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. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    On a WC with TC 19

    A - McCarthy + Coufal + Raphinha
    B - Fabianski + Stones/Dier (have Cancelo) + Martinelli

    1. marcos11
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        A

      • Mcster
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        A

    2. Bennyboy1907
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Johnstone
        Robbo, Dallas, Chillwell,
        Son, Salah(c), Bruno, Grealish
        Adams,Bamford,DCL

        Martinez, Coufal, Bissouma, Mitchell

        Bench and first 11 good?
        Always bench the wrong player

      • bluee
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Who should I bench?

        A) Reece James
        B) Aaron Cresswell

        I feel players don't get full named enough on here sometimes 🙂

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          B
          I can see James bench for this one

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            I mean play B

          2. bluee
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            So bench James?

            1. bluee
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Ok thanks man!

      • ymx
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        McCarthy
        Zouma/Justin/KWP
        Salah/Bruno/Soucek/Podence
        DCL/Kane/Vardy

        Mitchell/Bissouma/Douglas
        2.3itb 2 ft

        A) Vardy-> Bamford + Podence -> Son
        B) Keep the same
        C) Kane -> Bamford + Podence -> Son

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          B

      • threeputt
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        My defence is in a real mess, I'm planning a FH in bgw18 and have a decent team (10 doubles so far) for the dgw19 if I were to keep Lindelof:

        I've already bought in Dier for Vestergard, but have no other Spurs cover for their fixtures, I'm tempted to bring in Son for Mane or Kane for Vardy but that means a -4 and less doubles for the dgw, or do I mend my defence further

        Vestergard,Gabriel, Lindelof, Phillips (Pool)

        Other defender is Justin

      • thedarkhorse
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Seen a few posts on here about DCL being rested - surely this is nonsense?

        No chance they would rest him for this game.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Ancelotti said they would not rest for the shu game but would for the game after. DCL was a player being talked about as being rested.

          However, I don't think he'll be rested. There's no one in the squad who can play upfront. They aren't seriously gonna play Tosun upfront against City...

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Ancelotti hinted he would rest players this game and also hinted he would rest DCL over the Christmas period

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Makes no difference anyways. 2 or 1 if he starts or comes off bench. Everton aren't scoring.

        4. thedarkhorse
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Cheers both. I’m sure they can’t rest him against City though, would show a complete lack of ambition

      • OLEgend
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        So my captain picks for the last 4 weeks were Mane , Bruno,Kane,Salah all scored 2 points each and Iam captaining Salah this week, that's a warning. All the best

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        G2G guys? All in order? 🙂 Going to be sleep faith in Kev roll my FT.

        McCarthy
        Robbo, Dias, C.Taylor
        Salah(C), KDB, Bruno(v), Raphinha
        DCL, Bamford, Adams
        (Johnstone, Dallas, Soucek, Coufal)

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Keep* haha

      • Footieboot
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Struijk vs Rhys Williams as a budget enabler?

          1. OLEgend
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            Struijk more nailed imo

          2. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            Struijk

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            Klopp Will do everything he can to avoid playing Williams

          4. valurth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            What about west ham Ben Johnson? Otherwise Struijk

        • LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          start:
          A) Dallas (wba)
          or
          B) Coufal (sou)
          ..?

          1. OLEgend
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            Dallas

          2. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Dallas, more likely to get a clean sheet

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          G2G guys? All in order? 🙂 Going to be keep faith in Kev roll my FT.

          McCarthy
          Robbo, Dias, C.Taylor
          Salah(C), KDB, Bruno(v), Raphinha
          DCL, Bamford, Adams
          (Johnstone, Dallas, Soucek, Coufal)

        • RotteR
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            If I use / confirm 2 free transfers in GW18 but then free hit will my GW19 team have the transfers made or revert to team I had end of GW17

            1. cigan
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              it will have them made if you confirm them before activating free hit

            2. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              17

            3. Phlajo
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Reverted to end of GW17 team

            4. BOATIES FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              i think it will revert.... could be wrong though

            5. RotteR
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Ok thanks all

              • CAP
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Pretty sure it reverts them

              • AllGonePozzo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Definitely reverts

            6. MattysFantasyFooty
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Adams or Wood for DCL?

              1. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Adams

              2. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                I went Adams

            7. 03farmboy
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Would you make any changes to this wildcard team?

              McCarthy, Sanchez
              Chilwell, Justin, Kwp, Targett, balbuena
              Salah, bruno, Son, soucek, Saka
              Kane, bamford, Calvert-Lewin

              1. tom2224
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Chilwell to Dias

              2. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                I'd rather Adams over DLC . Easier games and Adams had DGW in gw19

              3. Cabra
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Raphina instead of Saka.
                Saka plays wingback for a bus-parking team out of form.
                Raphina plays in an attacking position for Leeds.
                You can Also pick Klich or any of the other Leeds midtfielders.

            8. Halftime
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              I'm benching Cancelo in favor of Dallas, Chilwell and Dier this GW. Does that seem like a good idea? I know Villa will probably score against Chelsea but Chilwell does offer a threat going forward.

              1. Dannyb
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                No way I'd bench Cancelo mate

                1. Halftime
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 hours ago

                  Who would you swop out for him?

              2. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Did u watch Cancelo last game?

                He’s the last player I’d bench

                1. Halftime
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 hours ago

                  I didn't actually, that's interesting

                  1. Gandalf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 15 hours ago

                    Pep loves him at the moment also

              3. TimoTime
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Cancelo involved in most of City's attacks last games, looks set to explode at some point soon, I wouldn't bench

              4. Halftime
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Thanks all, I'll definitely play him in that case.

            9. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Worth doing Taylor to Lowton or Dallas to Alioski incase antonio is fit... (need money for adams to Antonio )

              1. OLEgend
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                No..wait

            10. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Play one:

              A) Coufal vs Southampton
              B) Ampadu vs Burnley

              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.

            11. Six Season Wonder
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Which two please? (I’m on wildcard)

              A). Trent & Sonny
              B). Balbuena & Manè

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                A

              2. tom2224
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                A

              3. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                A

              4. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                A

              5. Boxwoods
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Prefer A long term, but if you will FH 18 and BB 19, B could work in the short term.

                Probably still A, though.

            12. Yozzer
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Final touches

              A Raphinia Rodrigo
              B Wood Anguissa
              Cheers

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                B

              2. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Got both this morning

            13. gstegnar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Used my WC

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

              What do you think? Can any further improvements be made? this lineup suugest FH in GW18

              1. MattysFantasyFooty
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Wilson pick doesn't make much sense

              2. tom2224
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Goalkeepers look weak

              3. cigan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Wilson > Adams/Wood + upgrade Alzate

              4. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Adams over Wilson for the dgw in 19

            14. Mattymo23
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Any reason why people aren't captaining Son? Seems like a great shout for me.

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Looked tired, Spurs playing like Stoke atm

              2. tom2224
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Unnecessary risk when Bruno and salah in better form

              3. Lord.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Fulham have tightened up. I like his chances against Leeds though.

            15. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              BGW18: Free Hit
              DGW19: Bench Boost

              What a play!

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Maverick

            16. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              20 points on my bench this week! Dam

              1. Danno - Emre Canada
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Beat you by one

            17. JBG
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Martinez-4.0
              Robbo-Justin-Dallas-(Nkounku-Dias)
              Kdb-Salah-Fernandes-Bowen-(Bissouma)
              DCL-Bamford-Adams

              2ft 0.8itb

              What the f... do I do with my fts?? I wanted Son and Vardy for Kdb and DCL but very unsure now, might go for Martial for DCL as a differential. And do I start Dias over any of the other defenders?

            18. FPL Touches
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Question to all the people stacking up on DGW players:

              What's your chip/WC strategy for GW18?

              I'm thinking I'll try to navigate GW18 with 8 or so players and hit the TC or BB in 19, saving the 2nd WC. GW18 looks like a low scoring week to me anyway, doesn't seem worth burning a FH if it can be avoided.

              1. jomikijiq
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                FH18

                WC24/25 probably

              2. Yankee Toffee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Gonna navigate 18 and then FH or TC in 19. Save the BB for 26 (WC25).

            19. LanMi
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              My defence looks like this:

              Zouma-Dias-Dallas

              I have Coufal on my bench. Should I replace someone, and if yes please provide some reasoning.

              1. OLEgend
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Save

            20. Pi
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              I see mass seeling. What happened to DCL?

              1. Pi
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                *selling

              2. MattysFantasyFooty
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Stats fell off

              3. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                Rumors of him being bench...

              4. Gandalf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 hours ago

                Off form, struggling without Rich/Rodriguez, probs will start against city and then benched, no double gameweek etc.

            21. Blens
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Bench one?

              1) DCL
              2) Soucek
              3) Raphina

              (Already have Saiss and Struijk on bench)

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 hours ago

                They say play the fwd??

            22. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Can Johnson nail down a spot in the West Ham team? Be ideal to have a 3.9 starter for the dgw!

            23. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Bench 2?

              Robbo, Dallas, Zouma, Stones, Coufal