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

    SON owners - are you captaining him?

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

      Yup

    2. Martial FC
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Nope. Going Vardy.

      Son still a good differential to own alone

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

        Good point.

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

        40% top 10K not necessarily differential

        1. Martial FC
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 23 days ago

          Not everyone is battling it out top 10k.

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

            Good indication of green and red arrows

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Nope

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

      No

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

      I want to but can't convince myself to change from Vardy.

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

      No

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

      I want to.....

    8. rubberdignerapids
      9 months, 23 days ago

      No- not with all the uncertainty and Vardy’s reliability

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

        Guy played every single minute of the season so far, he is the closest to robot anyone can be but still...also I think AV will put a good display. He could go for security but thats boring, Son could haul, Vardy imo hardly.

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

      Yes do it. Better option then others.

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

      Yes.

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

      Would if I had him

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

        What about Alli? Better shout than Son?

  2. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Heaton
    TAA, Dunk, Lundstram
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Cantwell
    Vardy, Jesus, Rashford

    Martin, Traore, Kelly, Rico

    On WC with 0.1 in bank, is it essential to upgrade Dunk to Aurier? Missing out by 0.3! Anywhere I could downgrade?

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

      Stick with Dunk

    2. Vardy is always having a pa…
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I wouldn’t say essential, Spurs can’t keep a clean sheet to save their life rn. Defo a solid team imo. I like the Jesus differential 🙂

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

    Pope > Ryan, long term?

    Tripled up with Button & Connolly 😆

    Not sure I trust Guaita & Palace...

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

      I'm going to do same whenever i get a FT

    2. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I've gone Guaita

    3. Astronautovic
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Sounds good

  4. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Is Mane going to start? Would love to cap him but surely it’s his rest time?

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

      I’ve got him (c) with Vardy (vc)

    2. Totti
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      risky
      don't captain him

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

      I'm not captaining in case he doesn't start and gets subbed in

  5. Tribecca
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Captain Son! Anyone??

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

      So tempting!!!

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

      I'm currently on Son

    3. lifes a pitch
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Yes

    4. Life is a Fantasy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      yup

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

      Yes.

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

    Play Pope or Heaton?

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

      I always prefer keepers at home. Go Heaton.

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

        I’ve done this lately and got it wrong the past few
        Who knows. Doubt either scores too many this week

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

    Captain Daughter or Son?

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

      Tough but Son

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

        Cheers

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

      Son, after this gw he is the father.

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

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

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

  9. rubberdignerapids
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Everything in order and G2G?

    Henderson
    TAA / Lund / Soy
    Son / Alli / KDB / Mane / Madds
    Rash / Vardy(c)

    Button / Greenwood / Rico / Janmaat

    0.3 itb

  10. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Let's go Kane!!!

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

      I ditched him.

      He'll get a brace today.

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

    Is there a Breakfast Club today?

    1. rubberdignerapids
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Doesn’t look like it

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Yes 11-15

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

    Best option? Brain freeze
    A. Pope to Ryan
    B. Robbo to Aurier
    C. Do nothing

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Lundstram
    Puli Mane KDB Alli
    Jimenez Vardy Abra
    Button - Soy-Rico-Dendo (0.2itb 1ft)

    B allows Jimi to Rashford next week. A means save FT next week. C means probably burning a transfer next week I expect.

  13. captainkfam
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Is this lineup gtg? Choosing Kelly and Clark over Lunds and Soy a risk?

    Gazzaniga
    TAA, Kelly, Clark
    Alli (VC), Maddison, Mane, KDB, Pulisic
    Abraham, Vardy (C)

    Subs: Lundstram, Soyuncu, Greenwood, Pope

  14. Totti
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    play:
    A) kelly
    B) Söyüncü

    captain:
    1) vardy
    B) son

    need your replies guys

    1. Sid07
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      A
      1

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

      B1

    3. Life is a Fantasy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      A1

  15. Martial FC
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Really feel like doing Jiminez > TAmmy for free. Am I mad?

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Probably

    2. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I did that last night. Could go either way

    3. rubberdignerapids
      9 months, 23 days ago

      No- I did Jiménez to Rashy for a hit

      I’d do it

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

      Not mad but sideways for this week

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

      Yes, dont do it this gw.

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

      I did it for a hit 🙂

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

      I did last night. If I knew he wouldn’t rise would have held

  16. Lucas8406
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Mount to Alli? I already have Son, Overkill?

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

      Yes I think

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

      OP

    3. Martial FC
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Nah. Double up for the win!

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

      Overkill for now, also leave Mount.

  17. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Any last minute leakes or gtg?

    Guaita
    Trent Aurier Lundstram
    Salah C Mane Alli Mount Cantwell
    Vardy Tammy

    Martin Kelly Greenwood Rico

  18. Colby
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    KDB (c):
    Anyone?

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

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Could be good but hard to look past Vardy

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

      Not for me

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

      Emoji fail. It’s a Yes for me

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

        Really tempted by him. Radio commentary from the Burnley game had it often in a centre-forward role.

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

          Fred will stop him 😉

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

          Let’s do it!
          Pretty sure he will rest midweek as they’ve already topped group. Feel like they’ll teach United a lesson, similar to liv/eve

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

      I am ditching him for Alli ... madness

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

    Is Aurier nailed?

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

      Yes

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

      Seems like...

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

      For now and not sure any other right back they have KWP?

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

        Thanks all

  20. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Would you (c) Salah if you owned him or just stick with Son(c)?

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

      I have saah cap this time

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

      Same... previously Salah, just change to son

    3. lifes a pitch
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Son

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Salah

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

      Son. Mo just doesn't fill me with confidence.

  21. itsmeguneet
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Repost.. good to go??

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

    Button, McGinn, Kelly, Rico

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Gtg

  22. jason_ni
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Save ft?

    Pope
    Soy - TAA - Lundy
    Salah(c) - Mane - Maddison - Zaha
    Vardy - Abraham - jimi
    Dendo- Rico - Williams

  23. Crystal Alice
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Play Doherty (bha) or Lundstram (nor)?

    1. Life is a Fantasy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      Doh

  24. Attractive Nuisance
    9 months, 23 days ago

    2 FT's left. Doing Mount & Tomori to Grealish & Aurier worth a shout?

  25. Astronautovic
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Kept sterling and Salah against the trend this week. Let's see if it pays off. Good luck to you all.

  26. Arse Craic
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Alli C in da house. Booyakasha!

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 23 days ago

      I’m from Staines is this a sign?

  27. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    A) laca to tamy/rash or next week?
    Or
    B) mount to puli or next week?
    C) capt.? Vardy or son
    D) bench 2 with order (soy lund kely aurier)

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

    To fund Mane:

    A) KDB > Dilva
    B) Robertson > Kelly

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

      C neither

  29. Il Papera
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 23 days ago

    Looking ahead for options for GW18 with my two transfers:
    A. Dunk SHU Cantwell WOL (save a FT)
    B. Konsa SOT El Ghazi SOT
    C. Clark CRY El Ghazi SOT
    D. Hanley (back Dec 14, but play Soyuncu MCI) McGinn SOT

    I like the Villa mids for their (SOT, NOR, wat, bur) run and even Konsa might be the man if he retains his place over Engels. El Ghazi seems a bit overlooked too.,.

    And so it’s noted, Sheffield United look great odds for the drop at 16/1...

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

    2FT 1.1ITB

    Pope, button
    Robertson, Chilwell, Lundstram, Kelly, Janmaat
    Salah, KDB, Maddison, Mount, Dendoncker
    Jesus, Vardy, Mousset

    Leader has Maddison.
    Maddison to Alli for a differential, yes or no?

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

      Wouldn’t be transferring Maddo for these two fixtures.