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. spursmad
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Who would you bench....
    James (Villa H)
    Zouma (Villa H)
    KWP (West ham H)
    Dallas (West Brom A)
    DCL (City H)

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      James. Feel azpi will play this one

  2. Crystal Alice
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    WC gtg?

    McCarthy Johnstone
    Cancelo Robbo Dier Dallas Coufal
    Son Salah Bruno Maddison Soucek
    Adams Bamford Antonio

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      looks good. nice differentials too. gl with the Antonio pick!

  3. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Which BB combo is better for GW19?

    A)
    (McCARTHY) - Johnstone
    (TAYLOR) - (O'SHEA) - (ALIOSKI)- Balbuena - Coufal
    (RASHFORD) - Bruno - Salah - Son - Soucek
    (RODRIGO) - Bamford - Vardy

    B)
    (MESLIER) - Johnstone
    (ROBERTSON) - (JUSTIN) - (DIER) - Balbuena - Coufal
    (RAPHINA) - Bruno - Salah - Son - Soucek
    (ADAMS) - Bamford - Vardy

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Basically Rashford vs Robbo

    3. spursmad
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B

  4. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    If I am not BB in GW19, it's okay to persist with a non-playing GK right?

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      yeah

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Thanks, in this case, is McCarthy okay for next weeks or better to spend some extra on Fabianski?

  5. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Would you start DCL with the risk of him being rested?
    trying to avoid a cameo

    1. NateDogsCats
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Most here think he'll start which there's certainly a good chance of but I'm not as sure, plus Carlo said he's rotating in general and James and Richarlison are missing against a team that has improved a lot defensively, I have good defensive options so I'm benching

    2. citizenkane
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Likelihood of Chillwell and James starting?

      1. Budweiser
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        50%

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        10%

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        69%

    3. LLoris
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Thoughts on this WC team with BB in 19

      Fabianski Johnston
      Robbo Justin Dallas Taylor Coufal
      Moh Bruno Son Soucek Anguissa
      Kane Bamford Adams

      Would you make any changes?

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        looks good for BB

        1. LLoris
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Would you rather have Pope or Fabianski?

      2. tom2224
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Nice

      3. cigan
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Personal prefererence but I prefer Vardy over Kane
        + Justin might not play both games

        1. LLoris
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Who would you put instead of Justin

          1. cigan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Looking at Dier/Stones currently

    4. Budweiser
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      How many players to aim for GW18 if you're not planning to free hit?

      1. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Depending on which players. If you own Kane, Son, KdB and City defender I'd say you might be able to go as low as 6

        1. Budweiser
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Cheers

      2. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        8-10

      3. cigan
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        I'm going 6-7: Martinez, Dias, Dier, Son + 2-3 other ones

    5. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      0.6 ITB and 0FTs
      GTG or Mitchell -> Struijk/Alioski/Ayling (-4) and bench Welbeck?

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

      (Farrell, Balbuena, Brewster, Mitchell)

    6. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Who to bench?

      A) Dias (eve)
      B) Bednarek (WHU)
      C) Taylor (SHU)

      Who to captain?

      1) Salah
      2) Mane
      3) Son
      4) Fernandes

      Currently on A1. But Salah (c) is worrying me with his lack of interest against West Brom.

      Cheers

      1. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        A2

      2. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        B1

        1. NateDogsCats
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            This

      3. Tmel
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

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

        1. SH@KTIMAAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          D

      4. Pickle juice
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Who to captain :

        A.son
        B.Bruno
        C.salah

        Thanks

        1. Budweiser
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Check the poll

      5. C_G
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        playing KWP and Cressy this week, need that 0-0

      6. sam4775
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Thoughts on WC please guys?

        Meslier - Johnstone
        Dias - Taylor - Justin - coufal - Stephens
        Son - Salah - Bruno - Raphinha - Soucek
        Kane - Bamford - Adams

        FH18 - BB19 - 1.3 ITB

      7. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Wc for FH 18 and BB19 gtg? Vardy to Firmino or Aguero if news of a rest..

        McCarthy Johnstone
        Robo Coufal Dallas Justin Taylor
        Salah Son Bruno Soucek Raphinia
        Vardy Bamford Adams

      8. OleBall
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Play Watkins or Soucek
          (Own Grealish)

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Watkins

          2. Budweiser
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Watkins seems to perform in the big games

          3. Phlajo
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            A

        • TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Which scores more this week:

          A) Taylor & KDB
          B) KWP & Son

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            A

        • karpuzz
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Which 2 players should I bench?
          A Dias
          B Wilson
          C Bellerin
          D Watkins

          Thanks

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            AC

        • JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          A) Play Saiss
          B) Saiss to Taylor/Coufal
          C) Save ft

          Best option?

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            B Coufal. Nice DGW fixtures

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          90 mins to deadline. Lots won't know and will leave as Salah(c).

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Lucky them

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            As they should. I've lost about 40 points in the last 3 weeks by swapping my captain around.

            1. Phlajo
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              You never had the points, so you never lost them 🙂

          3. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Salah is my capt......

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Play one
          A. Johnstone
          B. Martinez

        • PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          McCarthy
          Dier, Dallas, Justin
          Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Maddison
          Kane (c), Bamford, Wood
          Johnstone, Taylor, Coufal, Soucek

          On WC. 0.1 itb. Any glearing mistakes? Any news on Rashfords injury?

        • konrad.sygula95
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Hi
          What would you change in that team?

          Martinez
          Dier/Coufal/Cancelo
          KDB/Fernandes/Salah(c)/Grealish
          Watkins/DCL/Bamford

          Bench: Forster/KWP/Kilman/Bissouma
          2ft 1.1 itb

          1. CAP
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Kilman to Dallas?

          2. PLerix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Kilman -> Taylor

        • BigKeith
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Play Soucek or DCL?
            Captain Son or Kane?

            1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Soucek and kane

          • CAP
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            G2g? Banking the FT.

            Martinez
            TAA Taylor KWP
            Salah (C) Grealish KDB Bruno
            DCL Adams Bamford

            Steer, Dallas, Coufal, Bissouma

          • SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Guys

            A) grealish and James to taa and raphinha -4
            B) kdb to son
            C) kdb James to son robbo -4
            D) save

            Fh 18..

            Martinez
            James Dallas kwp bal lamptey
            Salah kdb bruno grealish bissou
            Kane bam adams

          • Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            Haller or Adams for DGW19?

            1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 1 hour ago

              Adams

          • Chicxulub
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            KdB, Brewster -> Soucek, Kane (-4)?

          • Samwise the Brave
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            1. Leno + Cancelo
            2. Pope + Justin

            Fab in 19

          • popcoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 hour ago

            A quick word on captaincy:

            Salah vs. Bruno

            Wolves have conceded twice the number of big chances in their last 2 away games than Newcastle have in their last 2 home games.

            Stats over last 4, Salah v Bruno.
            xGI: 1.9 v 2.7
            Big chances: 2 v 3
            Chances created: 3 v 9
            Shots in box: 8 v 7