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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. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Mane
    Son
    Mane
    Son
    Mane
    Son
    Mane
    Son

    What am I doing haha

    1. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      U will eventually lead to Sane. It is a sign. Transfer him in

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        For a hit?

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

      Just pick one, put down your device and come back after deadline.

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

      Flip flopping between Son(c) or Mane(c)

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sonnnnnn

  2. No Pirlo No Party
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Who to bench from:

    Pukki
    Lundstram
    Soyuncu
    Kelly

    Currently on Kelly first sub.

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

      Stick

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

      between kelly and soyuncu

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

      Kelly

    4. No Pirlo No Party
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Cheers lads. Gut says to stick with Kelly.

      1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think I'm going to start Kelly over Soy. Villa have only failed to score at home once, way back in GW5 in a freak 0-0 with West Ham, and it's not like they've had easy fixtures. Watford have blanked at home to Burnley, Bournemouth, Brighton and SHU

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

    Pulisic / KDB/ Alli / Mane / Mardy
    Tammy / Vardy / Ings

    Who do I bench out of this lot?

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

      * Maddy

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

      mardy!!!
      who is mardy?

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

        My wife

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        maddi's brother

      3. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Mane and Vardys child

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

      Dare I say Ings?

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

        That is what I am on now - seems madness!

    4. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ings or Maddy. I’m on Maddy

    5. Astronautovic
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ings maybe. Even though it's harsh

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

      I’d hate to have that bench but Madds

    7. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nice problem - depends on your OR - but bench whoever you think has the lowest ceiling this week. Either Ings or Pulisic, I would think.

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

        I think it has to be Ings.
        Fancy Pulisic to get into double figures again soon.

        Cheers all

    8. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Maddy

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

    Laca to rashford for free this week? Or leave til next?

    1. More Cowbell
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Leave

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Next

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

      Wait a week

    4. BNMC
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Laca doesn't score away from home. Rashford has scored against top teams this season. Do it now.

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

      I'd wait

  5. More Cowbell
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Start Tielemans or Dendoncker?

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

      Tiele

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

        This

  6. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Start Soy or Dunk?

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

      Soy

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

      tough choice...Soy I think

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      SOY SAUCE

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

    Soy or Kelly to start?

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

      I would like to this as well.

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

        *to know

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

          Soy

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Kelly just

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Bench?

    A) Tielemans (avl)
    B) Cantwell (SHU)

    Tielemans rest possible?

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

      Cantwell- did Tielemans not come off early last game so should be rested

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Play cantwell

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

      Bench Cantwell

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

    Captain Son or Alli?

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

      Alli

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

      Alli

  10. Hungry Singh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Mane + Mousset

    OR

    Son + Abraham?

    ....

    Thanks!!

  11. CloudSky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Almost hoping for some benchings with a Kelly (wat), Cantwell (SHU), McGinn (LEI) bench.

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

      Benchboost?

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

        Nah

  12. Upyouboyo
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Wildcard
    Ryan
    Robertson Soyuncu Clark Lundstram Kelly
    Mane DeBruyne Alli Mount Cantwell
    Vardy Rashford Ings
    Thoughts?

    1. AEW Rules
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Good team similar to my wc

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

    Bench 2 with order (soy kely aurier lund)

    1. TERIYAKI 69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Play 1

      a. tomori
      b. Lundy

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

        B

  14. the vanisher
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Son or Salah captain?

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

      Salah

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Regarding you want to play safe or a bit fun...

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

      I'm going Son

      No faith in Salah at mo.

      Though I thought the same last season when I captained Salah away to Bournemouth and he got a Hattie.

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

    Mount to puli or hold & do it next gw?

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

      hold

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

    Who to bring in and captain?

    a) Salah
    b) Sterling
    c) KdB

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

      KDB

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

      It has to be Salah hasn't it?

  17. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Play Soy or lund?

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

      I’m playing Lund but I do have Chilwell which makes it a bit easier

  18. Cto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Last minute KDB to son? Yes or no?

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

      No, KDB is a big game player. Already scored against Chelsea, 2 assists against Spurs. Imagine what he will do to the defences of Utd and Arsenal.

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

    Capt. Son or vardy or mane?

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      son

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mane too risky. Toss up between other 2

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

    Tomori over Martial for this Gameweek - yay or nay?

  21. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Would you bench Lund or Mousset??
    Every team I see on here seems to have Lund starting and I'm worried it will kill my rank if I bench him and he hauls!

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      play mousett

    2. BNMC
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Starting both

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Can't see who else to drop though. Sod it. I'll just have to hope Lund doesn't haul

  22. jackhammer1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pope
    Soy TAA Tomori (Rico Janmaat)
    Mane KDB Alli Maddison pulisic
    Abraham Vardy (Connolly)
    1ft 0.4 itb

    G2g or worth using a
    the transfer to improve defense this week?

  23. Robbieblob
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Worth getting alli in if Robertson goes the other way for -4?

    1. Robbieblob
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Would be mount and Robertson > alli and aurier -4

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

    Chances of Pulisic benching?

    1. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      69

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

      high

    3. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Why do we think Pulisic will be benched? 😮

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Thats what stopped me getting him in. Doubt over him starting with crucial game with lille on tuesday

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

      low!

  25. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any Mane news?

  26. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    People having doubt captain Vardy? Son or Mane rather, Abraham maybe?

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

      I'd like to go with Mane over Vardz but I'm a coward.

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

      Great away record and seems to be 100%. Chelsea important CL game midweek however.

  27. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Lundstram Dunk
    Salah (c) KDB Alli Mount
    Vardy Jiminez Ings

    Button Soy Rico Dendoncker
    GTG and hold FT? (2.5 ITB)

  28. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Still think I will captain Kane! I know he’s let me down all of the thankfully few weeks he’s been in my team this season and the blank at home to Burnley last season also fresh in the memory. Vardy has to stop scoring some time. Villa will put in a good performance and he may only get one goal or assist. Mane clearly best option today but will he even play. Tottenham don’t have the same CL worries and kane is on pens of course. Burnley’s defence is so hit and miss this season. Think Kane has the highest ceiling and will certainly give me the biggest boost up the rankings if it does work out. Hopefully mane/Vardy Captainers will split up risk of going with him. Will be transferring him out to get back in Tammy (and rashford for jiminez) next week one way or the other regardless!

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

      I'm with you, Kane (K) let's unite in harmony!

  29. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Play Kelly, Soyuncu or Lundstram?

  30. The Reptile
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Sorry for the re-post BUT

    Pope

    TAA - Soy - Lund

    KDB - Son - Pulisic - Mane(v)

    Jimi - Tammy - Vardy(c)

    Button - Cantwell - Kelly - Rico

    0FT 1.4 ITB

    Who to play in defence guys and gals? just can't decide

    Should I bench one of Lunds or Soy and play Kelly??

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

      Hold. Good squad!