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. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Is it true that TAA gets suspended if he gets a YC this GW due to the rescheduled game? Could be an incentive to rest him...

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      It’s been that way for weeks now, Wolves not an easy match so I believe he’ll start

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      yes, resting him is like a suspension.

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Haha!

    3. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Milner to deputise for him for sure which also negates Salah’s captaincy appeal for me

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        More importantly are we actually gonna know any better before deadline?

    4. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Overthinking.

    5. smitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Or he plays and if he gets booked he gets his rest against SHU...

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Means Klopp May as well start him v Wolves, nothing to lose

  2. extremecheez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 25 days ago

    On WC and can’t sort out my final move. Pretty template. Love my team, but pick one for LONG term.

    Vardy. Mo. Mane and tta

    Vady. Kun. Mo or mane and tta

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I have gone Mo+Mane

    2. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Kun is a trap
      Too expensive and will rotate. League likely gone

  3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    BOTTOMED
    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?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yeah

    2. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yes

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yeah I think so. I personally quite like Maddison this GW - came off early last match, set pieces, West Ham defensive stats very poor - no idea why he fell in price to be honest!

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      is Alli actually out ?

  4. Lav
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Roll FT here? £1.4m ITB

    Guaita
    TAA Soy Rico
    Mane KDB Alli Grealish
    Vardy Rash Jimenez

    4.0 Cantwell Lund 4.0

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I would,yeah.

      1. Lav
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Seems reasonable. Just stumped on captain now. Vardy or Mane surely

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Haha same dilemma here..

          1. Lav
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Whats your side?

            1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Mane atm but not sure

  5. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Play 1 -
    A) lundstram
    B) Fernandez
    C) Simpson

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Is Simpson nailed? Then him, otherwise Fernandez.

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Simpson won’t play with Rico back, Lundstram 0-1 pointer and 1-2 for Fernández

  6. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Bottomed again. Dump one for Salah.

    a. alli
    b. richarlison

    1. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      B

  7. DS29
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Hey ,I'm on WC ...what's your suggestion?
    1.Rashford+Alli+Cantwell (bench Cantwell)
    2.Maupay+Salah+Cantwell (bench Cantwell)
    3.Greenwood+Salah+Moura(bench mason)

  8. BNMC
    1 month, 25 days ago

    So worried for this week with rotation, might get a 1-pointer from whoever I captain...

  9. Lav
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Start Rico or Lund? I am torn.

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Close. Im going with lund.

    2. BNMC
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I'm going Rico.
      Lundy 2nd sub :/

  10. yanky
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    vardy and alli projected to rest according to the projected lineups should I bench one of them? pick ONE to bench...currently benching alli, madness?

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

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Play both.

      1. yanky
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        and bench who??

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Richo/Grealish. Doubtful both Vardy and Alli play.

  11. Infected by ebolasie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Trossard anyone?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Thought about it but minutes are terrible.

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        True - I think he'll start today though. If he impresses, he'll likely keep his place

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Start today yeah. B'mouth defending better.

  12. BNMC
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Ryan or Guaita in goal? I think Hodgson has rotated his GKs before so I worry Guaita won't play.

  13. Canary_Kid
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    No replies last time

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

    Rest of defense: Lund Soy Kelly

    Cheers

    1. 404_FC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      a

  14. 404_FC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Last man standing average points?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      58.1, post on next page.

      1. 404_FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        thanks torres T_T

        GG

  15. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Captain
    A Aguero
    B Kane

    1. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A

    2. Canary_Kid
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      B

    3. Infected by ebolasie
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Toughie - I'd say A to chase

  16. Firefoxed
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Abraham and Oconnell to Ings and TAA for a Hit?

  17. DS29
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Salah or Sterling for a few weeks?On WC...will get Salah for gw24

  18. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Pope Button
    Soy Kelly Lundstram Rico Dunk
    Salah KdB Alli Zaha Dendoncker
    Kane Vardy Ings
    1 FT 0.9 ITB. What should I do? Take a hit to get TAA in or wait? Got Zaha last week so would like to stick for another GW

    1. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Hold and pray

  19. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Tammy and Pope the fall guys?
    2FTs, 0.6itb

    Pope, Button
    Trent, Aurier, Soy, Rico, Lunds
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Grealish, Cantwell
    Vardy(c), Jim, Tammy

    1. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Yes

  20. janowsc
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Play Guita or Pope? Ings owner...cheers

    1. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Guiata

  21. Lav
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Honestly content with Vardy(c) KDB(vc).

    Heads spinning over Rico v Lundstram

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Don't think vardy will get rested?

      1. Lav
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Nah

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Vardy may be rested this game week

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Why would he be rested? One of the fittest at the club, no European or international games. One goal from becoming the 7 th Premier League Player to score 30 goals in a calendar year. An

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Because his manager came out and said he had no chance of playing this game due to the fixture congestion. If he can be believed.

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Brendan outstanding? Fair play if he re sts him, not biased cos I have him, but see no sense in resting your best player if he's not injured. But I won't be captaining him for another while, was good while it lasted.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Close games means injuries are more likely.

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          because his manager has said as much, that Vardy won’t play all these games

  22. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    2 FT’s post deadline this morning

    Connolly & Pulisic > Wilson & Romeu to give below?

    Guaita
    TAA, Robbo, Aurier,
    Salah, KDB, Alli, Maddison
    Vardy, Wilson, Ings
    (Hennessey, Lundy, Rico, Romeu)

    Jimmy & Douglas Luiz was actually a go instead but Pulisic & Connolly’s price drops have killed it

    I have a strange and uncontrollable urge to sign Wilson though and it’s quite worrying

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Or might just do Pulisic > Grealish, play 3-5-2 & keep 2 FT’s until Wilson hits form first

    2. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Wilson for wat and norwich earlier in the season didnt go well. So staying very clear from him.

  23. Sid07
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    On wc
    A) Ramsdale 4.0
    Robertson Rico Kelly Lund soync
    Salah mane kdb martial grealish
    Vardy ings greenwood

    B) RYAN 4.0
    TAA Rico Kelly Lund soync
    Salah mane kdb martial grealish
    Vardy MAUAPY greenwood

  24. Infected by ebolasie
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Suggestions for a differential mid? 6.8 is the budget

    1. Sadio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I went for Trossard despite his lack of minutes or form.

      I'm having a terrible season though, so my confirmation bias doesn't mean much.

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Was also thinking of him. Might just go for it

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Traoré

  25. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Rough with the smooth!
    Rough: entertaining guests today so no radio commentary for me
    Smooth: I get to drink for 12 hours with my wife's permission

    Rough: 40 points in GW19... Had Ings and Pulišić stayed on the bench then I would have had 38 with 37 off the bench... 75 far more appealing.
    Smooth: no suspensions in the final possible match for my squad

  26. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Mousset to ayew to cover any rested players and strengthen bench?

    Guaita
    Aurier Soy Kelly
    Mane KDB (c) Alli Pogba Maddison
    Vardy Rash

    Button Lund Rico Mousset (1ft 2.1m itb)

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      i would roll the transfer ... you have a starting bench with the other two, and Mousset may even start

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Maybe save
      Mousset should start next game

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No. Transfer for your 11 or to double, treble etc to get players in for your 11.

  27. DS29
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Best keeper option
    Ryan
    Ramsdale (have Rico)
    Foster

    1. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I have Ryan, am playing him. Considered playing Rico also, will see later. Might bench Lundstram given Citeh could be angry.

  28. Lucky Z
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Alli Abraham => Mane Ayew -4

    A. Yes
    B. No

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

  29. FredrikH
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Vardy vs Kane captaincy doing my head in. Thoughts?

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Going Kane, Salah vice.

  30. ymx
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    alli vs martial vs Maddison???

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Alli