Calculating The Cleanie – GW3

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:  Southampton

The Team:  We’re backing Southampton for our Top Tip for a clean sheet in GW3 when they host a Jamie Vardy-less Leicester!  As expected 2018/19 season has not exactly got off to a flyer for the boys on the south coast; one draw and a loss in the opening two gameweeks.  But what has caught our eye was the defensive efforts in gameweek one at home to Burnley, which showed us that at home, Southampton will be a tough team to breakdown for any side (other than Liverpool and Manchester City).

The Players: The good news chaps, is that there is plenty of options to choose from.  Other than Ryan Bertrand (41% ownership on Draft Fantasy Football) it is highly likely that all of the Southampton defence will be available in your Draft Fantasy Football league.  Ruling out Bertrand; our standout pick is Cedric Soares (9% DFF).  Besides defensive returns, Cedric has the best potential for attacking differentials, with Southampton likely to deploy him as a right wingback as per GW1.  If Cedric is taken, then it really is a case of rolling the dice with one of the central defenders; Jannik Vestergaard (7% DFF), Wesley Hoedt (1% DFF), or Jack Stephens (1% DFF).  All are solid punts, as Southampton are likely to revert back to the formation that delivered a clean sheet in GW1; playing 3 at the back.

The Opposition:  Leicester make the trip south without their talisman Jamie Vardy who will not return from suspension until GW5.  Without Vardy, Leicester certainly look far less potent in attack, as was evident in GW1.  With Vardy absent Leicester will turn to the in form James Maddison (38% DFF) to spark any form of attacking intent.  Whilst Maddison has put in two very assured performances, he is still settling into Premier League life and cannot be relied upon to carry the team week in, week out.  If Leicester and Maddison are to have any chance of returning with any attacking returns much will rely on Vardy’s replacement, Kelechi Iheanacho (29% DFF).  Whilst Iheanacho was in imperious pre-season form, but he has yet to hit the much anticipated heights of his big money move in the 2017/18 summer in any form of competitive football.

The Prospects:  Southampton’s fixtures are somewhat of a mixed bag post GW3; with trips to free scoring Crystal Palace and Liverpool in the next three gameweeks; we’d recommend that bringing in a Southampton defender is used a stop gap for GW3 differentials.


Looking Elsewhere: Huddersfield

If Southampton just doesn’t do it for you, we would recommend taking a look at Huddersfield.  This might seem a little bit far fetched considering they’ve just shipped 9 goals in the opening two gameweeks.  Yeah, we’d typically agree with you all on this; but the opening two gameweeks couldn’t have been much tougher with Chelsea and then Manchester City as opponents.

So the Terriers will be delighted to welcome Premier League new boys Cardiff in GW3.  Cardiff are certainly not bringing with them anything like the attacking prowess that either Chelsea or Manchester City have.  To be honest, from what we’ve seen in the opening two gameweeks, we are unsure if Cardiff will bring with them any form of attacking capability at all.  Having drawn a blank in both of their opening fixtures Cardiff look really devoid of any capable attacking outlets; until the likes of Bobby Reid, Kenneth Zohore, and Josh Murphy can find their feet at this level we cannot see Cardiff breaking their duck any time soon.  Quote from Warnock during his Friday press conference: “I don’t think anyone would put any money on us scoring at the moment if I’m honest“… says it all really!!!

So what of the players, with main man Mathias Jorgensen (7% DFF) looking like a doubt through injury, we’d be inclined to take a punt on Jon Stankovic (1 % DFF) who played in a central midfield role and scored the only goal of Huddersfield’s 2018/19 campaign to date.  If Stankovic is too much of a risk given he did not start the opening gameweek, then wingbacks Tommy Smith (0.3% DFF) and Chris Lowe (0.3% DFF) provide opportunities for attacking returns.


Looking Elsewhere: Gomez and Steve Cook

Not a fan of either Southampton or Huddersfield; how about two gems that might be available in your Draft Fantasy Football league.

Joe Gomez (38% DFF) is probably the only remaining defender likely to be available in your Draft Fantasy Football league that gives you a top 4 team defender.  Gomez, whose form is ranked as ‘hot’ in our Draft Fantasy Football player rankings, has made a big impact since deputising for the injured Lovren; who is likely to miss out in GW4’s encounter against Brighton.

Steve Cook (24% DFF) would be the less popular choice of the two if both were available.  However Cook is more likely to be a longer term pick.  With Everton making the trip to Bournemouth for GW3; it is a risky clean sheet to call given Everton have scored 4 in the opening two gameweeks.  However Bournemouth have looked strong at the back and Cook has not only a clean sheet to his name, but also a goal and an assist.


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📝 Ownership Statistics 📝

The quoted ownership statistics were taken from Draft Fantasy.  Check them out if you’re after an online platform for your Draft Fantasy Football league!  Draft Fantasy uses a scoring system similar to the standard Official FPL game, and has many customisation options such as Kante Bonus, flex positions, custom scoring, and end of season play-offs!


🔥 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!

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