Eldin Jakupovic

Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7: Defense Picks

Not sure who to pick and who to miss for your defensive players in Fantasy Premier League Week 7 daily games? Don’t worry, we’ve handpicked some of the best (and also worst) goalkeeper and defender choices for your consideration!

Focusing on Saturday and Sunday’s fixtures, we’ve taken a look at the stud players, rising stars and value picks of defense in Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7.

With fantasy salaries for DraftKings, FanDuel, Mondogoal and PlayON, you’ll be able to compare value when making lineup decisions.

Make sure to check out our Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7 attacking guide too, for our take on strikers and midfielders.


Goalkeepers

You’ve got a nice selection of trusty goalkeepers on both the Saturday and Sunday of Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7. However, some overall fixture and team considerations have made us bearish on one stud keeper in particular.


Saturday

Eldin Jakupovic has only allowed seven goals this season, while saving a whopping 20.

Eldin Jakupovic has only allowed seven goals this season, while saving a whopping 20.

  • Ben Foster, West Bromwich Albion ($4,500 DK, £7.2m FD, £6.4m MG, £7m PO). Foster didn’t get much action against Stoke in Week 6, and unfortunately let in the only good shot that came his way. However, he’s still a strong, consistent goalie who deserves a look in for your Saturday lineups. With 19 saves so far this season, against six goals conceded, Foster is a good pick.
  • Eldin Jakupovic, Hull City ($3,500 DK, £7.9m FD, £8.4m MG, £5.9m PO). Jakupovic has had a great goals conceded to goals saved ratio this season, allowing in only seven while saving a whopping 20. Their match against Chelsea won’t be the easiest, but we’re confident in Jakupovic as a capable individual player in goal. Plus he’s mega cheap on DraftKings!

Sunday

David de Gea

David de Gea is the de facto stud player for Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7 Sunday.

  • David de Gea, Manchester United (£8m FD, £7.1m MG, £8m PO). Understandably getting top spot across the board on Rotowire, de Gea is the de facto stud goalkeeper for Sunday. Against Stoke, it’s very likely Manchester United can get a clean sheet. Pair up de Gea with a defender like Blind or Valencia (see below) for serious clean sheet points.
  • Petr Cech, Arsenal (£7.3m FD, £7.8m MG, £7.1m PO). Cech is part of a truly impressive Arsenal team this season, and is a noteworthy player in his own right. With two clean sheets over the past six Premier League games, and an excellent defensive line, Cech should be looking to secure his third clean sheet against Burnley.

Defenders

As it sometimes goes with daily fantasy, a lot of the season’s stud defenders happen to be playing matches on one day of Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7 (in this case Sunday). This leaves you with some interesting calls to make for Saturday.


Saturday

Patrick van Aanholt has been caught up in controversy this past week or so, but he's still got one of the best defensive fantasy averages this season.

Patrick van Aanholt has been caught up in controversy this past week or so, but he’s still got one of the best defensive fantasy averages this season.

  • Patrick van Aanholt, Sunderland ($5,900 DK, £8.7m FD, £8.4m MG, £7.3m PO). van Aanholt should be a strong consideration for your Saturday lineups. Especially because most of the defending heavyweights are appearing on Sunday. It’s true that he has been caught up in controversy this past week or so with medical issues and shisha smoking pictures. However, he’s still got one of the best defensive fantasy averages this season.
  • Jose Holebas, Watford ($4,600 DK, £6.6m FD, £6.7m MG, £6.2m PO). Holebas’s Week 4 goal was spectacular, but there’s a lot more to the Watford left-back defender than this. Holebas is particularly strong at tackling and aerial duels, making him an asset to Watford’s defensive line. With an 8.5 fantasy average on DraftKings, the Greek fullback is a great pick.
  • Marcos Alonso, Chelsea ($4,000 DK, £5.8m FD, £7.4m MG, £6.7m PO). Making his season debut in a tough match against Arsenal, Alonso did hold his own and looks to have potential in future Chelsea matches. A cheaper option than Azpilicueta ($4,700 DK, £8.7m FD, £8.1m MG, £8.1m PO), Alonso looks to be an ideal value pick for your cash game and tournament lineups.

Sunday

Héctor Bellerín

We’re hoping to see more fantasy-friendly offensive tactics from defender Héctor Bellerín, as part of Arsenal’s solid back line.

  • Héctor Bellerín, Arsenal (£7.7m FD, £9.5m MG, £8.6m PO). Bellerín is the creative, attacking defender you’ll want on your side for cash games this season. In Arsenal’s Week 6 win against Chelsea, Bellerín made his first assist, helping Theo Walcott net the team’s second goal of the match. Up against Burnley this week, we’re hoping to see more offensive tactics from this versatile player in Arsenal’s solid back line.
  • Daley Blind, Manchester United (£7.9m FD, £8.6m MG, £7.7m PO). Blind put in a great performance against Leicester last week, making two assists in his team’s 4-1 victory. His excellent defensive skills really showed, and in Manchester United’s upcoming fixture against Stoke we’re aiming to see his offensive talents come to the fore.
  • Antonio Valencia, Manchester United (£7.2m FD, £8.3m MG, £7.1m PO). We couldn’t resist another pick from this team, given Manchester United’s favourable match-up with Stoke City. Valencia has been a strong, consistent starter this season, showing plenty of skill in dribbling, tackling and making key passes. He has been in the news recently for a controversial sex scandal. This may give you pause, but this didn’t appear to affect his performance last week.
  • Christian Fuchs, Leicester City (£10.1m FD, £8.1m MG, £7.3m PO). Despite Leicester’s success last season fast becoming a distant memory, Fuchs has had excellent fantasy scores over the past few weeks. This strong all-rounder had a tough time against Manchester United, admittedly, but is better matched against Southampton this week. We’re hoping to see the Fuchs who made an assist and helped shutout Burnley in Week 5.

Players to Avoid

  • Tom Heaton, Burnley (£7.5m FD, £10m MG, £6.1m PO). Heaton has been a real star in goal this season, topping the goals saved and clean sheets leader boards. However, he will be up against a tough match with Arsenal’s excellent attacking players. This week, we just don’t reckon Heaton is quite worth his high fantasy salary on Mondogoal, in comparison to other keepers.
  • Gaël Clichy, Manchester City (£8.1m FD, £10m MG, £7.3m PO). Clichy has been putting in some great performances, but only when he’s starting. The Citizens defender doesn’t look to be in the Starting XI against Tottenham this week, with John Stones back off the bench. For a substitute player Clichy is too expensive.

This has been our defensive roundup for Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 7. Now go forth and make your best lineups! Also check on the Week 7 Attacking Guide for even more pointers on this week’s players.

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