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. LLoris
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Would you rather have Pope or Fabianski?

    1. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Pope

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Pope for now but fab in dgw

    3. Mcster
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Both too expensive. Taylor or Coufal better for me

  2. Well you know, Triffic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Isn't Barnes on penalties rather than Wood?

  3. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    A. Johnstone + Soucek
    or
    B. Fabianski + Anguissa

    For DGW19?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A

    3. marcos11
        4 months, 21 days ago

        A

      • Mcster
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        A

    4. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Bench one

      A) Alioski (WBA A)
      B) Justin (CRY A)
      C) Podence (MUN A)

      1. marcos11
          4 months, 21 days ago

          A

      2. Phlajo
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        I'm forced to do KdB+Watkins to Rashford+Vardy tonight as I have exact cash.

        Worth the risk?

        1. cyberspace
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Could be good, could be horrible. Wait for the gw to end as kdb already lost 0.1 so you might as well wait it out.
            Problem is Vardy is probably going to rise tonight.

            If you already have Bruno, I would suggest going for Maddison and roll one transfer.
            Watkins looks like a kind of player that could do well against more offensive minded opposition.

            1. Phlajo
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              I got Maddison and Bruno already. Would like Vardy and Rash for GW17 and DGW19.

              But has to do the transfers tonight as I'll be priced out tomorrow. I'm sure Vardy will rise, or maybe Kdb to drop again

        2. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          I predict Benteke will score.

        3. FDMS All Starz
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Which combo is scores more for dgw19?

          A) McCarthy - Taylor - O’Shea - Rashford
          Or
          B) Dier - Justin - Robbo - Adams

        4. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          If Im benching Calvert Lewin this week then im moving him this week.
          Decision made.
          KDB,DCL > Raphinha ,Kane
          Leaves 3.4m itb to get a DGWer in for Watknis and Ferguson in 17 and 19.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Good idea, Soucek & Podence etc score more than Rapha

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              I already have Soucek and Podence only plays once in 19.

          2. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            booooooo....

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Lol.
              Ill still enjoy a DCL goal though. Im only losing 0.1m on him anyway.

        5. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Might cap Salah just because so many ppl will miss the deadline and just leave it on him.

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            I think he is best choice

          2. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            my captain.

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            I thought this but I think the masses are active (maybe because of lockdown). The price changes were quite volatile last night for instance.

        6. Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Afternoon all. Bench order correct?

          McCarthy
          Justin - Robbo - Taylor
          Bruno - Son - Salah (C)- Soucek
          Adams - Bamford - Vardy

          Johnstone - Raphinha - Dallas - Coufal

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            G2G

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Cheers

        7. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Salah's EO this GW - going to be super high again right?

          1. Phlajo
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yep

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yep. My (c).

          3. Bobby_Baggio
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yep my (C)

          4. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Not that high after he blanked, will be evened out across him, Bruno and Kane I think

        8. Benditlike
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Have not had as much time as previous seasons to plan everything around fpl. So looking for some advice here on what to do with my team. Have 2 FT 0.6 ITB and not a clue on what to do 🙂 Any tips?

          Current team:
          Martinez, (Langley)
          Cancelo, Dallas, Justin, (Mitchell, Lamptey)
          Salah, Son, Fernandea, Neto, KDB
          DCL, Bamford, (Davies).

          1. Phlajo
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Maybe..
            Neto to Soucek now
            DCL+KdB to Vardy+Rashford next gw?

            FH 18

            1. Benditlike
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Thanks. But forgot deadline ;D

        9. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Saka or Martinelli? Who'd you get (basically for gw18, will be a bench fodder)

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Saka - more assured of starts as things stand. But Gabi can still do well.

          2. cigan
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            I'm getting Saka because of more playing time

        10. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          A) Dallas, Adams - 0.5 ITB for either McCarthy -> fabianski or Adams -> Antonio if fit for the DGW. Dallas first sub this GW
          B) Cancelo, Rodrigo - Tripple up on Leeds attack but Rodrigo benched

        11. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Haha pages flying. Very little thoughtful advice being given right now. Go with your gut guys and good luck

          1. Lord.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            I’ve been doing that but but it keeps coming up offside on VAR.

        12. adstomko
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          What to do with Vardy?

          A) Risk him
          B) Swap for Firmino
          C) Swap for Adams

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Vardy is for life, not just for Christmas.

            1. Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Haha this!

          2. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            If you have him already then id keep.

        13. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Need to save 0.1m in a WC...

          C.Taylor >> Lowton a decent option without compromising much?

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            No others options?

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              other*

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 21 days ago

                Dier / Balbuena perhaps? Or Robbo --> TAA

                Martinez
                Robbo -- Dias -- Dier -- C.Taylor -- Balbuena
                Salah -- Bruno -- Son - Soucek -- Raphinha
                Kane -- Bamford -- Brewster

                1. Gabbiadini
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 21 days ago

                  I'd consider Dier.

          2. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah that's alright. Or Balbuena if you plan on benching

          3. cigan
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            just did that so I could afford Dias for Cancelo, who will surely get rested once Walker returns

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Thanks guys

        14. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Martínez
          Stones | Dallas | Taylor
          Salah | Fernandes | Son | Grealish
          Kane | DCL | Bamford

          Forster | Coufal | Mitchell | Burke

          1.8 ITB

          What do you think is the best combination for a BB in gw19?
          Forster, Mitchell & Burke are the players that I would be trading out + 1.8 equates to 14.0 ITB for 3 players, a GK, defender & midfielder.

        15. JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Stones the perfect value defender?

          Either gets a clean sheet or plays 0 minutes and you get a sub coming on

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Yep, I got Stones over the other City assets.
            0.8m cheaper couldn't be ignored.

          2. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            This ^

          3. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            I will get for gw20,21,22

          4. cigan
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            like him a lot but i'll be playing only 6-7 players in gw18 so i want them all nailed. it's why i went for dias instead of cancelo

        16. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          No FH in GW18 and TC in GW19, please advice

          GW18
          Martinez
          Dias
          Son Grealish
          Kane(c) Brewster

          GW 19 (son + Kane ➡ Mane + Vardy, no hits)
          Martinez
          Dias Coufal Dallas
          Bruno Grealish Salah (TC) Mane Soucek
          Vardy Bamford
          - CTaylor Brewster 4.0

        17. Drogo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Bench one:

          A) Dallas(WBA away)
          B) Soucek(SOU away)
          C) Justin(CRY away)

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            B

        18. BEEZUS
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Start one:

          A) Soucek
          B) Justin
          C) Rodrigo

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            B

        19. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Anyone using 2021 WC in GW17, FH18, BB GW19?

          1. karpuzz
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Not me

            1. OptimusBlack
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              No

        20. karpuzz
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Ayoze brace incoming

        21. Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          On a WC shall I go with Kane or Vardy?

          McCarthy
          Justin - Robbo - Taylor
          Bruno - Son - Salah (C)- Soucek
          Adams - Bamford - _______

          Johnstone - Raphinha - Dallas - Coufal

          1. karpuzz
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Vardy benced today. Kane, or for dgw Firmino

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              Will be doing BB19 not worried about today and Vardy bench.

        22. ymx
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

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

          Mitchell/Bissouma/Douglas
          2.3itb 2 ft

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

        23. AppleDunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Who do you prefer if BB DGW19? Has Bamford.

          A) Adams
          B) Wood

        24. Jack.Armstrong96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Bench Watkins or Bowen

          1. Phlajo
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Easy Bowen

          2. karpuzz
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Bowen

        25. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          On WC

          A. Mane
          B. Vardy

          1. karpuzz
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            A easily. Vardy benched today

          2. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            A

        26. Heiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Best Leeds defender that isn't Dallas?

          1. karpuzz
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 21 days ago

            Alioski

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 21 days ago

              yep. this.