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. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 17 days ago

    Whats the news on Can? You reckon he'll play?

    1. Tokyo Rising Sun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Not against Boro

  2. tokara
      7 months, 17 days ago

      Is defoe fit??????

    • Tokyo Rising Sun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 17 days ago

      How's this?

      Heaton - Pickford
      Alonso - Brunt - Evans - Pieters - Amat
      Sanchez - Hazard - Mane - Eriksen - Phillips
      Costa - Kane - Anichebe

      Looking to ship Evans for Jones soon.

      1. xtremesid
          7 months, 17 days ago

          Looks good

      2. steezp
          7 months, 17 days ago

          Need to get Payet in for Øzil or Hazard for a -4p hit. Good deal or no ?

          1. Swan - Villa Pride
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 months, 17 days ago

            Maybe Ozil

          2. Klopp's Men
              7 months, 17 days ago

              Keep hazard
              Can do ozil to Payet

            • xtremesid
                7 months, 17 days ago

                Not for a hit imo

              • Cruz88
                  7 months, 17 days ago

                  Why would Payet do better than either Ozil or Hazard?

                  1. steezp
                      7 months, 17 days ago

                      Payet got two home games VS easy opponents and a away Swans game. Hazard may be rotated this midweek game, if not he will be substituted. And Ozil have difficult games away coming up, idk. Wont touch Haz, but its a value -4p hit getting rid og Ozil for Pay, agree/no ?

                      1. Klopp's Men
                          7 months, 17 days ago

                          Payet has better fixtures, is a central figure in hammers team.. So less rotation... Is on penalties, set pieces ... Considering all that if you want to keep him till Christmas.. I think it's worth -4 for ozil

                          1. dark91
                              7 months, 17 days ago

                              Is he on pens ?!!

                            • La Roja
                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                Penos? lol

                                1. Klopp's Men
                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                    My bad about penalties

                        • Somalion
                            7 months, 17 days ago

                            Dembele out confirms relegation for Spurs, right?

                            1. Sims
                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                No be coz they already have too many points and dembeke isnt out for season

                                1. Sims
                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                    Although it's mind boggling that people captain kane

                                    1. Blunderland
                                        7 months, 17 days ago

                                        You are talking a load of rubbish.

                                        Kane= best striker in the league
                                        vs
                                        Hull= the worst team in the league

                                        The only mind boggling thing here is that you continue to try and deter people from captaining Kane.

                                        1. il Brutto
                                            7 months, 17 days ago

                                            Kane is nowhere near the best striker in the league. Still a good captaincy option though.

                                            1. Blunderland
                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                When on form he is. There is a reason he has scored the most goals in the premier league in the last 2 seasons.

                                                1. il Brutto
                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                    He really isn't.

                                        2. Belalugozi78 - Philadelphia
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                          Easily..in fact they're down now.

                                      • DRACARYS
                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                          hi all,
                                          Morgan or Holebas?

                                          1. BobBradleysOpportunity
                                              7 months, 17 days ago

                                              both likely to score 0-1 points, but holebas more likely to go big occasionally, id say just holebas

                                              1. BobBradleysOpportunity
                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                  both likely to score 0-2 points*

                                              2. Deulofail
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                A

                                                1. Deulofail
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                  No... B!

                                            • wulfranian
                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                We will have "what the fans are saying" from Seaman?

                                              • JJJ
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                Bench Allen or Cedric?

                                                1. Swan - Villa Pride
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                  Cedric

                                              • RubeRx
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                Should I make Ake(LEI) or Anichebe (CHE) first sub to come in for Can?

                                              • greghammer95
                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                  Antonio captain anyone? Over Kane, Eriksen, Costa & Sanchez.

                                                  1. Team Cruel
                                                      7 months, 17 days ago

                                                      If red is your favourite colour then go for it.

                                                      1. greghammer95
                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                          My OR is just over 1 million surely I'd be alright just owning that bunch.

                                                    • BobBradleysOpportunity
                                                        7 months, 17 days ago

                                                        Play one of
                                                        Holebas
                                                        Capoue
                                                        Okaka
                                                        all vs Man city

                                                        also, who would you first sub?

                                                      • tokara
                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                          Is defoe fit?

                                                          1. Whazza
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            7 months, 17 days ago

                                                            Who knows.. Two attackers called up to first team for Chelsea so him or Anichebe could be doubtful

                                                        • xtremesid
                                                            7 months, 17 days ago

                                                            GTG ? Any hit worth taking ?
                                                            Heaton
                                                            Alonso-Evans-Cedric
                                                            Eriksen-Allen-Sanchez-Matic-Siggy
                                                            Costa-Kane(C)

                                                            Jaku-Smith-Amat-Anichebe
                                                            FT 0
                                                            ITB 3.5

                                                          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            7 months, 17 days ago

                                                            Sunderland fans are saying that Honeyman, Maja and Asoro being called in for tomorrow's match due to injuries.

                                                            1. Esraj
                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                ha ha ha.

                                                              • James H
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                Yeah, Anichebe did pick up a knock in the first-half on Saturday. Played through it, but might be an issue.

                                                              • Belalugozi78 - Philadelphia
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                So... Costa captain?

                                                            2. Esraj
                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                Kane has already had consecutive braces at home. Three in a row is highly unlikely.

                                                                1. Swan - Villa Pride
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                  Agreed, he'll have a hattrick

                                                                  1. Belalugozi78 - Philadelphia
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                    this!

                                                              • red devil 7
                                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                  With Kane leaving for AFCON in jan is it worth bringing in for Giroud?

                                                                  1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                    LOL!

                                                                  2. Team Cruel
                                                                      7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                      Giroud is from Morocco. He will also be going

                                                                      1. La Roja
                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                          Tunisian I thought

                                                                      2. CloudSky
                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                          Only if Arsenal buy Dembele.

                                                                        • Swan - Villa Pride
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                          LOL

                                                                      3. LVG
                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                          Help please gents
                                                                          Costa or Sanchez captain?

                                                                          1. Swan - Villa Pride
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                            Costa

                                                                        • Sif
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                          Capoue or Holebas 1st sub?
                                                                          Jammy goal v set piece assist.

                                                                          1. Sims
                                                                              7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              Just because it isn't backed up by ffs members stats and members aren't able to predict doesn't make it jammy

                                                                              And capoue first sub

                                                                            • Whazza
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              Holebas.. Minimal CS chance but stranger things have happened

                                                                          2. greghammer95
                                                                              7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              Play 1...

                                                                              A) Capoue
                                                                              B) Holebas
                                                                              C) PVA

                                                                              1. Belalugozi78 - Philadelphia
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                a.

                                                                            • Tatty Bojangles
                                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                Foster
                                                                                Walker Pieters Smith
                                                                                Sanchez Hazard Siggy Can
                                                                                Iheanacho Costa Kane

                                                                                Worth doing Can > Zaha and Smith > Alonso for a -4?

                                                                              • john25
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                Repost.

                                                                                Hey guys, need to bench one from Holebas, Amat, Diomande.

                                                                                Who should it be?

                                                                                Cheers

                                                                                1. BobBradleysOpportunity
                                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    id bench diomande

                                                                                  • Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    Diomande surely.
                                                                                    Holebas always on for an assist from a FK. Swans improving. Cannot see Hull scoring vs Spurs.

                                                                                    1. john25
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                      I don't know why but tempted to start Diomande since he will be starting and is striker.

                                                                                      Amat/Holebas are playing tough away fixtures with very little chance of cleanie.

                                                                                      Am I missing something here?

                                                                                2. JaydenLFC87
                                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    Sanchez or Kane for the Armband ??

                                                                                    1. Canadian Football
                                                                                        7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        Kane

                                                                                    2. Canadian Football
                                                                                        7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        play Capoue or Allen?

                                                                                      • S.Kuqi
                                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                          0.1 off making Pieters -> Toby/ Alonso.

                                                                                          Is it madness to sell Evans instead? Other option is Holebas but to me he looks better value because set piece duties and better short term fixtures.

                                                                                          1. Whazza
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                            Would sell Evans, would rather have Nyom (cheaper) or McAuley (goal threat) or Brunt (oop) anyway...

                                                                                            1. S.Kuqi
                                                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Excatly my thoughts 🙂 might be wrong week to sell Evans but hope Siggy does the job again

                                                                                              • Licious Lizard
                                                                                                  7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  WBA have 3 tough in next 5, but after that the fixtures get better. Nyom is off for aFCON GW 20.

                                                                                            2. Ribus
                                                                                                7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Mad to bring in Origi for Nacho on my free transfer?
                                                                                                Origi seems to be far more nailed at least for this gw. Can see Nacho coming in for the last 5min.

                                                                                                1. Canadian Football
                                                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    wait until next week and perhaps Llorente? or Rondon when Aguero returns

                                                                                                  • Big Mac 24
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    Historically I think the likelihood of Nacho scoring is exactly the same whether he starts or plays last 10.

                                                                                                2. Gunner Boy
                                                                                                    7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    Bring in Payet or Hazard?

                                                                                                    1. BobBradleysOpportunity
                                                                                                        7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                        hazard, better and no question of leaving in january

                                                                                                    2. Mane
                                                                                                        7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                        Start deeney or Chadli?

                                                                                                      • Connor's Calling
                                                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                          Anyone punting on Son for a few weeks? Just feels had to bring Zaha in given he's got MUN, CHE.

                                                                                                          Does Dembele being out help his minutes? I read something about Sissoko being in the running again annoyingly...

                                                                                                        • Big Mac 24
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                          Pick two please from these four: (My current choice in brackets)

                                                                                                          Fuchs bou
                                                                                                          Anichiebe CHE
                                                                                                          Allen SOU
                                                                                                          Morrison SWA

                                                                                                          to go with these:

                                                                                                          Grant
                                                                                                          Alonso McAuley Alderweireld (Fuchs)
                                                                                                          Alexis Hazard Eriksen (Morrison)
                                                                                                          Costa Kane (C)

                                                                                                        • Swan - Villa Pride
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          7 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                          I think Spurs should petition UEFA for an emergency transfer of Moussa Dembélé from Celtic. Can't score unless they have a Dembele on the pitch.