Captain Sensible

Gameweek 20 Scout Picks and Captain Sensible

A tight turnaround in Fantasy Premier League Gameweeks has forced us into combining our latest Captain Sensible and Scout Picks article into one piece.

Gameweek 19 came to a close following Manchester City’s trip to Wolves on Friday night and the Gameweek 20 deadline comes just over 12 hours after that.

Therefore, we have condensed our two most important pieces of preview content into slightly shorter versions so we can get them both out in time.

We’ll begin with the Gameweek 20 Scout Picks, followed by some analysis of the captaincy.

Goalkeeper

Claudio Bravo (£4.8m) makes it into the Gameweek 20 Scout Picks for Manchester City’s clean sheet potential. Over their last four home matches, they are inside the top three for shots allowed in the box and big chances conceded. Meanwhile, upcoming opponents Sheffield United are inside the bottom three for shots in the box and shots on target in away matches this season.

Defenders

Djibril Sidibé (£5.3m) looks like he could be playing out-of-position in a new advanced role at Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton and added his fourth assist in seven matches in the 1-0 win over Burnley on Boxing Day. With a trip to Newcastle coming up and clean sheets in each of the Toffees’ last two, Sidibé’s points potential is high for Gameweek 20.

Serge Aurier (£5.1m) has two assists in his last three away matches and finds himself at Norwich on Saturday afternoon. The Canaries have conceded the second-highest number of goals in home matches this season.

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.0m) is our way of completing a double-up on the Manchester City defence considering how few chances they allow at home and how conservative Sheffield United are likely to be in attack.

Midfielders

Despite a blank against Leicester, Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) gets straight back into the Scout Picks for Gameweek 20. He was incredibly unfortunate not to get any attacking returns at the King Power Stadium, as you can READ ABOUT HERE. We think the Egyptian is back to his best and a home meeting with Wolves should bring that out even more on Sunday afternoon.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) looks the most likely to rely on among Manchester City assets when Sheffield United come to the Etihad Stadium. Not only has the Belgian created more big chances than any other player this season, but he also has attacking returns in three of his last five at home.

Lucas Moura (£7.1m) was unfortunate not to get something out of Spurs’ win over Brighton and a trip to Norwich looks perfect for him. We did want to include Dele Alli before we heard from Jose Mourinho on the subject of his recent hamstring issues, so we went for a sideways move to his colleague. As already mentioned, Norwich are especially vulnerable at the back in front of their own fans, where they tend to attack a lot more.

An assist for Jack Grealish (£6.4m) in Aston Villa’s win over Norwich earns him back-to-back inclusion in the Scout Picks. The midfielder has either scored or assisted five of his last seven outings while Watford remain in the division’s bottom four for shots conceded in the box over the last four matches.

Forwards

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) may have had a quiet night against Liverpool but, if he plays in Gameweek 20, should have much more joy at West Ham. Over the last four matches, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have conceded 10 big chances, only two sides allowing more than that. Even though we think he could be rested, Vardy stands a great chance of getting attacking returns even as a substitute.

A Boxing Day benching for Danny Ings (£6.5m) makes him one of the most nailed-on starters for Gameweek 20 in the whole division. He has been remarkably reliable this season, scoring in three of his last four at home.

Bournemouth have conceded 44 shots in the box over the last four matches, the third-worst in the Premier League. That bodes well for Neal Maupay (£5.8m) who comes into Gameweek 20 fresh from a Boxing Day rest. The Brighton forward has two goals in the last four matches and, despite playing only 292 minutes in that period, only three players have been afforded more big chances than him during that time.

Substitutes

  • Tom Heaton (£4.5m)
  • Mason Holgate (£4.4m)
  • Matt Targett (£4.4m)
  • Pascal Groß (£6.4m)

The Captain

The Scout Picks has had a captain this season, selected by votes from our Scout Squad panel, David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

As we are combining Captain Sensible with the Scout Picks this week, we will briefly go over the tables we usually reference in the former before revealing who has been selected.

We would also like to clarify that the majority of this research has been conducted during the day-time on Friday December 27, which means it does not include data from Manchester City’s trip to Wolves.

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6,478 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    What to do? 0.1m ITB...2ft

    Ryan, Button
    TAA Soyunchu Lund Targett Kelly
    Mane KDB Alli Maddi Grealish
    Abraham Vardy Ings

    A Abraham to Greenwood (bank cash)
    B Abraham to Jimi
    C Alli/Abraham to Salah/Greenwood?
    D Alli/Maddi/Tammy to Salah/Dendoncker/Jiminez (-4)

    1. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I'm doing C and happy about it. Thinking of Captaining Salah and VC Mane

  2. Gruu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    on WC, Ramsdale or Ryan? have ryan since gw1

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ramsdale

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ramsdale

    3. Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Same position. I think I’m sticking with Ryan.

    4. Gruu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      cheers all

  3. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 21 days ago

    everyone needs to be on twitter watch tomorrow morning finding clues about dele

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      THIS

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 21 days ago

        should hear something, b4 the deadline tho IDK. Shame Spurs isnt the early game or we could maybe get a leaked cs

  4. ninja
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Going to play my wildcard this gw. Pretty happy with my back 7 but unsure about front 8, £65.8m to spend, any recommendations???
    Who is essential going into January??

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Oh dear

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Are you not going to help pick his team?

    2. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Traore essential. Beast mode on

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      In case the comment above is not clear enough, maybe you should do the math yourself and come up with some solutions, so that we don't have to do it for you in order to help you. Not to mention we don't have the slightest chance to do so because of PP / SP

  5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    GTG?

    Ryan
    Rico Soy Pereira
    Mané Grealish Alli KdB
    Rash Ings(c) Vardy

    Bench: Gazza Pulisic Kelly Lund
    1 FT, 0.7m ITB

  6. PaulParker
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Wildcard score out of 10?

    Pope
    Lund - TAA - Soy
    Salah - Mane - Grealish - KDB
    Jimi - Vardy

    Martin - Rico - Kelly - Cantwell

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      6.5

      1. PaulParker
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Ta, still tweaking...

    2. luk46
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      3rd st? 7/10

      1. PaulParker
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Greenwood

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      One player missing, 0/10.

    4. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Who is your 3th forward?

  7. SheBangsTheDrums
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    G2G?

    Gazz
    TAA Kelly Rico
    Salah(c) KDB Mane Grealish
    Vardy Ings Jimenez

    Button Simpson Lundy Dendonker

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      y post ur team & ask such stupid questions?

      ask speficic not general questions u lazy guy

    2. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Who's your VC. Hope this question isn't too stupid.

    3. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      And yes G2G.

  8. Burger_and_Chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Best £4.8 GK to last a while

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ramsdale

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ramsdale

    3. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Ryan

    4. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Anyone cheap who is nailed and doesn't double up with a defender

  9. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Repost

    To afford TAA

    1. Rashford out for Jimenez

    2 Alli/ Maddison out for Traore

    1. Victor6359
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Alli

  10. machickenz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Please help! WC active. Best choice?
    Current team
    Henderson Heaton
    TAA Aurier Lundstram Kelly ---
    Salah KDB Grealish --- ---
    Vardy --- ---

    A) Sidibe, Cantwell, Maddison, Rashford, Ings

    B) Rico, Mane, Martial, Ayew, Greenwood

    C) Rico, Maddison, Martial, Rashford, Ayew

  11. FPLGeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Best Alli replacement (have Rashford and may bring in Greenwood for Abraham soon to go 3-5-2).

    A) Martial

    B) Richarlison

    1. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      C) Traore

  12. Victor6359
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A: Salah
    B: Sterling

    Cheers

    1. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

  13. BEEZUS
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Pick 2 out of:

    A) Maddison
    B) Pogba
    C) Alli

  14. El Fenomeno R9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Maupay or DLC ?

  15. Hryszko
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Am I G2G? Subs okay?

    Pope

    Kelly - Trent - Soyuncu

    Mane (c) - KDB - Alli - Martial - Grealish

    Vardy - Calvert Lewin

    Subs: Henderson / Jiminez / Lundstram / Williams

  16. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Henderson
    Aurier Soyuncu Rico
    KDB Mane Salah Grealish
    Abraham Vardy Jimenez

    McGovern Kelly Lundstram Dendoncker

    1. Henderson >> Ramsdale / Ryan
    2. Kelly Tammy >> TAA Greenwood [-4]
    3. Save FT

    Starting to think save so that I could possibly do 2 for free next week or the following, Henderson could get some save points despite the hard fixture. Thoughts appreciated?!

    Cheers

  17. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    GTG?

    Gazza
    TAA Soy Aurier
    Salah (C) KDB Martial Pulisic
    Kane (vc) Vardy Abraham
    ____
    Button; Lundstram Hayden Reid

    0.0 ITB 0 FT

    Last chance for Pulisic to at least show some potential.

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yep looks set

  18. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Is the following move worth a hit??

    Alli & Grealish -> KDB & Cantwell

    -I feel I must get KDB in
    -Alli won’t play next game
    -Grealish is my only route to save money, and he will play deeper now that McGinn is injured

  19. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    what a depressing gw. knocked out of cup & lms with 40 pts

    1. Lukey27
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      One day turn around helps

  20. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Just sold Jimmy for Kane (one week captain punt) 😀

    Next GW Kane -> Jimmy

  21. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Rashford or Jimenez?

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Rashford short term, Jiminez long term

    2. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      jim

    3. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Jim

  22. Don Rogers FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    On WC

    Current iteration

    Ryan (Martin)
    Robertson, TAA, Lundy, Soy, Kelly
    Salah (c), KDB, Grealish, Martial, Cantwell
    Vardy, Ings, Jimenez

    0.9 itb

    Feels a bit templatey. All comments welcome.

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      You summed it up nicely.

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Double pool defence could be a sword. Personally think TAA is enough for now.

      Would do Jimenez + Robertson -> Kane + fodder

  23. DALEDOBACK
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ok think I've cracked it.

    Ryan Rico and Reid OUT

    Heaton/Ramsdale Webster Kiko IN

    Y or N and which keeper. Thanks.

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      On a WC? Otherwise crazy to take a hit

  24. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Which combo? Already have Martial

    A) Rashford & Maddison

    or

    B) Mane & Ings

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Long term B

  25. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    current WC edition - 1.5m left to spend...ideas?

    Foster (4.0)
    TAA Sidibe Stacey Rico (Lund)
    Salah Mane KDB (Traore Cantwell)
    Vardy Ings Maupay

    might keep it to get Jimenez the next GW

    1. Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Do you think Stacey is going to get many more starts in the next 6?

  26. GW20 Breakout Players
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Who do you think will find form and step up to score big this GW, and why?

    Maybe someone who hasn't had a double digit score in a while, has a series of no attacking returns, or has very low ownership.

    Have you seen something in someone's play or in their stats to make you think they could be ready for a breakout GW?

    1. Wilshere Knowledge
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Really considering bringing in Mahrez.

      Sterling and Bernardo 90 mins each...

    2. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Hopefully Zaha to justify having him for 4 weeks 🙁

    3. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Honestly I have Richarlison + Moura and praying they’ll go big.

    4. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Given the way I ditched sterling and Jimenez on WC, it will be Rico next.

    5. NielsvanDelft
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Hoping for Pukki, should 100% start against a very bad Gazza

    6. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Eriksen.

      Norwich.

      Not given stats a look at yet but we all know what he's capable off, hopefully feeding Harry too.

      Would certainly be in my GW20 FH team.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Just not sure they'll start him under any circumstances.

        Been obvious they need him for ages.

      2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        +1

      3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Wait what.. are you using FH in gw20? Why?

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Never mind wow..

    7. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Salah will hopefully go postal. In a 3-3 draw.

    8. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Think Kane will haul. He is nice differential captain pick

    9. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Sir Leighton of Baines, because Baines

    10. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Aguero

      1. Indpush
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Lewis Cook

    11. Double Treble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      MauooOOpay

    12. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A Cathcart 15 pointer incoming 🙂

    13. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Moura and Aguero

    14. Laurent Robert
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Deulofeu

    15. Bare Foot United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pogback

    16. Mikel Arteta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Buendia

    17. Throwback
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Maupay rested up to take on bou def without ake

  27. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    MINUTES PER XGI – LAST FOUR MATCHES

    Might need some sort of filter to exclude Ross Barkley from this one...

  28. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Are people acting on alli/Abra sales tonight?
    If martial changes its a 0.2 swing potentially

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Keeping Abraham. Don't own Alli.

  29. Lukakus talking
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Repost from previous article

    Currently have:

    Mané - Alli - KDB - Zaha - cantwell

    Vardy - Jiménez - Abraham

    Zaha & Abraham to
    a) martial & Ings
    b) traore (or other mid up to 5.5) & Rashford

    Thanks in advance

    1. Bubi
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Van La Parranormal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

  30. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Alli/Maddi/Tammy OUT

    Salah/Dendoncker/Jiminez IN (-4)?

    1. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Do it and captain Salah!