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. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Rash or Martial?

    1. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial.

    2. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rash for me. More consistent, less injury prone

      1. TheMooyBoys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        currently nursing an ankle injury and missed a chunk of the season because of back?

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wouldn't say less injury prone at all.

        But I do think Rash is overlooked. Martial benefits from a much weaker striker pool compared to mids so I think inevitably more people will want him over Rash.

        Rash if up against Havertz, Son, Pulisic, Mahrez vs Martial who's up against Werner, Ings, Jimenez.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Martial has started 28 of the last 29 league games - that's not injury prone

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial.

    4. Boz
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial

    5. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rash for me, most are going Martial for what I think is due to too many option in midfield.

    6. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial

    7. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I prefer a motivated Martial like we saw at the end of last season. For me it may come down to whether I ship Ings or Son after GW1 for Martial or Rashford.

  2. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Enda Stevens Vs Saint-Maximin. Who wins in FPL?

    1. Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      SM

    2. Boz
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Stevens but would have Egan and the 0.5

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I do, the legend son of a legend plus Ramsdale.

  3. steven8991
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Son and Soucek
    or
    Alli and JWP ???

    1. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      1

    2. Boz
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      S&S

  4. Boz
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) Doherty + Egan
    B) VVD + Justin (https://cdn.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/4.5)

    To go alongside TAA and KWP in 4-4-2

    1. tim
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Went w Doherty n Egan

  5. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Punting on Everton. RMT / 10

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

    SUBS: Steer, Mitchell, Lemina, Alzate

    1. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Swap Mina for Tierney, otherwise it's a great team

  6. mr_jones
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ryan - Pope
    TAA - Bednarek - Azpi - Stevens - Amartey
    D. Jota - Saint-Maximin - Mount - Trezeguet - KDB
    DLC - Jimenez - Kane

    Thinkings? I didnt pick many Manchester Player, because their not playing the first gameday.

    1. steven8991
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      good to go

      1. moz_1983
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        :/

    2. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Downgrade one of your keepers, Pope perhaps given how expensive he is. The midfield is an absolute minefield. Jota and Mount will be rotated, not sold on Trezeguet.

  7. owenread
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    thoughts guys?

    McCarthy
    Justin, TAA, KWP, Mitchell
    Auba, Alli, Salah, ASM
    Kane, Werner

    Bench: Nyland, Davis, Bissouma, Taylor

    1. Boz
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Template but it's template for a reason so it's good!

    2. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Kane & Werner squad, rise!

    3. JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'd change KWP to Saliba as don't like double soton defence

    4. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Think you’re set! Plan for United assets?

  8. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I think I’m finally settled. Phew..

    McCarthy - Steer
    Saliba - Justin - KWP - Targett - Mitchell
    Mane - Aubameyang - Son - Havertz - Stephens
    Ings - Richarlison - Wilson

    GW 2 - Ings > Martial
    GW 3 - Aubameyang > Sterling
    GW 4 - WC

    Going all out for the first 3 gws as I will be WCing in GW 4.

    Thoughts? 🙂

    1. pundit of punts
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      0.5m in the bank.

      1. Oi! Shadders!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I hope your defence gets you that far! But looks good considering your plan.

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Thanks

    2. Almathkourq8
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Nice team ..
        goor luck

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Cheer

      • Hairy Potter
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Looks good. Not a big fan of Richarlison, but could be a good differential prior to WC. Saliba expected to start?

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Saliba should be good for the first 3 until my WC

          1. Hairy Potter
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Could be a great pick. Good luck.

      • JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I prefer DCL over Richarlison, but if you have the 1m spare then it seems fine.

        I like the Sterling choice over KDB, not sure if I'll be brave enough.

        Weak defence, not much room for movement, but overall it seems alright.

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Cheers

      • IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Where’s Trent? Stopped reading after that

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He will be in gw 4 WC

          Don’t need him for he 2 and 3 which are tough fixtures. He may not start he 1 as he has had no pre season.

          It’s a very well calculated risk

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Was Leicester a tough fixture when he scored 23 points? It’s not worth the risk

            1. pundit of punts
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              He isn’t fully match fit

              He was then

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Check his minutes for England. He is ready to shred

      • Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Rich => TAA and save 0.5

        1. pundit of punts
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          No way

          Rich has great fixtures

          TAA no preseason and tough games in first 3

    3. Almathkourq8
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hello everyone!!
        Final draft for my Team

        McCarthy (button)
        TAA Holding Justin (Mitchell Douglas)
        Auba Soucek Son Mané (Stephens)
        Werner Ingsy Wilson

        Please RMT !

      • Malinwa
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Who to pick? Advise pls, appreciated!

        A/ Doherty
        B/ Davies

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Wait until the press conference.

          Any sign of Doherty starting, then it's an easy A.

          1. Malinwa
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            When is the press? 🙂

            1. JustSomeGuy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              1pm (just under an hour away if a different timezone)

              FFS Twitter posts an article after usually, and updates their twitter.

              https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1304306177929404416

              1. Malinwa
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Thanks for the info !

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Am I G2G? Would you swap Vinagre for Justin?

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

        Subs: Steer, Taylor, Brewster & Mitchell.

        1. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You literally have my exact team except Vinagre instead of Egan, so could you go up to a 5.0 instead?

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I'm holding 0.5m itb to do Ings > Martial for GW2.

      • _vanillabryce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Egan or Saiss?

        1. JelliedSpark968
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Saiss

        2. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Egan all day. 100% nailed unlike Saiss and early fixtures are better

          1. TheMooyBoys
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            How is Saiss not nailed? Because they signed a 31 year old LB for 2m?

        3. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Coady?

      • JelliedSpark968
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Can anyone tell me the likelihood of Greenwood staying in the team?

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          35%

      • BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Want an Armstrong replacement. Moutinho? Soucek/bank the 0.5? other ideas?

        1. xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Soucek is a considerably better pick than Moutinho

          1. BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thanks. Only Soucek's fixtures making me hesitate. Gift horse etc...

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Best mid max 7.5m?

        1. RiskyBusiness
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Greenwood if they dont sign Sancho

        2. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Barnes

          1. JustSomeGuy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            This

        3. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          4 at the back and get Robbo who would outscore most of the 7.0s

        4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I think it's worth giving Barnes a chance

          Lost count of how many times I cursed him last season (as a Vardy owner) for either greedily shooting when he should have passed to Vardy, or wasting what seemed like so many cast iron Vardy assists/tap-ins - he’s young, and he’s raw, but he’s a greedy little sod with bags of pace & power & see him as a decent punt for 7.0

          He also managed 16 attacking returns last year without any set pieces (Pulisic got 17 for example)

          12 midfielders scored more than him last season - but 5 of those were KDB, Salah, Mane, Sterling & Auba

          Of the other 7- all except Mahrez played at least 400-500 minutes more than him, some (e.g. Grealish) played over 1,000 minutes more

          i.e. 30 points behind Son in 400 less minutes, 40 points behind Rashford in 600 less minutes etc. etc.

          Greenwood probably better longer term if utd dont get Sancho - so maybe starting with Barnes, see what happens during the window then switch to Mason depending on how things go

        5. jomikijiq
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Zaha

          Mount/Barnes/Jota good too

      • Mason Goalwood
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Just made some changes. Taking some risks but breaking the template. Let me know your thoughts:

        McCarthy
        Trent, Doherty, Justin, Mitchell
        Rodriguez, Soucek, Son
        Werner, Adams, Mitrovic

        Nyland, KDB, Fernandes, Taylor

        Obviously taken out Auba and Salah from the first two weeks.

      • FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Play Saiss or Stevens?

      • thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What's the latest on Vinagre?

        Last I read was that Porto prob can't afford him, but hard to know what to make of it:
        https://www.molineux.news/transfer-news/report-fc-porto-unlikely-to-be-able-to-afford-ruben-vinagre/

      • Milvus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I need a pair of 4.5 defenders. Currently sat on Justin & Vinagre - but both have question marks.
        Others in the frame might be KWP (but I already have SOT keeper), Taylor (tough fixtures for a few weeks) or Lascelles perhaps.
        Any thoughts?

        1. Kyle2210
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Mitchell CP 4.0

            1. Milvus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              He's already my 4.0 defender 🙂

          • The Wise Owl
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Aston Villa and Leicester City
            wba, BUR, ful, WHU, AVL, LEE

            Palace and Newcastle
            whu, BHA, EVE, BUR, BHA, ful

            Saints and Brighton
            cry, new, bur, WBA, cry, WBA

          • IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Run the risk. The upside is worth it in the short term with an early WC inevitable

            1. Milvus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Thanks. Thinking the same, and I don't mind an early WC

          • RiskyBusiness
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Kenny has question marks over him, but I expect him to start and he would then become the best 4.5.

            1. Milvus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not one I've considered - *off to take a closer look*

        2. Kyle2210
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Which player out of Adam Traore and Zaha would you keep longer term?

            Adama means I can change Son to Bruno for GW2. But Zaha means I need 0.5 from elsewhere.

            1. RiskyBusiness
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Longer term I'd have Foden over them both and have Bruno.

              Of the 2 I'd rather Adama if it allows u to get Bruno.

          • Jellyfish
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Arteta's update on Luiz....does that improve Saliba's prospects of a start?

          • Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            So shaw is back
            Interesting

            1. Eastman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Benching him first week. Good fixtures for Utd. Just hope Justin or Mitchell start

          • BobB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Is there a case for sticking with Vinagre?

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Doesn't look like he'll be sold. Why not?

            2. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes

            3. Greenbackbøøg…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              yes, I'm starting with him

            4. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              The best 4.5 in the game

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Don't think Marcal will be starter?

          • Eastman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Doherty worth the extra 1m over Ben Davies?

            1. The Wise Owl
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not sure

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

              Not yet.

            3. xtremesid
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not yet

          • Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Great article Lateriser

          • DOGS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thoughts greatly appreciated:

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

            Steer, Biss, Mitchell, Douglas (1.5ITB) - Son for Bruno next week

            Am i good to go?

            1. Jellyfish
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Nice team - prefer Soucek over ASM though

          • Malinwa
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Could use some help here.

            McCarthy (Nyland)
            Doherty - James - TAA - KWP (Justin)
            Auba - Salah - Son - Soucek (ASM)
            Werner - Mitrovic (Brewster)

            itb 0.5

            Could replace Doherty > Davies and save 1.0

            GTG?

            1. FPLShaqiri
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Looks good to me. Personally don't rate Davies as despite stats he rarely scores or assists. Doherty should be good - I have him myself. Minor worry that Doherty won't start every game, but hard to say. Would be nice if Aurier got his move away.

              1. tokara
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                2 or 3 seasons ago, davis was the robertson for spurs b4 rose

          • Super Squirrel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Batshuyi as a cheapie fwd, any takers?

            1. Milvus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I like him - did well at Palace previously.

          • RVP 20
              1 month, 12 days ago

              G2G?

              McCarthy (Nyland)
              TAA Davies Mitchell (Ayling Taylor)
              Salah Auba Barnes Son ASM
              Werner Mitrović (Brewster)

            • xtremesid
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Please RMT

              Schmeichel (McCarthy)
              TAA, Egan, Mitchell, AWB, Dallas
              Mane, Auba, ASM, Phillips, Lemina
              Werner, Mitro, Ings

              ITB 0