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. cemal
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Tierney + JWP + Kane
    or
    Lamptey + Son + Ings

    1. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      First lot

    2. Front 442
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      First one

    3. cemal
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      cheers guys

  2. John wick
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Bottomed

    Martial or bruno from gw 2

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      flip a coin

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I’m going Martial for sure and considering Bruno also if Salah looks dumpable

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Both. Bruno if I had to pick ome

      1. John wick
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks guys for the replies

    4. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Martial. Don't know if VDB arriving might change the shape of the midfield

  3. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Stuck on the last 3 spots! Leaning towards A but very torn. All views appreciated!

    A) Alli, Havertz, Wilson
    B) Alli, Havertz, DCL
    C) Son, Bissouma, Werner
    D) ASM, Havertz, Werner (no Spurs mid)

    McCarthy
    TAA, Davies, Egan
    Salah, Auba, XXXX, XXXX, Soucek
    Ings, XXXX
    (Steer) (Mitchell, Davis/ Brewster, Taylor)

    Cheers

    1. CostaCoffee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      D

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hey mate. You confident all these big hitters for CHE will gel from the get go?

    2. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      D mate

      Good luck, we'll catch up when it's more quiet on here

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hello mate!

        Cheers - it’s def tempting to forget about the Spurs lads and go all in on Chelski but not having seen them all play together is a bit of a nagging worry!

        Def catch up soon. Hope all’s well with you. Looking forward to propping up the ML also 😆

    3. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      D - I have very similar

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Blimey triple D answers. Must be a sign!

        Cheers

  4. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Hows this for GW 1?

    Mccarthy
    TAA / Bellerin / Doherty / Justin
    Salah / Auba / Alli
    Werner / Adams / Wilson

    In GW 3 i coudl then do:
    Bellerin, Doherty & Alli > 4.5, Davies & Fernandes

    Or

    Bellerin, Doherty & Wilson > 4.5, Davies & Martial

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Personally not a fan of Bellerin, Justin or Adams - all too liable to totally flop (less so Adams tbf!)

      Good core though

      1. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        cheers for the feedback.

        outstanding user name by the way, very good!

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks mate!

          Haha the name was an inspired moment 😉

  5. tjostolv
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    good to go?
    Ryan (Martin)
    Walker-Peters, TAA, Doherty (Justin, Douglas)
    Salah, Auba, Son, Saka, Soucek
    Werner, Nketiah (Mitro)

  6. Swills
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    RMT
    Ryan (Nyland)
    TAA Davies Justin Vinagre (Mitchell)
    Son Salah Pulisic Aub[C] (4.5)
    Mitrovic Werner (Brewster)

    Unsure if my teams bench is too weak.
    Also Pulisic or Havertz?
    And who’s the best 4.5 mill mid?

    Thanks for any help

  7. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Soucek + wilson
    Or,
    Asm + adams

    Each will play every game

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      A. If they have to play every game you've got to go for nailed starters, might be wrong but I'm not sure Adams is nailed.

  8. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    How's this for GW1 guys? WC in GW2

    Johnstone

    TAA Bellerin Ward

    Salah(C) Auba Saka Zaha ASM

    Kane Werner

    Subs: Button, Johnson Mitchell Brewster

  9. John wick
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Select1 long term from gw 2
    A. Bruno and callum wilson
    B. Havertz and martial

  10. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    1st RMT got bottomed:

    McCarthy/Button
    TAA, VVD, Dier, (Ayling), (Taylor)
    Bissouma, Alli, Minamino, Auba(C), (Fernandes)
    Werner, Adams, Connolly
    1.0m itb

    1. QUEN
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I like it but maybe too many punts in there.

      Adams may flop
      Connolly & minamino minutes idk

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Agree with this

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Not sure what’s to like with bissouma Connolly and Minamino in a gw1 team

  11. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Going round & round in circles now. Any help? Or go without Salah??

    Rashford & Mitrovic (343) Bissouma on bench or
    Fernandes & Soucek (352) Brewster on bench

    McCarthy / Nyland
    TAA Davies Justin / Taylor Mitchell
    Salah Auba Dele ..... / .....
    Werner / Wilson ......

    1. QUEN
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Story of my life rashford bs fernandes (see my post below)

      I would say rashford from your picks

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

      Sorry Dele becomes Fernandes. JWP would be the regular!

  12. QUEN
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Can any man United fans advise on whether their formation will look like this. Think rashford looking better pick than Bruno atm

    https://talksport.com/football/756500/manchester-united-summer-transfer-jadon-sancho-pau-torres-chelsea-target-alex-telles/

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

      Reasons? The formation is similar to last season. Fernandes still on pens, free kicks & corners

    2. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      That is pretty much OGS go to formation, so cant see it really changing. its what we played for the whole run in.

    3. TONY123
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno is involved in everything, he's the man to have in that midfield.

      1. sthelenslad92
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        VDB wasn't a defensive midfielder at ajax was he?

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bruno at no.10 and Pog and VDB at DM more likely I think. Pogba as a lone DM I don’t think will happen

  13. mrtapio
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I really want to go TAA(C). I think he is the best choice this GW.

    But should I do Auba(C) just because that's what most people will do? I don't want a bad start this season.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      The idea of captaincy is to captain who you think scores most.

      1. mrtapio
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        ofc, but fpl is about making tactical decisions as well.

        1. jason_ni
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Uhmm, pick the player you think will score more, why would you captain Auba, if you think TAA scores more?

          Many will capt Salah/Che as well.

          1. mrtapio
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Because if I get it wrong, it will hurt me much more than if I go Auba(C) and get it wrong

        2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Most people will probably captain Salah I reckon.

    2. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      You'll be behind the 8 ball straight away mate. No tired legs at Leeds it's helter-skelter for the 90 and we're man to man with the high press when we haven't got the ball. Pool will most likely win by a goal or maybe 2 but Leeds will score also.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Agree with this tbh.

        I wouldn’t back TAA for a CS this week necessarily- it’ll be messy!

    3. mrtapio
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Thanks people, TAA(C) it is. If not a CS, than maybe a couple of assists and a goal

  14. reason17
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    A) Egan
    B) Saiss

    (I don't know if Saiss in nailed on)

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

    My final decision (bar any injury concerns) is going to come down to this.

    AA vs SS

    A) Alli, Adams
    B) Son, Soucek

    1. thehodge
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Probably B out of them. I have Alli but think B offers more security of minutes

    2. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I am not sure Alli is a permanent starter

    3. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      that is tough. I'm not sure I rate Son so highly these days in this Spurs team and think Alli could be the better player regardless of price but then not sure I like Adams as much as Soucek!

      How's the rest of the team shaping up Camzy?

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

        It's finished. I'm happy with it. No Salah. Bruno on the bench. Very good chance I do Werner > Martial in GW2.

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          what did you go with in the end. Very interested to see a Salah less team!

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

            McCarthy Steer
            TAA Dier Saiss Justin Buur
            Auba Fernandes Son Havertz Soucek
            Werner Wilson Vassilev

            Again, completely undecided on Alli + Adams vs Son + Soucek.

            1. Rinseboy
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              looks awesome. My gut says Alli. I wasn't sure on Adams but actually end of season he was excellent and not sure I trust West ham at all or Soucek.

              1. Rinseboy
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                which 4.5 would Soucek become?

    4. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I'm on A personally but hard to say really

    5. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      B I think for me

  16. thehodge
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Robertson, Salah, Davis

    Or

    VVD, Havertz, Martial

    Would also need .5 extra for the second option which could come from downgrading Egan, JWP or Wilson

    Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated!

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Has to be second option as Davis is only bench fodder

  17. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    just changes my team structure with more investment in defence and I love it!

    McCarthy
    TAA - Digne - Tierney - Lascelles
    Salah - Auba - ASM - Soucek
    Werner - Mitrovic

    4.0 - Martial* - C.Taylor* - Bissouma

    too risky with Bissouma my only back-up for GW1?
    General thoughts..?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Looks good, what about going Ings for gw1 and then moving to martial?

  18. steven8991
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    A. Robertson (double with TAA), Alli, Soucek, Wilson
    B. Robertson (double with TAA), Alli, ASM, Mitrovic
    C. Davies, Son, JWP, Wilson

    1. Trickster72
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Its that time of season! Constantly monitoring your Wk1 squad, this is what I am toying with....
      McCarthy
      Tierney TAA Robertson
      ASM Auba Salah Son Lundstram
      Wilson Ings (x 4.0 subs)
      What do you think to that? I was looking at more attacking wing backs, proven goalscorers and providers?

  19. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Going with two teams this season, one for me and one for my baby son:

    First Team

    McCarthy
    TAA Egan Davies Justin
    Salah Aubameyang Son ASM
    Ings Werner

    Button Mitchell Bissouma Brewster

    Alternative Team

    McCarthy
    TAA Robertson KWP
    Aubameyang Havertz Alli Soucek
    Kane Vardy Mitrovic

    Nyland Williams Mitchell Bissouma

    Thoughts / or rate my team(s) please ??

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Don't forget the pets...

  20. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    The key question is really Salah and a 9 6 6 attack or no Salah and a 9 9 6.

    Then GW2 it is Salah to Greenwood or one of the 9s to Martial

    Too dangerous to have an ultra cheap back line for me

  21. Barnes Owl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA / Robbo / Egan / KWP / Taylor
    Auba / Pulisic / Rodriguez / JWP / Biss
    Werner / Mitro / Martial

    442 to start then 343 for GW2, save transfer and see what happens for GW3.. Thoughts?

    1. shady4revr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      2 liv defenders, disaster.

      1. Barnes Owl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        How is a guaranteed 400 points between them a disaster?

  22. Fero1905
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Would u go with Rodrigues?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      no

  23. KujaliaFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Has Vinagre become an option again, or is he off to Portugal?

    1. shady4revr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Buur

      1. KujaliaFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        What do you think their backline will be?

        Vinagre Boly Coady Saiss Burr

        Is that possible?

  24. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Irrelavant asking:

    Do you think your team would look different if those mancs fixtures do go ahead on GW1?

    1. 1569Tippins
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yes

  25. sthelenslad92
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    What do you think?

    McCarthy - Button
    TAA - Saiss - Egan - Taylor – Ferguson
    Salah - Auba - Pulisic/Havertz - ASM - Bissouma
    Werner - Ings - Davis

    GW2 Ings → Martial (£0.5 ITB)

  26. LloristheHounds
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    A) salah, Alli, lacelles or other 4.5def

    B) ASM, son, ings (ings to martial gw2)

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      You're comparing 2 midfielders & a defender with 2 midfielders and a striker, not a fair comparison.

      1. LloristheHounds
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        They would be the ones starting if I made the trade

      2. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Fair if same spend

  27. Phil's Stamps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    A) Davies
    B) Saiss

    Have Ramsdale so not considering Egan.

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Saiss

  28. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    What are people's thoughts here on Callum Wilson? I quite like him as a pick in that Newcastle team and can't imagine he'll be sitting on the bench instead of Joelinton (although he might get hooked more readily on 70-75)

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He’ll be the main man, surrounded by asm, fraser, almiron, Shelvey. Can see some goals for Callum this year.

  29. DRP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Tinkering from months and still haven't got any clue about my final team to start the season...!!!

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Just copy someone's team on here.

  30. Jarvis
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    hey guys, been gone a while! how come when i tried to sign in to FPL with my usual email address it didnt recognise it? and now my history is gone?