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: Crystal Palace
The Team: This week we’re backing Crystal Palace after they gained a good clean sheet away to Huddersfield in GW5, where they were also our Top Tip for a clean sheet. We liked what we saw from the Eagles defensively, with James Tomkins returning to the side to bring back some defensive stability. Wilfred Zaha is obviously their main man in an attacking sense, but Tomkins has formed a great partnership with Mamadou Sakho, which cannot be understated.
The Players: In terms of the players you should be targeting, as alluded to above, James Tomkins has returned to the side, and is likely to be a free agent in most Draft Fantasy Football Leagues. His ownership on Draft Fantasy is currently only 8%, due to the fact that he’s been out injured in recent weeks. As he’s the most likely to the defence to be a free agent, we’re backing Tomkins for the best bet for a route into the Palace backline this weekend.
Looking elsewhere, the back four will be made up of Patrick Van Aanholt (55% Draft Fantasy Football) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (23% Draft Fantasy Football) as the full backs, and Mamadou Sakho (17% Draft Fantasy Football) partnering Tomkins in central defence. The attacking prowess of Van Aanholt is backed up by his high ownership, so therefore Wan-Bissaka and Sakho are players you could potentially acquire from the free agent pool. Both gained healthy bonus points in Draft Fantasy / FPL Draft during the GW5 clean sheet away to Huddersfield, if you have these features enabled.
The Opposition: Newcastle have been in ok goal scoring form this season, as they’ve scored four goals in five games. And all four of these goals came against Top 6 opposition! However, it was the goalless draw away to Cardiff in GW2 which suggests to us that they will struggle to find the back of the net against Palace. Rondon is yet to establish himself in the starting eleven, Ritchie has been struggling with injuries, and Kenedy has been shocking. We expect Sakho and Tomkins to be able to deal with whatever Newcastle throw at them inside the penalty area.
The Prospects: The Eagles are currently on a great run of fixtures, with Bournemouth, Wolves, and Everton coming up after Newcastle. Bournemouth and Everton have both been in decent form in front of goal so far this season, but its the home fixture against Wolves in GW8 which has really got us excited. Pick up a Palace defender for GW6 and GW8, and then move on to the next mid-table side with a good fixture schedule. Sorted.
Alternative Choice: Leicester City
Elsewhere, we’re looking towards Leicester City to gain a GW6 clean sheet. Yes, we know they’ve been bad defensively, but considering they host a very poor Huddersfield side, we’re confident they can get the job done. If Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell can keep a clean sheet, they’ve got a great chance of a double figure return – goals and assists are always within their reach!
In terms of the Leicester players to target, there is one player in particular that we’ve got our eye on; Jonny Evans. With Wes Morgan suspended, Evans will step into the side, and will surely be there to stay. The Foxes have kept one clean sheet so far this season… the one game that Evans played!! His ownership on Draft Fantasy is a lowly 7%, so he’s likely to be a free agent in most Draft Fantasy Football Leagues. Elsewhere, the defenders will be the aforementioned Ricardo Pereira (42% Draft Fantasy Football) and Ben Chilwell (23% Draft Fantasy Football), with Harry Maguire (80% Draft Fantasy Football) partnering Evans. Kasper Schmeichel (68% Draft Fantasy Football) will be in goal, as ever. If any of those Chaps are free agents, they would be a great signing for GW6, and beyond.
Huddersfield have been shocking this season, especially in front of goal. We’ve ranked their whole team as Cold in our Hot or Cold Rankings!! They’ve managed just two goals so far this season, and despite Leicester not being defensively solid, they should have enough to keep out Mounie, Mooy, and Co.! Not looking good for The Terriers.
Looking Elsewhere: Delph and Lindelof
Looking now towards specific players who could be targeted this weekend, we’ve highlighted two players from Top 6 clubs who look likely to start. Firstly, Fabian Delph (20% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) looks set to take advantage of an injury to Mendy as City face a trip to Cardiff, and also Victor Lindelof (17% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) will remain in the United defence for the home game with Wolves.
Benjamin Mendy missed the GW5 game against Fulham, and Fabian Delph was the player to slot in at left back as the Citizens gained a clean sheet. The Englishman was withdrawn in the second half, but this was just down to fitness issues after limited playing time so far this season. City face a trip to Cardiff, who have looked awful so far this season; we would expect a second consecutive clean sheet! Look out for the injury news surrounding Mendy later in the week, but if he’s ruled out for GW6 Delph would be a good acquisition. As always, there is a risk of rotation from Pep, with Laporte potentially filling in at left back. Sane could also feature as a left wing-back if required, so it’s certainly not guaranteed that Delph will start if Mendy is indeed ruled out!!!
Looking towards the other side of Manchester, Victor Lindelof looks set to earn his third consecutive start in central defence alongside Chris Smalling. Lindelof hasn’t been entirely convincing for The Red Devils this season, but he’s definitely improved upon his poor displays from last season! Bailly looked pretty bad in the first couple of games this season, and Phil Jones is struggling with injury. United face a home fixture against Wolves, and a clean sheet looks on the cards. Wolves have shown impressive home form, but it looks like they may struggle on the road this season. One goal from their two away games so far is fine, but we expect United to have enough to keep them out this weekend. Lindelof would be a decent acquisition for the coming months if he can keep his place in the side.
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