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. bautasten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pope, (Henderson)
    TAA, Doherty, Wan-B, (Egan, Taylor)
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Barnes (Mooy)
    DCL, Jimenez, Jota

    1FT, 3.9 ITB

    A) Barnes -> Son
    B) Jota -> Rashford
    C) Save

    1. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

  2. Bruno Commando
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who would you cpt?

    1) Son
    2) Auba
    3) Bruno
    4) Rashford
    5) Jimenez

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mine is on 3.

    2. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      1

    3. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      So tough this week, could make an argument for each one of those. Close your eyes and pick one! 😉

    4. Bruno Commando
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thanks guys! I am currently on 4, but not 100% sure!

    5. Dele
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      1

    6. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      5

    7. D.Glynn
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm on Son

  3. JBG
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Think I'm going with Salah over Mane this GW.

    - Salah rested(ish, had a knock apparently, but is back)
    - Mane played 90mins
    - Mane not the same without Robbo and haven't read anything about Robbo being back.

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Did it also..
      Mané will be more prone to rotation and not in great form imo.

  4. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is this WC good enough?

    DDG/Martin
    TAA/Doherty/Lascelles,Holgate/Kiko
    Salah/Son/KDB/BrunoF/Guendouzi
    Rash/Jim/DCL

    0.0ITB

    1. Andre_The_Giant
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Very similar to mine. Template but good team

  5. Hig1990
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ritchie or Aurier?

    DDG
    Maguire, Aurier, Doherty
    Salah, Son, KDB, Bruno, Richarlson
    DCL, Jimmy,

    Martin, Lascelles, Nkeita, Robinson

    1. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm currently on Ritchie. Midfielder on setpieces, penalties and classed as a defender. And their leader on the pitch. Good for me.

  6. EMERGING STAR
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Finally i am able to build the WC team.

    Pope
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Son Bruno Richarlison(C) KDB Pogba
    DCL Jimenez

    Button Aurier Holgate Martinelli

    Only confusion is regarding Pogba vs Martial vs Rashford.

  7. Wet Knee Houston
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    As usual, excellent article Lateriser.

  8. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone going Martial over Bruno?

    1. Whiskerz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I've gone martial over rashford

    2. Toby Lerone
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yeah I am. Gamble

  9. lilmessipran
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is going without Salah/Mane too risky on a WC for the next 2? Plan is to save ft next week and a flexible structure to bring in Mo Salah after the city game by downgrading one of my forwards or Richa/Son

    1. Dele
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have both Salah and Mane and looking to get rid of one. Really not sure why?

    2. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It is risky, but palace ain't bad defensively and the city-game should be tight. You need to decide if the upside is high enough.

  10. dezille
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Last decision on the WC:

    A) Salah, Kiko Fermenia
    B) Mane, Lascelles

    Defender will be 1st bench spot

  11. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Can't make my mind up on which trio scores more points (Doherty or no Doherty) already own Bruno

    A) Martinez, Doherty, Martial
    B) DDG, Saiss, Rashford

    Leaning towards B atm

  12. fachada
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who would you say is the safest captaining pick this gameweek ? Poll is quite distributed. Mo? Fernandes? considering im defending a distance in mini league

  13. jaguar shark
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best 4.4 defender to pair with Lascelles?

    1. Dele
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Holegate?

      1. jaguar shark
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers. On that now...

  14. Karan14
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Doherty Maguire
    Salah Mane KDB Bruno(c) Grealish
    Jimenez Jota

    (3.9 Cathcart Holgate Nkietah)
    0.5m & 1 FT

    Definitely doing Jota ➡️ DCL for free.

    Mane & Grealish to Son/Martial/Richarlison for -8?
    Chasing my MLs and need to get some differentials with high upside.

    Thoughts?

  15. ooooo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is Ritchie nailed?.

  16. Tabbara
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft
    Pope Button
    TAA Lascelles Doherty Holgate Saiss
    Alli Salah KDB Fernandes Guendouzi
    Jiminez Rashford DCL

    Thx

  17. zotter
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    a. Rate my WC Squad pls?

    b. How do I get Aurier in the Starting XI!?!?

    Martinez
    Maguire. Doherty. TAA
    Salah c. Bergwijn. Martial. Bruno. KdB
    DCL. Jiminez

    Button. Aurier. Holgate. Nketiah

  18. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    No wildcard here, have moved Grealish and Aguero to fernandes and rashford for a hit

    No playing goalkeeper, worth a hit to get one in or GTG?

    Leno*

    Trent Doc Lascelles

    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr

    Rashford Jimenez Jota

    hendo*, Guendouzi, Lundstram, Egan*

    0.8ITB so could get any keeper I fancy if I go for it

  19. luk46
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Last decision on wc now:

    A - Son + Jota/Sarr
    B - Bergwijn + Rashford

    Currently on B, but woukd love Son!

  20. Dubores
      1 month, 12 days ago

      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

    • Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martinez + 3.9 is too cheap to pass up I think. His save points alone will probably be worth that price

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No

        1. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Care to elaborate?

      2. AVIELD949
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Think I’m going for the same

    • Ji-Sung Park
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is Sterling -> Mane/Salah worth a hit?

      1. Hig1990
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I'd say yes. I've gone for Salah

    • RoysCallerAnne
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Best article writer on FFS, bar none.
      Best FPL manager out there, bar none.
      Best scoutcast guest, bar none.

      (he learnt everything from me 😉 )

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That's true 😉

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          ok, he's the best FPL manager, bar you!

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Hahaha and this also learnt from you 😀

    • Mesh
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Which combo?

      A. Bergwijn, Bruno, Saka
      B. Alli, Pogba, Hayden

      1. linkafu
          1 month, 12 days ago

          A

        • zon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          A

      2. linkafu
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Nyland
          Saiss Lascelles Holgate
          Hayden Sterling Traoré KdB
          Vardy Jimenez Auba

          Button McGinn Lund Robinson

          A) McGinn to Bruno for -4 and play Bruno over Hayden
          B) McGin to Bergwijn for -4 and play bergwijn over Hayden
          B) Nyland to Pope for -4 (I can wait one week for this one)
          D) Save

          1. Crunchie
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            A

        • Hig1990
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Re-post sorry..

          Ritchie or Aurier?

          DDG
          Maguire, Aurier, Doherty
          Salah, Son, KDB, Bruno, Richarlson
          DCL, Jimmy,

          Martin, Lascelles, Nkeita, Robinson

          1. linkafu
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Aurier

          2. Steager
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Simple Question?

            A) Son and KDB

            B) Sterling and Alli.

            Thought process: Sterling rested, no aguero so might play further up top. Alli also fresh

            1. zon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A by a mile

          3. Hypnos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Patricio Martinez
            Doherty TAA AWB Kiko Holgate
            Salah Bruno Sarr Son Saka
            Jiminez DCL Ings

            What you make of this WC? Any changes I should make

          4. Hybrid.power
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Looking at some of these wildcard RMTs has made me realise how low my team value is!

          5. Red Rock
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Not seeing a lot of Vardy in teams, makes me question having him captained over the likes of Bruno and Salah.