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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
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Mane
    Son
    Mane
    Son
    Mane
    Son
    Mane
    Son

    What am I doing haha

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        For a hit?

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

    3. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Sonnnnnn

  2. No Pirlo No Party
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Who to bench from:

    Pukki
    Lundstram
    Soyuncu
    Kelly

    Currently on Kelly first sub.

    1. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Stick

    2. Totti
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      between kelly and soyuncu

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Kelly

    4. No Pirlo No Party
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Cheers lads. Gut says to stick with Kelly.

      1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 28 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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    Who do I bench out of this lot?

    1. Ace Ventura
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      * Maddy

    2. Totti
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      mardy!!!
      who is mardy?

      1. Ace Ventura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        My wife

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        maddi's brother

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Mane and Vardys child

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Dare I say Ings?

      1. Ace Ventura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        That is what I am on now - seems madness!

    4. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Ings or Maddy. I’m on Maddy

    5. Astronautovic
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Ings maybe. Even though it's harsh

    6. rubberdignerapids
        9 months, 28 days ago

        I’d hate to have that bench but Madds

      • ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

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

          Cheers all

      • Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Maddy

    7. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. More Cowbell
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Leave

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Next

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Wait a week

      4. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 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
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        I'd wait

    8. More Cowbell
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Start Tielemans or Dendoncker?

      1. andres
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Tiele

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          This

    9. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Start Soy or Dunk?

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Soy

      2. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        tough choice...Soy I think

      3. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        SOY SAUCE

    10. andres
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Soy or Kelly to start?

      1. JustPark
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        I would like to this as well.

        1. JustPark
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          *to know

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 28 days ago

            Soy

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Kelly just

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          This

    11. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Bench?

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

      Tielemans rest possible?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

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

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Play cantwell

      3. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Bench Cantwell

    12. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Captain Son or Alli?

      1. andres
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Alli

      2. Upyouboyo
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Alli

    13. Hungry Singh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Mane + Mousset

      OR

      Son + Abraham?

      ....

      Thanks!!

    14. CloudSky
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Benchboost?

        1. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Nah

    15. Upyouboyo
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

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

      1. AEW Rules
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Good team similar to my wc

      2. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Bench 2 with order (soy kely aurier lund)

        1. Teriyaki 69
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Play 1

          a. tomori
          b. Lundy

          1. Nightf0x
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 28 days ago

            B

      3. the vanisher
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Son or Salah captain?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Salah

        2. Taegugk Warrior
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

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

        3. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 28 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.

      4. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Mount to puli or hold & do it next gw?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          hold

      5. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Who to bring in and captain?

        a) Salah
        b) Sterling
        c) KdB

        1. Upyouboyo
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          KDB

        2. Astronautovic
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          It has to be Salah hasn't it?

      6. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Play Soy or lund?

        1. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

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

      7. Cto
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Last minute KDB to son? Yes or no?

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 28 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.

      8. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Capt. Son or vardy or mane?

        1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          son

        2. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Mane too risky. Toss up between other 2

      9. Colby
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Tomori over Martial for this Gameweek - yay or nay?

      10. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 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
          9 months, 28 days ago

          play mousett

        2. BNMC
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Starting both

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 28 days ago

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

      11. jackhammer1
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 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?

      12. Football Heaven
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

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

        1. Football Heaven
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Would be mount and Robertson > alli and aurier -4

      13. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Chances of Pulisic benching?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          69

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          high

        3. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Why do we think Pulisic will be benched? 😮

          1. Luton_Fan
            • 10 Years
            9 months, 28 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
          9 months, 28 days ago

          low!

      14. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Any Mane news?

      15. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

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

        1. Teror
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

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

        2. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

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

      16. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 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)

      17. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 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 KANE
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

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

      18. Teror
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Play Kelly, Soyuncu or Lundstram?

      19. The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 28 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
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Hold. Good squad!