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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COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

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. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    start 1

    A) Taylor
    B) Dallas
    C) Coufal

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A

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

      Dallas

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

    Pool will not get new CB before dgw's ? What do you think ?
    Is Rhys Williams good pick for next few gw's ?

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

      Huge if true

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

      might rotate with Phillips

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

    Fabinski
    Ayling-TAA-Zouma
    Soucek-Salah-Son-Fernandes-Grealish
    Bamford-Vardy

    PF-Webster-Brewster-Konsa

    1ft 0.9itb

    Save ft right?

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      yeah i would

  4. Liastro ⭐️
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Cancelo or Dias on a WC?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Is probably go Cancelo now. Both good picks

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

      Dias less rotation risk it seems
      Cancelo better offensive threat.
      For me Cancelo

    3. Sho-kun
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      short term cancelo
      long term dias

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    1FT. 0.4itb. FH18, BB19.

    KDB >>

    A. Son (worried with no Spurs and those fixtures)

    B. Mané (looks back in great form but is triple pool and Salah Captain too much)

    C. Save (give Kev ANOTHER chance!)

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I'm doing C but will probably do KDB + DCL > Rashford and Vardy next gw

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

      B

    3. Genji3lade
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Same boat, weirdly leaning towards C.

      Will then have 2 FT's next week with more info and I still think Kevin could get points this week.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Also leaning that way!

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

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

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

      Yes

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

      Yes imo

      1. THEKID_88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Yes

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Yes

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

      Yes. But even if it wasn't, the decision is made. Sit back and relax!

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

      Yep, imo

  7. Whatever100
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Bergwijn good 1 week punt maybe?

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

      Nah he's terrible.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      No

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

    Which 2 to bench?
    A. Cancelo
    B. Chilwell
    C. Dallas
    D. Taylor
    E. Coufal

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      E for sure. Rest are a coin toss

    2. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      B (probably rested)
      D

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

    Play Coufal(v Southampton) or Dallas (v Westbrom)

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

      Dallas. Higher CS potential and more attacking potential.

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

      Dallas

  10. Mattymo23
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Should I start?

    A) Maddison

    B)Soucek

    Just worried Maddison will come off the bench for a one pointer

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

      Not sure. B is way more likely to start but A is way more likely to return points. Go with your gut.

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

      Pick the player with higher points potential. That's Maddison.

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

    Any news on rashford? Will we get an update before the deadline from ole? I have him in on wc

    1. PP6
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Don’t think we will get an update but he desperately needs a rest before his shoulder gets worse..

      Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t start although ole plays him into the ground so you might be alright

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

        Might get yourself in too. But I reckon Cavani will play

  12. Blens
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    DCL - where's all this news coming from that he may be rested?

    I can get him back and sub Soucek or Raphina for him but wanted to see how much of a gamble that was.

    % DCL will start?

    1. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Speculation on here

      1. Blens
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Yes...that's that what I thought...I'd have thought Ancelotti would want to give it a shot with his best team against MC - that and Rich' out

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

      Ancelotti said it some time ago. This would be the game to do it, but I’m not sure he can we the other absentees.

      1. Blens
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Aah okay thanks..yes a tough decision - he doesn't strike me as manager that would roll over ...it would be a different stiry of he had fit, like-for-likes available but not sure he has.

  13. Sloane426
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Last decision on WC, please help decide...
    (A) Kane + Raphinha + Robertson
    (B) Rodrigo + Mane + Cancelo

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A and switch kane to vardy in 19

  14. Mr_Barbs
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Finalising the WC

    A) Lowton, Dallas, Coufal, F.Silva
    B) C.Taylor, Alioski, Balbuena, Rodrigo
    C) Lowton, Dallas, Struijk, A.Barnes

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Wolves will buy a forward to start over silva in january so not A. B i think

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

    Chilwell to Robbo or Justin to Robbo ?

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

      Chil

  16. tissae
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Bench one:
    A) Dias (EVE)
    B) Dallas (wba)
    C) Cresswell (sou)
    D) Bednarek (WHU)

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      D

  17. gstegnar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Used my WC

    Fab - Button
    Dias - Coufal - Dier - Taylor - Justin
    Son - Bruno - Salah - Soucek - Alzate
    Kane - Bamford - Wilson

    What do you think? Is it risky using Fabianski? Can any further improvements be made, e.g. Wilson to Adams, Soucek to..?

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

    Mane or Vardy for the double GW?

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

      Vardy

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

      Mane imo!

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

    is everyone using BB GW19? I have a terrible bench

    1. Finding Timo
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I thought FH was the best chip for GW19?

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Don't think it's worth it unless you have a wildcard. I'm not using my FT to upgrade the likes of Forster, Mitchell and Brewster. Complete waste.

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

        FH for me

      • Il Capitano
          4 months, 15 days ago

          If you have 1st WC yes

          1. Il Capitano
              4 months, 15 days ago

              If not depends on how many BGW18 or DGW19 players you have already

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

            I needed to get a better bench anyway, Brewster, Kilman, Lamptey been killing me when 2 or 3 players is rested/injured every GW. I will have this team in DGW19 with no hits (FH GW18)

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

        • choco27
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Please pick 2 combo of these 4 players for this GW:
            Meslier or Martinez
            Dallas or Targett?
            Thanx

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

              Martinez and Dallas

          • Samwise the Brave
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            1. Leno + Justin
            Or
            2. Pope + Cancelo

            Shifting keeper to Fab in the double

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

              2

          • Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            A. Kane & Dallas

            B. Vardy & Cancelo

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

              Tough one.

              A imo

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

              B

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

              B)

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

              A...... just

            5. Big Col
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              A but only cos the doubt about Vardy startling this week

          • GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Lads, do any of ye, living outside the EU, stream PL games, when available on Amazon Prime?

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

              I just use USAgoals net

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Cheers. Got this though. 'As a result of this, UK customers such as yourself will no longer have access to the full UK catalogue while traveling to EU countries, including Ireland starting 1st January 2021' . I'm in Ireland, wondering if I can stream PL games on Amazon Post Brexit or will there be a sub.

          • tinear
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Repost
            Appreciate any opinion on this lads.

            Martinez
            Zouma, Stones, Taylor
            Grealsh, Salah, Bruno, Son
            Kane, Bamford, DCL

            Steer, Ayling, Bissouma, Mitchell
            2ft, 1.3 itb

            Plan
            GW16 DCL to Adams
            GW17 Kane Mitchell to Vardy Robbo
            FH18

            Leaves me with this for GW19 (not the best team to BB)
            Martinez
            Robbo,Zouma,Stones
            Son, Salah, Bruno, Grealish
            Vardy, Bamford, Adams

            Steer, Taylor, Ayling, Bissouma
            0 itb

          • ymx
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Dallas or Taylor??

            1. Neves say Neves
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              I'm on taylor atm. Really tough decision though

          • Alli
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Stones or Coufal on WC?

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

              Coufal

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

              I'd risk holding one city defender for the longer term. Between those two coufal

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

            A) McCarthy Cancelo Rodrigo
            B) Fabianski Dallas Adams

            1. ZLNR
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              A

          • ZLNR
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            A. Coufal and Anguissa
            B. Balbuena and Lookman

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

              A

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

              B. But what about:

              X. Coufal + Dallas + Anguissa
              Y. Balbuena + Aylling + Lookman

          • TheOneAndOnly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Which 1 of these to start, and why?
            A) Alioski (wba)
            B) Justin (cry)
            C) Coufal (sou)

          • Mane Mane Mane
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Is DCL to bamford worth it

            1. Neves say Neves
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              for free? yes

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

              Yes, yes it is

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

              Get both