Pro Pundits - Lateriser

My FPL tips on team value, Wildcarding and more for Gameweek 31+ and beyond

In his latest Pro Pundits article, Lateriser12 – who has overall ranks of 77th and 189th to his name  shares his thoughts on the Fantasy landscape ahead of the run-in.


Games are coming thick and fast and there is no time to breathe in terms of processing information and building a strategy. This is when isolated thinking, acquiring information, eye-test and quick thinking comes into play.

My advice to every FPL manager out there would be don’t indulge in too much tinkering. Instead, process as much information as you can and the answers will come to you easier. If I ever have a “this or that” question in my head, I normally tend to re-watch the highlights of the same game and look at some stats in the Members Area and the answer is there in front of me.

I am desperately trying to not overthink the coming eight Gameweeks, which does become a little difficult when you’re just outside the top 500. But nothing needs to change in terms of my strategy and I just need to keep doing what I am doing and we will see where I land in Gameweek 38+.

I have been thinking long and hard on what to write.

I could take you guys through my Wildcard team but I’m still tinkering and most of my thoughts are on the Scoutcast I just did with Joe and Andy. Give it a listen.

I thought of giving you guys differentials to consider but Tom has a great track record doing those and we’ve covered a fair bit of them on the Scoutcast as well.

With eight Gameweeks to go, I’m just going to freestyle this article and talk about a few strategy-focused things that have been playing on my mind and that you might find useful. I did speak about a few of these on the Scoutcast but I think you might find it useful if I elaborate further.

1) What am I doing with Manchester City?

De Bruyne out of Manchester derby as Aguero starts City's Double Gameweek 29 opener

I am writing this article before the Manchester City v Burnley game but as it stands, I have no Manchester City player in my Wildcard draft. The reasoning is quite simple for me: I expect major rotation for them in the next two Gameweeks and I don’t think the games will be easy.

They have the FA Cup (Pep mentioned that it was their most important game apart from the UEFA Champions League game against Real Madrid) just three days after the Chelsea game and I think it is near-impossible to predict who will get the majority share of minutes in these three games.

You could say that they will play their strongest team against Liverpool, which doesn’t sound like a very attractive prospect. Holding Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) is a very reasonable move if you have value attached to him but I’ve sold him four times this season already and I’m looking elsewhere for the next Gameweek to hunt for hauls.

You should know that this is generally how I play FPL in general, though, as I’m very comfortable switching big hitters in the search of double-digit hauls from premium assets and I don’t indulge in ‘cover picks’ as much as others.

The two players from Manchester City that I did consider on my wildcard are Ederson (£6.0m) and Phil Foden (£5.1m). Here’s why.

Manchester City have great fixtures after these two Gameweeks, they looked the fittest and most solid team so far and I expect Ederson to keep a ton of clean sheets until Gameweek 38+.

When it comes to Foden, I expect him to get a lot of minutes and I think he’s a really good option for your eighth attacker. What I would do with Foden is that if he is rested for a particular game, I would probably start him in my FPL team in the next game as we expect Pep to rotate and Foden’s upside is very high.

In fact, this is exactly what I intend on doing with Manchester City assets. Since I am expecting them to be heavily rotated, I will try second-guessing Pep and get the Manchester City attacker for a particular run or even a single fixture (they have a lot of ‘captainable’ fixtures Gameweek 33+ onwards).

As things stand, I am looking to add one or two City attackers in my team from Gameweek 33+ onwards and I am being careful to not spread my funds too much with my Wildcard squad so as to afford them in two or three moves.

2) What are my thoughts on the Spurs attackers?

What the FA Cup replay results mean for the Blank Gameweek 31 picture

I have seen a lot of the community struggle with what to do when it comes to the Spurs assets. I would first like to bring your attention to this excellent piece written by Neale.

When I read this article, I had made up my mind that Son Heung-min (£9.7m) was going to be my go-to asset for the Spurs run-in.

My view of the Spurs attackers are that all the midfielders are correctly priced and you will get what you pay for. I personally would not consider Steven Bergwijn (£7.4m) as I think he is more prone to rotation than Son or Dele Alli (£8.3m). This quote from Jose Mourinho after the first game for Spurs led to this thinking:

We played with Bergwijn, Lamela, Kane and Son, and our bench was very strong in defensive options. We had Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen on the bench but we didn’t have Lucas or Dele or Lamela or Bergwijn. Imagine Bergwijn on the bench and Lucas playing and coming out minute 60-65 and Bergwijn coming for the last period, I can imagine the impact that we could have. So a bit of frustration but at the same time really happy with the players.

This makes me think that Son and Alli are less prone to rotation compared to Bergwijn.

Another thing I’d like to mention is that Spurs are third on the defensive ticker when sorted until Gameweek 38+ and, as mentioned by Mourinho in the press conference on Monday, Serge Aurier’s (£4.9m) competitors for that spot are injured which makes him a good pick in my books:

The only position where we don’t have [competition] is right-back because we have only Serge [Aurier] and nobody else. The other options, Tanganga and Foyth, they are both out.

3) But what about value?

Alexander-Arnold's consistency continues as Firmino unlucky to blank

I just didn’t think I could write an article at this point of time without addressing the value question.

Personally, I don’t attach too much importance to value as I always like shifting big hitters.

But even for the more traditional managers, you have accumulated value until this point of the season so that you can use it.

I would not worry about value too much with just eight Gameweeks to go. If you find a higher upside pick that has the potential to bring home a double-digit haul and the only reason you are not selling that player is value, you are playing this game wrong. I assure you that you will be able to buy that player later and if it means paying £0.5m more, so be it.

4) Don’t be afraid to chase hauls

I would also encourage all managers to use this unique situation that we are in to go haul-hunting.

All the transfers you make right now should be more focused towards chasing bigger hauls rather than making ‘balance-friendly’ moves that might not have a huge points impact.

We aren’t going to get very many opportunities this season to get the likes of a differential Richarlison (£8.3m) against a leaky Norwich defence.

While earlier in the season, you might think that you are going to be stuck with a transfer for a long time, as the Gameweeks keep passing us, you are only going to hold players for a shorter and shorter time period. That should help you increase your risk appetite.

5) I am looking at structure and price points

Is it time to invest in Arsenal assets after Gameweek 28? 9

While I’m on my Wildcard, I’m thinking about whether I want to go ahead with a 3-4-3 formation or a 3-5-2. I normally play a 3-4-3 but in this case I am considering switching to a 3-5-2 because I see more options in midfield than I do in the strike force.

I am also making sure all my money is spent on the pitch and not on the bench because I will want to bring in Manchester City assets in the near future and I want to keep those funds condensed into my attackers. That said, I do like fifth midfielders like Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) and Phil Foden (£5.1m) more than I like the budget strikers.

6) Short-term punts?

If you are interested in short-term gambles, there are a few I like depending on your team structure. I will mention four that I really like here:

  • Matt Ritchie (£5.3m)
  • Richarlison (£8.3m)
  • Ismaila Sarr (£6.4m) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.6m)

7) Why am I Wildcarding so early?

Many are not confident about Wildcarding so early into Project Restart because of the lack of enough information. While I see value in that point of view, I also think that we only have eight Gameweeks to play.

Being pro-active is the way I like playing the game and while you might argue that your team is ‘good enough’ for the week, my counter to you would be ‘why not go for ideal instead of good enough?’. 

Like I mentioned earlier, there are very few hauls left for the taking and I want to try being there for as many as possible. In addition, I don’t see the eco-system changing too much between Gameweek 31+ and Gameweek 33+ (famous last words).

On that note, I will take your leave. I will leave you with my latest Wildcard tinker but I cannot assure you that it will be my final team (I still have to watch Manchester City v Burnley):

I hope you will find my slightly unstructured article useful. Good luck for the Gameweek!


Fantasy Football Scout user Lateriser12 has a very impressive Fantasy CV. He has registered two finishes in the top 200 (one of them equating to number one in India) and four in the top 10,000 in the last six seasons. The secret to his success has been playing non-conventionally and fearlessly, swearing by ‘upside chasing’ and not giving ownership much of a look.

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875 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pumpy Pro
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Vardy and Alli
    Or
    DCL and Son

    1. JelliedSpark968
        1 month, 18 days ago

        DCL and Son

      • thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B all day

      • LLoris
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        1

        1. LLoris
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          i meant 2

      • JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        B

      • Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Ta fellas

    2. LLoris
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Heres my WC squad (dont worry about my bench)

      Dubravka
      Aurier Saiss Doherty Awb
      Son KDB Bruno Salah
      Jimi Rashford

      Am I gtg

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        TAA’s a miss, but yeah, good!

        1. LLoris
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I can take out Awb put Taa then rashford out for DCL

      2. Devo-McDuff
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Nice. I'm worried about your bench though

    3. yiidddoo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Dcl and son

    4. Fernandito
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Help to finish this FH team

      XXX
      Ritchie TAA Doherty
      Salah Fernandes Pogba XXX
      DCL Vardy Jimenez

      A Alli & Schmeichel/Patricio
      B Son & Martinez

      Thanks

    5. Andre_The_Giant
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bottomed..

      Thought on this lot? 0.1 ITB

      McCarthy (button)
      Trent, Doherty, Lascelles (Kiko, Robinson)
      Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son (Guendouzi)
      DCL, Rash, Jimi

      1. Patrick Bateman
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Perfect, and very jealous! (I've used my WC)

        who's your (C)?

        1. Andre_The_Giant
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cheers PB. Currently on Mo but tempted to change to Jimi. I’m top 10k so can play a bit more defensively.. who you on?

          1. Patrick Bateman
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Can't go wrong with either of them, I would be swaying towards Jimi too. I'm on Son atm

    6. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Ballers,

      Would rather have:

      A) Jimenez and Lascelles + 0.2
      or
      B) Jota and Ritchie + 0.9

      Rest not my team:

      Pope (Button)
      TAA, Doherty, *, Taylor, Cahill
      Richarlison, Mane, Barnes, Son, Fernandes
      *, Rashford Nketiah

      Im leaning towards B as it affords me a little bit more flexibility. Ritchie can easily become a MANU defender in 2-3 GW's.

      TIA

    7. LOLarov
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      On a Free hit

      Just for this GW ONLY on a FH

      A) Richarlison & Rashford
      B) Bergwijn & Vardy

      1. Patrick Bateman
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A

    8. Patrick Bateman
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      1) Aguero, Grealish > DCL, Son
      2) Aguero, Grealish > DCL, Fernandes (Got Rashford)

      I'll be captaining either Son or Fernandes.

    9. Andrew
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pubs open from 4th July!!!

      1. Patrick Bateman
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Hopefully some outdoor TV's for the footy!

    10. Cech's Magic Hat
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Which combo looks best for WC team?

      A. Son, Martinez, 4.0 def for bench
      B. Alli, DDG, 4.3 def for bench

    11. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      FH GTG? Pogba (C) plain stupid or a decent gamble? Gonna WC next round when I have the info on rivals WC teams 😉

      Lloris
      TAA - Doherty - AWB - Ritchie
      Mané - Son - Alli - Fernandes - Pogba (C)
      Jiménez

      (Nyland, Justin, Connolly, Brewstar)

      1. LLoris
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Very risky

      2. Andre_The_Giant
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Shrewd. Hope my rival isn’t doing the same

    12. LLoris
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pick one lads

      A) TAA DCL
      B) AWB Rashford

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        A simply for protection

    13. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How’s this WC?

      5.1GK
      TAA Maguire Saiss
      Richarlison Salah Son KdB Bruno
      DCL Jimi
      (Button - Lascelles Nketiah 3.9) 0itb

    14. Dubores
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Repost:

        My wildcard team:

        Martinez (Button)
        TAA - Doherty - Aurier (Femenia, Lascelles)
        Bruno - Son - KDB - Richarlison (Saka)
        Jimenez - DCL - Ings

        0.7 ITB

        Should I try to fit Salah into there somehow? It's tough because my team value is so low.
        Or shall I just upgrade my GK?
        Thanks

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Feel ya! Looks nice. I made an attempt above, meant downgrading Doherty for me. I don’t really like it, but... can’t have them all

      • finnish92
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Thoughts on this wc team?

        Patricio (Martinez)
        TAA, Doherty, Maguire, Justin, Lascelles
        Salah, Son, Fernandes, Sarr, Foden
        Rash, Jimenez, DCL

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Would replace justin with femenia. Other than that it looks good, the question is to have KdB or not

      • HarrisonCarnaby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Richarlison or Martial? Already have Fernandes and DCL

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        3 Newcastle on WC overkill?

        1. LLoris
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          yes

      • LLoris
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Can someone convince me to put DCL?

        1. JelliedSpark968
            1 month, 18 days ago

            He's playing Norwich and is one of the best goal scorers of the season at a low price

            1. LLoris
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Put after Norwich his fixtures are tough

              1. JelliedSpark968
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  not tough at all in my opinion, he could score in all

          • Stupendous
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Pages flying. Bottomed.

            How's WC draft 2?

            Ederson
            Taa Doherty Aurier
            Salah KDB Richarlison Traore
            Vardy Ings Jimenez

            3.9 Lascelles Foden Ward

            1. Stupendous
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              No United players in my leagues before commenting.

          • JelliedSpark968
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Stevens + Grealish > Boly + Sarr for -4?

              1. Ibra
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Not for -4

            • Ibra
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              I don't know why but my "no-KDB" -team seems to be better. Am I right?

              A)

              Patricio
              TAA - Doherty - Aurier
              Mane - Bruno - Son - Richarlison
              Rashford - Jimenez - DCL

              Martin - Lascelles - Kiko - Guendouzi

              B)

              Patricio
              TAA - Doherty - Aurier
              Mane - KDB - Bruno - Son
              Rashford - Jimenez - Greenwood

              Martin - Lascelles - Kiko - Hayden

              1. Stupendous
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Nope

              2. LLoris
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                why are you playing greenwood in B

            • LLoris
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Sorry for the repeat really wanna finish

              A) TAA DCL
              B) AWB Rashford

            • Kloptimus Prime
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Thoughts on this free hit team? (I'm chasing in a mini league and behind 50 points)

              Pickford
              TAA,Ritchie,Doherty
              Son, Richarlison, Bruno,Salah,Traore
              Rashford, Jimenez

              Would you leave as is or make any changes?

              1. LLoris
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                gtg

                1. Kloptimus Prime
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  cheers

            • laive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              My WC team for GW +31.
              Ederson
              Ritchie, Doherty, Justin, Aurier
              Fernandes(V), Alli, Pogba, Richarlison
              Kane(C), Jiménez
              Bench: Saka, J. Ayew, Cahill

              Going to captain Kane as my differential for double points. Then Kane->Auba for GW +32.

            • MadFinCha
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              On wildcard. Thoughts please chaps??

              DDG Button
              TAA Fernandez Saiss Holgate Kiko
              KDB Salah Fernandes Sako Hayden
              Rashford Jiminez Ings

              1. MadFinCha
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Can afford Fernandez to Ritchie ??

            • yiidddoo
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Which Team on Wildcard guys...
              A)
              De Gea
              VVD Doherty Aurier Ritchie
              Son Fernandes Traore
              DCL Rashford Jiminez

              Bench:Martinez KDB :/ Saka Robinson

              B)
              De Gea
              TAA Doherty Aurier
              Son Fernandes Traore KDB Martial
              DCL Jiminez

              Bench: Martinez lacselles Ayew Robinson
              Any suggestions appreciated 🙂

            • Eric the King
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              How are we looking on WC? No Mo / Mane is the obvious flaw

              Patricio / Button
              AWB / TAA / Doc / Ritchie / Holgate
              Son / Bruno / Tony / Richarlison / KDB
              DCL / Jim / Nketiah

              Other option is to switch KDB / Nketiah for Foden and Jesus......

            • NoSalah’d
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Is getting Richarlison and Vardy in for Aguero and Grealish for a hit a good move?

              • finnish92
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                A) Taa + Lascelles
                B) VVD + Ritchie?

                1. NoSalah’d
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    A

                2. How I met your Mata
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  A or B

                  A Barnes and Saiss
                  B Saka and Doherty