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. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Why is fpl on twitter fillled with bragratts...

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Maybe because many are in the top 10k?

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Benched my new transfer.
    Ha, what a plonker.

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      So did I but it was on purpose 🙂

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Who?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Taylor from Burnley. Finally got rid of Mitchell which feels good. Played Dallas instead, but got him in as I kept having only 10 players as my defenders keep getting rotated.

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Who?

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Who dat is?

    5. Muchentuchel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      dear lord hope it's not Salah

  3. Elfozzie 42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Don't worry, we all do it. I did a hit and then realised that one of them was on the bench...doh! I'm justifying it as a step towards Double

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Is that for me?

      1. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Aha yes, sorry, clicked the wrong button - you'd think I'd know better! 😉
        Good luck anyway!

  4. Wicked Weapon
      3 months, 14 days ago

      So final WC team ended up looking something like this :

      Martinez, Johnstone
      Robbo, Cancelo, Coufal, Taylor, Justin
      Salah, Bruno, Zaha, Saka, Soucek
      Bamford, Kane, Wilson

      80% template 20% punty

      Won't FH18 hopefully and then use 2FT's to get BB19 options as needed. Reasonable or madness ?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Zaha and Saka aren’t the worse punts tbf... I like it 🙂

        1. Wicked Weapon
            3 months, 14 days ago

            That makes me feel a bit better thanks mate

        2. Supertrooper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I don't think you get 2ft after a free hit.

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Seen a team playing anti fpl (trying to get the worst score from playing players) that had Ajayi TC last gw.. 27 points from him. They prob beat the average easily lol

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Hhahaa as if

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          They obviously didn't know about Big Sam

        3. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          yes, we all saw it on FPL reddit too.

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            whatsapp actually, is reddit not full of weirdos?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 14 days ago

              And FFS isn't? 😆

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Good point, well made 😀

        4. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Seems like a bad move to TC someone with any goal threat at all.

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Oriol Romeu is the best antifpl TC choice.

        5. ivantys
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I thought the rules for anti fpl is set and forget?

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              You have to have playing players and use all chips.

        6. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Justin starts, Vardy doesn't.

          https://twitter.com/seanfromenderby/status/1343554210168778752?s=19

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Uh oh vardy owners

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              My transfer in next GW me thinks.

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Yup good move u didn't get this week.

          2. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Well. Season over for me

          3. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I benched Justin... whoops

          4. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            salah was benched against palace aswell we know how that went

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Very unlikely to happen again though.

              17 points in 20 minutes or so. Mental

          5. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Hope they hit 3 in first half so Vardy doest come on

          6. Elfozzie 42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Phew - I managed to make the Vardy to Kane change in my FanTeam side just in time! Thanks FFS Team News (Neale!!!)

          7. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Had Vardy for weeks and don’t mind this, it was always going to come

          8. Dain Bramage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Definitely needed a rest you could see that in last game

        7. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Sean from Enderby

          Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Amartey, Thomas, Mendy, Choudhury, Praet, Perez, Barnes, Iheanachos

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Forgot about Sean. Still 1/2 per cent body fat?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Makes the sluts go nuts.

          2. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            is he on the bench?

          3. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            No Vardy is beautiful. A 1 pt cameo would be better though

          4. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            2nd half Party

        8. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Solskjær: "He [Cavani] is definitely a starter. You don't classify a player of that quality as anything else. I trust him and he will probably start more games than he won't." #mulive [bbc]

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            ... I was so tempted but bottled it and went with Aguero. Haul inbound

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Wasn’t an easy decision to make. But after these comments I may look at DCL > Cavani.

              Martial could be pushed to LW

              1. PogBruno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Do you see him starting both games in the DGW?

                1. Mambino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  doesn't necessarily have to start both games to score well in both games

                2. Make United Great Again
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Could well do. He keeps effecting games in a positive way. Ole’s comments show he sees this.

                  Might be worth a punt.

              2. Mambino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                interesting call - I'll give that one some thought for DGW

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  He did also say that he should get used to the bench with the quick turnovers

                  1. Make United Great Again
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    True. But it’s definitely one to keep a close eye on

          2. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I don't think he starts most games whatever he says.. Ole loves lazy Martial

          3. Wicked Weapon
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I will most likely go Kane > Vardy/Martial or Cavani for the DGW. Maybe Martial since I used a very "original" and "inspiring" name for my team "Martial Artists" lol.

            • Right In The Stanchion
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Great news for me. Brought him in for Calvert

          4. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            This seannfrom enderby says Vardy benched

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Or at least not in the 11

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              #NeverWrong.

              Official teams on the portal now. Definitely won't be starting. Not sure about bench.

          5. Oooo Matron
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            G2g2? Correct bench order?

            McCarthy
            Dias Dallas Dier
            Grealish Fernandes KDB Salah (C) Son
            DCL Bamford

            Subs: Balbuena, Konsa, Brewster

          6. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Benched DCL of Soucek. Think Soton might struggle without Vestegaard defending setpieces...

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Is DCL of Soucek a crown princes name?

              1. Rolls-Royce
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                LOL

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Stop. Held Vestergaard as long as I could, bargain. Sold for Justin.

            3. antis0cial
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Done the same. Benched dcl started Soucek. Fingers crossed!

          7. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Missed deadline and benched DCL, I should be ok right?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              It's alright

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Probably yeah

          8. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Vardy benched, knew it. Lovely start to the GW

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Sauce?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                all over

                1. La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  ..the shop.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Thanks

                  2. Bartowski
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    ping

          9. Pedram
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Vardy benched?

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Apparently yeah

          10. fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Ruining my season with Kev in my team. Come on brah, hurt em when they've spread the funds around.

          11. afs2239
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            salah is always on fire in the cup qualifying gw

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Is it this week or next?

              1. afs2239
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                this week

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  I thought it was gw 17.

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Think you might win the Cup

          12. Mweene
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Some guy on here said about Perez and Iheanacho a few hours ago...

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              That they caught piles from sitting down at so many games?

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Fairness if Vardy is out either not as good but decent enough replacements.

          13. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Transferred Maddison in. Season over

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Tis the season to be jolly Chand 😉

          14. Mweene
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Is that Justin at RB in a back 4 then?

          15. Feanor
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I missed the deadline which was 8:30am US east coast time.

            I didn't even get to see how many places I dropped after GW 15.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Where are you there Feanor? Things are on the up now that the Mayo man is boss!

              1. Feanor
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                DE

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  I'll guess that's Delaware. Lived in Albuquerque before. Would love to head Stateside again sometime.

          16. corderz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            My bench is Raphinha, Dallas, Coufal

            I'm scared

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Must have a strong team.

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Martinez, Soucek, Coufal, Zouma for me.

              But I'm expecting so much rest and rotation that we'll all be calling on our benches.

            3. Canadian Football
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              sometimes a WC can be a curse for this reason

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I haven't used a WC since GW3

          17. Breezyy
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Maddison benched for anyone concerned

            1. denial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yes. Just bought him. Bugger.

          18. Firmino
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Surely Mitchell starts today?

            1. Breezyy
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I think he does

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Yep

            3. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              That would be incredible, Iva had him all season and sold him today instead of getting Son.

          19. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Hardly a surprise vardy is benched with only 48 hours between the games, hopefully he gets 30 minutes against tired legs or doesnt come on at all

          20. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Benched Justin for Lowton, Dallas and Robo... come on Palace

          21. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Any turkey leftover anyone?

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Soyuncu on ice

          22. abhirup780
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Vardy benched.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Wow. Thanks

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Hopefully Justin gets both games in GW19.

          23. Feanor
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Other details on the boots include Maddison’s life mantra ‘Be yourself, everybody else is taken’ as well as some denim stitching onto the upper to provide the added flair that he likes to display. “I just wanted it to be personal, I always wanted a boot that I could design,” Maddison explained. “I always wanted the main colour of the boot to be white as that’s when I feel at my best and I walk out on pitch ready to go.”

            https://www.soccerbible.com/performance/football-boots/2020/12/james-maddison-reveals-specially-customised-puma-future-61/

            1. Feanor
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              And then he gets benched.

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Post injury gametime management or whatever the term is.

            2. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              For Maddison was made the mightiest in all parts of body and mind: in valour, in endurance, in beauty, in understanding, in skill, in strength and subtlety alike: of all the youngish English mids, and a bright flame was in him.

          24. Joey Tribbiani
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Justin has played so much this season, plays in europa league aswell