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. Lev Yashin
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Isn't anyone worried about Auba trolling us GW1?

    Or are you more worried about % ownership if you don't get him?

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Hope not, he’s my C

    2. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I've got him. Cant decide on him or Salah as captain though

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

      Auba hasnt scored or assisted in his last 7 away games

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

      No Pool attack so I have no choice

  2. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Team structure has been relatively consistent, think I’m happy here:

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Dier KWP
    Salah Auba Son ASM
    Werner Mitro

    Nyland Stephens Mitchell Davis

    RMT?

    1. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Solid template. 8/10

    2. built_this_city
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I dont like the pool double up tbh

  3. primal33
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What's Foden's potential this year? Likely to get more game time with Dilva gone?

    1. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      You'd think so. Who knows with City though!! He's on my radar for sure.

    2. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      For shure.

    3. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      In my team ready for GW2

    4. AgentRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Will get more games but obviously still high rotation risk (as ever at City)

  4. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Good day fellas, good to go?

    GK: McCarthy / Button
    DEF: TAA/Coady/Egan/Justin (Mitchell)
    MID: Auba/Alli/Havertz/ASM (Bissouma)
    ATK: Ings/Werner (Martial)

    1. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yep, very nice placeholder for GW2.

  5. Firmino
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A) Davies, Alli, Werner
    B) Robbo, Havertz, DCL

    1. Y26 Royal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

      1. Y26 Royal
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Sorry i meant B!

  6. steven8991
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Egan, ASM, Mitrovic
    or
    KWP, Soucek, DCL

  7. JAS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Sorry if I missed it somewhere, but is there any news on who is the number 1 GK for Arsenal? If it ends up being Martinez (50% game time in pre-season) surely that is a no brainer at his price??

    1. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Its Leno

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Leno seems like the no.1 GK, also Martinez on his way out, if rumours are true.

      1. JAS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        thanks

    3. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Leno

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

    A or B?

    A: Ramsdale and KWP

    B: McCarthy and Egan

    1. mille
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I'm on A.

  9. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 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 in GW2

    1. steven8991
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I've gone 1)

    2. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      2

    3. Reacher
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Very hard decision id go 1... just

      I would like 2 better if you could squeeze son into the Mid for Spurs cover (sorry if this causes u more of a headache haha)

  10. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Like it?

    McCarthy
    TAA, Mina, Egan, Justin
    Auba, Pulisic, Rodríguez
    Vardy, Werner, Ings

    SUBS: Steer, Mitchell, Lemina, Alzate

    1. AgentRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes - no Salah is the risk and Rodriguez a punt but everything else looks solid in starting XI.

      Thin bench a risk though

  11. Wings Fan
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hola amigos,

    Is there any case for Diangana ahead of Pereira?

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      don't think so no

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Both punts. Go with your gut

      1. AgentRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Multiple blanks for both

    4. Boz
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Wait until WBA sign a decent striker

  12. DAVESAVES
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    A) 4.5mid & Mitrovic
    B) Pereira & 4.5fwd

    1. T.Henry14
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

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

      A

  13. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on Vardy vs Kane for the first 5?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Vardy

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

      I'd lean slightly towards Vardy

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        How about if it means I'm going without Spurs?

    3. rnrd
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I've been pondering that decision for a week.
      I've come down to Kane.

      Leicester have scored only one goal pre-season and have finished the last one quite slow.

      What edged it for me, is that I think that if it turns bad, I would be able to keep faith in Kane and keep but I would ditch Vardy because he is capable of longer draught. An unfit Vardy is quite bad whereas an unfit Kane generally managed to grab somes pieces of it.

      LEI vs SPU fixtures are equally good imo

  14. AgentRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Any last changes?

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA-Davies-Justin (C.Taylor-Ferguson)
    Salah-Auba-Son-ASM (Reed)
    Werner-DCL-Wilson

    Will give feedback on other people's questions in the meantime!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Looks good. Wilson is a good bet but maybe double Newcastle attack is a bit much. Other than that looks good.

      Thoughts on this draft?

      McCarthy, Nyland
      TAA, Dier, Saliba, Justin, Mitchell
      Salah, Auba, Son, ASM, Souchek
      Werner, Ings, Davis

      1. AgentRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I agree I hate the double Newcastle, but I'm more worried about ASM rather than Wilson so considering other options there. I think Wilson is a better pick than any of the 6m strikers for the early fixtures.

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

        Good draft.

        Concerns would be:

        - Saliba, Justin, Mitchell mean you're likely to be struggling in a few weeks to field a nailed defence every week.
        - Not sure I'd want to be playing Soucek and ASM every week. I think ASM is high risk of trolling and Soucek terrible fixtures/I think West Ham will have a tough season generally.

        Rest looks good.

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah, I think I need to spread the funds better.

          Thanks for the input and good luck for the season.

  15. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    When I play on my Samsung phone the FPL Blackbox episode 2 it says:

    "The video is not available on this device "

    When I watch it on the macbook is perfectly fine.

    Anyone else having the same issue? Any suggestions how to resolve it?
    Thanks

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Update the webview app of your mobile.

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Interesting I will try. thanks

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I tried it's not working 🙁 any other ideas?

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Restraining orders extend to mobile devices

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Hahaha. But not for desktop 🙂

  16. Titchmalpas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If I have 6m left for a midfielder, JWP is a better shout than ASM, surely? Better fixtures, more chance of CS points, set pieces, possibly pens. Am I wrong?

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I like JWP. He was in one of my drafts too

    2. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      You're not wrong, it makes sense.

    3. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yep I think so. Spent a long time deciding between JWP and Pereira but plumped for latter as I don't want SOU triple if I get Ings too.

    4. gauzah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Thinking the exact same. For stats JWP looked decent for his price and was matching the likes of Foden since the restart.

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

      Yes he's a much better shout so depends where the extra 0.5m comes from

  17. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    So who do we think is going to be the G1 troll? My pick...

    ASM

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Son

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        One of Salah Mane

      2. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Good shout

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

      Werner

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This

    3. JohnBlack
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      ASM easily

  18. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on this draft?

    McCarthy, Nyland
    TAA, Dier, Saliba, Justin, Mitchell
    Salah, Auba, Son, ASM, Souchek
    Werner, Ings, Davis

    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I like it, similar to mine. Except I have Jimenez instead of Werner and Dallas instead of Dier.

  19. Phlajo
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How's this looking?
    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Davies KWP Taylor Mitchell
    Salah Auba Havertz Alli ASM
    Martial Wilson Brewster

    Would really like to get Bruno in there instead of Martial, but it just seems to wreck the balance..

  20. the vanisher
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Down to this:

    A. Tierney - Saiss
    or
    B. Doherty - Vinagre

    1. UshFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A - Tierney is tempting me

  21. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How's this looking lads? 1.0 itb.

    Mccarthy
    Trent Robbo Dier Vinagre
    Salah(c) Auba Alli ASM
    Werner Adams
    (Steer Ayling Reed Davis)

    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Prefer Justin over Vinagre

  22. Ole.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Good luck for the season everyone 🙂

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      🙂
      You too !

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      And you matey

    3. Our Man Charlie
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      you too 🙂

    4. Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Cheers guys, exciting times!

  23. leonickroberts
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How's this looking?

    McCarthy (Nyland)
    TAA Doherty Justin (Ayling Mitchell)
    Salah Auba Havertz ASM (Romeu)
    Timo Nketiah Adams

    (1.0 itb to bring in Man Utd players for GW2).

  24. Guadlajara
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    RMT

    McCarthy Button

    TAA Lewis Dier Shaw Mitchell

    Soucek Pulisic Auba Son Rashford

    Mitro Werner Rodrigo

  25. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

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

    Cheers

  26. Y26 Royal
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If Tarkowski leaves Burnley will that stop you picking Burnley defenders?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      It's about system. Not about Pope or Tark IMO.

      They'll find someone nice. Also i Don't see anyone throwing that much cash this summer so late (he'll cost a lot imo)

      1. Y26 Royal
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I get that their system is why they're so good defensively but if you take out your best 2 CBs (Mee injured) you'd think it would make a big difference.
        You're right on the cost though.

  27. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Coady/sais/marcal - justin - taylor/pieters - X - X

    Which?
    A) taa - mitchel
    B) robo - lamptey/lewis/4.5 def.

  28. JamTart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Going to try leave this locked in for now.

    McCarthy, Button
    TAA, Dier, Saiss, Egan, Mitchell
    Auba, Salah, Alli, ASM, Reed
    Werner, Ings, Brewster

    Ings to Martial with money in the bank GW2

    G2G?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Great team. Alli my only issue

      1. JamTart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah he's the one most likely to be moved to another if needs be, either Greenwood or a Chelsea mid maybe in time. But his ownership and how good he was when fit under Mou has me feeling he's worth the punt.

  29. Lev Yashin
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Come on folks, give it some love:

    Johnstone
    TAA, Robbo, KWP, Justin
    Salah, Havertz, Alli
    Werner, Ings, Mitro

    Button, Stephens, Mitchell, *Foden

    0,5 ITB

  30. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Which striker scores the most points until Christmas?

    Mitrovic
    Wilson
    Batshuayi

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Wilson (Bats is over priced at 6m imo)