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

    A) Dallas, Adams (3-4-3) - Dallas bench
    B) Cancelo, Rodrigo (4-4-2) - Rodrigo bench

    B is a Leeds tripple up but as written, Rodrigo will be on the bench

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

      BB GW19.

      If A I have enough money to do McCarthy -> Fabianski for GW19 too

    2. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B. Rodrigo on bench so triple up not a major issue imo

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

    Who do I take out for Robertson?
    A) Chillwell
    B) Targett

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

      B

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

      B...

    3. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B

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

      If cash no issue then of course B

  3. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Rashford likely to start?

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

      Yes.

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

        When does he not lol?

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

          Because of his shoulder

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

            Yeah but that's been an issue for like 2 months now and he's still been playing so should be fine. Ole loves him.

    2. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I think so, the shoulder has been a long standing niggle for some time and he has played

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

      I reckon, yeah. Utd have one of the bigger breaks between fixtures.

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

      Thanks!

  4. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Finally more settled on my WC. How's this lot looking?
    McCarthy
    Justin Reguilon Cancelo
    Salah Neto Bruno KDB Grealish
    DCL Bamford
    Taylor Alioski Brewster
    Any advice at all would be appreciated?
    Is Neto a decent pick or some one else 5.9 and below?
    Thank you in advance

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

    moves i wanna make over the next 2 weeks:

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

    thoughts?

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

      great

  6. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Johnstone
    Dalas dias dier (target kilman)
    Bruno son salah grealish (lokman)
    Dcl vardy bamford

    Which ?

    A) target to taylor
    B) kilman lokman -4 to taylor 4.4 mid. (Free up some money)
    C) vardy lokman -4 to kane 4.3 mid.

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A. B would be a good move but not for a -4

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

    Would you?

    a) stay with Mane
    b) replace him with Bruno

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

      B.

  8. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Mane or Vardy for the DGW?

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

      Vardy if you have Salah too ?

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Both

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

      I have vardy but have considered the switch to mane and double up with salah

  9. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Which 2 would you start?

    A) DCL (MNC)
    B) Watkins (che)
    C) Soucek (sou)
    D) Struijk (wba)

    Cheers

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Stjuik will play ?

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

        He played yesterday and they kept a clean sheet so maybe?

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

      B and one of A/C. Maybe C

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

        Thanks

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

    Play Two

    A) Adams
    B) Dallas
    C) Soucek

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

      AB

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

    KDB is like a really expensive Lamptey this year. Looks great... underlying stats good. But because the City attack is terrible he's just not getting the returns he deserves.

  12. DonBenzema
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Even though he might only play 20 minutes, I can still feel a Jamie Vardy party coming today! Who's with me?

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Advice massively appreciated thanks all.

      KDB and Lamptey -> Mané and 5.1 defender
      KDB and Lamptey -> Son (have Kane) and Robertson (have Trent).

      1. DonBenzema
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Mane and the 5.1 defender

        • Sco
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I love the 2nd one.

      2. Krafty Werks
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Bench two of the following!!

        A - Zouma v Aston Villa
        B - Bednarek v West Ham
        C - Dallas v West Brom
        D - Justin v Crystal Palace
        E - Coufal v Southampton
        F - DCL v Man City

        Thanks.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          EF

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

            this

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

              Agree

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

        Need to play 2 our of the below;

        a. DCL
        b. Soucek
        c. Grealish

        Thanks in advance 🙂

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          A&C dcl can score against city

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

          thanks thats the 2 I'm on atm..

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

        Transfer suggestions? 2FT's 0m

        Martinez Forster
        Robbo Chilwell Cancelo Coufal Dallas
        Salah Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
        Ings DCL Bamford

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

          Ings > Che or Abraham

      5. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        WC team, BB19

        Mccarthy, Johnstone
        Dallas, Robbo, Balbuena, Taylor, KWP
        Son, XXX, Salah, Bruno, Raphinha
        Adams, XXX, Bamford

        XXX is...

        A) Rashford + Wood
        B) Grealish + Martial

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

        A) wilson to wood -4
        B) play soucek

        A also a preparation for the DGW

        1. Matt Sk
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          This is a tough one but I go with A

      7. Rhodes your boat
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Bench strujik or kwp?

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

          Struijk.

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Thanks! 🙂

      8. Matt Sk
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Saw a photo from the Man United match and was thinking, didn't Solskjaer and Evans actually play together back in the days?

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

          Could have done

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

        Would you rather have Adams in a 3-4-3 or Cancelo in a 4-4-2?

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

          Cancelo

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

          Oh sorry, my question got through above. Never mind, see my comment on top

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Hmm cancelo

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

          Cheers both

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

        McCarthy Johnstone
        Robbo Coufal Justin Dallas Taylor
        Salah Son Bruno Souceck Bissouma
        Bamford Kane Adams

        Wildcard ready?

        Previous post got lost

      11. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        On wildcard - does anybody think Bardsley is a threat to Lowton?

      12. AdamJ91
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Hi all. Good to go?

        Martinez
        Robbo, Cancelo, Dier
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha
        Kane (c), Bamford, Watkins

        (P-Farrell, C.Taylor, Coufal, Anguissa)

      13. mojoindojo
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Bench 1
        Coufal
        Dallas
        Zouma
        KWP

      14. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Does anyone know how long is out Matip ?

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

          Yoda is that you?

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

            Lol

      15. Milkman Bruno
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Play Amartey over Cresswell as I have Adams?

        • C_G
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Mane or Son, I have Kane.

          Bringing Son in enables Vardy instead of DCL

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

            Son + Vardy

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

          A or B?

          A) Vardy & Soucek (Both about to rise in price!) http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/
          B) Son & Wood

          On WC!

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            B

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

              Cheers

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

            This week B) then move to Vardy/souceck week after

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

              Cheers mate! Think that's a better move

        • 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Lamptey -> CTaylor

          Yes or no?
          Dias, Dallas, Coufal, Mitchell