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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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Community Competitions

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For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 16 can be found below:


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Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

Best of luck for Gameweek 16!

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1,426 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    No Mina is massive for Chelsea. We're awful at set pieces.

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

    Mount + Abraham
    Yeah!

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      ^this

  3. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Have a great weekend everyone

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      You too!

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      U2 🙂

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

      You too. Good luck!

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Let’s go Puli!!! 😎

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Seconded

  5. Gunners for Lyfe
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    bottled it. changed it from Son to Vardy (c) at the last minute

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

      In another era you would have been put up against a wall and shot for cowardliness.

    2. Sloths
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Haha did the same thing! :p

  6. Saïss doesn't mat…
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    "The game is being updated...."

    good luck everyone

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

      GL

  7. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Tomori out for Kelly to fund Jimmy to Abraham.

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

      too late

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Jimmy out is gunna hurt, shouldve had a bag full last week

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

        I'd rather have Tammy.

  8. Marvin III
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Can anyone see Everton winning this?

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Yep

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      No

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

      big dunc will fire them up, depends if they respond

    4. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah

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

      I can't but doesn't mean they cant

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

      No, but Chelsea will concede....maybe a 2-1 or a 3-2 win for Chelsea

    7. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Yep, Richarlison time

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

      Big Dunc can

    9. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Unlikely, but also probably going to put up a fight with Silva out, I predict a low scoring game

    10. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Yes. But they need to defend deep. I am wary of Siggy and Schneiderlin in midfield though. Very slow and up against a 3. I hope Everton line up like this:

      Pickford
      Sidibe Holgate Keane Digne
      Walcott Siggy Schneiderlin Richarlison Iwobi
      DCL

    11. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Tammy starts. So no. Either a Chelsea win or high scoring draw.

  9. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Scary with no Tammy this GW, but have faith in the Yank, lets go Pulisic!

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

      Tell me about it. Hopefully the yank comes through for us

  10. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Mane wins the Captain poll by just 9 votes this week.

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      he won't start imo

  11. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    People were saying high chance of Pulisic getting rested, glad i ignored and got him in today 🙂

    1. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Its his day ! Lets go!

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

      Whether he gets more than 2pts is another story

  12. mad_beer ✅
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Tomori benched again. So glad I sold this week.

    1. suddenorgan
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      yeah it was time to go with Rudiger back soon as well

  13. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    any late team news ? Mane rested etc ?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      No mate, not heard anything.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 23 days ago

        bit late now, forgot about the early kickoff 🙁

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

    Go AlliSon

  15. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Have Abraham/Pulisic/Mount all playing. Everton 1-0 win incoming 😀

    1. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Double Chelsea mid? Ouch

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

        Why ouch? They are a goalscoring team.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      That would perfect

  16. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    PENS DOWN (5mins late as I’m a reckless substitute teacher)

  17. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Salah (c)

    Trust in the “Bournemouth away GW16 after a benching” effect

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Nice, I seriously considered it but I just don’t trust him enough with that dodgy ankle at the moment!

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

      I'm with you. Brought Salah in to attach bou-WAT

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

        *attack

    3. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      lol I'm with you

    4. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Would be absolutely mind blowing if it worked

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 23 days ago

        His haul today is an unavoidable programming glitch in the matrix which we inhabit

        (Hopefully)

    5. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Lol at us

    6. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Good luck. His form lately is a worry though.

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

    Did Lascelles > Kelly
    Saved a FT
    Captained Sterling :O

    2 sensible decisions. And 1 maverick

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

    Brought Salah in and made him captain, taking KDB out.

    Could be genius or insanity.

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I've done the same for a hit haha, yolo

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

      Hope it works out for you.. fellow Salah owner.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Sometimes insanity IS genius

      This could be one of those times

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

      I captained KDB, so let's see!

  20. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    When is the deadline? Have I missed something

    1. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      14 of Dec

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

      deadline

    3. ChelseaGuy
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      The deadline

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

    Excited to be a new Aurier owner 🙂

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Welcome 😉

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

      Lets hope he keep his head calm and creative 😛

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

      Basically a winger in this system. Good pick.

  22. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Salah captain, lets go!

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

    Damn, Tomori's time is up. Will sell him for Kelly, shame Kelly wen't up 0.1 last night...

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      How long will Kelly be nailed for?

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

        At least 2020. Wards injury is a bad one apparently

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

        Don't know exactly, but he is a safe pick for this year minimum. Ward could be out up to 2 months.

    2. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Cool, so could be a nice cheap bench warmer, hopefully PvA is back soon, in case I need Kelly...

      Thanks guys!

  24. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Son (c) Mount Pulisic lets go

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I hope sonny smashes it this week

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Vamosss Sonny@

  25. Halftime
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    I think Richarlisons recent good returns have been overshadowed by Evertons lack of form. Wouldn't be surprised if he scored again today.

  26. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    So Tomori probably lost that place. Mason is again important part of the team (when everyone are fit that is another thing then). Nice to see that Lamps trusts him and Pulisic, both good options. Tammy fit is also plus. All in all this Che is gift this season.

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Agreed

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

      James starting again is nice to see.

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 23 days ago

        Also this yes. Could became nice diff if he keeps that place.

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

    Points prediction?

    Mane : 0
    Son - 2
    Alli - 10
    Vardy 6
    Tammy -2

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      1
      11
      8
      6
      5

    2. Thunder Warrior
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      How many red cards for Alli then?

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

      Mane 2
      Son 7
      Alli 2
      Vardy 1
      Tammy 8

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

      8
      8
      8
      8
      8

    5. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      2
      2
      2
      2
      2

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

      1
      6
      10
      9
      2

    7. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Mane: 1
      Son: 6
      Alli: 1
      Vardy: 2
      Tammy: 8

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

    I’ve done that thing where I changed my captain three times and can’t remember who I left it on in the end. Mane, Vardy or Son. Hopefully I didn’t leave it on Son!

    1. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Whats wrong with Son, son?

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I never do that, can't understand why people would, seems crazy to me.

  29. Thunder Warrior
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Cmon Rahim!

  30. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Pulachic starts.