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. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Like it or too punty?

    McCarthy
    Trent, Mina, Egan, Justin
    Auba, Mané, Rodríguez
    Werner, Ings, Wilson

    SUBS: Steer, Mitchell, Lemina, Alzate

    1. S6 Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mina & J.Rod seem a bit punty with such a light bench.

      I'm holding on Everton for a few weeks until I see how the new midfield signings affect either end of the pitch

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Their fixtures from GW2 could catch people out. I'm tempted to gamble

        1. S6 Owl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          The potential J.Rod price rise is what I'm wary of, so I get the logic for sure

  2. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Mitchel (or) branthwaite

    1. S6 Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A... but both are bench fodder

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ferguson if you're benching Mitchell

      Roy presser later and think you'll hear that PvA is very close. You won't get Mitchell for anything but poor 1-2 pointers

  3. vidage8
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Best MID option at 8.5m max? Struggling to find any value there

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Havertz, Alli, Rodriguez seem like decent punts.

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        agree with James. Should be on all set plays, right?

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Havertz

    3. Frank Koscielny
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Havertz, Pulisic (when fit) or maybe Alli

    4. EmmetRyan
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Alli maybe? Ziyech when he's back from injury though, I reckon.

    5. The Big Larsbowski
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Havertz. And Ziyech when fit.

  4. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Justin (or) lamptey

  5. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    taylor (or) pieters

    1. S6 Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Taylor for me

  6. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Not much love for Leno on here? With Martinez move to Villa looking likely I reckon he's a decent pick at 5.0

    1. vova
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      he is still injured isn't he?

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not flagged and has played pre-season

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I've got - 150 points guaranteed baby

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Arsenal will be stronger this season, I think he's a great pick

        1. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Imo arsenal won't be in the top 4.

    3. AgentRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Decent if Martinez leaves, think most are punting on a 4.5m keeper and using the money elsewhere

  7. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Sais (or) vinagre (or) marcal

  8. unclesbasement
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Is Davies nailed on?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yes

      2. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Which one ?

    • yiidddoo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mitro or Wilson ?

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

        Mitro

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

          Cheers would you say Mitro and adams- 0.5 itb or mitro Wilson ?

      2. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Wilson if you can afford the extra 0.5

      3. AgentRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Wilson

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

          Thanks guys !

    • Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Anybody else have troubles opening the FPL app? already deleted an re-installed a couple of times 🙁

    • lfcserg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      RMT, 3-5-2

      McCarthy - Nyland

      TAA - Davies - Vinagre - KWP - Williams

      Auba - Salah - Son - Rodriguez - Pereira

      Werner - Wilson - Brewster

      1. lfcserg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Alli not Son***

    • waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A) Havertz, Werner, Doucoure
      B) Mane, Bissouma, Ings

      Got caught up with A, but leaning back towards B now

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Bissouma is a starter ??

      2. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Will Bissouma get minutes?

      3. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not 100% sure, but wouldn't need to play him.
        So maybe:
        A) Havertz and Werner
        B) Mane and Ings

      4. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        b

    • Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Think i'm settled on this draft , could be a punt too far 😀 but the balance feels good and imo not bad price points e.g Kane > Kun , and with the current situation i feel a playing bench is definitely worth thinking about so anyway here it is ...
      Ramsdale
      TAA(vc) Justin Robbo
      Auba(c) Rodriguez Zaha Havertz Soucek
      Kane Wilson

      Nyland Bamford Saiss KWP
      0.0 ITB

      1. Lev Yashin
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I could get behind that. Except Zaha.

        Reasoning?

        1. Our Man Charlie
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          thanks Lev, Zaha will be involved in most of the play , pretty much nailed , I like look of Eze and with the Batsman back in the squad could be worth a shout , not a bad price to waver on too

    • Bluenose111
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No love for greenwood? reclassification, at the moment solid starter for Utd and fixtures. 7.5 mill! Why wouldn’t you have him?

      1. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Sancho

      2. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I will do if Sancho doesn't sign.

      3. vova
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        blank GW1
        overperformed his xG last season I think
        not fully nailed on with United still after Sancho

        I do agree that he is a good option though

        1. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          lol

    • Firmino
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thoughts on this team?

      McCarthy
      TAA Robbo Justin
      Salah(C) Auba Havertz ASM
      Ings DCL Nketiah

      Button; Bissouma, Mitchell, Ferguson

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        .5 ITB for Ings -> Martial

      2. Our Man Charlie
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I like that , I had same thinking would love Martial in

      3. unclesbasement
          2 months, 14 days ago

          take out robbo for a 5m and then you can afford werner. Nketiah not fully nailed on

      4. xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Unlikely to change now I think

        McCarthy
        TAA Egan Lascelles
        Soucek Salah Son ASM Auba
        Werner Ings

        Steer Mitchell Taylor Brewster

      5. Lev Yashin
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Got to be getting close now, right?

        Johnstone
        TAA, Davies, Saiss, KWP
        Salah, Auba, Soucek
        Werner, Ings, Wilson

        Button, Mitchell, Stephens, Foden*

        0,5m ITB for that Martial upgrade.

        1. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Midfield a little weak for my liking!

          1. Lev Yashin
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            It's concern, for sure but will be up to speed in GW2 without too much work.

        2. Our Man Charlie
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I had Johnstone in for a while (love that pink kit 😀 ) but WBA could struggle and save points are great but depends on percentage of conceded goals but looks ok to me
          Is Ings a 1 week shout ?

          good luck

      6. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Is Mitchell going to start
        a) 1-3 gws
        b) 1-6 gws
        c) 1-10 gws
        d) season long gem

        Trying to decide if I should upgrade him to someone more reliable since my bench is non existing.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          4 weeks max imo, likely 2-3

      7. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Not seeing a lot of Jamal Lewis in peoples teams? Think he’s the best 4.5 defender personally

        1. Bruno BaNani
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Really? 1 goal 0 assist last season. Can we expect more?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Cmon he was at Norwich... will be playing as a wingback now most likely and Fraser/Wilson are definitely an improvement from what he had at Norwich

        2. AgentRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Had him in a few drafts but want to see how sturdy Newcastle are at the back generally first

        3. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Terrible player at a relatively poor defence. I don't think he is even the best 4.5 defender at Newcastle.

          1. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            To be fair not terrible at defending, but terrible in terms of attacking abilities. Even Byram was a big upgrade from him in terms of offensive support from the left wing at Norwich.

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Wouldn’t say he’s a terrible player. Norwich defence made him look bad and his attacking potential is what I’m after, couldn’t care less about his defensive skills

      8. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Is Keita worth a shout?

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          They're signing Thiago

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Thiago to Barca isn’t he?

        2. adstomko
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Possibly, but I think Minanino could start in a 4-2-3-1

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Ah ok. Cheers, mate.

      9. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        How much for Sancho if he does end up in PL ??

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          11m? Between Sterling and Bruno.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Can’t see him being higher than Bruno at all

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Too much
            9.5 for me

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          10m. Deal is done, expect news about transfer Monday/next week, paperwork left

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Really? Last I read they had agreed terms w/agent + personal fees, but a bid had yet to be handed in

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I doubt that. United won't throw 120m€ so easily

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          10.0

        4. Ole.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          9.5 would be good, same as Rash.

        5. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          9.5 is what I feel

        6. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          8.5 - 9.5 (either in-line with Havertz or Rashford)

        7. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          9.5-10

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I have a sneaky feeling deal will go through Karan

        8. Flaming Flamingo
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          10m probably. Anything less would be irresponsible imo, considering he had the second highest goal involvements per 90 mins in Europe last season

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Wow
            Didn't know that

      10. Agger
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        If you look at Harry Kane’s chance created heat map, a third of his passes come from a holding midfielder role, that’s so off putting

      11. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        just a reminder how brilliant liverpool have been under klopp ,not a pool fan btw but they are a great watch,nothing better than trent and robbo bombing down the flanks and feeding salah and all for just 26.5 m, to my mind a bit of amnesia setting in around these parts ,they are by some distance the best team in the land...

        1. Y26 Royal
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Indeed! I do think Man City will be closer to them this season. Chelsea and Man Utd will be much improved too.
          There's no way i'd consider going without Liverpool assets.

        2. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Most people think the same!

          I'm a little more sceptical tbh - they'll probably be top but I think it'll be a lot closer this season. One thing they have been very fortunate with is injuries.

        3. AgentRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Still expect them to be very good but think they'll fade a bit. I reckon City will win the league this year.

      12. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Is there any site that gives you FPL mini league history? Past winners and scores and that.

      13. lfcserg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Repost

        RMT, 3-5-2

        McCarthy - Nyland

        TAA - Davies - Vinagre - KWP - Williams

        Auba - Salah - Alli - Rodriguez - Pereira

        Werner - Wilson - Brewster

      14. danlynch13
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        One with most votes I go with

        A) Soucek + Son + Mitrović

        B) H.Barnes + ASM + Ings

        1. danlynch13
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A) give me +0.5itb

          1. lfcserg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            A

      15. Y26 Royal
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Gonna go with this i reckon:
        Ryan
        TAA, Doherty, Coady, KWP
        Salah (c), Auba, Pulisic, Son
        DCL, Wilson
        (Steer, Ayling, Brewster, Bissouma)

        I'm not making any plans after this GW. Yes i want Manchester players but every time i make a plan something goes wrong so i'm refusing to do it this year!

        1. danlynch13
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Great midfield

          1. Y26 Royal
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Thanks man. Hoping by bargain Forwards pan out though!

      16. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Last call

        A) Adams + 0.5 ITB
        B) Antonio

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          B for me

        2. Y26 Royal
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A due to B's fixtures

      17. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who to drop to a 4.5?

        A. Saiss
        B. Egan
        C. Davies

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Davies or Egan

        2. THE WERNER DELUSION
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          C

        3. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A, love Wolves but with the new signing Marcal I'm not sure if he is nailed anymore

        4. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A

        5. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Saiss. Marcal is a worry at LCB

        6. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A, due to early fixtures. Gives you a chance to see how Wolves lineup

      18. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Doing some extensive planning up to GW3 and I'm finding myself 0.5m short very often.

        Looking at preparing a frontline that looks like this come GW3:

        KdB Fernandes Son Havertz Foden
        Martial Wilson

        Would only cost me -4. But I'll need to free up 0.5m from defense which I really don't want to do or else use another transfer to downgrade Wilson which costs an additional 4 points and something I might not even want to do.

        1. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          No rush to get Foden, might not even play. ASM and you can have Werner instead of Martial.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I don't want Werner over Martial though. If they both had a game in GW1, I would have Martial and no Werner.

        2. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Wilson to a 6.0 striker is probably the move with least impact to free up the 0.5.

        3. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Mitro vs VILLA will have to do for me in wk 3

          City up in the air...Kun/Sterling/KdB

        4. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Will have something similar by gw3 but won’t even need to take a hit. Early WC is completely unnecessary

        5. TheMooyBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I guess the easiest options are either
          Son > Alli/Pulisic (risk on him starting)
          Wilson > 6m option before gw1 to save you the transfer