Gather round, dear readers – it’s our goalkeeping and defensive Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 16!
Our Fantasy Football tips may or may not come good – after all, only Mystic Megson knows what will happen in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures – but, as educated guesses go, they’re as educated as they are guessed.
Another thing we should make clear about our Fantasy Football tips is that they’re based on the official Premier League version of the game, although the principles should apply more or less across the board.
Oh, and you should also consult our midfield and striker Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 16.
Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 16 – Goalkeeper and Defence
With five clean sheets in their last seven games, and only one goal conceded from trips to Old Trafford and the Emirates, we’re looking to Everton to remain unbreached at home to struggling Fulham.
Seamus Coleman seems like an absolute must-have at £5.8m since he has the potential for points-spinning goals and assists, while Sylvain Distin‘s dependable presence makes him a snip at just £5.1m.
Alas, goal-scoring left back Bryan Oviedo is listed as a midfielder. Shame, as he’d be the bargain to end all bargains at just £4.4m.
Arsenal are another invaluable source of clean sheets, but they’re away to Manchester City this weekend so you might want to consider ‘resting’ any Gunners you may have in your back line.
We fancy City for a 1 or 2-0 win, seeing as they’re so strong at home and all – if you agree then why not avail of their more affordable players?
You can have current first-choice goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon for £5m, but Aleksandar Kolarov would be our choice – he costs just £5.3m and has a remarkable three assists from the last two games.
City kept a clean sheet in neither of those games, and yet Kolarov’s contributions saw him return with points hauls of 9 and 6. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Southampton have a number of goal-scorers in their ranks, but their trip to in-form Newcastle United – who have recently kept clean sheets against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United – could prove to be a stifling experience.
We like the look of Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy at £4.9m apiece, likewise Davide Santon at £5m and goalkeeper/Premier League player of the month Tim Krul at £5.1m.
If we were going to pick one game out as being a likely 0-0 it’d be Hull City v Stoke City – yes Stoke just put three past Chelsea, but that’s not saying as much as perhaps it should.
Hull’s players are cheaper, so we’d have a look at £4.4m goalkeeper Allan McGregor, £4.6m centre back Curtis Davies and the £4.4m Maynor Figueroa.
Happy selecting, folks!