Scout Picks

Scout Picks – Gameweek 16

With the deadline for Gameweek 16’s midweek set of fixtures just a few hours away, we take some time this afternoon to reveal the players who have won selection in our Scout Picks.

The continued quest for value between the sticks has brought us to Darren Randolph (4.4) for the first time.

The 0.6% owned Irishman has delivered save points in three of four appearances since wrestling the number one jersey from Adrian, but it is West Ham’s clean sheet potential that persuades us to take a punt this week.

Randolph hosts a Burnley side that has managed to score just once away from Turf Moor and has mustered fewer goal attempts than any other team on their travels.

We’ve also opted for value in selecting West Brom’s Jonny Evans (4.5), when Swansea City drop by the Hawthorns.

The 7.4% owned Baggies defender has a goal and clean sheet across his last two fixtures, while Swansea’s attack has stuttered away from the Liberty Stadium, scoring just six goals in seven road trips. Evans gets the nod over team-mates Gareth McAuley (£4.9m) and Chris Brunt (£4.9m) in order to keep us within the 84 million budget.

The money saved by opting for this bargain basement duo has enabled us to splash our cash on two heavyweight defenders, offering the prospect of returns at both ends of the pitch.

Despite missing six matches through injury, Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld (6.3) has registered 10 goal attempts and hosts a Hull City outfit that has conceded 32 times, more than any other Premier League side.

Clean sheets prospects are also high for the 10% owned Belgian, with Mike Phelan’s troops only mustering five goals across their seven away outings.

There’s no shifting Marcos Alonso (6.3) from our weekly Picks on current form, particularly while Chelsea’s schedule continues to shine.

The 7.8% owned Spaniard has only failed to deliver a clean sheet or attacking returns in a single match since making the left-wing back role his own in Gameweek 7. He travels to a Sunderland side that has conceded 14 goals at the Stadium of Light.

In midfield, a couple of value players are drafted in to ensure we can maximise the number of premium attacking picks in our budget.

Wilfried Zaha (5.6)’s form alone warrants selection.

The Crystal Palace winger has delivered attacking points in six of the last seven Gameweeks, including a sensational 16-point return via a goal and two assists away to Hull City last weekend.

Zaha has been drafted in by more than 91,000 FPL managers since that Tigers encounter.

While Manchester United’s visit to Selhurst Park may not appear profitable on paper, we feel that a blooming Zaha will be keen to punish his former club who will also be forced to shuffle their defence in the absence of the suspended Antonio Valencia.

West Brom’s Matt Phillips (5.4) has also made a mockery of his lowly price tag.

In the last five Gameweeks, the 7.4% owned Scotsman has scored three goals and recorded the same number of assists.

Gameweek 16 visitors Swansea offer him an extremely enticing fixture, with Bob Bradley’s troops conceding 15 goals on their travels, securing just a single shut-out.

With this pair in place, we can afford away specialist Alexis Sanchez (11.7) for Arsenal’s visit to Everton.

No other midfielder has scored more goals, had more shots on target or created more chances on their travels than the 35% owned Chilean. A 23-point FPL return in the Gunners’ last away tie, against West Ham, offered a timely reminder of his explosive potential on the road.

We have tripled up on Spurs assets and handed a place to Christian Eriksen (8.4) ahead of Hull’s visit.

The 8.8% owned Dane provided three goals and an assist in two appearances prior to last Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United. Central to Spurs’ dead-ball scenarios, he looks likely to be a pivotal figure in Wednesday’s contest.

West Ham United’s 9.6% own set-piece specialist, Dimitri Payet (9.1), has been quietly racking up attacking returns across a testing run of fixtures.

He has scored or assisted in all of his last three league outings, against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The schedule is about to smile on West Ham and Payet, with Wednesday’s London Stadium meeting against Burnley certainly tempting investment. The Clarets have conceded 15 goals and kept just one clean sheet on their travels.

Our trio of Spurs options is completed by Harry Kane (11.3), who tops our Gameweek 16 Captain Poll for good reason.

Not only does the 19.4% owned striker face that obliging Hull City backline, he also boasts exceptional recent home form, scoring a brace in his last two White Hart Lane run outs.

Thanks to those savings in midfield and defence, we have money left over to offer our final Scout Picks place to Diego Costa (10.9), who is FPL’s most popular player and leads the Golden Boot race with 12 goals.

That aforementioned fragile Sunderland defence looks to be no match for a player that has only failed to bring in attacking returns in two of his 15 Gameweek starts thus far.

At a cost of 4.5, Stoke’s Erik Pieters is another strong value pick this Gameweek.

The 4.9% owned full-back has earned a place on our bench after helping the Potters earn two clean sheets in the last three Gameweeks.

He hosts a Southampton side at the bet365 Stadium that has only managed to score six goals on their travels all season and who are without injured striker Charlie Austin.

Yaya Toure (7.5) marked his return to the Manchester City first team in style in Gameweek 12 with a brace against Crystal Palace.

Limited to a substitute appearance in his side’s 4-2 away defeat to Leicester City at the weekend, he looks set to start at home to Watford tomorrow night. With Sergio Aguero absent through suspension, the 1.4% owned Ivorian may also be on spot-kick duties.

Swansea City’s porous backline has prompted us to offer a bench place to our third West Brom pick, Salomon Rondon (6.5).

With 10 goal attempts and just one successful strike over the last four matches, my goals imminent table suggests the striker is due to reward his 5.2% FPL ownership.

The Community Champion

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season. The current champion to beat is Boris Bodega, who achieved a 33 point margin of victory over us in Gameweek 15.

This week’s champion is Bash Villa, who has an overall rank of 4,258 and is now in his sixth season. He has selected a 3-4-3 line up of: Grant; McAuley, Brunt, Ogbonna: Payet, Alli, Eriksen, De Bruyne; Costa, Kane, Rondon.

Jonty Community manager, Scoutcaster and writer. Tweets stats and stuff via @FFScout_Jonty” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. Eoin
      7 months, 9 days ago

      In a bit of trouble I reckon. 2.6 in the bank, one free transfer, what should I do?

      Foster - Heaton

      Friend - Fuchs - Holebas - Stones - Cedric

      Firmino - Redmond - Sigurdsson - Capoue - Walcott

      Costa - Kane - Benteke

      All help would be much appreciated - I need it 🙂

      1. dhamphiir
          7 months, 9 days ago

          Stone to Alonso

        • VizziJ
            7 months, 9 days ago

            Sell Redmond and buy Ali or Eriksen.

            1. Simon Says...
                7 months, 9 days ago


            2. Eric Banternaaa
                7 months, 9 days ago

                Stones to Chelsea defender. City defence in shambles.

              • Carlton P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                7 months, 9 days ago

                Fuchs + Redmond > vertongen + Alli
                Toby/Alonso + son
                Your going to have to take at least one -4 at some point anyway

            3. Gunner Boy
                7 months, 9 days ago

                Which is better?

                A- Son + Hazard (Have Costa and Kane)

                B- Eriksen + Payet

                1. Connor's Calling
                    7 months, 9 days ago

                    probably b at the moment

                  • Eric Banternaaa
                      7 months, 9 days ago


                    • HesaCat
                        7 months, 9 days ago

                        Exactly. B for the next two GW.

                      • Simon Says...
                          7 months, 9 days ago

                          B. Definitely.

                        • MR SUNSHINE
                            7 months, 9 days ago

                            Can you see yourself captaining Hazard in any upcoming matches? If not, B

                        • Eric Banternaaa
                            7 months, 9 days ago

                            Any Suggestions appreciated? 2.1ITB 1 FT

                            Evans Pieters Azpi
                            Lallana Sanchez Wally Allen
                            Lukaku Defoe Kane

                            Pickford Fletcher Francis Holebas

                            What think to Lukaku > Costa, Pieters > Walker or Allen > Son?

                            1. HesaCat
                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                Pieters > Walker seems good.

                                1. Sahil Yadav
                                    7 months, 9 days ago

                                    There's no sense in investing money in defence. One premium defender is enough.

                                2. Sahil Yadav
                                    7 months, 9 days ago

                                    No doubt.. costa!

                                3. Mkhiky Mouse
                                    7 months, 9 days ago

                                    Need some suggestions please ladies!

                                    This is me currently:

                                    Want to get firmino out. Need suggestions please. Lallana in gives me enough to upgrade smith to another Chelsea defender or bellerin. Or eriksen and just upgrade love to further strengthen my bench. Anything I haven't thought of here??

                                    Cheers for any help

                                    1. crikeybruce
                                        7 months, 9 days ago

                                        I'm in the same boat and I'm considering Antonio. Then upgrade defence

                                        1. Mkhiky Mouse
                                            7 months, 9 days ago

                                            I have thought about it but don't trust West Ham. Had Antonio at start of season before his drought. Hmmmm

                                        2. Sahil Yadav
                                            7 months, 9 days ago

                                            Go for walcott maybe?

                                            1. Mkhiky Mouse
                                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                                Got Walcott out for Sanchez 2 weeks ago so would be a back track to bring him back In. Or is that stubborn? Lol

                                            2. the snazzy viking
                                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                                get antonio, then also get alderweireld

                                            3. Connor's Calling
                                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                                Right, decision time.

                                                Gundogan -> Zaha
                                                Stones -> Alsonso

                                                Gundogan -> Son
                                                (Free. Play Stones + can't afford Alonso next week)

                                                1. HearMeRoar
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                  Why not Gundogan --> Zaha this week and Stones --> Alonso next?

                                                  1. Connor's Calling
                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                      Yup- that's also a possibility...!

                                                2. Sharpe Shuffle
                                                    7 months, 9 days ago

                                                    Love watching John Stones play for City

                                                    1. Swan - Villa Pride
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                      So do there opponents

                                                      1. Sharpe Shuffle
                                                          7 months, 9 days ago

                                                          The Barnsley Baresi

                                                    2. popcoin
                                                        7 months, 9 days ago

                                                        Anichebe -> Zaha for -4 hit?

                                                        (In effect, because change in formation)

                                                      • Belinda Carlisle
                                                          7 months, 9 days ago

                                                          Pieters Alonso Lovren
                                                          Eriksen Firmino Sanchez Capou Antonio
                                                          Kane(c) Costa

                                                          (Pickford, Amat, Holbas, Austin)

                                                          7.6 ITB, 0 FTs

                                                          Thoughts on removing Austin? (Can't afford Defoe or Tekkers, so maybe Nacho, Origi, Lorrente, Rondon?)

                                                        • Chicken-Mandy
                                                            7 months, 9 days ago

                                                            anyone know if guardiola suggested iheanacho would start tomorrow?

                                                          • We ain't got no histor…
                                                              7 months, 9 days ago

                                                              Help here

                                                              Captain choice:
                                                              A) Hazard
                                                              B) Costa
                                                              C) Kane
                                                              D) Ibra
                                                              E) Payet

                                                              thanks already

                                                              1. crikeybruce
                                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                  Has to be C!

                                                                • Swan - Villa Pride
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                  C for me, thought many on here will yell at you for doing that 🙂

                                                              2. ChadW98
                                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                  A, B or C

                                                                  A) Williams + Maloney-> Jones + Antonio

                                                                  B) Williams+ Shaqiri-> Jones + Eriksen

                                                                  C) Williams + Shaqiri-> Alonso + Antonio

                                                                  Thanks mates!

                                                                  1. crikeybruce
                                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                      C looks lovely

                                                                    • MR SUNSHINE
                                                                        7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                        B and C both look good.

                                                                    • Swan - Villa Pride
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                      If I sell Walcott to Payet (-4), I'd want him back for GW18 or 19 for Erikssen. TOday, he'd only cost 0.1 more than my SV for him. I can afford up to 0.3 more to buy back and with only 4 days between two deadlines, it's highly unlikely he rises that much.

                                                                      Really feel like Payet will repay the hit and then some over the next 2-3, and Walcott may well rest or be limited in minutes in one of the next two.

                                                                      1. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                          7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                          Keep Wally imo. Didn't you bring in Eriksen already? Too much chopping and changing during this riskful fixture congestion

                                                                      2. Ibracadabra9
                                                                          7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                          Firmino > Eriksen for free?

                                                                          Current team:

                                                                          Van Dijk - Nyom - Alonso
                                                                          Firm - Haz - Sanchez - Siggy
                                                                          Costa - Kane (c) - Nacho

                                                                          Jaku - Holebas - Amat - Hojberg

                                                                        • Live Lad
                                                                            7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                            (a)Firmino + Snoddy to Lallana + Antonio?

                                                                            (b) do Firmino to Lallana and Keep Snoddy and upgrade my woeful DF with 1.5
                                                                            Vertonghen, PVA, Stones, Amat, Holy bus

                                                                            (C) keep Firmino till Cout is back

                                                                            1. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                C of those

                                                                            2. nadman89
                                                                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                Francis - pieters - Evans
                                                                                Sanchez - Antonio - hazard - siggy
                                                                                Costa - Defoe - Kane (c) . G2g?

                                                                              • Cheers Geoff
                                                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                  Is Jones nailed on?

                                                                                  1. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                      7 months, 9 days ago


                                                                                  2. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                      Is Phil Jones worth a hit instead of bringing in Friend/Aké for free?

                                                                                      1. Carlton P
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                        No, friend is a great pick and potential season keeper
                                                                                        Jones could be gold but risky (Evans > Jones) for me next week tho

                                                                                        1. Licious Lizard
                                                                                            7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                            Selling Evans? Fixtures clear up from GW 20, bar gw 20.

                                                                                      2. MR SUNSHINE
                                                                                          7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                          Hi guys

                                                                                          Could I please ask for your opinions:

                                                                                          Firm -> Eriksen before deadline or wait to do 2 FT

                                                                                          Firm -> Payet
                                                                                          Walker -> Valencia

                                                                                          Appreciate your help and time

                                                                                        • nobwak
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                          Stones to Alonso worth a hit, or do it after the deadline for free?

                                                                                          1. The Enlightener
                                                                                              7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                              I say hold onto him and start him. I foresee a cleanie and a goal. Fat 15-pointer! (don't wake me up, I'm dreaming)

                                                                                              1. nobwak
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                If I hold on to him, i have to start him really.

                                                                                                Crazy as it may sound, I can actually see a cleanie in way, City need a positive reaction after the weekend's loss.
                                                                                                However, I can also see him getting dropped.

                                                                                          2. Cheers Geoff
                                                                                              7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                              Grant (Foster)

                                                                                              Jones Cedric Alonso Lovren (McAuley)

                                                                                              Firmino Siggy Sanchez (Allen Gundogan)

                                                                                              Lukaku Origi Costa(c)

                                                                                              Any suggestions? I need help.

                                                                                              1. Mattylfc1114
                                                                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                  I would swap McAuley for Lovren, he's doubtful.

                                                                                              2. Piyush CR7
                                                                                                  7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                  Will Jones play only for this gameweek or will he continue to start in the next gameweeks ?

                                                                                                • New Start
                                                                                                    7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                    Pls pick one to play:
                                                                                                    1. Holebas
                                                                                                    2. Anichebe
                                                                                                    3. Amat
                                                                                                    4. Capoue

                                                                                                    Atm i have capoue, city are pretty leaky so feel that he is most likely to get points

                                                                                                  • Mattylfc1114
                                                                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                      I'm thinking of taking Pedro out for Siggy for -4. I've got a feeling Willian will start. Any suggestions? Cheers

                                                                                                    • JohnnyWark
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                      I'm still yet to play my wildcard, I've got a total of 772 points.
                                                                                                      When's the best time to use it before new year?

                                                                                                      Should I use it to manipulate Aguero back in, play the price changes, or save it to get a fresh team if the Christmas period racks up injuries?


                                                                                                    • Srby87
                                                                                                        7 months, 9 days ago

                                                                                                        Which defence is best for me?
                                                                                                        Amat - Dann - McAuley - Morgan - Stones