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. mille
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Davies or Dier?

    1. nn11
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Davies

  2. SkyHigh
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    McCarthy - Nyland
    Alexander-Arnold - Mitchell - Justin - Davies - Vinagre
    Aubameyang - Son - Havertz - Saint-Maximin Ward-Prowse
    Werner - Firmino - Mitrović

    Firmino => Martial GW2

    Thoughts / Suggestions ?

  3. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Quietly lining up to get Ziyech for gw3 as the best differential...

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      5% owned for GW1

  4. El Lobito 10
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Bellerin thoughts? Him or Dier?

    1. unclesbasement
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Dier...Bellerin has alot of competition at right back.

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks mate

    2. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      G2G guys? keeping 0.5 ITB to do Ings to Martial next GW

      McCarthy (Nylan)
      TAA BDavies Justin (Taylor, Ferguson)
      Auba(c) Salah(vc) Son ASM Stephens
      Werner Ings (Davis)

      1. S6 Owl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Like it... similar to what I have

    3. yiidddoo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Currently have Doherty robbo Justin with Mitchel and shaw on bench
      Worth downgrading shaw to 4.5 to upgrade Mitro to Wilson or another 6.5 attacker???thoughts ?

      1. RiskyBusiness
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Fulham dont have the worst start, and you know he'll be involved in the majority of goals, I would stick with Mitro and maybe swap to Watkins gw6/7 when their fixtures change.

        1. yiidddoo
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers!

    4. S6 Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Bottomed...

      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

    5. Strchld
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      How it looks?
      Is Havertz and Werner too risk have both?

      McCarthy (Button)
      TAA - Davies - Justin - Egan (Taylor)
      Salah - Auba - Havertz - ASM (Bissouma)
      Werner - Ings (4.5)

      Plan would be:

      GW2 Salah and Ings > Bruno and Martial for a hit -4
      GW3 Auba > Sterling or KdB

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Looks solid. I think you'll be more than om having Werner and Havertz.

        1. Strchld
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks

      2. S6 Owl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        That's why I've gone away from the double-up... plus I have double Pool defence.

    6. pettdogg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Morning all just wondering what most peoples strategy will be going into gw 1 ? Me personally im using this week as a mini free hit as im going to wildcard gw 2. High risk yes especially with Covid still lurking threatening to spoil the season. I just cant miss the opportunity to jump on the city and untied players when many others wont be. Let me know your plans and any players you just cant go without this week good luck all Peace

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        442, with 3 cheap strikers rotating - playing the long game

        only want KDB or Sterling atm really - United can wait, hopefully they don't score too many in GW2/3

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        As lateriser said I’m just going to be flexible - if my team does well I’ll stick with it but won’t rule out an early WC

      3. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I'm doing the same. I think of it exactly like you said as a mini free hit.

        How's your GW1 team shaping up?

        1. pettdogg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          RAMSDALE

          TAA DOHERTY KWP LAMPTEY

          AUBAM SALAH SON SOUCEK WILLIAN

          WERNER

          Armband currently on Salah its between him and Aubam but i really struggle to use my captain in the early kick off . Lamptey could also become saliba just not sure hes gonna be a starter waiting for press conference. Hows your side looking ?

          1. unholysmoke
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Only thing I'd worry about is a Saints defender and keeper. Their fixtures are good but not great and is there's one thing we know it's that you won't get what you expect. Might go for a Dier or Lascelles instead. Love that midfield 5 though.

            1. unholysmoke
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Argh ignore me, misread. Team looks great X'D

          2. CrouchDown
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Looks good mate.

            Johnstone

            TAA Bellerin Ward

            Auba Salah Zaha Saka ASM

            Werner Kane

            I'm in a similar boat with the armband, might end up going for Auba. My main differential with this strategy is risking going without TAA after GW1 and hopefully using those funds on performing Manchester assets. Risky but fingers crossed.

      4. deebotron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        It would be interesting to know if there's any indication of when the postponed games will play out, if that impacts your strategy at all.

    7. RED_ARMY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      a) Kane, Pulisic and ASM
      b) Werner, Son and Pereira

      1. statenisland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Tough call. I've gone with Werner and Son

    8. statenisland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Any thoughts on this please?

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

      Thanks

      1. S6 Owl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        A

      2. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        A

    9. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Which blank player do you have on bench GW1?
      Zero here but was close on Greenwood or Shaw at some point.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Foden

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Greenwood too high risk. Sancho deal looking more and more likely

      3. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Nyland.

      4. teneighty
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        The mighty Taylor!

    10. nn11
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What do we think for this template?

      McCarthy nyland
      TAA Davies Egan Justin Douglas
      Soucek Salah auba son Stephens
      Werner Wilson Mitro

      1m ITB to get Tony and Bruno next week.

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Planning a hit in GW2? Would think carefully about that despite the upgrades.

      2. The Big Larsbowski
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        It’s template. But good team

    11. Dele
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Is Oliver Burke now a bench option?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I'm punting on him, but only because I'm unlikely to call on my last sub. Don't depend on him starting.

    12. steven8991
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A. Mitchell & Havertz
      or
      B. JWP & DCL

    13. Frank Koscielny
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Mccarthy
      TAA / James / Dier
      Salah / Auba / Alli / Havertz / Soucek
      Werner / Adams
      (4.0/Davis/Taylor/Mitchell)
      Too template?

    14. Taff
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Good luck for the new season everyone!

    15. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What do we really think of Mitchell playing time next 5 gws? What about Davis (4.5) fwd?

      I do not want a 4.0 def rotten on my bench if I could have semi decent 4.5 who starts. Bench is really needed here (Covid) and in defenders an okayish bench player can be bought with very little additional money (compared to upgrading Davis would be almost in any case +1.5m).

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Davis is not a decent 4.5 who starts - you'll be lucky to get 1 point from him most weeks. Mitchell might get 2 or 3 games, maybe less, then he's a liability. The cheapest nailed starting defenders are 4.5, but the cheapest starting forwards are 5.5 unless Brewster moves.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I’m only going Mitchell because I need a starter for gw1. Would rather Ferguson long term think he will be the best 4.0 defender.

    16. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Lamptey nailed on starter?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Wouldn’t say nailed on. Veltman could play rwb and rotate... with Potter’s unpredictable lineups I wouldn’t trust him

    17. puhd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Soucek or Saint Maximin?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Saint

    18. steven8991
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A. Pereira & Wilson
      or
      B. ASM & DCL

    19. wolves_simmo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Which option?

      Ryan - X
      TAA - KWP - Justin - X - X

      A) McCarthy - Lascelles - James
      B) Walton - Van Dijk - Johnson (or 4.0 bench fodder)

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        B

      2. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Morning mate, Can you tell me if Buur has a chance of starting ?? or is he worse than bench fodder

        1. wolves_simmo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I’d be very surprised if Burr started. He will play Traore there until we sign a new RWB.

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Thanks fella and GL this season

      3. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Sorry should have said B

    20. RiskyBusiness
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      How many real differential punts do people have?

      As in below 2% owned for example.

      1. yiidddoo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Smallest I have is adams 3.5%

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        All 4 subs

      3. The Big Larsbowski
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Good question. I have Firmino and Saliba under 4. The rest is mainstream.

        1. deebotron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Alli

      4. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        None but Davies, Alli, Adams around 3%.

      5. RiskyBusiness
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I am surprised Adams is so low, I have him.

        I have Kenny below 1% and Onomah as a consistent bench pick.

      6. Jaws
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Got 8 minus 5% owned players:
        2 cheap forwards
        1 bench GK
        2 defenders
        1 bench fwd
        2 midfielders (1 punt - 1 proven)

    21. dshv
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Last push g2g?

      Mccarthy (nyland)
      Taa davies justin (taylor mitchell)
      Sala son auba soucek asm
      Werner callum (davis)

      Gw2 Son to bruno
      Gw3 Auba/salah to kdb

      Have 0.5 itb tell me what to switch

    22. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Is anyone keeping a little bit back on their bench or in the kitty this season, to insure against Covid absences and other such disarray?

      And if so, how much?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        2 nailed starters 4.5 and a possible 4.0 on the bench

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        All my bench are active, and I have 2m itb - for upside chasing inflation and other eventualities.

      3. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I currently have 1.0 itb but not yet settled. Also planning to maybe upgrade Mitchell to 4.5 to have a better bench (btw how many starts are we expecting from 1-5 gws and 6-10 gws). Current bench is awful if Mitchell would not start:

        - Mitchell, Bissouma, Davis.

        McCarthy
        TAA Dier Egan KWP
        Salah Auba Alli ASM
        Werner Ings

      4. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        1m in the bank right now but it's really there for planned GW2 and 3 transfers. The transfers may not happen but I'm happy to have what I consider a very decent GW1 side with options to improve it with that cash once more information is available.

      5. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        2 bench, 1 4mill keeper and 1 4.5 striker
        Dont think ill need a 3rd tbh

    23. The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Of the players I’d want I feel like I’m only missing Salah and Havertz (have Werner).

      Thought?

      Ramsdale
      TAA, Saiss, KWP
      Auba, Son, Hernandez, Pereira
      Vardy, Werner, Ings

      Steer, Ayling, Bissouma, Ferguson

    24. jayjay2411
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Who scores more GW1 Antonio or Wilson?

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Prob Antonio.

    25. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ziyech from gw3 anyone ? Seen on less teams in the last week.

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Class act. Good be great a different after the Liverpool game

    26. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Wow! So much you can do if you take the Salah reins off your team! Hmm

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Absolutely, however, extremely risky to go without and is the perfect placeholder for KDB/Bruno

      2. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        He's the most expensive player in the game so of course.

      3. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Going without GW1.

        And will likely ditch Auba after GW1 to allow KDB, Martial, Aguero, Kane etc options to open up.

    27. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Mc Carthy
      Taa,Robbo,Davies,Coady
      Auba,Jwp,Son,Traore
      Mitro,Wilson

      Nyland Mitchell Mc Carthy Martial

      Auba to Kdb gw3 .

      Good to go?