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.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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4,776 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Updated.

    1. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Great top comment

  2. Ron_Swanson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Game is updated...

  3. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Updated

  4. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Why no Maddison?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Rested, has come back from injury

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Well that's a relief. Thought something serious. DCL off the bench.

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Ill ask Brendan when he logs on here lol

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Just thought someone might have some intel that's all

        1. gmando2011
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          What a waste of a transfer!

  5. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 17 days ago

    GW17 team looks decent

    1. KAMARA-COPY
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Bad gw incoming

  6. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Wait, people started Mitchell?

    1. JonBoy
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Apparently so.

    2. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      For Charlie Taylor. Only 0.3 more

  7. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Woof didn't realize my GW17 team would look so ugly.

    Best defense I can put up is Zouma (MCI), Taylor (FUL), Coufal (eve)

    Seems like everyone I have other than Salah, Fernandes or Son has a red fixture...

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Remember when I said this?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah but your 18/19 are gonna be much worse than most others I think.

        Besides, who is even a good pick in 17 other than Spurs? Saka? Wood?

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Cancelo

        2. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          GW17:
          Martinez | Johnstone
          Dias Taylor Holding | Dier Stones
          C Son Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
          DCL Bamford | Brewster

          GW18:
          Martinez | Johnstone
          Dias Dier Stones Holding Yedlin
          C KDB Son Grealish | Salah Bruno
          DCL Brewster | Bamford

          GW19:
          Johnstone | Button
          Robbo Reece Coufal Balbuena | Douglas
          C Salah Mane Bruno Son | Burke
          Vardy Bamford | Brewster

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            That's not bad actually. Good luck. I think I prefer the BB in 19 but maybe you'll be rewarded for holding onto it for GW26.

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Hey we have the same defence!

    3. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yep 17 looked yucky with lots of clashes. it’s why I opted against McCarthy on the wildcard and double Chelsea defence but a lot of people will be less than happy with this weeks fixtures.

  8. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    It's been 4 GWs since my last hit

    *updates board on bedroom wall*

    "Weeks without incident: 4"

  9. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    im just perma capping Bruno for the forseeable, dont trust anyone else. Anyone else doing the same? Even vs Wolves

    1. Footieboot
        3 months, 17 days ago

        He will blank once/twice in a row and then all of a sudden you wont trust Bruno but someone else who you arent trusting now.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Well Spurs are playign like total ass so I have no faith there, Salah I can normally trust tbh and we write WBA off, but Bruno seems the safest for now

      • GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Depends how the others are doing. VC today. Captained Salah. A few Portuguese lads in that Wolves team might find a way to blunt his brilliance.

    2. MGD
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Interesting no Son in the scout picks against Fulham..

      1. JonBoy
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Fulham been decent defensively of late.

      2. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        That can only mean there is a good chance he will score!

      3. Duderino
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Can see both Son and KDB rotated today. The fact i have them both increases that chance drastically.

    3. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Do you think Klich is off pens now?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yup

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          ok

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        no

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yup

      3. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Until Bamford's next miss, then Klich will take over until he misses. That's what Bamford said post-match

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Bamford literally said Klich just gave it to him as they use to alternate when one missed, he made no admission that penalties were now his. Klich will be back on pens imo

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I think u can infer from that that Klich has given it to Bammy till he misses

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              "Patrick Bamford says Mateusz Klich let him take Leeds United's decisive penalty against Burnley"
              Klich has been on penalty duties for the Whites this season but missed his last spot-kick against West Ham before being allowed to retake it due to VAR and scoring at the second attempt.

              "I took them last year until I missed and then Klichy took them until he missed."

              "He missed the other day but then he scored, so to be fair I thought it was still his job but he said it was mine today, so thanks."

              It does not sound like Bamnford is on penalties to me

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                "I thought it was still his job but he said it was mine today." I dunno what that tells u but tells me Bammy takes pens. U can choose to believe otherwise. I don't mind.

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  The word today, makes me think it was a one off. I guess we will see

              2. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Unless he emphasized and put inflection on the word today when he spoke, it means that he was told that day he's on pens now.

    4. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      playing 442 it does not feel right

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Imagine how I feel with the 451 this week.

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        same here

      3. Blzbobuk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Well I am 4-3-3 this week and next week which is even weirder.

    5. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      PVA finally where he belongs. On my bench and on Palaces bench

      1. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yea, he's been awful this season

        1. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yea. Lost his mojo

    6. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      What are Maddison owners doing?

      1. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Selling

      2. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        If I had him I would keep him. Will be fresh next match(es)

      3. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Crying

      4. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        On wildcard and sold him one minute before the deadline...

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          ...but he could be a good pick for DGW19

      5. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        taking their meds or rage quitting ?

        1. KAMARA-COPY
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Haha

      6. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I would keep, nice fixtures and the double coming.

    7. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Took -8 for Vardy excellent decision

      1. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        ouch

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        It's almost like you didn't pay attention to the fact that Brendan Rodgers hinted heavily at rotation

      3. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Wow. Pay attention mate

    8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Anyone else thinks the game at Old Trafford is a very good game for Grealish and shouldn't be considered a difficult fixture?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        he can deliver against anyone

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          True, just seems like the type of game to me where he'll step up

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        If you look at his GW history, he will score double digits

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Potentially. Still sold him and will have him for FH in GW18. I think his FPL appeal has dipped slightly because this season's teammates can take a share of his pie.

    9. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

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      Please try again in a few minutes.

      We can't make transfers atm

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        clear the cache and reboot the tape drive ?

    10. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I am going to make the biggest transfer of my season this week.

      Steer to Verrips.

    11. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      My ML rival transferred in Maddison, Pulisic + Vardy for a 4 point hit. oops

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Say it ain't so!

    12. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Cheapest Liverpool defender for DGW?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Have they got any fit defenders left at his stage?

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        TAA

      3. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Williams?

      4. Dr Van Nostrand
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Whoever the new Jan buy is

    13. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      One of my rivals has got incredibly jammy with his bench of late; given he has started Chilwell & has Mitchell benched, I'd like to finally congratulate any Mitchell owners on the CS today.

      1. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        What does jammy mean?

    14. mikey
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      If you rolled your transfer for GW17 and made 2 for GW18 then decided to free hit for 18 instead, would your GW19 starting team have the 2 transfers included ?

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        no

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Nope and you'll have only 1 FT as well.

    15. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Looks like an easy save FT next week

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Can't. Using FH in 18. Steer to Verrips is my transfer to unlock a 3rd Villa slot

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Saved this week. Potentially hello Vardy next week.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 17 days ago

          FH18? Newcastle and then a DGW, like it.

    16. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      anyone else benched DCL?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Magnus Carlsen

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          whats his link these days?

        2. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          that sure gives me hope then

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeh. Putting out a rare 5-4-1

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Magnus knows.

      4. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Sold for kane

      5. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yes

    17. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Anyone else sell mitchell this morning?

    18. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I’ve kept KDB and not got Son

      The fear is real

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Same and Im not even worried tbh

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          It’s just the ownership

          Expected points wise it’s fine / KDB is slightly better but oh the potential variance

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        KDB on the thinnest of thin ice for many - but it’s KDB so we keep giving him benefit of the doubt

        I kept him instead of hitting Kane in

        Captained Salah instead of Son

        Another turning point a fork stuck in the road, as the man says

    19. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Am I right I must make a transfer this week if I am free hitting next week?

      Given I have wildcarded no obvious/required move yet, not keen on taking Kane out for Vardy before Leeds but bound to be an injury somewhere given congestion.

    20. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      if Mitchel delivers an amazing game, he can start for us in the double. That would be amazing.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Single*

    21. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      54% of top 10k went Salah(c)

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Fewer than I expected, tbh

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Boring

    22. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Christ. For the first time in 15yrs, I've completely forgot the deadline and haven't changed my team. Just didn't realise there was another gameweek starting today.

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Achievement Unlocked: Casual!

      2. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Hope you didn't have any major plans!

      3. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        lucky - saved an FT