expected to make up the back four. In goal, January signing Martin Dubravka looks to be a shrewd acquisition, as he’s been highly impressive in recent weeks. He’s worth a punt if your second choice goalkeeper is disposable!
The Opposition: Huddersfield were showing some decent form a few weeks ago, but haven’t actually scored for three games!! Considering they faced Swansea and Palace at home the last two weeks, their attacking prospects have taken a severe dent. Aaron Mooy has returned from injury, so he could provide a spark once again. Elsewhere, Steve Mounie and Alex Pritchard can perform well on their day.
The Prospects: Looking forward Newcastle’s prospects aren’t great, as they face Leicester and Everton away, as well as playing Arsenal at home in GW34. We would be looking to bring in a Newcastle Chap for this GW only, and then move on to another team the following week!
Following recent trends, we’re backing Burnley as they are the team lucky enough to be facing bottom of the league West Bromich Albion. The Clarets have found their form once again after a tough January and February; gaining back-to-back wins. With most of the recent transfer activity focusing on GW31 players, there’s a chance a Burnley defender will be a free agent in most Draft Leagues. The back four of Matt Lowton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, and Stephen Ward are all great picks, with Lowton the man who features in our Hot List. Nick Pope continues in goal, but could see his place come under threat from Tom Heaton.
Elsewhere, we’re backing Leicester City despite a potentially tough trip to Brighton in GW32. The Foxes have two good fixtures up next, followed by a double GW34. Therefore, if they don’t bag a clean sheet here, their defenders are still worth investing in. Harry Maguire will surely be taken in all active Draft Leagues, so we are looking towards Wes Morgan as our best pick here. The veteran defender is guaranteed to start, and has recently made our Hot List. Elsewhere, Danny Simpson should keep his place at right-back, and Ben Chilwell is worth a punt if you want to gamble on him keeping his place ahead of Christian Fuchs!
Check out our GW32 Punting For Gold article here!
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🔥 Hot or Cold Player Rankings ❄️
Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players. Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League. Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!