Pro Pundits - Lateriser

Reigning India FPL champion reveals strategy and team for new season

Lateriser, who finished 30th in the world last season, discusses “overthinking” in FPL and reveals his Gameweek 1 team.


This time of the season is a delicate time. I don’t really tinker too much but while I am reading articles and assembling information, the subconscious is working overtime in the background debating every minute decision in our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) team while the conscious is pretending hard to remain interested in the conversation on the dinner table.

I am generally a very decisive manager and normally after about two to three sessions of spaced-out, focused tinkering, I arrive at my team. Just before recording Episode 2 of our new Podcast, The FPL Wire (also available on all podcast platforms), I had one of these long tinkering sessions on Sunday night and the outcome was a team I was really happy with (it involved me not having a single Liverpool attacker but more on that later).

Monday and Tuesday passed and I was convinced that I was there. I even mentioned on the pod that I was feeling good about my team since I was so close to the final piece. Then came yesterday and I happened to watch France’s highlights versus Croatia and watching Anthony Martial (£9.0m) reminded me how much I love this player and that simply put I need him in my team.

When I referred back to my post-season notes that I had scribbled in my little notebook, I found “You Love Tony Gloves” scribbled in there. I hadn’t planned for Tony (except for a lazy afterthought that I’ll do Timo Werner (£9.5m) to Martial in Gameweek 2) until then and had Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) sitting on my bench Gameweek 1. Panic set in because I know I’m not going be happy with my team until I get him.

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This led to me immediately logging on to the FPL website and just not being happy with all the compromises. Suddenly, it all feels imperfect. This happens to most of us (we overthink way too much). Our FPL decisions (at least for me) are constantly evolving in our heads and while there’s panic at first when something strikes you, all you really need to do is put on some earphones, dig in some more (statistics + highlights + articles) and you’ll find that in some time you’ll arrive at a place you’re happy with.

The key to all of this is the earphones. You need to be away from all the noise when you’re ‘Beautiful Minding’ (as my friend Walsh likes to call it) your team and after some time and thought you’ll get there. Yes there will be some sacrifices along the way but mentally you’ll have debated all sorts of decisions and as long as there is reasoning to the team you’re building, you should be okay.

After all of this, I really think to myself: why do we even overthink? The chances of us getting Gameweek 1 right are so slim. But then I see Mark Sutherns, who is possibly the best instinctive FPL manager I know, talking on his new fabulous show “FPL BlackBox” about having a set of rules and filters for his decisions.

In my head, I just went, “Mark, don’t do it because of one rubbish season. You were careless last season. Your strength is your instinct and filtering will just stop you from being naturally instinctive and aggressive”. I might have even DMed him the same. Seems like we’re all just wired to overthink. It’s probably me doing just that with my decision to not go with a Liverpool attacker.

Let me take you through that decision and some other relevant ones while building my Gameweek 1 team.

The elephant in the room is that as of today, I plan on starting without Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) or a Liverpool attacker for that matter. There are two primary reasons for this.

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ings_is_the_king
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Salah, Taylor and KWP or Bruno (bench), Robertson and Mitchell?
      Rest of team is
      McCarthy,
      TAA, Doherty, Vinagre, XXX, XXX
      Auba, Pulisic, ASM, Bissouma, XXX
      Werner, Mitrovix, Adams

    • Link
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Hmmm...

      A. Ward-Prowse + Jimenez
      B. Havertz + Adams

      A feels safer, both nailed for 90

      1. yiidddoo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A - good alternative to other teams I’ve seen

      2. Snikii
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        b

    • Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I want to watch Spurs v Everton on Sunday, but my sister gave birth so I have to drive several hours to meet my new nephew.

      I need to get this kid hooked pronto on FPL so we can watch matches together. This kind of schedule clash is unacceptable.

      1. Barnes Owl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        It's unforgivable that your sister would do such a thing.

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Selfish of your sister!! Congrats on nephew. My wife is due our second in 4 weeks so can’t see me getting a chance to watch too many games

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Congratulations Pat!

          (It's yours, right?)

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Haha I hope so!!

    • tibollom
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      been tinkering all day - down to these two drafts. Any comments much appreciated!

      A.
      McCarthy Nyland
      BDavies Saiss TAA Justin (Ferguson)
      Auba(c) Salah (vc) Son ASM Stephens
      Ings Werner (Davis)

      B.
      McCarthy Nyland
      TAA Justin KWP Mitchell (ayling)
      Auba(c) salah Son ASM Soucek
      Ings Werner (davis)

      1. Ings_is_the_king
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I prefer A

      2. yiidddoo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        How’s this looking guys ?- Luke shaw to start gw2

        McCarthy
        Justin Doherty Robbo
        Havertz Auba Pulisic
        Adams Kane Mitro

        Bench: Mitchel Shaw Burke

        1. yiidddoo
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Son pulisic auba havertz **

          1. Ings_is_the_king
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Keeep an eye out as Telles ir rumoured to ManU

              1. yiidddoo
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Will doo how does rest of team look ?

                1. Ings_is_the_king
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Looks really good

            • Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              3-3-3 formation is a first

              1. yiidddoo
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I may be the next biggest thing... Son havertz pulisic Auba***

          2. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Think this is the most settled on my team I have ever been the day before deadline. Now just to put my feet up and watch the choas unfold on here. (Cue press conferences throwing my team into disarray)

            1. Pedersen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Cant say that and not post it 🙂

          3. Lebowski85
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Thought on this one folks. To start the season....

            A) Pereria
            B) ASM & 0.5ITB

            The 0.5 would be used to potentially upgrade Mitrovic or JWP to one of the other lower tier bandwagons

            1. Snikii
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              b

            2. @FPL_Chess
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              B

            3. Lebowski85
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Sorted. Cheers

          4. Snikii
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            What do you guys think?

            A. Trent, Calvert and Ings
            B. Dier, Richarlison and Vardy

            1. Sotamendi84
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              a

            2. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              A

              1. Snikii
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Why do you think that? Do you see more value in A or is it because of them being more popular picks?

          5. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I wonder if many people are secretly hoping for injuries to the main Man Utd guys in their friendly vs Villa this weekend.

            That'll teach the Man Utd GW1 benchers.

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Hadn’t thought of that, but yes that would be delightful

            2. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I am always wishing for UTD injuries. Not secretly either 😉

            3. @FPL_Chess
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I hadn't thought of that either. Good thinking.

            4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              😆

            5. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Hope all you like mate

              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I know someone who can make the injuries happen. Someone very close to us.

          6. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            For GW1

            A) Alli + Son
            B) Alli + Havertz
            C) Son + Havertz

            Next week, one of them will become Rashford

            1. Sotamendi84
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              c

            2. Snikii
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              c

            3. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I wouldnt get Rashford as he has looked effected by his injury post restart....either Bruno or Martial for me...

          7. Sotamendi84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            so who will play left back for leicester?

            does justin have a chance to move there when ricardo is back?

            Lewis or Justin to start the season?

          8. KDB > Henderson
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Final team done, would love anyone’s thoughts on improvements or money that could he shaved off.

            0.5 in the bank to do Ings to Martial for gwk 2

            Ramsdale
            Trent Saiss Saliba Davies
            Auba Salah Ali ASM
            Werner Ings

          9. CrouchDown
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Is Ward the best CPL def asset for GW1

          10. Il Papera
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            How's it looking, .5 itb for Ings to Martial potentially.

            McCarthy
            TAA Robbo Doherty
            Auba Havertz Alli Soucek
            Werner Ings Adams

            Button Mitchell Bissouma Dallas

          11. EWH2020
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            This is how I am shaping up. After much tinkering I think I am there.

            Ryan (Walton)
            TAA, KWP, Justin (Mitchell, Burr)
            Salah, Auba, Son, ASM, Soucek
            Werner, Wilson, Mitro

            £1.5m ITB.

            This allows me to do:

            Son to Bruno
            Salah to Bruno
            or
            Salah, Mitro or Wilson to Bruno & Martial -4

          12. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Any news on Brewster's loan?

            The only reason I am playing only 2 upfront is his likely loan move.

          13. Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            A) Son & VVD
            B) Bruno & Davies

            I'll have Martial if it helps. On A at the moment.

            1. Snikii
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              a

          14. yiidddoo
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            A) Doherty Son Mitrovic
            B Doherty dele DCL

          15. A Dog Has Its Day
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            great article once again from LR

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              woof!

            2. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Fair play on actually reading the articles....I just presumed it was plugging some game/gambling site

              1. Lev Yashin
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                So young and yet so cynical.

          16. Neves say Neves
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            When is ricardo pereira expected back?

            1. Sotamendi84
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              gw4

          17. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I’m currently on this in a 3-4-3.

            McCarthy
            TAA,Dier, KWP
            Aubamayang,Alli,Havertz, Rodriguez
            Ings,Werner,Wilson

            Button,Soucek,Taylor,Ferguson.

            Option 1. 3-4-3 above.
            Option 2. 3-5-2 Wilson > 4.5. Soucek > Barnes
            Option 3. 4-4-2. Wilson > 4.5 Dier > Doherty, Ferguson > Egan
            Which option?

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              0.5 itb in all options for Ings > Martial.

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Second year in a row we're next to identical

              Have a Vardy variation

              Auba Havertz Rodriguez Soucek
              Vardy Werner Ings

              May turn Soucek into Henderson

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Like Vardy for fixtures in all but 3 and as a handy captain choice, he also gives a second route into Martial if needed in GW2

                More flexibility I'm thinking

                Will look over your options in detail. Running through various scenarios to see what is most reliable

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Yeh Vardy is a good option. I can’t squeeze him in.

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Nice.
                I do like the idea of Martial and Werner been there permanently with a 6-7m striker in a 3-4-3 but just toying the idea of just having Werner and Martial upfront by themselves and either strengthen the defence or midfield with the 2m.

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  See further below

                  Very tempted by slotting Robbo in as a secret mid for GW1-3 and then allow him to revert to defence from GW4 on

                  Gives me a very odd looking midfield if I ditch Rodriguez 😀

                  Who scores more 1-3 Robbo or Rodriguez. See similar attacking potential really

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Robbo probably scores more.

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      That's how I see it too

                      Leaving me with Soucek third mid. Ultimate template bust 😀

            3. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Fancy Liverpool to comfortably account for Leeds at Anfield, 3 or 4 nil. Does no Salah/Mane not worry you OR and behind the right ball from GW1?

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                50/50 which mid scores 🙂

                But thinking of adding Robbo in as extra mid for this scenario, Thinking Chelsea defence could be all at sea in GW2 with no settled formation especially down the wings where TAA and Robbo are.

                Liverpool defence looks gold from 4 on if you overlook the two derbies

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  I could do Wilson > 4.5 Dier to Robertson but that would mean me playing KWP and finding an alternative to Taylor for GW1.

                  1. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    The other variation I have is Justin who should be good for 1-4 anyway I hope

                    I'm thinking of binning Werner in 2 for Martial and getting Puli as second Chelsea option if they are looking good by 4 or maybe 3

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                It’s Auba or Salah in my team. I can only captain 1 this week.

                Would rather spread the funds with the one I’m not going to captain.
                Since Arsenal have the easier game in gw 2 I’m currently on him.

            4. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Option 2 of the ones you have

              Have looked at similar choice. If Vardy is good so might Barnes be. Problem I have there is 3 between 7-8 in midfield. Looks a tad inflexible or putting a lot on players who are very 50/50 for returns.

              Still prefer my Vardy variation tbh

          18. The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            How does this look?

            McCarthy
            TAA | Dier | Saiss | Egan
            Salah (c) | Auba | Havertz | Rodriguez
            Werner | Wilson

            Steer | Mitchell | Bissouma | Brewster

            I'm keen to have a fairly stable back line, which should hopefully allow me to focus my transfers on attacking players.

            My draft going forward plan is to do Salah and Wilson to Rashford and Martial, although that may well change, since I'm tempted to go all out on Chelsea and bring Pulisic in as an alternative to Rashford.

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Looks very nice.

          19. Iceball
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Which 2 to pick?
            A) Mitro
            B) Nketiah
            C) Adams
            D) Batshuayi

            1. Siva Mohan
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              A D

          20. Ings_is_the_king
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Is it too risky to go without Salah and bench Bruno, but have Robbo and TAA?

            • b91jh
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              A) Son (Becomes Fernandes on GW2)+Adams
              B) Alli+Jimenez+1FT

              Have Martial.

            • Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Wonder how many people are just straight up copying Laterisers team this year. Or any of the other ‘pro pundits’

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I'm pretty sure a lot from my country are going to copy his moves.

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Kinda depressing

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Where’s the fun in that.
                Just like copying someone’s homework or googling the answer in a pub quiz.
                Just cheating yourself.

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Yep. Although I imagine many dont care and just want to win their minileague and pretend they did it themselves

              3. Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I hope they do and he trolls everyone by completely changing it pre-deadline.

                "First off, I’d just like to say that this is my team as of Thursday afternoon and I have no clue how many more moments of inspiration I have ahead of me."

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  😆

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  He doesn't need to. Here's where we can rejoice in their downfall - UC inflation.

                  Lateriser makes his move. He has just enough money. He prepares his podcast. Two days later he broadcasts it, and the braindead go straight to FPL to make the transfer. The one to be transferred in has risen 0.1 and they're bu99ered. Lovely.

              4. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Quite a few I'd think. We seem to now have FPL Gods and blind worshippers. Mirrors society in general though really.

                One thing to read opinions from those with a good track record and another to believe everything they say imo....

            • steven8991
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Is it wise to go big on mid and fwd like this?
              McCarthy
              TAA KWP Lascelles Mitchell
              Mane Auba Havertz ASM
              Kane Werner
              (4.0m 4.5m 4.5m)

              1. VinMar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                plans for manu?

            • IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Very settled here. Copy if you want to do well.

              McCarthy
              TAA Davies Vinagre Justin
              Salah Auba Havertz
              Werner DCL Mitro

              Nyland Foden Bissouma Mitchell

              1. Jink
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                200k OR last season, no thanks!

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  All great managers have an off season, however, thanks for taking the time to investigate.

                  1. Jink
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    In 8 seasons I’ve never finished outside the top 100k, you must be doing something wrong!

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Says the gravless non linked team 😆
                      Please refrain from posting such dross

                    2. Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Let’s see the link then?

              2. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Looks good. Are the 2 4.5m def nailed? Is Foden better as a wait and see. I like Bowen as a 2 week play and then can see how Foden looks

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Should be with an early WC in mind. Man City by far the best attack in the league and at 6.5 and hopefully playing the David Silva number 8 role, he is a no brainer imo

                  1. Pat Bonner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Sure Foden will be good, just wondering if you could wait a week or 2. When you thinking on wcing?

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      I guess I could wait but the other options in that price bracket (ASM/Armstrong) etc. don’t really inspire me. I always tend to deploy around GW3/4. How’s your squad looking?

                      1. Pat Bonner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        Not far off yours. McCarthy/taa Egan 4.5 4.5 4.0/salah Aubameyang Alli Soucek 4.5/Ings Werner Mitrović

                        With cash to do Ings to martial gw2 if needed

                      2. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        What about Matheus Pereira? Or Jarrod Bowen?

              3. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Nice. GL for the season!

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Thanks mate. You too!

            • Cheeto__Bandito
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Havertz or Ings?

                Ings a better martial placehholder

              • Dosh
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Coleman worth the 1m saving over Digne?

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  No

                2. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  No

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Competition from Kenny also

                3. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Some chat he might not even play