Captain Sensible

The best FPL players to own, sign or captain for Gameweek 16

Liverpool, Leeds and Burnley are the key teams for the Gameweek 16 Scout Picks.

We have included a double-up from each of these clubs as they prepare to face Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United between now and Thursday.

This team was chosen by Scout Squad pundits David, Neale, Tom and Andy – and includes a longer-than-usual captaincy segment considering the lack of turnaround time for one of Jan’s excellent Captain Sensible articles.

We line-up in the 4-3-3 formation, coming in £82.0m, £1.0m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Alex McCarthy (£4.7m) remains one of the best value assets in FPL this season, offering 13.2 points per million spent, third among goalkeepers. Fresh from a 0-0 draw with Fulham, Southampton host a West Ham side who, aside from Tomas Soucek, spent large parts of Sunday afternoon offering little going forward.

Defenders

Ahead of travelling to Newcastle, Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) is joint-top for chances created among defenders over the last four matches. Meanwhile, the Magpies have failed to score in each of their last two meetings with top-six opposition this season.

João Cancelo (£5.6m) looks likely to get another start for Manchester City as they face Everton at Goodison Park. Kyle Walker remains sidelined following a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test while Guardiola hailed Cancelo’s “regeneration and physicality” as “incredible” in his pre-match press conference. Manchester City’s defensive capabilities continue to inspire confidence. Ahead of meeting an Everton side still without Richarlison and James Rodríguez, the Citizens have conceded just one goal since Gameweek 10.

Stuart Dallas (£4.7m) is another rather locked-in defender due to absences elsewhere in his team. Leeds are still without Liam Cooper (abdomen), Robin Koch (knee) and Diego Llorente (muscle), leaving Marcelo Bielsa no choice but to keep the Northern Ireland international at right-back. While West Bromwich Albion stifled Liverpool at Anfield, we expect them to come out of the traps a little more against Leeds, leaving more spaces for exploitation than we saw on Sunday. That should benefit Dallas, who sits behind only three defenders for attempts on goal in the last four matches.

The inclusion of Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) in the Gameweek 16 Scout Picks is a relatively routine one. Burnley have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three meetings with a bottom-eight Premier League side. Meanwhile, winless basement boys Sheffield United have the worst goals per game ratio in the division after 15 Gameweeks (0.5).

Midfielders

Salah building up massive power in top 10k after Gameweek 14 haul

Despite a reputation for only delivering at Anfield, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) has registered either a goal, assist or both in each of his last six away matches. The Gameweek 2 win at Chelsea was the last time the Egyptian blanked on the road for Liverpool, averaging 9.8 points in that time. In fact, 62 of Salah’s 120 points this season (51.7%) have come away from Anfield. So facing a Newcastle outfit with one clean sheet since Gameweek 2 looks very favourable indeed.

Fresh from another away-day double-digit haul, Bruno Fernandes (£11.1m) retains his Scout Picks place despite the short turnaround. The Portuguese international is too pivotal to Manchester United’s fortunes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rest him for a big clash with Wolves and his posted a double-figure score in two of his last three home matches.

Jack Grealish (£7.8m) was desperately unfortunate not to get some assists against Crystal Palace as Aston Villa managed to roll the Eagles over despite the man-disadvantage. Seeing Chelsea crumble under an out-of-form Arsenal attack suggests Grealish can continue his decent form even at Stamford Bridge, where Frank Lampard will almost certainly have to break up the back-four that has provided so much defensive stability this season.

Forwards

We expect an improved Fulham defence to park the bus at Spurs on Thursday night, but we also fancy Harry Kane (£11.0m) to make a breakthrough. He has scored or assisted in all six of Spurs’ meetings with bottom-eight sides this season. Crucially, Kane found the net in each of his last two at home against such opposition (Brighton and Arsenal).

As already mentioned, West Bromwich Albion are a lot more likely to venture forth at home against Leeds than they did at Anfield, opening up space for Patrick Bamford (£6.5m) to exploit. The Leeds forward has been excellent away from home this season, netting seven times on the road since promotion.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) is top of the league for expected goals (non-penalty) over the last four matches. That bodes well ahead of facing Sheffield United side that is yet to keep a clean sheet in 2020/21.

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnstone (£4.5m)
  • Serge Aurier (£5.2m)
  • Anwar El Ghazi (£5.7m)
  • Raphinha (£5.4m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

As there was no time for a Captain Sensible article between Gameweeks 15 and 16 today, we have condensed it into the armband section of this piece.

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The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Rupert the Horse helped the Community Champions to their seventh victory of the campaign in Gameweek 15, winning by a 47-36 score-line. The Scout Picks lead 8-7 for the season.

Forever In Our Shadow takes us on for Gameweek 16 going with a 4-3-3 formation of Pope; Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Tarkowski, Dallas; Salah (vc), Fernandes, Raphinha; Kane (c), Bamford, Wood.

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4,776 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sir Burtenshaw
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Who to get on wildcard?
    A. Wood
    B. Adams

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Adams

    2. Matteera
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      In similar position..

      Have gone Wood but likely to switch next week or before gw 19 for longer term

    3. joey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Adams

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I bought Adams. There's not much in it though. Just rate Southampton a lot more than Burnley even though they have arguably worse fixtures.

    5. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I went wood , 2 good fixtures, recent good stats , on pens, I may swap to Antonio if fit for 19 but happy to play through doubles.

  2. Fergiesarmy
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    DCL to Bamford for free?

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Yes

    2. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cool guys are getting Cavani in for DCL

      1. Blzbobuk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Isn’t he being banned for racism at some point?

    3. Mcster
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      No room for both? Esp if value tied up in DCL

    4. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I did

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Post your wc team for bb and I’ll rate out of 10... also rate mine?

    McCarthy Johnstone
    Robo Coufa Taylor Dallas Justin
    Salah Son Bruno Raphina Soucek
    Vardy/Firmino Adams Bamford

    1. Andre_The_Giant
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      McCarthy Johnstone
      Robo Coufa Taylor Dallas Justin
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek Anguissa
      Kane Adams Bamford

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        8

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      8/10. I would still stick with Vardy over Firmino.

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      McCarthy
      TAA -- Dias -- Dier -- C.Taylor
      Salah -- Fernandes -- Son -- Raphinha
      Kane -- Bamford

      4.0 -- Coufal -- Soucek -- Brewster

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Like it... Kane, Brewster, 4.0 to Firmino, Antonio, Johnstone for the dgw? 😉

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Not ruled out yet!

    4. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      8/10 - happy with mid(obv)and defence less sure on adams and McCarthy due to fixtures but had them both in drafts.

      Fabianski Johnstone
      Zouma Robertson Justin kwp Taylor
      Salah son Bruno raphinha soucek
      Kane(Vardy) Wood(poss Antonio for 19) bamford

      Clearly Kane means I might be saving a -4 for 19 if I want 2 transfers.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Very nice. Fab, KWP to McCarthy, Coufal saves you a lot?

    5. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      McCarthy Johnstone
      Robertson Taylor Coufal Dallas Justin
      Salah Bruno Son Soucek Anguissa
      Kane Bamford Adams

      Anything glaringly obvious? Or G2G?

    6. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Solid team.
      My plan is this team with no hits. (Maybe -4. Grealish to Raphina and Martial instead of Rodrigo)

      Martinez Johnstone
      Robbo Chilwell James Coufal Balbuena
      Grealish Salah Mane Bruno Soucek
      Bamford Adams Rodrigo

  4. RUUD!
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    A) Kane and Maddison
    B) Vardy and Son

    1. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B for gw19 A for this week (Maddison is a trap but Vardy likely to rest this week)

  5. LJJH1984
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Son and Vardy to Bruno and Wood (-4)?

      Not having Bruno is killing me. Also thinking that Vardy and Son may be rested.

      What do you think?

      1. LLoris
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Vardy I think will be rested I dont think Son will

    • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Better pair

      A)Son Wood
      B)Kane Soucek

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        can you not get Son+Kane+Soucek? On WC?

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Fts .Have no wc. Replacement for Grealish and dcl

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            who is your (c) this week?
            BB in 19?
            Lots to consider

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Tc in 19.Salah

    • niloh1
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      would you guys do this? got 2 ft, kdb & vardy to son & kane.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I would

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      How many should I expect to be rested/rotated this week?
      Do I have enough bench cover with 2?

      McCarthy
      Cresswell | Dallas | Taylor
      Salah | Bruno | Son | Grealish
      Kane | DCL | Bamford

      Steer | Soucek | Targett | Mitchell

      Thanks

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Think so

      2. niloh1
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        yeah ur team is looking good for this gw

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Cheers both

      3. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Looks good. Remember that Targett is on 4YC

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks good point, hoping next week to do DCL to Brewster and Targett to TAA.
          This will give me 0.5ITB to sort Mitchell/Steer

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Nice, sounds good.

    • tractorjess
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A) Rashford + DCL
      B) Bruno + Wood

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A if chasing, otherwise B

      2. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        B)

    • Tmel
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      a) KDB & Matip > Mane & Dallas
      b) KDB & Mitchell > Son & Dallas
      c) KDB & Burke > Son & Soucek
      d) KDB, Matip & DCL > Son, Dallas & Vardy (-4)

      1. joey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Maybe C although they're all decent. I got Dallas for his clean sheet yesterday but Christ they looked ropey. Not purely the attacking tactics either, the amount of times they gave the ball away around their own box with either a bad touch or a simple misplaced pass was incredible. I saw Phillips do it twice, Klitch at least that, Ayling and Alioski both had a go as well, against a good team they could concede dozens

    • The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      On WC:

      A) Robertson + Cancelo

      B) TAA + Dias

      Feel like Trent still working his way back in but I feel more confident with Dias minutes...

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Cancelo more exciting pick, at least short term with Walker out.
        I have Robbo and Dias though.

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks, trying to make it R + D too

    • highsguy
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Wildcard GW16 - G2G???

        McCarthy (Johnstone)
        Robbo | Taylor | Dallas (Justin, Coufal)
        Son | Bruno | Salah (C) | Soucek (Raphinha)
        Adams | Kane (VC) | Bamford

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          If you believe in Spurs (I have no Spurs but Mane, your choice)

        2. howsonisnow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I’ve just selected the exact same team...

          1. highsguy
              4 months, 15 days ago

              This gives me some solace.. lol good luck!

              1. howsonisnow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                And you!

        3. C_G
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          moves i wanna make over the next 2 GWs -

          KDB + Mendy + DCL ---> Vardy + Son + Johnstone

          thoughts?

          1. joey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            They all look solid. I've currently got KDB and DCL and they're both on the hitlist, Vardy in hopefully but don't know about the midfield

        4. Diddi89
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Gtg WC team?

          Mccarty-johnstone
          Trent-robbo-Coufal-bednarek -taylor
          Salah-son-Bruno-soucek-maddison
          Bamford-Adams-rodrygo

          Thanks for feedback

          1. Blzbobuk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            I think so like Liverpool double up - decided to go for 1 and spread funds after Trent not quite firing but if he does you will be golden,

          2. joey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Is this with a gw19 BB in mind? I think I'd prefer Vardy and Raphina rather than Rodrygo and Son but could be wrong. Looks like Spurs are becoming more Mourinho like and when Son was doing well he was hardly missing which wasn't very sustainable. His fixtures pre 19 are good though

        5. Sturridge Wars
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Best players for GW18?

          1. Blzbobuk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Should be fairly easy eg Kane son dier kdb Dias cancelo dcl

        6. Milkman Bruno
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Chances of Amartey starting with Rodgers talking about lots of changes?

          • the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            play 1 pls

            a. Coufal
            b. KWP

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              B

            2. 8ball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              kwp

            3. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              thanks lads

          • FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Which BB combo is better for GW19?

            A)
            McCarthy
            Taylor - O'Shea - Alioski
            Rashford
            Rodrigo

            B)
            Meslier
            Robertson Justin - Dier
            Raphina
            Adams

          • Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            How far off is Antonio?

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              20/30 miles?

              1. Blue Moon Rising
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                This is great banter

                1. james 101
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  I live in kent.

                  Let’s keep our expectations low!

                  (He should be ok hopefully)

            2. 8ball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              WHU itk on twitter said should be back for Southampton game

            3. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              I’ll get for 19...

          • F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Something I didn't consider when going against the grain is that my team value is looking to take a big hit over the coming weeks. Everyone's selling KDB yet I have to keep him for the blank. (and still want him post blank for the 3 good fixtures). Grealish also going to take a hit, so is Zaha. And DCL too. Meanwhile others are getting value increases on the players they're bringing in for it.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Meh. It's generally overrated. Get the players you want, observe price changes so you buy them before they go up or get rid before one goes down. But don't let it affect your core decision making.

              1. Homer21
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                This

              2. F_Ivanovic
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Yeh I know it's over-rated and I'm not letting it affect my decisions but it's still frustrating!

          • Fishy-o
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            McCarthy Martínez
            Robbo Zouma Justin Coady Mitchell
            Salah Son Grealish Raphinha Anguissa
            Vardy DCL Bamford

            1m itb, 1ft

            A, Robbo, DCL > Taylor, Kane
            B, Robbo, Grealish > Taylor, Bruno
            C, Vardy > Kane

          • Greyling
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            KDB, DCL to?
            A. Son, Kane -4

            OR

            Grealish, Maupay to?
            B. Son, Wood -4

          • Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Aguero or Firmino for a Vardy place holder

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Don't like either tbh sorry.

            2. Il Capitano
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Just keep Vardz imo

            3. Slitherene
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              A) Grealish, Watkins -> Brewster, Son
              Or
              B) Grealish, Vardy -> Saka, Kane

              Basically, Son vs Kane?

            4. ABCDEFC
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Which duo?
              A) Zouma and Maddison
              B) Robbo and Raphinha

              1. OleBall
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  B

                • 8ball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  B

              2. Salarrivederci
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Who to bench?
                A: Alioski
                B: Coufal
                C: Welbeck

                Martínez
                TAA - Robertson
                Salah (C) - Fernandes - Son - Rashford - Grealish
                Bamford

                (Farrell, ? , Balbuena, Brewster)

              3. MMN
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Bench Zouma or Wilson this week?

                1. Sco
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Wilson

              4. Bishopool
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Which one plays? Other one will be benched.

                a) Foden
                b) Watkins

                1. 8ball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Watkins

              5. Sco
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                As a Pulisic owner it's frustrating the amount of articles with predicted lineups that have him in it. Just can't see Lampard risking him today after his recent hammy issues.

                1. 8ball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Was thinking the same thing. They all seem to have him starting

              6. DonBenzema
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Even though he might only play 20 minutes, I can still feel a Jamie Vardy party coming tonight!

                  1. NATSTER
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    That's what I feel too. But it's too much to take a hit to bring him in, I guess.