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: Despite not keeping a clean sheet in four GWs we are backing the Bournemouth beach boys who have been playing some tremendous football this season and gave it such a good fight in GW14 against Premier League powerhouse Manchester City.
The Players: The Bournemouth defence is pretty settled and rarely changes. The likes of Francis (1% ownership Draft Fantasy Football), Daniels (5% DFF), and Cook (33% DFF) are all good punts, but if available in your Draft Fantasy league then we would highly recommend Ake (39% DFF). Ake is the most guaranteed starter of the back four and also offers excellent attacking potential having picked up a goal in GW2 which compliments his five clean sheets so far this season. Perhaps you are good to go with defenders, then Begovic (30% DFF) offers an excellent option in goal this week, but also as a reserve goalkeeper going forwards.
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 literally very little in attack albeit having scored five goals in four GWs. But seriously, thats not exactly lethal in front of goal.
The Prospects: GW16 will be a write off with Liverpool visiting, however, GW17 and GW18 look much more promising with Wolves away and then Brighton at home offer excellent clean sheet potential.
The Team: West Ham played some liquid football in GW14 on the road to Newcastle picking up an excellent clean sheet and coming under very little trouble. They have a great chance of backing up GW15 with another clean sheet in GW16 as they host a resurgent, yet still hardly threatening Cardiff City side.
The Players: In terms of the best players to target, there are four Chaps that are the standout options. The veteran full back Zabaleta (5% DFF) offers great potential for attacking returns, but can he back up back-to-back GWs? In central defence, both Balbuena (2% DFF) and Diop (2% DFF) have been reliable and impressed in GW15 with composure. Our final selection, Rice (1% DFF) offers great potential and would be our recommended pick for GW15. Rice is classified as a defender in all Draft Fantasy platforms, yet West Ham continue to play him in midfield. Whilst Rice is unlikely to pick up an attacking return, the potential for the youngster is higher given his advanced position.
The Opposition: Cardiff are resurgent, fair enough. But looking closer at Cardiff’s results; form has only picked up in their home games. Away from home Cardiff have only picked up one point from a possible eighteen and from these six away games, Cardiff have only scored two goals. We can’t see this run of away form changing.
The Prospects: Amazing. We’ve been saying it for weeks, and we are now in the middle of West Ham’s purple patch of GWs. Avoiding a top six side for another seven GWs – you’ve got to get all over West Ham chaps!
The Team: Two clean sheets in a row for Everton, as they held title challengers Chelsea to an impressive draw and then shut out Cardiff in GW13 to pick up their 6th win of the Premier League season. It all looked so good for the Toffees going into the final minute of injury time in GW14 as they looked to have held free scoring Liverpool to a blank. Yet to the dismay of Toffee fans and Draft Fantasy managers owning an Everton defender; it wasn’t to be.
The Players: Defensive stalwart Coleman (28% DFF) is looking in good form and exceptionally fit after missing all of last season. Elsewhere Everton seem to have settled on Keane (27% DFF) and Mina (23% DFF) in the centre of defence with Digne (19% DFF) on the left. All are solid and reliable shouts and as we can see from the rise in ownership statistics, many Draft Fantasy managers are starting to get on board with the Everton defensive train. So who to go with out of the four? For us Digne or Coleman have to be the priority targets as they offer attacking returns from their Full Back positions; but any of the four are good shouts. Sign any of these four if they are for some reason free agents in your Draft League!!!
The Opposition: Newcastle drew a blank at home to West Ham in GW14 and questions were inevitably raised by fans, pundits, and in Draft Fantasy forums about whether Newcastles recent good form will just be a flash in the pan. Whilst we don’t necessarily think so, we cannot see Newcastle being able to go back-to-back fixtures given their small squad size fatigue will take its toll. Up front, Rondon will be a handful but with an injury to the influential Ritchie; we are struggling to see where the service will come from.
The Prospects: The upcoming Everton fixtures aren’t excellent, so getting on board the Everton defensive train for the long haul isn’t highly recommended. GW16 looks good against Watford but this is followed up by Man City and Spurs immediately after.
Looking Elsewhere: Juan Foyth
Juan Foyth (0% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) is absolutely guaranteed to play in GW15 given the red card to Vertonghen in the GW14 fixture at north London rivals Arsenal.
Foyth made his debut for Spurs in only GW11 and recovered from a patchy display to put in a match winning performance in GW12; his goal was the difference and to cap the GW off, his clean sheet picked him up three bonus points.
The opponents for GW15, Southampton have been poor all season and threw away an excellent opportunity in GW14 for what would have been their first league win since for ten GWs!! Wins and goals have been really hard to come by, with six goals coming in the past four GWs; however the previous five GWs brought about zero goals. If there is ever a certain clean sheet, this is one and Draft Fantasy managers should be jumping all over Foyth for this GW only.
Danny Rose (67% ownership Draft Fantasy Football) and Alberto Moreno (1% DFF) also look set to feature GW15… Worth snapping them up if you can! Rose is now back from injury and should get the start at home to Southampton after Davies has played several games in a row. And Robertson is suffering from a slight injury, so bringing in Moreno for Liverpool’s game away to strugglers Burnley might be a good shout!
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