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. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Best way to save money?

    A) Taylor to Lowton
    B) Dallas to Ayling or Alioski
    C) Adams, Raphina to Rodrygo, Walcott

    1. Mongreloid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Sco
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Unhelpful again but none of those. If the first players you named in each scenario are the ones you currently own then I'd keep. They're all much better options than the others.

      Who do you need to save money for?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Possible adams to Antonio... have 0.2 atm but if Vardy rises and Firmino drops I can’t do it

        1. NateDogsCats
            5 months, 24 days ago

            I don't think Antonio will be back for nearly a month at best, could well be wrong but Moyes keeps saying he's out on the grass now but the worrying comment he made was last week when he said something about needing to see if they need to buy another striker if he doesn't return in January, I put him in for a week a couple of weeks ago as a punt (was getting in Salah and had to pick someone in that bracket) but even if he returns in the next week or two he'll be eased in very slowly surely and could easily get injured again

    3. boroie
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Current squad...

      McCarthy
      Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
      Salah(C) Son(VC) Bruno KDB
      Bamford Adams Watkins

      Forster; Soucek Targett N.Williams

      Best transfer...

      A) KDB -> Mane
      B) Targett -> C.Taylor
      C) Targett -> Dallas
      D) Save FT

      1. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Looks good. Save imo

    4. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Any advice guys? Currently on C

      2FT and 1.5ITB

      McCarthy
      Taylor Dias Justin
      Son KDB Salah Podence Fernandes
      DCL Bamford

      4mill Coufal Targett Brewster

      A) Targett + Podence to TAA and 4.5m
      B) Targett + KDB + DCL to TAA + Bowen + Kane -4pts
      C) Targett + Dias to TAA and Alioski
      C) Anything else

      1. Mongreloid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        C

      2. FPL Touches
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        DCL to Kane, KDB to anyone you fancy

    5. Andre_The_Giant
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Captain Kane or Salah?

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Salah

      2. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Salah - depends on which Kane turns up

      3. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Torn between Kane, Salah, Son or Bruno myself. Currently on Salah

      4. tom2224
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Bruno

    6. Mongreloid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Meslier (Fabianski)
      Justin KWP Dier (Alioski) (Coufal)
      Salah Fernandes Son Grealish (Soucek)
      Kane Bamford Welbeck

      Planning FH18 and BBDG19, transfer Kane for Vardy and Welbeck for Adams by the time 19 comes round.

      Currently have 0.5ITB but can’t see where to apply it - any thoughts...?

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        hold i think

    7. TAT
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Martínez
      Dallas - Taylor - Chilwell - Coufal
      Fernandes - Salah - Raphinha - *Son*
      Bamford - *Watkins*
      (Button - DCL - Anguissa - *Vestergaard*)

      The team above is my current team. How does this transfer plan look like? Is getting Vardy in this GW for a hit clever or stupid?

      GW 17: Watkins > Vardy
      GW 18: Free Hit
      GW 19: Chillwell > Robertson or Son > Mané/Rashford

      1. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Wait with Vardy.. likely to be rested today.

        Keep Son GW19.

        1. TAT
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          My initial planning was to keep Son, but Spurs' form makes me consider alternatives…

    8. FPL Touches
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Sitting with 2FT and some bench fodder (Davis, Steer, Mitchell) stinking up the team. Looks like I'll need to sell KDB to upgrade them.

      Looking at doing this for free:

      KDB + Davis ➡ Saka/Soucek + Kane (C) (Got Son)

      Any preference for Saka or Soucek?

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        soucek and i'd rather have vardy than kane because of dgw19

      2. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Soucek for the tasty DGW fixtures.

        Saka is a wait and see.

    9. C_G
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      I did Watkins ---_> Bamford on FT today, was that a good idea?

      1. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        yes

      2. FPL Touches
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        I don't love it tbh. Villa are creating a load of chances and Watkins is getting more service than anyone right now.

    10. Marc Jobling
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Salah seems a popular (c) but, for those with both Salah and Kane, who have you captained?

      1. Rbyrne95
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Salah

      2. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Not Kane

      3. Sco
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Kane.

        Hate captaining against Newcastle. They just park the bus and play for a 0-0.

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Will Fulham not do the same?

      4. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        I don't think it's close. Salah is better stats wise for both attacking and Newcastle are worse than Fulham at defending.

      5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Not the centre back

      6. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Head says Salah, heart says Kane

      7. The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Salah - Kane and Spurs in general looked really bad V Wolves and the last 2-3 games

      8. FPLHaggis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Mo.

    11. Rbyrne95
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      probability on Martial and Vardy starting?

      1. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Martial 80
        Vardy 50

        Just guessing though

    12. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Meslier nyland
      Zouma Alioski Taylor Bednarek Dunne
      Kdb Salah son grealish Fernandes
      DCL Bamford Brewster

      2 FT 0.0ITB

      A- Kdb -> Neto
      B- Kdb + Brewster -> Soucek + Kane
      C- grealish -> Neto

      Cheers!

      1. EL TANO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        I just did Brewster + KDB > Kane + Sako (same price as Soucek 5.1 but better fixtures + GW 18 vs Palace H)

        1. EL TANO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Or you could do DCL + Brewster > Wood + Watkins

          1. The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Bench DCL?

          2. The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Sorry my bad, who would I bench in this case?

        2. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Sako nailed to start?

    13. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Bench one:
      A) Cresswell
      B) KWP
      C) R. James

      Bench one:
      A) Soucek
      B) Raphinha
      C) DCL

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Sorry.
        1) Soucek
        2) Raphinha
        3) DCL

    14. Lebowski85
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      First 11 dilemmas in a 3-4-3

      1) Dallas or Coufal
      2) Soucek or Neto

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Dallas & Soucek

    15. LJJH1984
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Best to keep Son or Grealish? Thanks all.

        1. Dee Lixon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Son

        2. Rbyrne95
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Only thing that worries me with Grealish is his current yellow cards

        3. LJJH1984
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Forgot about Grealish and his yellows!

            Going to keep faith with Son.

          1. Sco
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Because it's Barcelona and they're stupid.

            They've drove away the GOAT with such stupidity. It's not surprising any more.

          2. FPLHaggis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Home grown for UCL?

          3. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Given our transfer dealings lately, it would make complete sense to buy him.

            In reality we don't need him as Dest has done well since he arrived.

        4. karsworde
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          If I save my transfer in GW17, make two changes in GW18 for DGW19 and then play the FH for GW18, do the two transfers made in GW18 count towards DGW19?

          1. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Your initial 19 squad would be the same with your final 17 squad.

        5. FPL Doctor
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Any suggestions?
          1FT 0.7 ITB

          Martinez
          Dias Dallas Justin James
          Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
          Bamford Wood

          Steer Soucek DCL Coufal

          A) Save
          B) KDB to Son
          C) KDB + James —> Son + Robbo (-4)
          D) James to Taylor

        6. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          If you're on a wildcard, you don't need FH18:

          You can set up your team for GWs 16 to 22 following the template, have 2 FTs for BGW18, FH19, and sell one GW18 player by GW20 (say, Dier to Reece for free)

          GW23 marks a massive City fixture swing. This frees up funds via something like Dias/Cancelo (especially if you get two City defenders on your WC now) to a cheap defender with good fixtures

          We'll know the DGW26 doubles before GW24. If you roll a spare FT from GW23, you'll have FOUR free transfers to prepare for BB26, which will have about 4 to 6 doubles, according to Crellin

          You'll then have your WC to clear the bench after and prepare for BGWs 29 and 33, as well as TC for the minor DGWs for Bruno (Burnley or TGW), Grealish (Newcastle), KDB/Kun (Southampton)

          1. Blue Moon Rising
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            It’s a school of thought but long term plans like this don’t account for the variables such as injuries and dips in form

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            It's too late now. There's a reason nobody is doing it that way too. Because it doesn't make sense imo. If you have a WC in 16, it's perfect to setup a GW19 BB.

        7. RUUD!
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Start Konsa or Coufal this week?

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Coufal

        8. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Play one:

          A) Coufal vs Southampton
          B) Ampadu vs Burnley

          I know A looks easier and the more obvious pick but a player from a relegation battling team against a team that is less attacking than Southampton can prove to be good.

        9. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Who will you start?
          1) Taylor vs SHU
          or
          2) Soucek vs Soton'
          Benching Soucek after a long time :p By best cheapie till now but Sheffield seems best possible Burnley match

        10. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Salah or Bruno captain?

          1. Neves say Neves
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            mo easy

          2. tom2224
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Bruno

          3. 1314
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            tough, Salah for me..could go either way though just like last gw..

        11. gomez123
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          What are the KDB owners doing??...(A)Keeping one last week or(B) selling?

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            B

          2. C_G
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            keeping

          3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Keeping till BGW at least.

          4. Salarrivederci
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Selling for Salah

          5. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Keeping, keeping the faith as he is even more a differential this week after droves have dumped him

        12. PP6
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          I no longer really look at Fulham and West Brom as a captainable fixture.. anyone the same?

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            They’ve definitely tightened up. Crystal Palace look like the current whipping boys.

            1. Homer21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 24 days ago

              This

          2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            My record so far..Kane cap against westbrom returned, bruno cap against westbrom returned, vardy cap against ful returned(one assist Oly),kdb cap against ful returned,salah cap against ful returned,salah cap against westbrom blank.oly one blank it depends on the player also, I have captained all the one who was on penalties which gives you an added advantage..

          3. Salarrivederci
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Ye I agree.
            Think Newcastle looks poor at the back after returning from Covid outbreak.

          4. NateDogsCats
              5 months, 24 days ago

              Yep, made a post about it here yesterday but everyone keeps underestimating Fulham in particular. 1 loss in 6 and that includes games v Liverpool, City and Leicester and they've only conceded 2 in their last 4

          5. mickjoe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Pick one , Kane for Adams or DCL

          6. Liastro ⭐️
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Dias or Cancelo on WC?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 24 days ago

              Dias. More nailed.

              1. Blue Moon Rising
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 24 days ago

                Correct, Cancelo suprisingly nailed though plays RB occasionally and is probably our first choice LB

          7. ABCDEFC
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            On WC: 0M ITB. FH18. BB19.

            Kane to Vardy GW17.
            Son to Rashford GW19.

            McCarthy (Johnstone)
            Justin - Robbo - Dallas (Balbuena - Coufal)
            Bruno - Salah - Son - Raphinha (Soucek)
            Kane - Bamford - Adams

            G2G?

            1. Drogo
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 24 days ago

              Wow, what is your team value?

          8. camarozz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Morning.
            Couple of questions.

            Would you play Taylor over Coufal this gw?

            Also would u bring him McCarthy with dg19 in mind for free? And play him over Martinez this gw?

            1. Sco
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 24 days ago

              Yes. Burnley are better defensively than West Ham and have a better fixture too.

              Not sure about the 2nd question.

            2. Phlajo
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 24 days ago

              Yes, and probably yes

          9. ymx
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Dallas or Taylor?? For next 3 GWs??

          10. LLoris
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 24 days ago

            Pope or Fabianski?