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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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. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    For this week only

    A) KDB
    B) Son

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

      1. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        B

  2. Blue Moon Rising
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    RP:

    McCarthy Johnstone

    Robbo Coufal Justin Dallas Taylor

    Salah Son Bruno Souceck Bissouma

    Bamford Kane Adams

    Wildcard good to go?

    1. Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      0.0 ITB

    2. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Who is your captain

      1. Blue Moon Rising
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Salah

  3. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Struijk or Alioski?

    For Leeds double gameweek

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Alioski

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Alioski

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Alioski

  4. Nolberto Solano
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Which option to complete WC?

    A) McCarthy, Robbo & Alioski
    B) Areola, TAA & Dallas

  5. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Guys - help me out. Do I do Adams to Bamford for free now or give Adams the West Ham home game? Can see Sam’s WBA making it hard for Bamford.

    Or am I overthinking (again)?

    1. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bamford should do well as WBA put the bus into at least first gear this game

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Leeds fixtures are turning a bit with Spurs and the blank and I think WBA will set themselves up well against Leeds who will struggle to break them down. so I wouldn’t be too worried about getting Bamford in for this week, in fact I just sold him for Kane in my build up for the blank in 18

  6. SIGGYMETIMBER
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on Pulisic starting?

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Probably

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        we have to win so he probably starts

  7. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Best Grealish alternative for next two weeks?
    (Already have Pulisic)

    1. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Grealish 🙂

  8. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    What score do you predict on Newcastle - Liverpool ?

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      1:3

    2. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      0-2

    3. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      1-3/4

    4. Muchentuchel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      0:5

    5. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      1-2

    6. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Interesting. I predicted 2:1 for Newcastle

  9. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Kane, Bruno or Salah captain?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Kane

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I am tempted by Kane

    2. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        his EO will be over 100% most probably so i am scared to go without him captain

    3. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah when in doubt

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        this saying has a lot of meaning in it. I tend to forget it

    4. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah

    5. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah
      and FH in 19

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

      You haven't been watching Spurs then - frustrated Kane owner

    7. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah

  10. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Captain?

    A- Bruno
    B- Salah
    C- Son
    D- Kane

    Am on 3 consecutive Captain Fails

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      See above. Still not sure myself, but would not go Son

    2. Monya Meow Meow
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salaj

    3. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Permasalah for those who fail more than twice with their capteincy.

  11. Monya Meow Meow
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Bench one thanks

    1) Wilson
    2) DCL
    3) Soucek

    1. Blens
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      same dilemma...would bench Wilson

    2. cyberspace
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Soucek

      • Monya Meow Meow
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks both, really hard decision indeed

    3. MartialMatas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      4.0 keeper to Johnstone for BB19?
      Don't see anything else obvious, and would start Johnstone this week too

      Martinez
      Robbo Cancelo Taylor
      Salah Bruno Grealish Raphinha
      Kane DCL Bamford

      4.0 Soucek KWP Furlong

      1ft £0.5m

    4. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      RP
      A. Son, Kane and rodrigo
      B. Mane, Adams and Wood

    5. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Gtg all? 0ft 0.0itb

      Martinez
      Stones Kwp taylor
      Salah(c) kdb Bruno son soucek
      Kane bamford

      Forster strujik balbuena davis

    6. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Rp

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

      1. Gaffa914
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        no

        1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          But why ?
          Even if they buy on transfer window it can play immediately, right ?

      2. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I don't think they will get anyone.

        1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          They will for sure

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

        They won't get another CB in but Williams might be rotated with Phillips

    7. Gaffa914
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      KDB --> Mane, big move made

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

        Regret doing Kdb to son, made this move keeping the Leeds game in mind

    8. Tmel
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Best move for this week and DGW setup?

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

    9. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy lokman -4 to kane 4.3 mid?

      1. Grimes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        No way this week, Vardy up against a team with much less form.

    10. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Start Raphina or Soucek? I have Bamford starting right now as well

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Sou

    11. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Martinez
      Robbo Chilwell Dallas
      Salah KdB Bruno Son
      Bamford Watkins Adams

      Button Mitchell Stephens Branthwaite

      2FT 1.1ITB

      Original plan was to do KdB&Watkins to Raphinha&Kane. Not so sure anymore. What would you do here?

      FH18
      TC19

    12. cigan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      What's the situation with Vardy today?
      Rested? Likely to get subbed on?

      I went for him on wildcard, got Saka/Soucek to cover if he doesn't play so that's not the end of the world - but I'm worried in case gets subbed on

    13. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Will Stones start?

      Martinez
      Konsa Matip Taylor
      Salah Son Bruno Grealish
      Bamford Firmino DCL

      Steele Soucek Kilman Mitchell

      Matip/Grealish and DCL to
      Stones/Saka and Kane -8?

    14. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Best defender under 5.2m only for 16 GW? (and not Taylor, Dier)

      1. cigan
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Dallas

    15. WillyP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Pick a captain from
      A) Son
      B) Fernandes
      C) Vardy
      D) Kane

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Penandes

        1. WillyP
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers!

    16. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Kane and Son both on a WC?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Yes for me, not for Mark

    17. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days 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?
      Pope or Fabianski?
      Gtg?

    18. rozzo
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Mccarthy Steer
      Dias Cresswell Taylor Dallas Mitchell
      Salah Fernandes Son Grealish Anguissa
      Kane DCL Bamford

      2ft
      0itb

      Grealish and DCL to Soucek and Vardy sound OK?

    19. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Play Soucek or Dallas?

    20. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Play 2: James, Soucek, DCL, Balbuena.

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

      Struggling to decide who to bench out of:

      A) DCL
      B) Soucek
      C) Watkins

      What do you think?

      Thanks