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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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1,426 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ibracadebruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sterling, Connolly —> Alli, Tammy?

    Cheers!

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yes

    2. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yes

    3. Mr Tin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yep.

    4. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yeeeessss

    5. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No brainer

    6. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      100%

    7. COYR
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yes. Exactly the moves I made.

  2. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Lundstarm Tomori
    Mane Son Ali Tilimens
    Vardy Jiminez Lacazette

    Button Guendouzi Kelly Rico

    Tilimens to Zaha?

    Cheers

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No. Play kelly over tiel

  3. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bench one:

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

    Thanks!

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Dunk

    2. Aadii
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Dunk

    3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Dunky

  4. itsmeguneet
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on this??

    Heaton
    Aurier- Lund- Robertson
    Maddison- Zaha- Mane - KDB
    Tammy- Vardy- Ings

    Button, McGinn, Kelly, Rico

    Bench order good?

  5. Mikha In A Tutu
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Pope or Heaton?

  6. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who to ditch for Pulisic?

    A) Mount
    B) JWP

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mount. Pulisic a upgrade.

      In few weeks JWP -> Grealish!

  7. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Vardy or Mane for the armband?

    1. GuenDoozy
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mardy

    2. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Vane

    3. Life is a Fantasy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mane

  8. LanMi
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Any last-minute suggestions?

    Pope

    Soyuncu-Lundstram-Willems

    De Bruyne-Traore-Son-Mane

    Vardy-Abraham-Mousset

    Bench: Heaton-Mount-Kelly- PvA

  9. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    G2g ?? Guys I'm really worried about my benching....

    Henderson
    Lundstram/ Soy/ TAA
    Son/ Mane/ Pulisic/ Maddison/ KDB
    Vardy(c)/ Ings

    Bench:: Martin/ Aurier/ Kelly/ Connolly

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I went Kelly over Soy this week.

    2. patricktaynz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      i would play Aurier ahead of Lundstram

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Start Aurier

    4. Life is a Fantasy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Start Aurier...probably over Soy

  10. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    © call !!
    Vardy here

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Keeping the party going!

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Nice

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Vardy

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Excellent 😉

    3. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Had Vardy (C) for last 4 game weeks. Not changing now 🙂

      1. COYR
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Same. If it ain't broke...

    4. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Vardy too!

  11. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Morning all, GTG?

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lund
    Mane(vc) Pullisic KDB Grealish
    Vardy(C) Jimenez Abraham

    Button Cantwell Tomori Kelly

    1. Paddy Gooner
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Looking Good. Same C and VC for me.

      1. Evasivo
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cheers mate

  12. Muscout
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    If you were on a WC who are the essentials you'd have?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Alli, Rash, Pulisic, Vardy, Mane, Lund, Aurier

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Not Pulisic at all

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Vardy
      Rashford
      Mane
      Alli
      Pulisic
      Taa
      Lundstram
      Leicester Defender

    3. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Son Mane Abraham KDB Jesus

    4. Paddy Gooner
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Ings, Soy, Maddison ???

    5. patricktaynz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      .. depends on how much TV you need to protect but ...

      Ryan in goal
      TAA must have defender for attack points n CS potential
      KDB and Mane in midfield
      Vardy in attack

      you could make cases for the rest ... I would look for at least 2-3 low ownership players (ideally < 10% but even < 20%)

      Ings is interesting but in poor team
      Zaha same category

    6. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Only Vardy, Mane en Lundstram!

  13. Vardy is always having a pa…
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Guys help. Top of mini league by 2 points and not sure what to do!

    Schmeichel
    Lund, Kelly, VVD
    Madders, Mane, KDB, Mount
    Abraham, Vardy, Rashford

    Subs: Tomori, Rico, Hayden
    2ft, 0.2 itb

    Should I change anything???

    1. Totti
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      VVD -> aurier
      mount -> alli

      1. Vardy is always having a pa…
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thank you! I was 11th two weeks ago lol and I’m literally self doubting every decision rn haha

      2. Paddy Gooner
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        this

  14. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Chances TAA will be rested this GW?

    1. Totti
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      50 50

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Some but Robertson probably higher chance and both wouldn’t get rested in the same match.

  15. Totti
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    play:

    A) kelly
    B) Söyüncü

    captain:

    1) vardy
    B) son

  16. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Gaza (McGovern)
    Trent, soy, lund, (rico), (reid)
    Kdb, salah, Maddison, mount, (dendon)
    Kane, vardy, Jimenez

    2 fts
    Which one...
    A) mount out for grealish save other ft
    B) mount out for Alli and Jimenez out for mousset

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Ive done b

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Except tiel instead of mount.

  17. Eric Banternaaa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Best midfielder for 4.5 over the Xmas break?

    Don’t want to waste my transfer so sorting out bench.

    1. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Hayden?

    2. COYR
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Dendonker

  18. Bavarian
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Everything or nothing...
    Backline: 2 LIV & 2 SHU
    Henderson
    TAA-Robertson-Lundstram

  19. HashAttack
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Presumably there is some convoluted justification why Tammy did not go up last night?

    Quite a tactical edge if you you know a player definitely will not go up and therefore do not have to bring him in this week

  20. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    A) Auba + Mount + Robertson > Tammy + Mane + Kelly
    B) Auba + Mount + KDB > Tammy + Mane + Dilva
    C) Don't bother trying to get Mane in

    Gazzaniga Button
    TAA Robertson Tomori Soyuncu Lundstram
    KDB Alli Maddison Mount Dendoncker
    Vardy Aubameyang Jimenez

  21. Colby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Please pick one to complete my line-up:

    Tomori - Dendo - Martial

    1. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Martial

  22. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Worth getting rid of Jimenez for Ings or Mousset?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Not in isolation no

  23. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    And the armband goes to.....

    A Mane
    B Alli
    C Son

    Thanks and GL lads!

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Alli

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      B

    3. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      C

  24. GuenDoozy
    1 month, 15 days ago

    How is everyone so sure that son will start?

  25. theBoose
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    How we looking here?

    Henderson
    TAA Chilwell Tomori Lundstram
    KDB Alli Mane (c) Maddison
    Vardy Abraham

    Pope Cantwell Mousset Rico

    1. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I would start Mousset above Tomori and Cantwell!

  26. jamiet
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Needing Help

    Been slowly dropping in all mini leagues

    Got 2 FT and my current team is

    Pope

    Robertson, Lundstram, Söyüncü, (Tomori, Rico)

    Salah (c), KDB, Pulisic, Cantwell (Dendoncker)

    Kane, Jiménez, Vardy

    Thinking -Kane & Cantwell - Mousett & Ali

    Just not sure

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Drop Kane and replace with Spurs mid

      1. Mr Tin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This.

  27. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Pope > Ryan, long term?

    Tripled up with Button & Connolly 😆

    Not sure I trust Guaita & Palace.

  28. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play Heaton or Pope?

  29. swaino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Pulisic or Alli?

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Alli

    2. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Alli! (although I won't be suprised if Pulisic will get more points this week!)

  30. Weilong7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    kdb out for alli or save? thanks

    current team
    kdb mane son maddison mount
    vardy greenwood jimenez