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!
Gameweek 35 is a limited fixture round with only 12 teams in action in the Premier League. Its relatively slim pickings for cleanies this gameweek, but bare with us; we think we’ve highlighted the rough diamonds for you Draft Fantasy Football chaps.
The Team: We’re backing the Burnley bois again? Yes we are. Why? Because they are playing Stoke.
The Players: We do not predict that Burnley will change their back four for GW35, so it is likely to be; Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Kevin Long, and Stephen Ward. Matt ‘Featured Hot List Player’ Lowton is out top pick as he will provide plenty of attacking potential. With Ben Mee ruled out for several weeks with an injury, Long looks to be a worthwhile acquisition; particularly given his goal in GW34 (let’s ignore the own goal!). Something to bare in mind is that of the Burnley defence, Long will almost definitely be a free agent in most Draft Fantasy Football Leagues. Nick Pope looks set to keep his place in goal, with Tom Heaton still showing only a small chance of regaining his place.
The Opposition: Stoke have scored only 3 goals in the last 6 gameweeks. This being said with Draft Fantasy Football favourite Xherdan Shaqiri in good form over the past two gameweeks, there is potential for Shaq-attacks.
The Prospects: Looking forward, Burnley have a decent fixture list to end the season. They face Brighton and Bournemouth in two of the final three games of the campaign. A Burnley defender should bring home solid points between now and the season finale, however if you are building up a double gameweek squad for GW37, be aware Burnley do not have a double fixture, and instead face a free scoring Arsenal.
The Team: Stay with us here chaps. We appreciate that this one is very tenuous as any Draft Fantasy Football League worth its salt will not have a half decent Liverpool defender available; but the ownership statistics suggest otherwise. With Liverpool playing the Premier League basement boi’s West Brom, it is well worth scanning over the available Liverpool players in your Draft Fantasy Football League.
The Players: We are fully expecting the following to have been snapped up; Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, and Dejan Lovern. However, Lovern is currently recovering from a knock and there is an outside chance he wont make GW35. With this in mind, and with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez also currently injured; we would recommend keeping an eye on Ragnar Klavan. Surprisingly Trent Alexander-Arnold has relatively low ownership statistics (Togga: 43% and Draft Fantasy 4%), as does first choice goalkeeper Loris Karius (Togga: 44% and Draft Fantasy 29%); both would be excellent additions to any Draft Fantasy Football squad. The complete wildcard option would be James Milner who is considered as a defender on Togga, Draft Fantasy, and Fantasy Premier League sites. Yet Milner has been playing in midfield of late increasing his chance for attacking returns; plus as highlighted in our Set Piece guidance, he is the first choice penalty taker.
The Opposition: Premier League basement boi’s West Brom have been the whipping boi’s for the vast majority of the season. However GW34 brought about a shock win for the baggies at Manchester United. Surely this is only a blip? If 27 goals in 34 league games is anything to go by, we should think it is. In front of goal attacking due Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon are in decent form of late, and both will be the only attacking threat for Liverpool to be wary of.
The Prospects: Looking forward, Liverpool have good fixtures ahead; with both Stoke and Brighton visiting Anfield in the final three gameweeks. If however you are building up a double gameweek squad for GW37, be aware Liverpool do not have a double fixture, and face a Chelsea side desperately hunting 4th place league finish.
The Team: We really fancy a bit of an upset in GW35 with Newcastle holding firm for a clean sheet away to Everton. Fellow Draft Fantasy Football managers will be turning a complete blind eye to Newcastle, so you should have the pick of the whole bunch.
The Players: Newcastle have been incredibly settled at the back this season, boasting 8 clean sheets; no mean feat for a team promoted last season. The back four will undoubtedly lineup: DeAndre Yedlin, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, and Florian Lejeune. We don’t think you can go wrong with any of those four, however our pick would be Yedlin, as the wingback offers greatest attacking potential. If you are after a cheap reserve goalkeeper, you cannot do much better than Martin Dubravka. Since joining in January the Newcastle number 1 has kept three clean sheets, of which once of those came against 2nd placed Manchester United.
The Opposition: It has been a somewhat of a strange season for Everton. The start of the season promised so much with significant spending in both the summer and in January. However a poor goal scoring return of 39 goals in the 34 league games played has all the makings of a wasted cash. A better goal scoring return of late has brought about 6 goals in the past 5 gameweeks; yet this gives very little suggestion that Everton are guaranteed goals goals goals in this gameweek fixture.
The Prospects: Looking towards the end of season run in, it is a mixed bag for Newcastle. Premier League basement boi’s West Brom visit in GW36, and there is a double gameweek for Newcastle in GW37. However this double gameweek is bitter/sweet, with Watford (sweet) and Spurs (bitter) the challengers. GW38 is arguably the toughest as Chelsea travel up north hunting a 4th placed league finish.
Check out our GW35 Punting For Gold article here!
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