Three clean sheets were kept in the English Premier League’s gameweek 6. Meanwhile, 34 goals were tallied in a week that saw quite a few big scorelines.
The key to success with fantasy English Premier League football is to pick in form players. This week, FantasySports.co.uk gives you 5 defenders and one goalkeeper for your Fantasy Premier League team.
Get ready to start counting the points.
Daley Blind – Manchester United
Games: 5; Assists: 2; Clean sheets: 2
Manchester United cruised to a 4-1 victory last weekend against Leicester City. One would have thought they could have kept a clean sheet with the way the Red Devils played in the first half, however.
In the match, Daley Blind was fantastic, playing the full 90 minutes and picking up two assists.
In five Premier League games this season, he has contributed to two Manchester United clean sheets. He is a perfect selection for gameweek 7 as United play second from bottom Stoke City at Old Trafford.
Compared to others lower down this list, Blind could cost a decent fee.
Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
Games: 5; Goals: 1; Clean sheets: 2
Arsenal’s clean sheet against Chelsea on Saturday was highly unexpected. However, the Gunners put in a gritty performance against their west London rivals.
Laurent Koscielny was Arsenal’s highest rated defender according to WhoScored.com from the match. With three tackles and five aerials won, Koscielny was tremendous at the back for the team.
This week Arsenal travel to Burnley, who are coming off a 2-0 win against Watford. Arsenal are undefeated in their last five Premier League matches.
Arsene Wenger’s men are playing some excellent football up front, which takes the pressure off the defence. Arsenal should have another solid performance when they travel to Turf Moor on Sunday.
Hector Bellerin – Arsenal
Games: 6; Assists: 1; Clean sheets: 2
Like Koscielny, Hector Bellerin has helped Arsenal keep two clean sheets this term. Like Koscielny, he should be in your Fantasy Premier League side as he is in form and highly dangerous in defence.
Arsenal’s next opponents Burnley have only scored five times this season. Despite playing at home, Burnley won’t light Arsenal’s defence up.
With the Gunners playing so well in attack, the defence should have far less pressure on it. Don’t expect Arsenal to lose at Burnley like Liverpool did at the start of the season.
Steve Cook – Bournemouth
Games: 6; Clean sheets: 2; Clearance per game: 8.7
Steve Cook is a relative unknown to most Fantasy Premier League managers. Yet, the Bournemouth central defender is coming off a clean sheet win against a previously high-flying Everton.
He has played all 90 minutes in Bournemouth’s games, and is a rock in their defence. He is also a cheap option compared to many of his contemporaries on this list.
Eddie Howe’s side may have got an unexpected clean sheet win over Everton, but Cook and company are good value when they go to Watford in gameweek 7. Get him in your fantasy side.
James Milner – Liverpool
Games: 5; Goals: 3; Assists: 1;
Not a traditional left-back, James Milner was forced into Liverpool’s starting XI thanks to Alberto Moreno’s in ability to defend. Amazingly, the Englishman has excelled greatly in the position and has made it his own. Milner is having a re-birth at left-back thanks to the overcrowded Reds’ midfield and both are better off for it.
Last week against Hull, Milner scored twice, making him an in form player to get into your Fantasy Premier League side. Problem with Liverpool is, the team are yet to keep a clean sheet this term.
Liverpool travel to Swansea in gameweek 7 to play a team that has only scored five times this season. Swansea’s attack has been poor and the Swans are winless in their last five. Liverpool could get their first clean sheet of the season.
David De Gea – Manchester United
Games: 6; Clean sheets: 2; Saves: 13
Manchester United romped to a 4-1 win last weekend as David De Gea conceded just one goal. He has been in decent enough form this season, but the reason he should be picked in your fantasy team this week is due to the Red Devils’ hosting Stoke City.
Second from bottom with four goals score, Stoke have an anemic attack. De Gea should get his third clean sheet of the season this weekend, and you should get some much needed points out of it.
However, buyer be ware that De Gea won’t come cheap.