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!
Oh its Double Gameweek time!!! Manchester Utd, Tottenham, and Chelsea are the big teams with a double gameweek, but we’ll be ignoring them for this article, as they are unlikely to have a first choice defender who’s a free agent in Draft Leagues!
The Team: The Burnley bois are back to winning ways, and we’re pretty excited about the two home games they have for DGW34! The Clarets face Leicester City and Chelsea, which obviously isn’t an amazing couple of fixtures, but they have a good chance of bagging one clean sheet over the two games.
The Players: The Burnley back four is likely to be Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Kevin Long, and Stephen Ward for both games, and all four of these look to be decent shouts! Matt Lowton is out top pick, as he features on our Hot List. Lowton and Ward provide attacking potential, Tarkowski will be in good spirits after his recent England debut, and Kevin Long is almost definitely going to be a free agent in most Draft Leagues. An injury has ruled Ben Mee out for several weeks, so Long is a decent acquisition. Burnley actually managed to keep a couple of clean sheets with Long in the side over the Christmas period, so we’re not too concerned by the back-up centre half having a detrimental impact on the clean sheet potential. Nick Pope looks set to keep his place in goal, but Tom Heaton has a small chance of taking his place. Therefore, we would recommend snapping one of the back four if you can.
The Opposition: Leicester and Chelsea are obviously very good sides, but they both have little to play for at this stage of the season. Leicester lost at home to Newcastle in GW33, which was a somewhat unexpected result. Chelsea are a side in free-fall, and therefore Burnley have a decent chance of shutting them out – Morata and Hazard are not looking confident in front of goal. Don’t be put off by the opposition here, considering it’s a double gameweek, The Clarets should be able to bring home one classic Burnley cleanie!
The Prospects: Looking forward, Burnley have a decent fixture list to end the season. They face Stoke, Brighton, and Bournemouth in three of the final four games of the campaign. A Burnley defender should bring home solid points between now and the season finale on May 13th.
The Team: Leicester City are another double gameweek team we fancy for at least one clean sheet, as they face Burnley away and Southampton at home. The Foxes have been on poor form in terms of keeping clean sheets in recent months, but they should be able to keep out a struggling Southampton side. Anything can happen in a double gameweek, so get on board the Leicester Bus this weekend!
The Players: The back four is likely to be Danny Simpson, Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan, and Ben Chilwell, with Kasper Schmeichel in goal. Ben Chilwell is the man that has made our Hot List, although he is a slight rotation risk with the two games coming in close proximity. Maguire and Schmeichel are likely to be taken in most Draft Leagues, so we would look towards Chilwell, Simpson, or Morgan, for a route into the Leicester backline.
The Opposition: Leicester are facing a Burnley side in good form, and a Southampton side in not so good form. Any points The Foxes defenders can gain from the Burnley match are a bonus, as we’re looking towards the Southampton fixture for a clean sheet. The Saints did score two goals away to Arsenal in GW33, but we’re putting that down to Arsenal being a bit of a calamity at the back. Leicester will hopefully be able to keep them out!
The Prospects: Looking forward, Leicester have an up and down schedule for the rest of the season, although they do have another double gameweek where they have two home games. Getting a Leicester Chap in for the remainder of the season would be a decent choice. You could even drop them for their blank GW35, and try and get them back in ready for the DGW37…
The Team: Not a DGW team, but we really fancy Palace for a clean sheet at home to Brighton, so they make the cut. Yes, they only have one chance of a clean sheet, but if your fellow managers have been focusing on signing up the players who have double gameweeks, The Eagles could be a good alternative route to a clean sheet!
The Players: Patrick Van Aanholt is the pick of the bunch, as he makes our Hot List after some good performances in recent weeks. He has attacking potential, as well as clean sheet potential, so looks to be a great signing. Elsewhere, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are likely to be the two centre backs, with youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka likely to be fielded at right back (although he’s categorised as a midfielder on FPL). Wayne Hennessey will get the nod in goal. Sakho is the best option out of these, as he’s a bit of a bonus points magnet. All decent options though.
The Opposition: Brighton’s away form is not the best, as they tend to either fail to score, or score one goal, when playing away from home. They haven’t scored more than one away from home since GW9. Glenn Murray has gone off the boil slightly, and The Seagulls failed to make the most of their home fixture with Huddersfield last weekend. We think Palace will have enough to keep them out this weekend.
The Prospects: No double gameweek’s for Palace, but they do have fixtures they have a chance of winning over the course of the rest of the season. They face Leicester and West Brom at home, and Watford and Stoke away, after this weekend. Palace are on good form, and have a nearly fully fit squad once again. Getting on board the Roy Hodgson train looks to be a decent option ahead of the season finale.
N.B. Double Gameweek schedules taken from the Official FPL website.
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