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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  1. las90855
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    RMT

    McCarthy
    TAA, Doherty, KWP.
    Aubameyang, Son, J.Rodriguez, ASM.
    Vardy, Werner, Mitrovic.

    (Ryan, Bissouma, Justin, Mitchell)
    itb- 0.5

    Will not having Salah/Mane brings me regret later on?
    What about James Rodriguez? Will he be okay early in the season? Any better options?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Can’t you go Antonio or Wilson over Mitro?

      1. las90855
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        kinda like Mitro since he is pretty much Fulham go to man. Wilson could frustrate you all season plus I have ASM already

    2. S6 Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I don't like the Southampton double-up.

      I'd swap KWP for C.Taylor and play Justin.

      I'd also just go with either McCarthy + 4.0, and use the 0.5 elsewhere or upgrade to Ramsdale + 4.0

      1. las90855
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I would like to rotate my keeper. but do you think Justin > KWP?

  2. Enes_Sahini1
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    What do you guys think?

    McCarthy
    Saliba Dier VVD Egan
    Salah Auba Son Soucek
    Mitro Werner

    Subs: Nyland Richarlison KWP Bissouma

  3. EmmetRyan
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    1. Doherty + Son
    2. Robbo + Alli

    Last choice to make before kick off, opinions appreciated 🙂

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      1 for me mate

      1. EmmetRyan
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers, Spurs fixtures do make it more tempting!

    2. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Tierney + Son

      1. EmmetRyan
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Already gambling on Saliba starting for Arsenal, don't want to double up on their defense, but thx!

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Thoughts on this guys? 1m ITB for Salah+Antonio >> Bruno+Martial for a hit GW2.

    McCarthy
    TAA, Doherty, Egan, KWP
    Salah, Auba, Havertz, ASM
    Werner, Antonio
    (4.0, White/Lamptey, Bissouma, Davis)

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Egan over coady/saiss?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          That’s what I have

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I meant I prefer saiss or coady but its 50/50 i guess

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I could also have saiss (and ditch the two 4.5s?)

                1. Cheeto__Bandito
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    na I like two 4.5

          2. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Looks good. Not sure on planning a -4 for gw2 tho. Are Man U going to hit the ground running? They’ve barely had a break so could be rusty. I’d save and reassess in gw3 with 2 frees

          3. Strchld
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I similar plan. Salah and Ings > Bruno and Martial for a hit.

            Midfielders are excatly same. Thought havent decide yet should I pick Alli or Havertz.

          4. Gazza2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            What if Salah gets a haul against Leeds, will you still sell him?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Probably as I won’t captain.

              Perhaps i go with my other team and just go Martial

            2. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Last week's points don't count towards next week's points.

              This is exactly why Lateriser thrives with his premium options. It's all about the fixtures.

          5. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Much prefer a Wolves defender over Spurs/Sheffield.

            Also I think 343 might be a better option. There are so many strikers in the 6-6.5m range whereas you only have a handful of 6m defenders.

            1. plt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I wouldn't plan for a hit. For a few years, I was mid of the table in which I play. I regularly took hits on points, chasing players who were in forma and invariably then let me down. Last season, I think I maybe took 2 hits (might have only been one) out of desperation and I finished second in my league. When I think back, I was losing a hell of a lot of points before

        2. Pedersen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Alright, am I the only one who think manchester united assets will rise in price fast, and dont want to take a -4 to get my 2 preferable ones in?

          My team, lots on bench but it is really only 1 player different from the "template" (Salah)

          McCarthy (Nyland)
          TAA, KWP, Justin Vinagre (Mitchell)
          Auba, Son, ASM, Soucek (Fernandes)
          Werner, Adams (Martial)

          Ready to get Havertz/Pulisic and/or KDB depending on who emerges

          1. unholysmoke
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Burn the heretic.
            It's either have £18m on your bench week 1, or have your first two week's transfers all planned out with no room for the unexpected. Neither is ideal but I can understand people not fancying the former. My answer to this question is 'Mo Salah, and don't make any firm plans.'

        3. Cheeto__Bandito
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Havertz or Ings?

            Ings a better martial placeholder

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Tough one that. Im still mulling over it myself.

            2. yiidddoo
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Adams 2.5 mil cheaper worth a look esp to save some cash for the midfield options

              1. yiidddoo
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Chelsea fixtures also relatively favourable/ except Liverpool

              2. Cheeto__Bandito
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  I like the pick but cant be a sure as Ings he will deliver

              3. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Havertz excites me more

              4. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I’m considering Ings and then move to martial with 0.5 in the bank but both good options

            3. Bossworld
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I have 15 players from 15 different teams, and won't be making any transfers or changes all season. This could end badly.

              1. Pipermaru
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                It should be official rule of FPL, only one player from one team allowed.

            4. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              For those who are rotating 4.5s I think Justin+Ayling/Dallas+KWP could be a good trio. Could comfortably play 2 of 3 at the first 5 GWs, then drop Justin to the bench (when Pereira is back) until u got the FT/WC.

              1. teddy.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                That's what I'm doing

              2. Tarzan
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                C Taylor also a great option after GW1

              3. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Are expecting 5 gws for Justin? If yes, I am in.

            5. KDB > Henderson
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Final 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

              1. Prison Mike
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Very similar to mine so I like, but got Mitro and a bit cheaper defence

              2. Klopp it
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Quite similar to mine, good team but defence is too heavy, I'd agree with triming down on it, gave me a team a rating

            6. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Best 4.5m MID bench fodder?

            7. Klopp it
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              So here we are, it's the eve of the start off the season for the best league in the world, and I can't wait, feel like iv my team well sorted now, my plan is for gameweek 2 removing alli and replacing him with greenwood, then gameweek 3 dropping Abumayang for kdb, here's my team any advice would be great,

              Mccarthy
              Taa, egan, kwp
              Salah, Abumayang, alli, asm
              Werner, ings, mitrovic

              Bench, nyland, Vinagre, Gordon, Douglas

              Feel free to rip it apart and tell me what I could change, have a great season folks 🙂

            8. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Taylor Bissouma Brewster for a bench too light?

              Could upgrade Bissouma to Souchek but would mean Robbo --> VVD.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                2 playing bench players and you should be fine. How often would you realistically use your 3rd bench player?

                1. Phil's Stamps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Cheers. I wasn't sure if Bissouma counted.

            9. Tarzan
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Tinkered with the team a bit

              RMT
              McCarthy - Nyland*
              TAA - Davies - C Taylor* - Johnson - KWP
              Salah - Alli - Greenwood* - Mount - Soucek
              Vardy - DCL - Ings

              €1.0m in the bank for flexibility
              *not playing in GW1

              1. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Rumours flying about that Sancho is a done deal so I'd replace Greenwood.

                1. Tarzan
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Ahh replacing Greenwood makes sense ..Thanks!

            10. Siva Mohan
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              GW2 .. Bruno or Martial?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Martial for me.

              2. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Martial

              3. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Rashford

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Isn't his ankle crocked?

                  Interested in him too...

              4. Visionaries
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Going both.
                Martial will have a great season though

              5. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I’m going martial as easier to fit into team

              6. Siva Mohan
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                cheers everyone

              7. Gazza2000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I like Bruno more

            11. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              What do you think of Batshuayi at Palace? 6m good value as their main player!?. Wait and see or straight in rather than Adams?

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                May not start gw1

            12. Lev Yashin
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I love this time of the year on FFS.

              You get to see all the backroom boys, serial stalkers and faceless figures who come to check their GW1 set-up and then never post again during the rest of the season.

              Hello Friends.

            13. twisterteo
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              A. Alli + Ings
              B. Traore + Kane

            14. Thewoodyhorse
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              For all the talk of spurs fixtures, the clamouring for spurs defenders and the constant inclusion of Son or Alli, im seeing very few teams that include Kane?? At only 15% ownership I think he could be a difference maker! Add in the fact that his price means you can switch him out for Werner/Aguero/Martial if things don't go to plan and I can't see him not being in my starting 11

              1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Kane here

              2. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Haven’t looked at Kane since I saw him playing in DM last season

            15. S6 Owl
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Think I'm done... any thoughts guys?

              McCarthy
              Robbo-TAA-Doherty-Egan
              Soucek-Auba-Salah-ASM
              Ing-Werner

              Bench: Button-Taylor-Reed-Davis

              Zero in the bank. Will do Werner -> Martial or Salah -> Bruno ahead of GW2

            16. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              A- Alli + Martial + Adams
              B- Soucek + Martial + Ings
              C- Alli + Mitrovic + Ings

              Also, who's west ham's RB? Johnson or Fredericks?

            17. Jellyfish
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Who is the best Leeds DEF pick? Is Douglas nailed?

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Ayling most nailed

              2. balint84
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I would prefer Dallas

              3. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Ayling followed by Dallas

                1. Jellyfish
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Thanks guys

                  1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Douglas could potentially start the Liverpool game, but after that he’ll be backup. Maybe even third choice behind Alioski

                    1. Jellyfish
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      ok, not so good then. Cheers

            18. LewanGOALski
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Which team is better here?

              1)
              McCarthy - 4.0
              TAA - Davies - Lascelles - CTaylor - MITCHELL
              Salah - Auba - Saint Maximin - WARD PROWSE - Bissouma
              Werner - Mitrovic - KANE

              2)
              McCarthy - 4.0
              TAA - DIGNE - TIERNEY - Lascelles - CTaylor
              Salah - Auba - Saint Maximin - SOUCEK - Bissouma
              Werner - Mitrovic - INGS

              0.5 itb for Ings -> Martial GW2

            19. steven8991
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 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)
              0ITB

            20. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I'm finally down to this draft until any pressers making me tinker again.

              Johnstone
              TAA KWP Justin Mitchell
              Auba Havertz Alli ASM
              Kane Jimenez

              Button Martial Dallas Lemina

              Auba to KDB/STERLING on Gw3
              Easy to get cash itb by Kane to Ings on Gw4 if needed. Try not to waste transfers before Gw8. Dallas/KWP could cover well by the time Justin is dropped in LEI.

              1. unholysmoke
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Really don't fancy that goalkeeping setup. Surely McCarthy is a better shout, or squeeze out an extra 500k for a Ramsdale?

            21. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Ings or Son as a one week punt?

              1. Thewoodyhorse
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Ings for me,

              2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Antonio

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  See Newcastle being tight at the back, surely Ings has a higher chance against that Palace defence

            22. THE WERNER DELUSION
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Brighton full strength vs a Chelsea team with multiple unwanted players in it - Brighton going to do a 2017 Burnley

            23. statenisland
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              a) Robertson, ASM, Mitrovic
              b) Saiss, Soucek, Jiminez

              Thoughts?

            24. beetlejuice
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Anyone else facing the problem "This video is unavailable on this device" for the FPL Blackbox #2 video on youtube? I tried with 3 different devices but no luck.

              1. Pipermaru
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yeah, same here on my PC, I downloaded it in the morning on my mobile to listen to it during my flight later on and it plays ok.

            25. Nightf0x
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              A) Mitchel (or) branthwaite
              B) justin (or) lamptey
              C) taylor (or) pieters

            26. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Any new on Vinagre lads?

              1. Gazza2000
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Will stay at Wolves is the latest news I heard

                1. Don Rogers FC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  If he stays do we think he will Start regularly?