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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 16

We go again.

The Gameweeks continue to come thick and fast in Fantasy Premier League with managers given little time to collect their thoughts. Fantasy Football Scout has been a hive of activity in the last 24 hours with writers and contributors working furiously to bring you the latest team news, stats, and opinion.

On Wednesday evening Tammy Abraham overcame a hip injury to deliver a fifth double-figure haul of the season against Aston Villa. The Chelsea forward is once again a small doubt heading into Gameweek 16 although it’s unlikely anyone is selling this time around. Neale’s team news report included the following quote from Frank Lampard:

Tammy Abraham is good, he hasn’t done much in between games. We’ll make sure of that in the morning but at the moment he’s good.

– Frank Lampard

Jurgen Klopp surprised fantasy managers by dropping two of his talismanic front three as both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah sat out the Merseyside derby. Post match quotes from the Liverpool manager did little to assuage fears of further rotation:

I have to show the respect for the boys and I’ve said a lot of times how much I like the squad and now we have to use it. We think the game will be really intense and for this you need kind of fresh legs and we try to bring them in.

– Jurgen Klopp

When quizzed by Andy on the likely Liverpool starting XI Neale nimbly evaded the question. However after his 15-point haul against Everton, Sadio Mané is included in this week’s Scout Picks. Sam, in her video review of Gameweek 15, agreed with David Wardale’s conclusion that:

Where Salah was once the undroppable driver of the Reds’ attacking juggernaut, Mane is now the man behind that particular wheel, and ignoring him is to play a very perilous game indeed.

– David Wardale

Dare Klopp rest him?

Another player to miss the midweek round of fixtures was Anthony Martial. Rotation’s Alter Ego revealed in his team news summary that the Frenchman is now fit again although unlikely to start in the Manchester derby.

With understandable concerns over rotation and injuries during this busy period, Greyhead investigated which of the Great and the Good had made the best use of their benches. The answer is Neale, who has gained an average of 5.4 points per auto-sub. A hot topic on benches followed.

Cheap defenders may come to our rescue. The talking point on this week’s Scoutcast centered around the proliferation of budget options. Joe, Andy and Az debated whether we should even be opting for four at the back. 

Although there wasn’t such good news for the poster boy of defensive value this season – John Lundstram – when Sheffield United lost at home to Newcastle on Thursday evening. Reflecting on that defeat Neale suggested that conceding an early goal changed the dynamic of the match:

Sheffield United averaged 41.1% possession and 137.9 passes in the opposition half per Premier League match before Thursday night. Against Bruce’s backs-to-the-wall Geordies, those figures shot up to 72.7% and 362 respectively. All of a sudden the boot was on the other foot and a Blades side so adept at soaking up pressure and hitting teams with dynamic, direct attacks had to find a way of patiently breaking down a five-man defence.

– Neale Rigg

Lundstram owners will be hoping for a more open game when the Blades travel to Norwich City this weekend. And Joe is fairly confident they will be in luck. On the Scoutcast he revealed that no team has conceded more chances at home than Norwich in their last four home matches (17):

Norwich at home are far worse than they are away.

– Joe

Looking for opportunities is a key component of David’s Captain Sensible article. With Vardy and Mané neck and neck in the captaincy poll – in addition to his normal stats tables – David uses the members comparison tool to assess the pair. Opponents Aston Villa and Bournemouth are also scrutinised. 

Manchester City are narrowly top of the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds brought to us by G-Whizz. And Raheem Sterling is top of this week’s RMT predictions. However Pro Pundit Zophar has already sold the 24-year-old and is busy plotting on how to spend the cash.  

In terms of captaincy, Zophar voiced concerns Mane’s playing time as his reason for sticking with Vardy:

Captaincy is likely to remain on Jamie Vardy. Sadio Mané playing 90 minutes on Wednesday has me worried he might be benched against Bournemouth keeping in mind their Champions League game on Tuesday.

– Zophar

Indeed in his Gameweek 16 forecast Pep Pig thinks that Salah will bounce back after his midweek benching. He also picks Marcus Rashford to shine in the Manchester derby. It was pointed out on the Scoutcast that Rashford has scored against top six teams he’s faced this season – Chelsea, Leicester, and Liverpool. 

Although United-fan Andy was more cautious, suggesting that it was his side’s domination of the Spurs midfield that afforded Rashford the opportunities to score twice. He doesn’t expect a similar domination against Manchester City.

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Best of luck for Gameweek 16!

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  1. Ole.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    What was the Chelsea leaking Twitter, someone posted yesterday.

    1. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      twitter.com/chelsileaks

      1. Ole.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 23 days ago

        Hmm

  2. mojoindojo
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Jimi to Rash for free. This week or next?

    1. theodosios
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Next

    2. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Next

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      This

    4. mojoindojo
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Thanks for the replies

    5. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Wait til gw 19. Jimi will come good the next couple of gws. Especially gw18.

  3. davies
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    GTG here, lads?

    Gazza
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane KDB Son Pulisic
    Vardy (c) Rashford Abraham

    Martin Cantwell Kelly Rico

    Cheers.

  4. Donblaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Which 2 to play?

    A) Djenepo (new)
    B) Connolly (WOL)
    C) Fernandez (SOU)
    D) Tomori (eve)

    1. zdrojo187
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      BC

  5. TAT
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Does this team look alright?

    Pope
    TAA - Söyüncü - Lundstram
    Mané - KDB - Son - Zaha
    Abraham - Jiménez - Vardy
    (McGovern - Kelly - Saka - Rico)

  6. theodosios
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Bench Soyuncu or Traore?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Traore

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Soy. Traore will bang in an assist and a goal.

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Xmas party last night resulted in me missing some vital price rises to do my proposed plan to bring in Aurier and Kelly.

    So I've tried to improvise and have brought in Aurier and Martin, GTG?

    Martin
    Aurier | Soyuncu | Lundstram
    Salah (VC) | Mane | KdB | Mount | Cantwell
    Kane (C) | Vardy

    Button | Rico | Greenwood | Janmaat*

    0.4ITB

    Plan next week is Janmaat to Kelly. Then week after Button to a playing 4.5 keeper (Heaton / Krul).

    Thanks

  8. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Just done KDB to Salah and made Salah (c) over Mane or Son.

    Eeek.

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Gl

    2. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I’ve got kdb captain! Be interesting this weekend for sure

    3. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Brave!

  9. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Who was the dude that leaks the Chelsea team

    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I would like to know

    2. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Carefree Youth on twitter

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I do but they're wrong most of the time :/

  10. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    I feel like Son has the higher ceiling this week, can probably get a couple, but if Burnley defend well he'll probably not get much.
    Villa have played well at home but I think Vardy can nick a goal and he's on penalties, but that's probably all he'll get.

    So do I want to captain a player that could easily get 2 points or a double-digit haul, or a player that is just about guaranteed 6 points but getting more is unlikely?

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I just posted about Kane (don’t own son or Alli) unfortunately and think spurs have highest ceiling today. Will probably be 2pts though!

  11. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Bench one:

    Soyuncu (avl)
    Lundstrum (nor)
    Dunk (WOL)

    Thanks.

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Dunk

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Soy or Dunk. I prefer benching Soy out of those.

  12. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on taking a hit to ensure you have a bench player available if rotation is rife? I only have 2 subs currently.

  13. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Should I purpose to my fiance during lunch or dinner?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Definitely dinner

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Hold

    3. theodosios
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Twist

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      During half time.

    5. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Breakfast in bed

    6. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Early captain fail can ruin your whole day

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 23 days ago

        *proposal

    7. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Can you roll til next week?

  14. andre_c
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    GTG?

    Hendo
    TAA, Aurier, Lund
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Mount
    Vardy (C), Jimmy, Tammy

    Button, Soy, Cantwell, Rico

    Bench correct?

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Gtg! Maybe Cantwell before Soy...

  15. mitro
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Play Mount or Mousset?

    1. dynamike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I've gone mousett, more nailed this week imo

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Mount.

  16. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Auba C anyone ??
    I think he play better when Arsenal Play A

    1. theodosios
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      It is a suicide to give armband to any Arsenal player

  17. Gaffa914
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on freakish as a Fourth playing mid?

    1. Gaffa914
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Grealish

      1. Queens of the South Age
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 23 days ago

        Freakish Grealish is on my radar so if it gives you a strong front 3 then go for it.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      He's on my radar.

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      JWP

  18. GuenDoozy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 months, 23 days ago

    No chance Son is rested?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      could happen yes

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah think so too

  19. Queens of the South Age
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Last week for one of these pair. Imagine this is a 2017/18 season question for captain...

    A. Kane
    B. Salah

    Likely Kane > Rashford next week to be honest.

  20. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Last thoughts..... bench first one and captain last one??? Hope everyone had a good week!!!
    A- Clark
    B- Söyüncü
    C- Lundstram

    1- Vardy
    2- Alli
    3- Son

    1. dynamike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      A & 1

    2. Krafty Werks
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      A1

    3. zdrojo187
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      A3

    4. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I’ve gone B1. But I don’t have Spurs. So would probably go B3.

  21. Krafty Werks
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Which squad scores the most?

    FPL Squad :

    Hendo
    TAA / Soyuncu / Lundstram
    Mane / KDB / Pulisic / Zaha
    Lacazette(vc) / Vardy(c) / Jimenez

    Gazza, Kelly, Dendo, Rico

    Fanteam Squad :

    Hendo
    TAA / Aurier / Lundstram
    Mane / Son / Salah(c) / Alli
    Vardy(vc) / Jesus / Abraham

    McCarthy, Soyuncu, Dendo, B.Williams

  22. luk46
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    VVD + Mount > Aurier/Kelly + Alli for a hit? Just for the next 2, gotta wc after!

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Abraham, Mount, Pulisic, Willian start, Tomori benched.

  23. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Better move this week...
    A. Robbo to Aurier (have TAA)
    B. Pope to Ryan
    C. Neither really

    A allows Jimi to Rashford soon. B long term.

  24. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Benching order and captain right?

    Henderson
    TAA, Aurier, Lundstram
    Mane, Kdb, Alli, Son
    Vardy (C), Abraham, Jimenez

    Subs: Button, Cantwell, Soyuncu, Rico

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      All good. Good stuff

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers, good luck!

  25. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Start one:
    A) Mousset away at Norwich
    B) Maddison away at Villa

    1. FPLYuval
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      B

    2. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      a

    3. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      B

  26. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Did Jorginho to Dendonk to free up some cash... fascinating.

  27. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    PLAY

    A Soyuncu
    B Kelly

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      A

  28. FPLYuval
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Morning all. Which 2 should start?

    A) Chilwell
    B) Lundstram
    C) Kelly

  29. Football Heaven
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Mount, Robertson > alli, aurier -4 worth it? Thanks

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      No

  30. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Play Ayew or Cantwell?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      tough one, toss a coin