Make the most of those key defensive players with our indepth Daily Fantasy EPL Week 5 defense guide for Saturday and Sunday’s matches.
Find the studs, the value picks, and goalies/defenders we’re keeping well away from this week.
Don’t forget to check out our article on Daily Fantasy EPL Week 5 attackers for even more lineup tips and insights!
Check out our top goalie picks for Daily Fantasy EPL Week 5… and an unexpected choice for players to avoid!
Petr Cech, Arsenal ($5,600 DK, £8.3m FD, £7.8m MG). Cech has been going from strength to strength since Arsenal’s unimpressive Week 1 match against Liverpool. He hasn’t had the most clean sheets, but is a prolific saver who has a decent fantasy point average. He was benched for Arsenal’s Europa League match against Paris SG on Tuesday. However, we’re positive he’ll be back as a regular starter for Arsenal’s fixture with Hull City.
Maarten Stekelenburg, Everton ($5,400 DK, £6m FD, £5.6m MG). After a couple of quiet games against Stoke City and Sunderland, Stekelenburg will be raring to go against Middlesbrough on Saturday – and his other performances this season show he’s got the skills to pay the bills when the ball comes his way. We reckon Middlesbrough will be able to give Everton some good competition, all to Stekelenburg’s fantasy benefit.
Adrian, West Ham United ($5,000 DK, £7.9m FD, £5.5m MG). For a less-owned tournament game alternative, Adrian is one for your consideration. He did let in four goals to Watford last week in a disastrous West Ham defeat, but the talented Spaniard can pull through with spectacular fantasy results. His variability makes him a good tournament pick, where you’ll want to go for more unique choices to break through the scoring ranks.
David de Gea, Manchester United (£8.3m FD, £8.1m MG, £8.0m PO). One of the de facto studs in goal, David de Gea is at the top of our list for cash games this week. The United goalie had a tough time in the Manchester derby, but overall he’s made 9 saves and 2 clean sheets this season. In his team’s match against Watford we’ll be looking for another clean sheet.
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur (£7.3m FD, £7.1m MG, £7.8m PO). The Spurs goalie has had an impressive run so far, with 5 saves and a clean sheet under his belt. Flanked by an impressively strong defending side, Lloris is another good candidate for getting a clean sheet this week.
Steve Mandanda, Crystal Palace (£6.3m FD, £7.9m MG, £6.2m PO). A steady and consistent player, Mandanda may not score you the most fantasy points but he’ll certainly put in a decent performance. Palace are up against Stoke City this week, making a great chance for Mandanda’s first clean sheet of the season. Plus he’s a bargain on FanDuel this week.
Players to Avoid
Tom Heaton, Burnley ($5,000 DK, £8.2m FD, £10.6m MG). He’s been at the top of our list for weeks now, but alas we’re avoiding Heaton this week! The Burnley goalie is up against Leicester City, another team struggling to prove themselves as they fall down the league table. Heaton’s own performance has been waning over the past couple of match weeks, so we’re going to give him a miss this week and focus on other prospects.
Daily Fantasy EPL Week 5 brings us a decent stock of defenders with which to bolster your daily fantasy football lineups.
Hector Bellerin, Arsenal ($4,700 DK, £8.1m FD, £9.2m MG). The Arsenal team have been getting stronger and stronger over the course of this season, and Bellerin is no exception. The Arsenal defensive side is looking to be nicely matched with a weak Hull City attacking side, so expect plenty of interceptions and perhaps a clean sheet!
Leighton Baines, Everton ($5,600 DK, £8.1m FD, £8.3m MG). Everton are looking very favourable for their upcoming match against Middlesbrough; Leighton’s starting role and consistent fantasy point scoring make him a good pick from this team. The left-back defender will have plenty of chances for crosses and shots.
Curtis Davies, Hull City ($3,600 DK, £9.2m FD, £9.4m MG). Value pick Davies will be put through his paces in this week’s match against Arsenal, giving him good defensive opportunities. His personal fantasy scores (9.5 DraftKings average), including a high number of interceptions this season, make him a tempting risk for a tournament lineup.
Antonio Valencia, Manchester United (£7.5m FD, £8.5m MG, £7.1m PO). Valencia is well worth the fantasy investment, as a solid player with a consistent fantasy average who, as right defender, gets plenty of opportunities for crossing and passing. You’re unlikely to regret having Valencia in your lineups, particularly for cash games.
Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur (£8.5m FD, £9.0m MG, £7.9m PO). The Spurs have a great defensive side this season, and last week Walker’s performance was the cherry on top. He put in three crosses and made an assist in the team’s 4-0 victory over Stoke. This week they’re up against Sunderland, and we’re looking to see a similar performance.
Scott Dann, Crystal Palace (£8.8m FD, £6.5m MG, £7.7m PO). For a cheaper defense option on Mondogoal, consider Palace’s strongest defender this season. Dann.’s shining moment came in Week 3 when he scored an equaliser against Bournemouth. He’s up against Stoke City this week, a favourable match which will see the enthusiastic attacking defender at his energetic best.
Players to Avoid
Luke Shaw, Manchester United (£7.6m FD, £8.2m MG, £7.9m PO). Shaw is doubtful for Man United’s Europa League match against Feyenoord. This is thanks to a hamstring injury he picked up during the Manchester derby last week. If he does start against Watford on Sunday he’d be a great fantasy team addition. However, we’re avoiding him until we know for sure.
This has been our guide to Daily Fantasy EPL Week 5 defenders and goalies!
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