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. Mc3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Is this wildcard good to go? 

    Ryan
    TAA Kiko Kelly
    Salah(c) KDB Sterling Maddison
    Vardy Maupay Jimi
    Button / Lund Rico Dend

    0.1ITB

    1. Jullepuu
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Looks good to me. Try to figure out an easy way to get Mane in for game week 24

        1. Mc3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Thanks. Yep... Sterling is a placeholder for mane

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

        Very nice. Only minor concern is that Kelly might lose his spot in a couple of weeks.

        1. Mc3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yeah. Its Def a worry but got him really cheap so don't mind risking it

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

        You'd do well to be ahead of the curve and get triple Liverpool
        Mané over Sterling
        get Reid over Kiko and save the cash
        I like DCL instead of Maupay

        1. Mc3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Current plan is to get mane in 24 for sterling. Not sure on DCL, think Maupay is safer. Reid not playing right? Kiko will def get a start or two for me over next 4-5 games.

    2. Fozzyb34r
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      What’s more of a priority?

      1) Alli to Salah?
      2) Abraham to Kane?

      My team is linked if anybody wants to see the whole lot

      1. Jullepuu
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Salah imo

      2. Jullepuu
          1 month, 21 days ago

          How am I looking? Took a hit already..

          Guaita Button
          TAA Aurier Soy Lund Reid
          KDB Mane Salah(C) Grealish Hayden
          Jimenez Vardy Maupay

          1. Fozzyb34r
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Nice, good luck!

            1. Jullepuu
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Cheers!

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

              Yep, looks good to me.

              1. Jullepuu
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Thanks!

            3. Player 1
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Best replacement for Mount ?

              1. Fozzyb34r
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Grealish

              2. Royal5
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Adama

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

                Grealish about five weeks ago 😛

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

              Play who?
              Lundstram MCI (A) / Rico BHA (A) / Kelly SOU (A)

              1. Fozzyb34r
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Rico

              2. Perthite
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                I have done Rico

            5. gooner_112233445566
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Got 6.5 for striker...

              A) maupay
              B) deuleofeu
              C) jota
              D) dcl

              1. The Hobbit
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                King

              2. Jullepuu
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  A

                • Mc3
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  I've gone Maupay

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

                  D

              3. Gunner Boy
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Have 2 FTs, any suggestions what to do? 0.4 itb

                Gazza
                Aurier Rico Soyuncu
                KDB Mane' Grealish ZAHA
                Vardy Kane Rashford

                subs: McGovern Cantwell Lundstram Tomori

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

                  Zaha to Traore and Tomori to Digne?

              4. RAMZES666
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                There i did it...-4 for KDB to Salah. Tired of shifting the armband between Kane and Mane.

                Current team:
                Pope
                Aurier Evans Rico
                Salah (C) Mane Alli Grealish
                Kane Vardy Ings

                Bench: Hendo Cantwell Kelly Lund

                Hoping combination of City lack of rest and Sheffield defence gets me through this week.

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

                  Lol selling kdb

                2. Fozzyb34r
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Now you can shift it between Salah, Mane and Kane.

                  1. Royal5
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    And Vardy

                  2. RAMZES666
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    I'm 99% certain Salah starts. Origi could come in for Mane and Kane looks knackered after Brighton game, not to mention wholesale changes in midfield with Winks and Sissoko suspended which might affect their normal game.

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

                  I would've preferred to fund Salah by selling Kane but you've done it now I guess. GL anyway.

                  1. RAMZES666
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Yea i would have but did Abraham to Kane earlier in the week using Son's funds before finding out Alli was flagged!

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

                  Isn't Alli flagged?

                  I did Alli to KDB (-4) for that reason lol

                  1. RAMZES666
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    Yea but not enough funds to do Alli to KDB. Think Alli would match him IF he does start.

                    1. RAMZES666
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Sry i meant Alli to Salah

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

                1.5 m in the bank

                GTG?

                Guaita

                TAA Aurier Rico

                Mane KDB Alli Grealish

                Ings Rashford Vardy

                Pope Soyuncu Lundstram Traore

              6. AzzaroMax99
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Keep it simple. G2G?

                Ramsdale
                Digne Kelly Soyuncu
                Mane Alli* Grealish KDB(C)
                Vardy Tammy Rash

                Button Tomori Hayden Lundy

                1. Taegugk Warrior
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Lundy first bench

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

                  Looks good except Alli hope he starts

              7. Taegugk Warrior
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Ryan
                Kelly/Aurier/TAA
                Salah(c)/KDB/Alli(!)/Grealish
                Vardy(vc)/Rashford/Abraham

                McGovern-Rico-Lundstram-Dendocker

                Any worth -4 hit move or G2g....?

                1. AzzaroMax99
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Similar teams. G2G

              8. itsmeguneet
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Alli + Rashford to Maupay+ Mane/Salah for -4?

              9. shirtless
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Great GW, 74 points and I’m now a top 10k player 🙂

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Amazing

                2. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  With your fpl history probably not for long lol

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

                    brutual

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

                      Harsh!

                      Extra 50 points for not using wildcard?! 🙂

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

                        You have a great squad. You will probably screw the team if you use WC like I did by removing Ings and Jim. Maybe just go for a punt this gw so can then remove tammy next gw for ings/rash

              10. RECKLESS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                SO ffs has already dgw article out on official fpl website! No wonder fpl is so much more tough now where along with much higher 6mn+ participation, universal info for all even without needing to check any other website hardly helps :/

                1. Mc3
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  So many sources of information. You can have a very good season doing almost no research and not thinking for yourself just following template teams on Twitter.

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

                    Yeah. Can finish in top 10k with it. Anything higher will need watching of games. I scored 50pts more by just catching Jim and Ings matches a month back. Cant imagine how much more I could have scored if had seen Spurs since first mou game

                    1. Mc3
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Wish I did. Going jimi to Rashford a few weeks back killed my rank. Only did it because I had a ft to burn!

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

                How to use this FT?

                Ramsdale McGovern
                TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico Kelly
                Mané KDB Alli Maddison Dendoncker
                Vardy Rashford Abraham

                1 FT, 0.2 ITB

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

                  looks fine, maybe Alli to Moura/Grealish if worried about Mou's comments but could save transfer.

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

                    Cheers!

              12. Strchld
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Alli owners, are u keeping him? There isnt any players who I really would like to get in..

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Yep - got at 8.4 & have a deep bench so fine with hiding him for a week or two if needs be

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

                    Is Alli a sure benchwarmer this gw? Worth punting on Martial but will lose lot of value having bought him at 8.5mn

                2. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Keeping and hoping he is back soon.

                3. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  holding ... a forced rest this game week is not a bad thing really as literally any one you replace him with could be rested too

              13. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                What do we make of the DGW then?

                Easy Salah TC?

                His away form hasn’t ever really been stellar though but they’re decent-ish fixtures

                1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Mane?

                  I'm going to have both by then, and might probably toss a coin. Hope it's a bit clearer by then... But yeah, Salah's slightly more explosive

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

                  Finally a chance to Triple Cap a pool player in a DGW
                  Will come down to whoever is in better form.
                  Though I don't know anything about the future schedule, is there a chance they could have another DGW?

                3. Babit1967
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  The worry is they play within a few days again so if the title is all but wrapped up which it more or less is, they will probably rest players

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

                  Todays match performance will help as its wolves again in dgw. Whm record has Mane at top

              14. as33
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Lundstram or Kelly and Cantwell or Fleck to start?

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

                  Kelly and Fleck as Cantwell not fully fit

              15. THEKID_88
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                What are people doing with Alli?

                With the risk of this weeks rotation as well, I don't feel that comfortable keeping him.

                1. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Keeping

              16. Bishopool
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                What would you do?

                3.7M Bank; 1 FT

                a) Pulisic and Moura -> Salah and Traore (-4 pts)
                b) Pulisic and Jimenez -> Salah and Maupay (-4 pts)
                c) do nothing...

                Guaita Button
                TAA Aurier Soy Kelly Lund
                Sterling Moura Pulisic Grealish Cantwell
                Ings Vardy Jimenez

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

                  no need to -4

                2. swobe
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  pulisic to martial or save and use the 2ft next gameweek to bring in Mo or Mané imo

              17. STRANGER INGS
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                kane or jimenez for abraham?

                1. Gunner Boy
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  if money no issue, Kane

                2. swobe
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Jimenez is astute. Not sure about Liverpool away though. Kane for the long run.

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

                3 mil in the bank, and 1ft, not sure where to spend.
                Pope button
                Aurier TAA soy rico Lund
                Grealish moura Kdb alli mane
                Jiminez vardy greenwood

              19. unitednations
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                WC suggestions?

                Ryan • Button
                Taa • Otamendi • XXX • Lundy • Rico
                Salah • Kdb • Grealish • XXX • XXX
                Rashford • Vardy • Ings

                A: Aurier + Alli + Dendocker
                B: Kiko + Martial + Mount and a create a strong front 8
                C: Aurier + Maddison + Dendocker
                D: Kiko + Mane + Dendocker and convert Rashford > Maupay

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

                  Just get some Spurs players 😀

              20. gooner_112233445566
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 21 days ago

                For next 5...

                A) deuleofeu
                B) josh king
                C) dcl
                D) maupay

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

                  dcl is fun

              21. konrad.sygula95
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Pope/Krul
                Lundstram/Kelly/Rico/Soy/Robbo
                Salah/Kdb/Alli/Mount/Cantwell
                Vardy/Abraham/Connolly
                2ft 1.7itb

                Which option should I choose?

                A Alli & Mount to Lucas & Grealish
                B Alli & Connolly to Lucas & Jimmy
                C Alli & Mount to Martial & Grealish
                D Other option ?

              22. tbhogal
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Hi Guys! Need some advice on what to do with this lot ? 1FT 2.2m itb

                Pope (button)
                TAA, Rico, Soyuncu (Tomori,Lundstram)
                Mane, KDB, Grealish, Alli (Cantwell)
                Ings, Tammy, Vardy..

              23. Player 1
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                A) Tammy > Jiménez
                B) Mount > Traore

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

                  A) Tammy > Jiménez / Ings
                  B) Mount > Traore

              24. Waldaz
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Anyone considering Fabianski? Apparently back today for twitter ITK.

                1. Jet5605
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  While Pellegrini is there, no chance

              25. Jet5605
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Which is the best GK to go on a WC

                A Guaita
                B Ryan
                C Ramsdale
                D Foster

              26. The Red Devil
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Start Kelly or Rico?

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

                  Rico