Streaming defenders is an essential tactic in Draft Fantasy Football, so we’re here to outline useful hints and tips 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!
We use the ownership statistics as per Draft Fantasy, with the rules being each player we highlight is required to have ownership of 30% or below.
Top Tip: Leicester City
The Team: We’re backing Leicester for our Top Tip for a clean sheet for GW2, as they host Wolves on Saturday afternoon. The Foxes looked decent during their opening game against Man Utd, but they weren’t really expected to gain anything from the fixture to be honest. This weekend is where their season starts! We’re hoping for a clean sheet to spark some interest in their Draft Fantasy Football assets.
The Players: The Leicester defensive personnel is a little up in the air, due to injuries, as well as new signings being integrated into the team. Schmeichel, Maguire, Chilwell, and Pereira are guaranteed to start, with Morgan potentially partnering Maguire in central defense once again. Evans, Soyuncu, and Benkovic will be pushing him hard for a starting slot, once they are up to speed with their fitness. There’s a chance Amartey will slot in at right back once again, with Pereira pushed further forward.
Therefore, Pereira (17% ownership on Draft Fantasy Football) is our number one choice, as his attacking instincts were instantly rewarded in GW1 – he gained the assist for Vardy’s goal. Similarly, Chilwell (15% DFF) is a great option on the left, as much of Leicester’s play was focused down their left hand side. Schmeichel (71% DFF) and Maguire (85% DFF) are not likely to be free agents, but if they are snap them up immediately! We would steer clear of Morgan, Evans, Soyuncu, and Benkovic for now, as its unclear who will be starting in GW2. Soyuncu in particular is one to keep an eye on – he’s a very talented young defender, but is currently lacking it match fitness.
The Opposition: Wolves looked good during their opening fixture at home against Everton, although they did fail to take advantage of Everton being down to 10 men for the whole second half. Molineux was absolutely rocking for GW1, which would have encouraged the Wolves players no end. It remains to be seen how they will perform without their twelfth man getting behind them though. They do poses a host of excellent creative players, but we expect Leicester to be able to shut them out.
The Prospects: The upcoming fixtures look decent for Leicester, so it would be wise to snap up one of their defensive assets for the next few weeks in mind. Southampton, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, and Newcastle follow the GW2 fixture with Wolves. Pereira or Chilwell would do you very well over this period.
Looking Elsewhere: Burnley
We’re also looking at Burnley for a clean sheet, as they face Watford at home on Sunday afternoon. The Clarets were straight into their ways of last season during GW1, as they earned a somewhat comfortable clean sheet away to Southampton. The back four looks set to be Lowton (13% ownership Draft Fantasy Football), Mee (20% DFF), Tarkowski (47% DFF), and Ward (16% DFF). New signing Gibson will have to wait for his chance in the starting eleven.
Look to pick up any one of Lowton, Mee, or Ward, as they are the players most likely to be free agents. From these three, we fancy Ward as the best option as he provides an attacking outlet down the left. A word of warning on Burnley however, is they have a Europa League tie on the Thursday night before GW2. It may not effect their fitness levels at this stage in the season, but its worth noting. Update: the first choice back four was rested for this fixture, so the above players will be well rested ahead of GW2.
Looking Elsewhere: Shaw and Gomez
Luke Shaw is again a good alternative for a route into a defence from a top six club, as Manchester Utd face Brighton away from home. We backed him in our GW1 Calculating The Cleanie article, and we’re going back for more after his goal scoring performance. His ownership is still relatively low, sitting at 21% on Draft Fantasy Football. A worthy acquisition if he’s available in your Draft League. Shaw also currently features in our Hot or Cold Player Rankings.
Another player from a top six club who could be a free agent is Joe Gomez. The Liverpool defender’s ownership is currently sitting at 16% on Draft Fantasy Football. Liverpool gained an easy clean sheet against West Ham in GW1 and will be looking for more of the same as they face Crystal Palace away in GW2! Gomez looks set to be the one to take advantage of Dejan Lovren’s injury problems, so he could serve you well over the coming weeks.
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