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. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Alli could hit close to 200 points this season, all he needs is the minutes and Mo favours him.

    1. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Would you pick Alli over Son?

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yes. as the 1m is to much of a difference.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      LOL

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        casual

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Because i have an opinion ?? Different than yours ??

          I seriously thought this was a bet tbh 😀

      2. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Why is this LOL? were you not around to see Spurs and Alli in 2015-2017?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          This is 2020
          Alli is sh.t now a days

          Wasn't even in the 11 after restart. Not worth 8m & not going to score 200 even if he plays all games. Let's be honest

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Ok, you must be right then. Spurs could be rejuvenated with a fresh season start under the special one and if Alli is playing 10 (highly likely) the upside is huge. He was largely injured last season which accounts for the lack of minutes and quality. This forum used to be full of detailed thought and analysis rather than dismissive one liners and acronyms

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              What happened to Lo Celso? Does he play in the pivot now?

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Which is better for only gw1? Son or Alli? I'd have pulisic over them both but afraid he'll come on as sub. I'll switch them to bruno in gw2 so only need for gw1

            3. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              We'll see....

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            He wasn't in the XI post restart because he was injured. It's a bit unfair on Alli. I do think he can silence some doubters.

          3. OneMan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Alli is Sh%$t ? What do you bring to the table ?

            You do realize that he was injured after restart ??

      3. Fuddled FC
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I have Alli also because budget doesn't allow Son. Son is a far better player though

    3. cassanata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I don't see it. Sounds ridiculous to say about someone who is only 24 but his general play has gone backwards and best days might be already be behind him.

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Lots of ifs here but he does have the potential. I've decided not to start with him even though he was in my team for a few days because I just don't think he'll play every game with this crazy European schedule. Only Kane and Son for me if I want Spurs attack.

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      He's a scarily talented player - I got him in after Jose's second game (the brace at bournemouth) when it looked like Jose was going to restore him to the glory of his late teens & that second season where it looked like he's easily be Ballon D'Or material if he'd stayed on that trajectory

      He scored a beauty vs utd the next game, then a brace of assists vs burnley the next game... then 9 blanks in his next 11 & he was back to the same old frustrated/frustrating Delle

      Rumours he's not the best trainer in the world surfaced recently & id rather be a game or two late with him rather than 10 games early so im ok with skipping him

      But on his day he's electric, and at 24 already looks like he's at risk of pissing away large parts of what could have been a legendary career based on his first, and particularly his second season

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        9 blanks in 11 is pull your hair out frustration. He could end up being a placeholder for me, maybe give him 3 weeks. I just know the potential he has and a new manager with a fresh approach might just reignite that spark.

    6. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Lazy and Slow - Jose exact words in the documentary

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks for the input. not complimentary from Mo!!

  2. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Am I G2G, any help appreciated?

    McCarthy
    Taa - Vinagre - Justin
    Salah - Auba - Son - ASM - Soucek
    Ings - Werner

    Subs: Steer, Taylor, Brewster & Mitchell.

    1. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep, only question mark would be vinagre.

  3. Dele
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on this set up...

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Robbo, Davies, KWP
    Salah, Auba, Son, ASM
    Werner, Mitro

    Nyland, Bissouma, Mitchell, Davis

  4. Malinwa
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Who to pick? Son or Havertz(=nailed?) ?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Havertz is obviously not nailed

      1. Shark
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        You don't spend that sort of money for a player who won't start. I think he is as nailed as anyone can be.

    2. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Son safer to start, easy move to Havertz in a few weeks with a bit more info

  5. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Bellerin or Davies for GW1 only?

  6. Chip Butty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on Fabio Silva, can he become a starter?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Wait and see

  7. Littlefish92
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Rmt got 1.0 in bank any improvements needed ?

    McCarthy

    Trent justin KWP

    Aubameyang salah asm son

    Werner Dcl Mitrović

    Subs Nyland Taylor Mitchell Bissouma

  8. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Mitro with VVD and Doherthy

    Or Wilson Robbo and Davies?

    haha too hard

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      B

      1. Leeds2116
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        thanks mate

  9. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Getting there, just deciding on Mo or no Mo

    A) Ings + Alli in 343 (with 0.5 to upgrade Ings to Martial)
    B) Salah + Davies in 442

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      go with Mo.
      Easy to move out, difficult to get in.

  10. cassanata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    If only Mane was 0.5 cheaper than Salah. Would make my decision a whole pile easier.

    1. @FPL_Chess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yep, you speak for everyone.

  11. screamer73
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Bottomed. Please pick one from each. Have Wilson.

    1 Mitrovic
    2 Adams
    3 Rodrigo

    A Barnes
    B Zaha
    C Bowen

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      3 and C

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      2C

    3. @FPL_Chess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      4 and D

      1. @FPL_Chess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        That was a bit harsh. I think C is certainly one for your watchlist.

    4. PurpleCobra
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      1A

  12. Amey
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Can we slow down the rate of posts ...

    I miss preseason ... 😕

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      We can but we won't

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Same here

  13. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Looks like Saliba should be goood for the first few weeks.

    Louis, Mustafa, sokratis all are out apparently.

    Bellerin saliba holding tierney saka backline for the first couple I think

    I’m super tempted as a gw 4 WCer.

    1. UnluckyXI
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Agree with Saliba, Saka the only there as Ozil may have been thrown a lifeline and William rumoured to be an option in the middle.

      It's been pretty much hinted he wants to play 4 at the back but without a creative player in the middle he needs to use wing-back to make up for it right now.

  14. DickFranDyke
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Doherty & Jota
    or
    Robinson & Maxim

    Have C.Wilson up front and TAA. Spread the risk and go for Doherty & Jota?

  15. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    @Lateriser
    I think people are reading too much into preseason form etc and its more about conditioning in the leadup to the new season off a short break.
    Salah is 3/3 in opening fixtures so far for Liverpool.
    The battle is the 2x 12.0m mids and fitting other targets in your squad

    1. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Wasn't he gonna go without Salah

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        yes, just stating i'm not buying into the out of form reasoning etc

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Get a 4m keeper, 2x 4m defenders and 2x 4.5m mids. Some of the 4-4.5m outfield won't start but at least one if not 2 or 3 will add a point or two to a better 10 players.

  16. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Why are some expecting more from a previously inconsistent Spurs defence?

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      this

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Post restart form
      Signed a better CDM
      Best forwards back and fit

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Good point about forwards easing the strain on them. Though they could get lax and conced one if they're winning easily. The Doc will be an interesting watch to see how his attacking chances at Spurs convert to FPL currency.

    3. PurpleCobra
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Hojberg

    4. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Mourinho team. Usually defensively minded.

      1. UnluckyXI
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Only conceded 7 goals in the 9 games post restart, at that rate for a season it would have been the best defense in the league if they kept it up for a season.

  17. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

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

    Pick one, currently leaning on A

  18. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Any thoughts on this last decision?
    A) Doherty, Saiss, Son, Adams
    B) Robbo, Davies, Alli, Adams
    C) VVD, Davies, Havertz, Adams
    D) 4.5, Davies, Alli, Ings

    1. Malinwa
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      how nailed is havertz?

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not sure, but I do like him

  19. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Werner ownership close to 50%!

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Recipe of disaster

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      so ridiculous, but that means he will haul - casuals always win

      1. EmmetRyan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Just because it's obvious doesn't mean it's wrong 😉

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Keep it growing!

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      If he blanks his price will drop so fast

  20. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    G2G?

    Ryan
    TAA, Justin, Davies
    Aubameyang, Ali, Havertz, Saint-Max, Bissouma
    Werner, Wilson

    Nyland, Martial, Taylor, Branthwaite

    2.5ITB

    Ali to Bruno next week

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      You lost me at Bissouma starting

  21. Dezrar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Hi All,

    Version 137:

    McCarthy Nyland
    TAA Davies Saliba Taylor Mitchell
    Auba Alli Minamino ASM Diangana
    Kane Werner Brewster

    4.0 in the bank, Minamino a GW1 punt hoping Klopp rewards his pre season form... then straight to Bruno.
    Happy to go Salahless to begin with, would be easy to move Auba to him/KDB and Kane to Aguero etc..

    What do you reckon?

    1. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      eh no

  22. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Whats's the best midfield pick at 7.5m or less? My plan is to swap him to Greenwood in GW2, unless he is rumoured to miss out due to his behaviour, so fixtures do sort of matter. My favoured picks at the moment are Barnes, ASM, Rodriguez

  23. Thescaff
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Ricardo Pereira due back around gw 4/5/6 right?

  24. Drizz ✅
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Lost the love of FPL but here i am making the team on the penultimate day. GL all

  25. antoinehude
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Pulisic or Havertz?

    1. cassanata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I'd go with Havertz only because of Lampard's comments on Pulisic being managed back.

  26. Dosh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Barnes or ASM + money saved?

    1. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Barnes

  27. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Who’s going with Justin?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I am

    2. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Me, 4.5 seems like a steal to me for playing in an attacking side, pushing for top 6.

  28. DOGS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Thoughts greatly appreciated:

    McCarthy
    TAA, Saiss, Justin
    Salah, Auba, ASM, Son
    Mitro, Werner, Wilson

    Steer, Biss, Mitchell, Douglas

  29. fpork
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Currently on this team. The biggest diff is probably Robertson.

    McCarthy (Nyland)
    Davies, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Walker-Peters (Taylor)
    Saint-Maximin, Salah, Aubameyang, Son (Reed)
    Adams, Werner (Davis)

    Any changes you would do?

  30. Thescaff
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Oli Burke to become this years Cantwell?
    Talk he could be starting up top

    1. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I had him but people were saying that Bissouma is a better pick. Is he fully nailed?