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.

What is FPL Upside Chasing and how can I implement it in 2020/21?

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Def. Beside taa

    A) mitchel justin sais taylor
    B) branthwite lamptey marcal/vinagre pieters

    1. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A

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

      A

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

      A, with Coady

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

      A

  2. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    OK tricky one lads, hear me out, talking about MID 5 players only, rest is sorted:

    A) Salah Alli Havertz (Foden 4.5) + 2.0m ITB (transfer in GW2, lots of options Havertz > Bruno or Alli > Rash for example)

    B) Salah Alli Soucek (Rash Foden) + 0.5m ITB (save transfer GW2, or possible Ings to Martial)

    Which do you like?

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

      A - it's far more flexible

      1. Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Agree with A

    2. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A without a doubt.

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

      Cheers lads

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

      A

    5. Capitan_K
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B

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

    Repost Lads

    RMT, 3-5-2

    McCarthy - Nyland

    TAA - Davies - Vinagre - KWP - Williams

    Auba - Salah - Son - Rodriguez - Pereira

    Werner - Wilson - Brewster

  4. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    GK Mccarthy
    DEF TAA, Dier, Justin,
    MID Son, Salah, Soucek, Auba
    FWD Wilson, Werner, Mitrovic

    Subs (GK Villa 4) Lascalles, Bissouma, Taylor

    GW2 -4 either Salah to KDB or Werner to Martial + Son to Bruno

    GW3 Auba to Salah/Mane or KDB

    Pretty set on that

  5. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Am I the only one going with Docuoure? Anybody want to talk me out of it? Good fixtures after GW1 and has got decent returns in the last 3 years playing for a poor Watford side

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

      Think he is the pick of the 5.5s - Hendo apart that is who wears the wrong colour shirt sadly

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

      Wait and see for me.

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      depends where he is played, not a given he plays in same role as he did at Watford.
      On my radar though

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

      What's with all these nonames starting posts with "Am I the only one..."? No, you're not. 🙁

      I have him. Make up your own mind.

    5. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Could be a good pick but not right away

    6. the vanisher
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Good player but expect him ton play deeper in Everton than in Watford. Lots of players in front of him incl. a no.10(james, siggy) and 2 strikers

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

        Siggurdsson is terrible these days

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

      might as well have a 4.5 imo

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

      I think he's a decent value at 5.5, but I preffer to avoid Everton picks at the start of the season (perennial slow starters)

  6. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Chances of James Rodríguez starting?

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

      Unlikely. Stats aren’t good for last season with Madrid. Def wait and see on this one.

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

        Madrid is a different team than Everton, I think Haz, Isco and Bale are a bit better than Calvert Lewin and Richarlison.

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

          Point is ??

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

        disagree with this. Look closer at his stats

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

          1 goal and 2 assists in 728minutes last season for Madrid, and 1 goal in his last 14 games for Columbia....

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

        He had a knee injury last season before returning gently.

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

    Ok it's got to the point where pages are going too fast. So if you post a question, can you always answer at least 2 other peoples posts, that way we don't get loads of people reposting to try and get some comments.

    1. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Agreed.

      We have two ears and one mouth - use them in that proportion 🙂

    2. HamezMace
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Abandon all hope he who post a question 24hrs before the GW1 deadline here.

  8. alfast1c
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Mccarthy + VVD

    or

    Ramsdale + Robertson?

    Got TAA.

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

      A simply to save the 0.5m on VVD

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Mc and Rob for me

  9. Flippo_
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    What are your thoughts on this draft?
    McCarthy
    Robertson- Basham- KWP- Justin
    Pulisic- Soucek- Auba- Son
    Mitrovic- Werner
    Bench: Ramsdale- Davis- Lamptey- Bruno

  10. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Hello,

    A) TAA, Doherty, KWP, Soucek, Mitrovic
    B) TAA, Davies, Gomez, Bissouma, Wilson
    C) Robertson, Davies, Gomez, Soucek, Wilson

    (all have 1.5 ITB for Son -> Bruno)

    Heading towards C I think - fancy Wilson double up with ASM for Newcastle's first two (whu & BRI).

    Any news on TAA & Soucek?

    Cheers

  11. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    TAA or Robbo?

    TAA was the first pick in my team, but doubts over his fitness has had me swapping him in/out for Robbo all week. Its going to go to the wire....

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

      TAA - stop overthinking it.

    2. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I've gone TAA

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      TAA has posted about 10 times he is ready on social media
      Ready to sit on the bench or score a hat trick I don't know

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Uhm...sounds like a set and forget then.

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

      Why not both?

  12. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Think i'm settled.. thoughts?

    McCarthy
    TAA - Kwp - Justin
    Son - Auba - Salah - ASM - Soucek
    Werner - Ings

    Subs: Steer, Taylor, Mitchell & Brewster.

    0.5m ITB to do Ings > Martial next GW.

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Same as mine bar KWP/Vinagre, Soucek/Bissouma

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

        I went KWP because i thought Vinagre was being sold?

        1. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          He's not been though and the rumours suggest he is staying

  13. Gubbins94.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Havertz and Alli or DCL and Son?

    Both options would have an extra 4.5m mid/st as my third sub

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

      A, just

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

      A

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

      A.

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

      I'm currently debating a switch from Alli to DCL.

      But is he really that good? I'm not sure you can trust him and he isn't expensive enough that you can't get on him later

      1. Gubbins94.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers guys, it’s really tight for me. I’ve been set on DCL until not but the upside potential of Havertz could be huge.

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

    Ings or Antonio?

    Likely 1 week only. Cheers

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

      I prefer Ings

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      ings

    3. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ings

    4. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ings

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

      Ings

    6. SwissWavey
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Ings all day long, but I'll probably be keeping him for ages

  15. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Which do you prefer?
    A) Havertz and Werner
    B) Mane and Ings

    1. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B is the safe choice but i like the look of A!

    2. balint84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B) if you don't have Salah. (H&W won't play 90mins)

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

      A. as be costs way more.

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

      The more expensive version 😀

  16. @FPL_Chess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Lateriser, is something else. Having watched lots of videos with him in, I've found the myths that have plagued me season after season, to be exactly that; myths. A Captain's form, price points, coverage, balance, are all examples of where I've been going wrong (along with too many hits but that's another story). Pranil has removed the mist from in front of my eyes. Great article as well; although I'm not as brave as him. Salah's going nowhere

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

    This would be quite different without the blank. I just tried a team "without blanks". Salah could be Auba. Not much Chelsea on it but Martial or Bruno could be quite easily changed here to Werner/Chelsea mid.

    McCarthy (4.0)
    TAA Dier Justin KWP (Mitchell)
    Salah KDB Bruno ASM (Bissouma)
    Martial Ings (Davis)

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

    Template buster alert. 😀

    Frontline

    Kane Vardy Ings

    Is a cheaper Kane Vardy any less balanced than universal Mo Auba - both of whom seem to be placeholders for KDB and Bruno? And you still get to pick one of them anyway and have room for Havertz and TAA and balanced defence with Davies

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Nice

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

        Trying to find ways of avoiding double Chelsea.

        Just need to sort out GW2 WC now 😀

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

      Like it

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

      Perfection

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

    Who will play, Steer or Nyland?

    1. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I read that Steer is 2nd choice but got injured last year, hence Nyland playing

  20. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Hello,

    A) TAA, Doherty, KWP, Soucek, Mitrovic
    B) TAA, Davies, Gomez, Bissouma, Wilson
    C) Robertson, Davies, Gomez, Soucek, Wilson
    D) VVD, Doherty, Gomez, Bissouma, Wilson

    (all have 1.5 ITB for Son -> Bruno)

    Fancy Wilson double up with ASM for Newcastle's first two (whu & BRI).

    Any news on TAA & Soucek?

    Cheers

  21. Squeakybum99
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Mcca - xx

    TAA - Davies - KWP - Taylor - Mitchell

    Havertz - St Max - Salah - Auba - XX

    Ings - Werner - Davis

    RMTguys?

    Next week - Martial for Ings

    Other option I am pondering, is downgrade Havertz to get a 6m fwd or bolster the defence

  22. built_this_city
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Fancy Aubameyang to be top scorer this year in both FPL and PL

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

      Possible. But hard to see it. He does play for Arsenal.

  23. Guadlajara
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    RMT

    McCarthay Button

    Digne Justin Shaw AWB Doherty

    Auba Zaha ASM Soucek Havertz

    Werner Adams Kane

    0.5ITB

  24. T.Henry14
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    I'm done! Good luck all.

    McCarthy, 4.0
    TAA, Doherty, Egan (Taylor, Mitchell)
    Salah, Auba, Pereira, ASM (Bissouma)
    Werner, Ings, Mitrovic

    0.5 ITB for Martial.

    Mostly a template, more expensive defense than I throught, easy way to buying UTD player, and Pereira for differential.

  25. vova
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Justin or Vinaigre?

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      both

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

      Justin better fixtures and probably less of a start doubt

  26. balint84
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    captain Auba or Salah?

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

      Auba.

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

      Fancy Auba but will go with the poll if Salah is a big favourite

  27. built_this_city
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    who is KWP

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

      Kyle Walker-Peters

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Kyle walker-peiters

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

      Walker Peters - Southampton now

    4. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Is he nailed people? Why limited mins last season?

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

        Probably

        Came late in season and was eased in slowly . Got all the minutes in restart iirc

    5. balint84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      good player, also would fit in spurs easily

  28. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Who would you draft first between Aguero and Firmino?

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

    Chances James (CHE) starts GW1?

    1. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      75% I reckon. Azpi and Alonso would be too slow to have both I reckon.

  30. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Who's the best 4.0m Goalkeeper and 4.0m Defender who are most likely to play?

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Best def pick is Mitchell (although may be short term if/when Fergusson is back)
      Best GK seems to be Nyland or Steer (and even as a Villa fan I've no clue who will be Smiths #2 this season)