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!
Top Tip: Burnley
The Team: This week we’re backing Burnley after they have really improved their performances, and results, over the last couple of weeks. Six goals for and just one goal against during the last two games… the omens look good for a clean sheet in GW8 against a poor Huddersfield side!
The Players: Two standout perforners in defence for Burnley so far this season, as Draft Fantasy favourites Tarkowski (48% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) and Mee (18% Draft Fantasy Football) continue to perform well. Tarkowski is suffering from an injury suffered in GW7, so he will be replaced by Kevin Long (0% Draft Fantasy Football) if he is indeed ruled out. Elsewhere, Joe Hart (36% Draft Fantasy Football) has been performing very well in goal, and is a worthy signing if he’s a free agent in your Draft League. Lowton (7% Draft Fantasy Football) and Taylor (0% Draft Fantasy Football) will make up the numbers at the back.
The Opposition: Huddersfield have been awful so far this season, especially in front of goal! They’ve been swapping around their attacking players on a regular basis, but none of them have shown any kind of form. The prospects look dire for Wagner’s side.
The Prospects: Four tough games coming up for The Clarets after this weekend, so it looks like picking up a Burnley player would only be worthwhile for one week! Burnley face City and Chelsea, followed by West Ham and Leicester away from home, after GW8.
Alternative Choice: Brighton
Elsewhere, we’re looking toward a Brighton side who are always good at home, and face a West Ham side who have been inconsistent so far this season. The Seagulls are pretty decent at the back, as Hughton has them very well organised. They perform well at home, and have showed good defensive displays the last two gameweeks against top class opposition in Tottenham and Man City. West Ham have certainly turned a corner in terms of their form, fitness, and teamwork, not to mention their results. However, they still show signs of inconsistency, and have missed a lot of good chances when composure was needed in front of goal. Therefore, taking a punt on a Brighton defender may serve you well.
Brighton also have a very tasty fixture schedule after a couple of tough games. They do not face a Top Six side during the next eight gameweeks. Yes, we did say eight gameweeks. Snapping up a Brighton boy will hopefully bring clean sheets over the coming weeks and months.
In terms of the players to target, the obvious two would be Dunk and Duffy. They are two of Brighton’s best players, and have performed extremely well since the move up to the Premier League. Their ownership of 3% and 12% on Draft Fantasy, shows that they are fairly under appreciated in the world of fantasy football! Elsewhere, the backline will be made up of Montoya (0% Draft Fantasy Football) and Bong (1% Draft Fantasy Football), with Ryan (26% Draft Fantasy Football) in goal.
Looking Elsewhere: Leno and Sanchez
Looking now towards specific players who could be targeted this weekend, we’re looking at two players who will feature for Top Six clubs, and could well be free agents! Leno (50% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) is set to feature after an injury suffered by Cech, and similarly, Davinson Sanchez (60% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) will play in place of the injured Vertonghen.
Leno’s Arsenal face a Fulham side who have been struggling recently. Leno is likely to be a free agent in smaller Draft Leagues, and has a good chance of taking over as number one keeper during Cech’s absence. Arsenal have kept two clean sheets on the bounce, after a shaky start to the season at the back. Fulham are without a win in four, and have only scored one goal in their last three games. Snapping up Leno would be a worth while move. Stashing him on your bench ready for trade bait may also be a wise move!
And Sanchez’s Tottenham face Cardiff at home, which will surely result in a clean sheet for Spurs. Sanchez has had a poor start to the season, with Alderweireld taking over as the first choice partner to Vertonghen. Because of this, Sanchez could well be a free agent in your Draft League. The injury to Vertonghen is only a minor one, but the opportunity to own a defender from a Top Six club facing the worst side in the league at home is an opportunity you do not want to pass up! Sanchez is a perfect choice for those of you who regularly stream your fifth defender slot!
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