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 Players: There is likely to be little or no chance of any Draft Fantasy Football managers being able to pick up Pickford (81% ownership Draft Fantasy Football); so lets focus on the Everton defensive options. There is a good range of availability to Draft Fantasy Football managers, with full backs Coleman (28% DFF) and Digne (19% DFF) offering both attacking potential to the defensive returns; Digne has picked up an assist and Coleman a goal so far this season. Keane (27% DFF) looks to be a nailed on starter, having been involved in all three of Everton’s clean sheets this season; Keane has also picked up two assists and a goal. The real question mark is over who will partner Keane, Mina (23% DFF) or Zouma (6% DFF)? Given Mina played a full 90 minutes in the GW12 clean sheet with Chelsea; we’d have to back Mina to retain his place.
The Opposition: Cardiff have picked up their form recently with two wins and seven goals in the past five GWs; however before this Cardiff had only managed five goals in the seven GWs. What of the players, whilst Cardiff do not possess any prolific goal scorers the likes of Murphy (two goals), Harris (a goal and an assist), and leading goal scorer Paterson (three goals and an assist) are all threats; and defender Bamba (two goals) can be a real handful from set pieces.
Previous Gameweek (GW12) Lineup:
The Prospects: It might be worth keeping hold of a Everton defender for GW15 against Newcastle, but there are tough fixtures surrounding GW15; with Liverpool in GW14, and Manchester City and Spurs in GW17 and GW18.
The Team: The Premier League new boys Wolves got back on track in GW12 with an impressive draw away to Arsenal; a point and performance that could and should have been more. Wolves will be keen to target the GW13 fixture at home to Huddersfield as an opportunity to pick up a clean sheet which they have failed to keep since GW8.
The Players: In terms of the best players to target, there is one Chap that is our standout option. Full back Doherty (40% DFF) offers excellent attacking potential on top of the clean sheet points on offer this GW. But as a Draft favourite this year and sitting in our ‘hot’ form list; it is unlikely Doherty will be available as the ownership statistics suggest. With Jonny (26% DFF) out injured for the foreseeable, we’d recommend Draft managers looking to Boly (34% DFF), Bennett (12% DFF), and Coady (11% DFF). The centre backs have been in exceptional form all season and have been critical to the four cleanies kept this season. Ruben Vinagre (0.1% DFF) offers managers a massive differential route into the Wolves backline – he looks set to start in Jonny’s absence.
The Opposition: Huddersfield have struggled this season in terms of both scoring goals and grinding out results. There is very little to be worried about with regards to attacking potential; leading goal scorer is shared between five players (all on one goal) – says it all really. Six goals in twelve GWs shouldn’t trouble a Wolves side that almost shut out Arsenal in GW12.
Previous Gameweek (GW12) Lineup:
The Prospects: Not the worst. With Cardiff up next in GW14, and then Newcastle in GW16; the only GW to cause any concerns is the GW15 fixture against Chelsea.
Looking Elsewhere: Fabian Delph & Ashley Young
Fabian Delph (21% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) has hardly featured this season as regular left back Mendy has excelled! However, Mendy is set for an enforced spell on the sidelines injured opening a slot in defence. We think that if Pep decides to retain the 4-3-3 formation that has worked so effectively this season; Delph will slot into left back. An almost certain clean sheet against GW13 opponents West Ham for any Draft Fantasy manager, as Manchester City have kept seven cleanies from the twelve GWs!
A word of caution, although it is unlikely, we’ve already seen Stones play at right back this season; so perhaps Laporte will shift across to left back making room for either Kompany or Otamendi to partner Stones. Potentially more likely would be a formation change to 3-5-2; meaning one of Kompany or Otamendi would partner Stones and Laporte in defence, with Walker and probably Sane taking up ‘wing-back’ roles.
We are confident that Delph will slot straight into left back, but worth keeping an eye on the above alternate options; and thus opening up room in the side for Kompany or Otamendi.
Ashley Young (46% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) is in greater demand as the ownership statistics would suggest. However unlike Delph, Young has managed to established himself in the Manchester United lineup; making six consecutive starts, and seven starts in the last eight GWs. Whilst United have failed to keep any clean for what seems like an eternity, Young has been impressive chipping in with two assists. With Shaw suspended, Young is guaranteed to start GW13 against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford as United will look to keep their first clean sheet since GW4 as Palace’s goal scoring record is poor; four goals in seven GWs!
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