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Back-enders on a holy week.  On a short kinda-double holy week to boot.  As always, it’s all about the cleans.  No matter what else happens, that is what augments the scoring for you.  So a brief but thorough look at this week’s fixtures leads me to believe that the best bets for a clean sheet result are: West Ham @ Villa, Sunderland @ Man City, and Norwich @ Spurs.  These three, especially with special emphasis on several other matches that pit struggling offenses and poor defenses.  Add that with the usual smattering of stout keepers and defenseman, it should litter the ranks with tons of ideas and transfer tidbits for you to munch on in the Christmas/Boxing day aftermath.  So here’s the rankings for the keepers and defence for the first game of the quick turn around before week 19.

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Keepers:

  1. Hugo Lloris, Spurs £5.1 (vs. Norwich)
  2. Jack Butland, Stoke £5.0 (vs. Man United)
  3. Peter Cech, Arsenal £5.7 (@Southampton)
  4. Adrian, West Ham £5.0 (@Aston Villa)
  5. Boaz Myhill, West Brom £4.8 (@Swansea)
  6. Joe Hart, Man City £5.6 (vs. Sunderland)
  7. Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace £4.1 (@Bournemouth)
  8. David De Gea, Man United £5.7 (@Stoke)
  9. Heurelho Gomes, Watford £4.7 (@Chelsea)
  10. Tim Howard, Everton £5.1 (@Newcastle)
  11. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea £5.2 (vs. Watford)
  • Hugo to me is the guy this week if you want to chase the goods.  Only 13 conceeded goals on the campaign and they face a Norwich side that hasn’t scored more than 1 goal in its last 5 home fixtures.
  • West Ham haven’t shipped a goal in three straight and all have been an offensive famine at 0-0.  makes fantasy owners feel suicidal
  • I wish Tim Howard were more useful for fantasy, truth of the matter he just isn’t.  Makes me proud to be an American where at least my goalies are free.
  • Wayne Hennessey is basically the best of both worlds, he is scoring well enough to be a set it and forget it option at Palace and he is cheap enough to implore a match-up based system.

 

Defence:

  1. Toby Alderweireld, Spurs £5.9 (vs. Norwich)
  2. Chris Smalling, Man United £6.8 (@Stoke)
  3. Scott Dann, Crystal Palace £5.5 (@Bournemouth)
  4. Eric Dier, Spurs £5.2 (vs. Norwich)
  5. Aleksandar Kolarov, Man City £6.5 (vs. Sunderland)
  6. Aaron Cresswell, West Ham £5.5 (@ Aston Villa)
  7. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal £5.9 (@Southampton)
  8. Kyle Walker, Spurs £5.1 (vs. Norwich)
  9. Craig Dawson, West Brom £5.1 (@Swansea)
  10. Bacary Sagna, Man City £5.5 (vs. Sunderland)
  11. Glen Johnson, Stoke £5.1 (vs. Man United)
  12. Joel Ward, Crystal Palace £4.4 (@Bournemouth)
  13. Nacho Monreal, Arsenal £6.0 (@ Southampton)
  14. Erik Pieters, Stoke £5.0 (vs. Man United)
  15. Leighton Baines, Everton £6.1 (@Newcastle)
  16. Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea £6.5 (vs. Watford)
  17. Allan Nyom, Watford £4.7 (@Chelsea)
  18. Jan Vertonghen, Spurs £5.5 (vs. Norwich)
  19. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal £6.0 (@Southampton)
  20. Philipp Wollscheid, Stoke £4.5 (vs. Man United)
  • You should all own a Palace defender for their upcoming few fixtures.  Already own one then grab another safety in pairs, strength in numbers type buddy system stuff.
  • Smalling may be the only ownable United player at the moment making them a fantasy whole in the earth much like Chelsea.
  • I wanna own a Stoke defender but I can only own 5….stupid rules.
  • For all the geniuses praising and transferring in Nathan Ake, you are all idiots and you should read more.
  • Spurs at the back are all the rage and if you are going to ever triple up on 3 players from a team start there.