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.
The Team: The Hornets gained a surprising clean sheet away to the so far impressive Wolves in GW9, and have a great chance of making it another when they face a shocking Huddersfield side this weekend.
The Players: With suspensions and injuries in defence, it’s hard to predict who will lineup in the Watford defence for GW10. Considering they gained a much needed win and clean sheet against Wolves, they could well stick with the same backline. However, the two standout options for us are goalkeeper Ben Foster (25% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) and centre back Craig Cathcart (11% DFF). Both are likely to be free agents in most Draft Leagues, considering the shocking Watford performances prior to GW9. Take your pick from those two depending on if you need a goalkeeper or a defender!
The Opposition: Huddersfield have been awful so far this season, and we fully expect them to finish bottom of the league this season. They offer nothing going forward, and are going to be in for a very long season based on their current performances. We fully expect them to blank this weekend!
The Prospects: It might be worth keeping hold of a Watford defender for GW11 and 12, as they face Newcastle and Southampton – both games are away from home though.
The Team: The Saints gained a great clean sheet away to Bournemouth in GW9, and they have a great chance of doing the same again in GW10 against a Newcastle side that are bottom of the league and have only scored in one of their last four games.
The Players: In terms of the best players to target, there are three Chaps that are the standout options. Full backs Ryan Bertrand (39% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) and Cedric Soares (7% DFF) offer guaranteed routes into the Southampton backline, as well as attacking potential. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (29% DFF) is an alternative for those managers who stream their goalkeeper slots, and he’s been performing very well of late. The central defensive positions are harder to predict, but Wesley Hoedt (2% DFF) is best placed to start if the players above are taken in your Draft League.
The Opposition: Newcastle have been pretty shocking so far this season, and find themselves bottom of the league without a victory to their name. As mentioned above, they have only found the back of the net in one of their last four games. The Magpies lack any creative intent, have players performing below their best, and are without a striker capable of scoring the goals to keep them in this league. If only they had a Serbian beast of a striker to bag them some goals….
The Prospects: Not amazing. Looks like a one week punt on a Southampton defender. It may be worth keeping hold of Bertrand beyond GW10, if he’s available.
The Team: Two clean sheets in a row for Brighton, as they’ve gained two great wins on the bounce. A home tie against a Wolves side who were disappointing in GW9 brings potential for another clean sheet! Hughton organises his side well, so it was a bit surprising Brighton took so long to gain their first shutout.
The Players: Defensive stalwarts Shane Duffy (21% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) and Lewis Dunk (4% DFF) are the obvious standout performers from the Brighton back line. They have been nothing short of terrific since making the step up from the championship. Duffy has recently made the Hot section of our Player Rankings, and Dunk was even called up to the England squad for the recent Nations League games. Both of these Chaps offer great defensive potential over the coming weeks. Mat Ryan (25% DFF) is also a great goalkeeping choice if his a free agent in your Draft League. Elsewhere, Gaetan Bong (1% DFF) and Bruno (1% DFF) have been positioned as the full backs in recent weeks. Bong is the most nailed out of those two, as Bruno faces competition from Montoya. Go with Duffy or Dunk if you can though.
The Opposition: Wolves were disappointing in GW9, as they suffered a home defeat to a Watford side on poor form. Changes are likely to be made for the GW10 clash, but ultimately we reckon Brighton have enough to keep out the Wolves front line. Jota and Costa have been disappointing individually, despite the good results achieved.
The Prospects: The upcoming Brighton fixtures are excellent, so getting on board the Brighton defender train is highly recommended. They avoid all Top Six sides until GW17, when they face Chelsea at home.
Looking Elsewhere: Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren (26% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) made a somewhat surprising return to the Liverpool starting eleven for the huge GW8 class against champions Manchester City. A clean sheet and maximum FPL bonus points soon followed, as well as the exact same outcome during the GW9 victory away to Huddersfield. Lovren is likely to be a free agent in many a Draft Fantasy Football League, and he’s well worth a punt!
Liverpool face Cardiff at home in GW10 and will surely gain their seventh clean sheet of the season. Cardiff have been on much better scoring form lately, but we would expect the Liverpool defence to be able to cope with Josh Murphy and co. Lovren was left on the bench during the Champions League tie on Wednesday, so therefore we would expect him to slot back into the defence this weekend, with Alexnader-Arnold or Gomez dropping out as Klopp continues his minor player rotations.
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