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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. Mauricios Cappuccino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Play Montoya (Wolves at home)
    or Mount (Everton away)

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mount

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    With Tammy looking like starting would you take -4 for Lacazette to Tammy?

    1. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah

    2. mojoindojo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No

    3. Emp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Lol

  3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 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.

    Pope
    TAA Lundstram Robbo
    Kdb Mane Alli Pulisic
    Jimenez Vardy Abra
    Button Soy Rico Dendo (1ft)

    1. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Too late no time to answer sorry

      1. Soto Ayam
          2 months, 14 days ago

          If you kept robbo, might as well keep him for Watford next week

    2. rdpx
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      BENCH

      Soy
      Kelly
      Tielemans

      1. rdpx
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        BENCH one?

      2. luk46
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Soy

        1. rdpx
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Thanks man it's appreciated
          Confirms what I was leaning to

      3. Sap
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Kelly

      4. mojoindojo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Kelly

    3. STRANGER INGS
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      final decision...
      captain son or kdb

      1. Drop the Dendoncker
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Son. Any ing else?

        1. STRANGER INGS
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Noth Ing, thanks 😉

      2. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        KDB

      3. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Kdb. Trust City more than Spurs

    4. KAPTAIN KUN
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mount starts, Tomori benched apparently

    5. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Had so many questions about Sadio Mane.... The in-form Liverpool attacker has only been benched twice in the league since the beginning of 2018/19 [and only 7 times since arriving at Anfield]. Therefore, I'm saying a start at The Vitality.

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        benching incoming

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        He's been wrong a lot of times, I'm just saying.

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          don't be so hard, he's only been wrong a few hundred times

        2. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Don't know. Just sharing.

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think he starts too. Klopp has the players in peak fitness so they can handle 3 starts in a week.

        1. Rojo's Modern Life
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Source?

    6. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Quick one guys start Kelly or soyboy?

      1. Kung Fu Football
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        soy

      2. KAPTAIN KUN
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Soy

        1. liverpool01
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Thanks guys

      3. Squires FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Soy

      4. FPL Motty
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Gone for kelly..

        1. liverpool01
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Good luck

    7. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Bench 1:

      A) Soy
      B) Willems

      1. Ace Ventura
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Soy

        1. Squires FC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          This

    8. aborg
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Captain Son or Vardy?

      1. Squires FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Vardy less risky for rotation

        1. aborg
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Put Vardy vice captain then?

      2. lifes a pitch
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Son

      3. FPL Motty
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Last min change to son!

        1. aborg
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Lol exactly like me....with 2 mins to go

          1. FPL Motty
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I had it on him.most of the week.. herd scared me back into vardy but then i thought to myself.. its risky as everyone will cap vardy but im in need of some climbing.. need to take some risks. Vardy probs scores but seems to not get bonus with the single goals, so.maybe not a huge score, whereas ceiling for son is high, if he gets a goal hes easily near double figures, so fingers crossed!

            1. aborg
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Yes I was in your same position with Vardy (c) and Son (vc) for same reason that everyone will captain him because he is safer.
              I am behind in my ML and it’s of no use playing that safe anymore..it just leaves me in the same position I am.
              As you say Son has a higher ceiling and it may reward us well. If Vardy scores we would have lost 4 points to the rest. Worth the shot I guess !!

      4. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I went Son. But have doubts...

        1. aborg
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Why? Who was it between for you?

    9. Squires FC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Am i right in thinking Salah has a great record vs bournemouth?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        He does have a pretty decent record.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        yes

      3. luk46
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ye, either Mo or Alli captain for me

      4. Drop the Dendoncker
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cap

      5. Kung Fu Football
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        yes

      6. Squires FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers c locked in

      7. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I got burnt last season when selling him before his hattie at Bournemouth

      8. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Scored 1, 2, 3, 1 in last 4 games v Bournemouth

        1. Squires FC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Tasty

    10. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Start 1
      Soy kely ings

      1. Squires FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ings

      2. Kung Fu Football
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ings

    11. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      "No room for the heart when playing FPL"

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        the game is about heart and love. if you can't love the game then no point playing. It becomes a chore and too serious. Personally that's when it becomes less fun

    12. Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Just took a - 8 to get a mid of Salah Mane Son Ali hope they all play haha

    13. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Santa Starts

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        LOL

      2. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I might wait until the 24th to bring him, too early for me now.

      3. Sloths
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        HOHOHO!

    14. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Salah C, too risky?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think so. We don't know if he's going to come back explosively.

      2. Squires FC
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        My cap. Bournemouth missing cook & smith

    15. SoShy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hendo
      TAA Chilwell Kelly
      Son (c) Kdb Mount Madd
      Pukki Jimi Rash

      Button Martial Lund Rico

      Gtg?

    16. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Kept Mane.

      Sold Aubameyang and Perez for Mousset and KdB(c).

      Feels good with Man City vs Arsenal next week.

      1. KAPTAIN KUN
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Never sell Mane!

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          thankfully, I didn't 😀

    17. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Vardy son for capt

      1. iL PiStOlErO
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Vardy doesnt have son

      2. luk46
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Quick one: captain Salah or Alli?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Alli

        2. Dont give a fuchs
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Alli captain for differential

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Differential squared.

            1. Dont give a fuchs
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I have some support now

            2. Dont give a fuchs
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              You did not captain alli?

          2. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Jesus is better diff 😉

            1. Dont give a fuchs
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Not this weekend 😉

        3. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Tomori benched. Don't start him if you own.

        4. LǝgleSs e|even
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Going against the tide, lets go Captain Son!
          Vardy gets the consolation VC

          1. Nightf0x
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Same

          2. Oggle22
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Gone Vardy was out of him or slaha bottled it

        5. KAPTAIN KUN
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          PANTS DOWN the weekend is here!

          1. Life is a Fantasy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Who says they were ever up?

            1. iL PiStOlErO
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Quality weekend time.

              • KAPTAIN KUN
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Fantastic response

            2. iL PiStOlErO
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Finally! One day was too much, hehe.

            3. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Good luck everyone 🙂

              1. KAPTAIN KUN
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                You too Joker

            4. FirMinaMiMo
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Gud luck to all lads! Cheers 🙂

              • thom830g
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                What to do here? 2 FT

                Ryan
                Tomori - VVD - Lundy - Soy
                Sterl - Salah - Tielemans - Mount
                Kane - Abraham

                (4m - Greenwood, Rico, Dendoncker)

                A) Kane + Tomori -> Vardy + Alderweireld
                B) Kane -> Vardy (save 1 FT)
                C) Tomori -> Christensen
                D) Other?

              • Tamagotchi Massacre
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Joe thinks he needs to convince us why getting of Kane is a good idea!

              • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                ⚽ Team News 📰
                EVE: Pickford, Digne, Sidibé, Holgate, Keane, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
                Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Davies, Kean, Tosun, Bernard, Oumar Niasse

                CHE: Kepa, Azpilicueta, James, Christensen, Zouma, Mount, Kovacic, Pulisic, Kanté, Willian, Abraham
                Subs: Caballero, Tomori, Emerson, Barkley, Jorginho, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi

                1. Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Thank you sir.

                2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  James again

                3. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Niasse lol

                4. iL PiStOlErO
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    So Tomori lost that place. Mount will play many games in next few gw, nice to see Tammy fit and Pulke playing.

                5. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Late switch Kelly over Soy
                  Kay Dee Bee armband

                  Good luck all

                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Good decision. Gl.