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. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Matip likely out for the season

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      January transfer window has come at the right time for Liverpool. No doubt they will sign an experienced CB.

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Poor chap. Made of glass.

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Sauce?

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      What kind of injury is it?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Torn adductor

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Apparently a grade three groin strain, which is a severe tear of the muscle ... so I’m told.

    5. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Rashford and Fernandes double up for dgw not so bad option now

  2. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Best of luck to everyone with same players and same captain as mee

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      me

    2. Muchentuchel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ballsy to captain Mee!

    3. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Why, who does Ben Mee have?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        He went for Kun (TC). Ballsy.

  3. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Need to bring in someone for Kilman before he drops. Who do you reckon is the best option at 4.2 and below? Johnson at West Ham, Rhys Williams, anyone else? Need someone to last until the doubles.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Strujik

      1. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Does he play though?

        1. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Until Llorente is back.

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Does he need to play?
      Whoever looks most like going up.

      1. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I want to bench boost in the DGW so yeah

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Kaptain's choice looks good

    3. cigan
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Rhys Williams should be ok short-term. Would avoid for the double tho, Phillips or a potential new signing might come in for 1 game

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Deadline in 25 minutes right?

    1. Muchentuchel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      in -5

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      deadline 6 minutes ago

    3. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Already passed

    4. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Oh dear god

    5. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Nope It was 5 minutes ago, Rules changes so the deadline is always an hour and a half before the first match of the new Game Week.

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Sorry x

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Oh my bad!

        Kept the armband on Salah.

        Dumb or not?

  5. cigan
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    I honestly don't know whether I picked Vardy or Saka to start in the end

  6. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Did Salah + Davis > Kane(c) + Podence for free in preparation for bgw

    Have 9 BGW players now. Will get another 2 with 2 FTs. FH in DGW 19

    Have a good feeling about Kane for the next two 🙂

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Good luck with that move - I think you’ll need it!

    2. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Not sure about that, Spurs attacking play is regressing it would seem:

      https://twitter.com/PremLeaguePanel/status/1343307836139450368

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      LOL @ Salah out

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah ballsy

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            One of the worst moves one can make on paper, regardless of what happens into the GW.

    4. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Hopefully my FPL excel spreadsheet helped me to make better decisions. Probably not.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Who wrote the spreadsheet?

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      That gorgeous smell of 2FTs x

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yikes. I prefer my -4. 😉

      2. Mika-eel
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        and no idea what to do with it.....

      3. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Flowery twats ?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Haha

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Salah a bit dull now with 173% EO
      You captain him, he scores and your rank barely moves
      You don't captain him, you have to be super confident your alternative outscores him otherwise your rank is destroyed
      EO will possibly be 200% in the DGW too with TCs in play!

      1. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        My main rival is in the top 10k and keeps getting away with not owning him though...

        Salah haul last week would have been huge for me.

      2. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Bruno(C) is the special weapon

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        What is Salah EO this week?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Will probably be pretty similar I'd imagine

        2. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Won’t know until game is updated

    7. Mweene
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Thank god I used common sense and decided not to get Matip last week.

      Shame though, that guy’s career looks a bit doomed with these persistent injuries.

      1. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        His muscle tissue is made from pulled pork. So easy to tear 🙁

    8. Budweiser
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I wanna cry I forgot about the deadline and burnt a transfer! Wouldn't be as bad but GW18 n 19 coming up it's really important

      1. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Just grab a beer and relax.

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Crying helps. Go for it. Nothing to be ashamed about

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          yes there is.

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I haven't got over last GW. Took a nap, woke up 5 mins past deadline and missed pressing bench boost. That's 32 points sat on my bench there 🙁

    9. Il Capitano
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Kept Vardy on WC, didn't like any of the alternatives or having to set aside a transfer to bring him in next week. Let's see how that goes.

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Ready for some last 20 minutes tinkering with a cup of coffee and Christmas leftovers. Any tips fellas, Who should I cap and should I sell or keep Vardy?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Got a few days now.

          1. TOPCAT1960
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            lol

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          These posts are getting boring

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Its culture mate

        3. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Thinking the same... not sure whether to do Vardy to iheanacho and captain Dallas maybe

        4. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yep, make sure you have a bit of coffee left after you finish the leftovers to wash them down.

        5. Bartowski
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          You know how right wing keep complaining that there are too many left wing comedians, this is who they would replace them with....

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Imagine being this brainwashed by the left/right dichotomy that its all you can think about and bring into completely unrelated topics...

        6. Il Capitano
            3 months, 13 days ago

            20 minutes to tinker with a cup of coffee? What're you doing to it?

        7. Offside Trapattoni
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Went Kane over Salah (C) let's hope that one works out. Also kept DCL in the XI, not too optimistic but let's see.

          Had 24 pts on the bench last week! May not get that DGW 19.

        8. Kane Lane
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Checking to see points from weekend games FPL site updating.

        9. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          One rival used his FH... the other missed the deadline. How tf are these my rivals :/

          1. Muchentuchel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            how can you already see their teams when it's updating?

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Showed me 🙂

            2. Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Maybe they told him.

        10. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          So, what do you reckon to my wc team? FH18 BB19
          Mccarthy johnstone
          Robbo cancelo dallas coufal taylor
          Salah Bruno son raphina soucek
          Bamford Wood firmino

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Exactly mine but I have Aguero, Justin for Firmino, Cancelo and now prefer yours... Goodluck hhaha

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Haha! Good luck!

        11. Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I don’t even know what my team is finished up on. Been a busy awld morning. I think the armband should be on Salah but could be on Bruno or Kane also. Best of luck everyone.

          • Kaneyonero
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Ended up Captaining Kane, rejoice Salah owners

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Kane will score against Fulham.

            2. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks for your scarifice/

          • g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Was unsure on moves so did nothing, saved FT 🙂

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Same

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Because of not being able to roll a transfer through the free hit I need to find a playing 4.3m double GW playing defender before gw 17!

            Who's the best bet?

            A. Nat Phillips
            B. Rhys Williams
            C. Johnson At West Ham

            1. Bartowski
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Asked a similar question above and it would seem Strujik at Leeds might be the best choice.

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 13 days ago

                already got triple Leeds!

            2. jb1985
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Struck could be an option if Cooper, Koch and Llorente are out for a few more weeks.

              1. jb1985
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Struijk

            3. Canadian Football
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              id take a punt on Rhys....almost had him on my WC today. The only problem is, once he gets replaced, it is a waste of a Liverpool spot on your roster and you'll have to waste a FT to fix it. .

          • afs2239
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Took a -8 as i dont want to make hits in the cup
            Removed Vardy , Torres , Pva, KDB

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              You'll play a WC team next GW.

              1. PogBruno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                haha

              2. afs2239
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                OMG lol

          • PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            wanted to get a Liecs attacker but couldnt fit in...could be another trashing even without Vardy..could be a big Maddison haul

          • diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            It is FPL Cup qualification week. So expect a lot of dead teams to do well.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Expect a dead team to win it.

          • Pedram
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Forgot to change captain from Bruno to Salah, not sure if this will hurt me though

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Much of a muchness hopefully.

            2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              You are better than me. I went (S)on

            3. schwing
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I did armband from Salah to Bruno in the last minute, it's more a matter of luck than skill if you ask me.

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Did Salah to Bruno(C). Have both of them but there is something special about Bruno(C) 🙂

          • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I opted for Kane captain instead of Salah or Bruno. My season is officially over.

          • Breezyy
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Is there a cup or something this week?

            1. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              qualifiyng week for FPL Cup...

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Cup
              The top 4,194,304 scoring teams in Gameweek 16 will qualify for the cup.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Always wondered TM, is that the top overall ranked team up til GW16 or is the GW rank of 16 itself?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  GW rank, hits not important.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Interesting, thanks

            3. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Cup o tae and hang sangiches.

          • Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Where to sign up for the cup?

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              The game says top 4 million something teams will qualify

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            So who ended up forgetting to use Wildcard? There's always a few.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Easy see how some might get snared expecting GW19 to be the deadline.

          • Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Here we go

            No hits. Hopefully a good week
            ‐--------------------------------------
            McCarthy

            Dallas Zouma Matip (mitchell/lewis)

            Soucek Salah Bruno Kdb Son

            Kane Bamfrod

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Captain?

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Salah