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. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Team well set up for another red arrow!

    Captain Salah or Kane?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Salahhhh

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Salah obviously

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Obviously? Far from..

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Why ?
          Rested + against a team played heart out against champions + on Pens + No boly for wolves

          I don't see any issues.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I don't have Salad bdw
            Thinking about bringing in for Alli

            1. FPL Pillars
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Alli injured

              1. FPL Pillars
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Good call

          2. IRBOX ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Well for starters Norwich have a much worse defence, and have had the same limited rest period. Wolves will be running high after their win. Kane looked really good against BHA and was unlucky not to haul further. RMT also agrees not much in it

    3. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Salah by a distance, Kane nowhere bear as involved as Mo

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        near*
        Damn keyboard 🙂

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Did you watch the match against Brighton? Looked a lot sharper and getting more shots

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Salah probably to start just one of the next 2 games, rotated with Mane as I doubt they will both play the next 2 games.

      Captain Kane this week, and see if Salah or Mane starts this week and then review next week.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If I had both I’d captain Salah

      But I only have Salah so I’ll captain Salah

      Kane has been a hugely frustrating FPL asset for over 2 seasons now - a home goal vs a Dunkless Brighton doesn’t get him back into my good books

      But (like almost every striker) he could double or triple return in almost any individual fixture so the stopped clock could be right vs Norwich, you never know

  2. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Captainy dilemma between Kane and Salah...

    Kane: almost certain starter, Norwich defence, penalties, it’s Kane and the festive period

    Salah: Taken off after 60 minutes, likely to start, lethal and in form, Wolves tired after playing City today

    1. Canary_Kid
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Kane purely because it's Norwich vs Wolves. (And I'm a Norwich fan 🙁 ). Also, Wolves won't be any more tired than Norwich. Both only get one day of rest.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Do you think Norwich will score?

        1. Canary_Kid
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          50/50 really. We tend to create a least a couple good chances every game these days, just a matter of putting them away. Spurs' defence hasn't been fantastic lately so could see a 3-1/3-2 to them.

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Norwich can pull a win out 🙂

  3. DS29
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Traore worth 0.6 over Cantwell?he will mostly be on the bench for me

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Nope

      2. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No

    • Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Missed deadline on my WC and now 0.1 short of the below - best way to fix?

      Ryan, Button
      TAA, Soy, Aurier, Rico, Kiko
      Salah, KDB, Alli, Martial, Cantwell
      Vardy, Ings, Greenwood

      1. Champions united
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No deadline is sat 28 dec 5 pm

        1. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Sorry, I meant price rises not deadline

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kiko to Janmaat or Hanley seeing you probably won't play the 5th defender and Janmaat will be back next month hopefully?

    • Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Alli is creating lots of doubts in my mind.
      Better to just save FT and hope for best ??
      Or take the risk & sell ?

      1. Canary_Kid
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'm keeping, could play this week and even if he doesn't he's got good fixtures going forward

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Lol
          For a change I'm thinking conservative too.

      2. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What's the deal with him?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Possible cramp/groin/muscle issue.
          Nothing clear at all ....
          Thinking about selling for salah but involves a hit

          1. yanky
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            yeah doubts are scaring me too, i have him and salah(c) but may need to bench alli— see below...

    • Champions united
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      ramsdale /McGovern
      Soy Lund TAA rico holgate
      mane KDB Alli Grealish cantwell
      Vardy rash tammy
      On wc
      Mane>salah
      Cantwell>richa
      Tammy>fodder
      Play
      3 5 2

    • Canary_Kid
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      a) PVA + Guilbert > Trent + Stacey (-4)
      b) PVA + Guilbert > Sidibe + Aurier (-4)
      c) PVA/Guilbert > Sidibe/Aurier (which ones)
      d) save

      Rest of defence: Lund Soy Kelly

      Cheers

    • Pad Randa
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ryan or Heaton?

    • AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Still can't believe I got rid of TAA. Should I do Aurier back to TAA for free? Or roll FT this week.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I would do the transfer

    • DS29
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ryan or Ramsdale?I have Rico too

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ryan

      • LǝgleSs e|even
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Which of the below should I bench to play Maupay?

        Alli KDB Martial Grealish Salah
        Vardy Tammy

        1. Test Eagles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Tammy

        2. yanky
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          i have a similar issue, maybe gamble with alli since there seems to be a lot of doubt.

          1. LǝgleSs e|even
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            What doubt? Injury?

      • Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Think I'm going to bring Keita in as a mega differential. With Hendo a doubt, Milner potentially filling in at RB (to give TAA a rest) and Keita being brought off early, he's almost certain to start imo. Could do very well against a tired and rotated Wolves side. Origi would be the other option but his place looks less secure

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Keita looked great v Leicester

          He has that little Iniesta shuffle of the ball from one foot to the other down to a tee

          Complete non-FPL option mind you, so many better FPL mids before you come to using a Liverpool slot on Keita

          He could pop up with a G or A quite easily though, but I won’t be sustainable long term

      • Origal73
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bottomed. .
        Play
        A) Webster (BOU)
        B) Soy (westham)

        Appreciate your thoughts!
        Thanks

        1. yanky
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          B

      • Champions united
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Richalison + grrenwood(bench fodder)
        Or
        Tammy+ cantwell

        1. yanky
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A

        2. Origal73
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A

      • TERIYAKI 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Woke up to a 95 point haul and a 200k OR rise to 50K.

        Remind me the criteria for determining whether or not you are a pro pundit.

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Year of the casual

          1. TERIYAKI 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            what's the criteria for being a casual?

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Excellent

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Have you published an article saying “why you’re getting rid of TAA” just before he goes BOOM as he had been threatening to do all season?

          No?

          Then you’re not (yet) a pro-pundit Young Palawan, and must instead focus on your training for some more time 🙂

          1. TERIYAKI 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Who did that lol?

              1. TERIYAKI 69
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                real casual.

        4. LǝgleSs e|even
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Grats! So good!

          1. TERIYAKI 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            would have been a ton had Raheem not missed the pen.

        5. L S P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          never asking what the criteria are for being a pro pundit

      • DS29
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Lucas moura+Greenwood (bench greenwood)
          Or
          Maupay+Cantwell (bench Cantwell)

          1. yanky
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            greenwood listed twice but i like maupay best of all those names so that one lol

        • yanky
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          hmmm vardy and alli projected to rest according to the projected lineups should I bench one of them? pick ONE to bench...

          KDB Salah(c) Grealish Richarlison Alli*
          Maupay Rashford Vardy*

        • Gruu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          RMWCT please 🙂

          Ryan Button
          TAA Soy Aurier Lundstram Rico
          Salah KDB Alli Maddison Grealish
          Vardy Ings Greenwood

          1m ITB

          1. luk46
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            8/10
            Alli on wc is an unnecessary risk imo, maybe Kiko or Holgate for Rico, close tho

          2. Test Eagles
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Maddison & Greenwood > Traore / Cantwell and Jiménez / Ings

        • smitch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          After a string of green arrows I find myself with 2 FT and no idea what to do.
          Would hate to waste a transfer....

          Pope Stekelenberg
          TAA Lundstram Soyuncu Aurier Kelly
          Salah KDB Grealish Alli Cantwell
          Vardy Jiménez Abraham

          1.2 ITB

          Any thoughts appreciated.

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Pope to Foster or ramsdale

            1. smitch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Would you rather Pope next 2 weeks (MUN, AVL) or Ramsdale (bha, whu) ?

          2. luk46
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Pope. Abraham. Alli. One of these 😉

            1. smitch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Was thinking Alli to Martial for 1 week then possibly switching back? (Could also do Abraham to Rashford then)?

        • Loker Joker
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Chances of Mahrez starting the next 2 since he got subbed at half time?
          Looking for Alli replacement/placeholder on wc - any suggestions?
          Ramsdale Button
          TAA Evans Lunds Rico Kelly
          Salah KDB Grealish Dendocks ***
          Vardy Rash Maupay

          1. TERIYAKI 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            he'll start tomorrow but will be benched later on. Why bring in a player you'll soon want to get rid?

            1. Loker Joker
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thanks for the reply.
              Looking a 2 game window only - easy swap to alli/maddison after that.
              Need some differentials in that slot - any suggestions?

          2. luk46
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            just get Maddison?

            1. Loker Joker
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Imminent benching within the next 2? On a WC now, so would preferably get someone nailed-ish for the next 2.

        • NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          My initial plan was Kane (c) against Norwich. But Son (banned) and Alli (doubt) made me feel far less confident with this captain choice.

          Vardy - projected to rest
          Mane - projected to rest

          The valid choice is probably KDB (c) with a good rest Aguero available to face SHU at home then. Hope City still have motivation to fight.

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I don't see how or why Mane would be rested.

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Should be dropped completely after his abysmal display against the Foxes

              1. Klein
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Lol. Hate is real.

            2. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Would you do Sterling -> Mane for a hit this week ?

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                That's a total lottery. More to lose than gain imo

                1. Rolls-Royce
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Maybe I'll save transfer and do it later.

                  Would you suggest to triple up Mane with TAA + Salah before Pool play Spurs & United?

            3. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Just a prediction I have seen at some web sites. I guess it's purely because he didn't get early substitution.

          2. TERIYAKI 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Ding Ding Ding!!!!!!!

            1. Test Eagles
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Is it dinner time!

        • FPL ElasticO
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Playing TAA any chance of get benched....

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not likely but if it is he should stay in the bench anyway

        • marzo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          1. Alli+ Maddison ( Greenwood).
          2. Mane+ Maupay ( Dendoncker).

          Have Salah already.

          1. TERIYAKI 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            2

        • Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Morning gents.

          Which one would you start?

          A) Alli - Doubt and Might not start
          B) Mousset- Benched last GW and likely to start

          1. Lucky Z
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Alli

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              What if he comes in for a 1 pointer and ruins my Mousset haul? 🙁

              1. Lucky Z
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                What if Alli starts and hauls? 🙂

        • Firefoxed
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Need help on the below with 1Ft 2.2ITB.

          Ryan/Button
          Soy/ Kelly/ Rico/ Oconnel/ Lundstram
          Madisson/ Mane/ KDB/ Alli/ Cantwell
          Vardy/ Rashford/ Abraham

        • Lucky Z
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Alli Abraham => Mane Ayew -4

          Yes or No

          TAA Soyuncu Williams
          Salah Grealish KDB Alli*
          Vardy Rashford Abraham*

        • 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Who is better C of Vardy, Mane, Rashford or KDB?

          Cheers 🙂

          1. Test Eagles
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Literally flip a coin...

            A 4-sided coin.

            Maybe roll a dice

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bottomed. Better option for this team? Any other suggestions welcome. 1ft, 4.8m itb. Thanks

          a. alli > mane
          b. Richarlison > mane

          pope
          taa dunk soy
          kdb alli richarlison grealish
          vardy tammy rashford

          button rico lund dendo

        • Salt'N'Pepe
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Save FT or take out Alli ?

          Ryan
          Aurier TAA Dunk
          Martial Alli Grealish KDB
          Jiminez Kane Rashford

          Button Kelly Mount Lundstram

          1FT 0.8m ITB

          Any Suggestions

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I would save, that's a solid bench.

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Does it make sense to have Maddison/Martial instead of Alli for this week on WC and leave funds in the bank to switch back to Alli next week?