Pro Pundits - Lateriser

Three-time top 200 finisher Lateriser on Aguero, Villa and a polarising FPL season

The 2019/20 number one Fantasy manager in India, Lateriser addresses a rollercoaster campaign, FPL ownership, Brighton, Villa, Sergio Aguero, his Gameweek 6 team and more in his latest Pro Pundits piece.


This season is not for the weak-hearted and there are just way too many good options in this game at present.

Before Project Restart last season, the premium player conversation primarily revolved around Liverpool and Manchester City assets. Now we have a Spurs team that have accumulated the most number of big chances in the league in the premium conversation, in addition to assets from Manchester United and Chelsea who have shown us enough in the recent past to be a part of this conversation.

You are going to have to develop a very thick skin this season as there will be many Gameweeks where players you own don’t get points and others are getting monster hauls. But on the flipside, the opportunities in this game are very enticing too.

We have Liverpool and Manchester City enjoying a decent bunch of fixtures in the next two Gameweeks and the likes of Sadio Mane (£11.9m), Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£10.4m) all have ownerships of under 10% at the time of writing. Mane has looked very sharp this season and has the highest xG amongst all midfielders, and next faces an obliging Sheffield United side that have lost one of their best defenders for a long time and who just don’t look like the team from 2019/20.

Manchester City scored 95 goals in their season without Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) and that makes Sterling and Aguero perfectly viable ‘differential’ captaincy options should you fancy it – which brings me to my point.

This is something I’d spoken about in my very first article for Fantasy Football Scout and it is just something I want to reiterate. Given the wide range of options that we have this season, it is very important to find your identity as a Fantasy Premier League manager. This is what I said back then:

If you are going to get sleepless nights going without Mohamed Salah, don’t do it. It doesn’t suit your personality. It’s not good for your blood pressure and you don’t end up having fun. You’re better off playing the odds and percentages game because that is where your comfort zone lies.

The game has opened up very nicely for the ‘dullards’ as well as the ‘opportunists’ with the wide variety of options we have. Given the increased impact of social media on everything mental, if you can’t handle a huge haul from a highly owned player, get that highly owned player because going maverick isn’t for you.

I never talk a lot about ownership percentages but given the nature of the season, I thought it was important to address. Seeing the high cost of transfers that FPL managers have had to pay on the ‘Rough with the Smooth’ section on the Scoutcast this season made me want to talk about this because I get the sense that there are going to be many difficult FPL decisions this season leading to a high variance in outcome. You need to be aware of your personality and tailor your FPL approach accordingly. This season, variance is a lot higher than usual and I expect that trend to continue. Be prepared for it and remember that this is only a game, one which involves a fair amount of luck and unpredictability as well.

Now that philosophy is out of the way, I want to talk about a few more objective things.

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

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

    On a WC, so Hamez to Pulisic a good move? Already have grealish

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

      Debating something similar. Wondering if still worth getting in and benching for one week.

    2. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Would rather fund grealish to pulisic if possible.

      1. Whiskerz
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Oh is he injured?

  2. Bruno Fernandes
      1 month, 9 days ago

      hey guys, in a huge dillema, which is the best trio for long term?
      a) TAA, Grealish, Maupay
      b) Chilwell, McGinn, Aguero
      c) TAA, JamesRod, Bamford

      1. 2OLEgend
          1 month, 9 days ago

          A

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        1. JRod to Grealish
        2. JRod to Bruno
        3. JRod to anyone that's fit

        First to a hundred wins.

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

          4

        2. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I Guess you’re holding him for good then xD

        3. 2OLEgend
            1 month, 9 days ago

            2 or keep

        4. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Rodriguez out... so tempted to use my freehit lol. Do have Barnes on the bench but he’s trash :/.

          Thoughts on Doh, Barnes to Coady, Bruno (-4)

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

            Freehit and go down fighting

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

            Same free hit on my mind

          3. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Not sure this is the week to go with the FH, but if your side needs it...?

            Who are your doubts?

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Whole defence -TAA, Barnes, Ings, Werner, Hamez now, DCL without Hamez etc

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Might be warranted then. Would you not have the same issues next GW though? WC an option?

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

          Start Mitchell or Brewster in place of Rodriguez this week?

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

            Mitchell

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

            Mitchell

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

            Brewster, roll the dice.

          4. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Brewster will score vs pool. written in the starts

        6. KUNingas
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Bench one

          A) PVA (ful)
          B) Chilwell (mun)
          C) Dallas (avl)

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

            c

        7. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Is Mitchell even starting now that PVA is back?

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

            Mitchell's performance vs Brighton was bad imo but we can't know who will start.

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

          Early transfer for Rodriguez well and truly punished.

        9. Lacazette Player
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Saiss is a lock, but which 2 do I bench this week?
            A) Justin
            B) Mitchell
            C) Dallas
            D) Chilwell

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

              a, b

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

              a c

          • dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            So Ancelloti seems to “ think” Hamez will not be available so guess may as well start him with playing first sub in case does not start the game. But from these words sounds like if does not make this game should be OK for next

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

              Does seem like that. I have mitchell first sub so i think im ok

            2. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Yes, do this if keeping.

          • CrouchDown
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Best DEF for 5.0M?

            1. BeWater
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Konsa or Targett. Creswell's fixtures get better after the next two.

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

              Brewster must channel his "former team revenge" that happens on FM every other week

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Exactly... written in the stars

            3. trinzoo
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Who to play for James?

              A) Bissouma (WBA)
              B) Dallas (avl)
              C) KWP (EVE)

              1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                B

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

                A

              3. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                A)

            4. ShaunGoater123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Roriguez > Son for a -4? or play wildcard and revamp the squd?

              McCarthy

              TAA / Bellerin / Dallas / Mitchell

              Salah / Sterling / Rodriguez*

              Jimenez / Kane /Brewster

              Button / SOucek / Bissouma / Justin

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Team is fine. Rod to son

              2. Bruno Fernandes
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Nah, upgrade bellerin imo

                • niaz1982
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Just play Bissouma

              3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Play 1
                A) Bissouma
                B) KWP
                C) Justin

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

                  a

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

                Got Hamez at 7.5 so value tied up. Bench is Ayling, Mitchell, D Stephens. Should I...

                A) Roll transfer and play Ayling/Mitchell
                B) Do Mitchell to Kilman and start Kilman
                C) Hamez to Grealish

                1. Warby84
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Play Ayling

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

                  Rolling and playing Dallas if that helps

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

                    Nice one mate, I actually have Dallas too and not Ayling, forgot I switched on WC last week lol

              5. DIMITRIS
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Hamez and TAA OUT for Bale and Semedo IN for a -4 ?

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

                  no way

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

                    Alternative is Hamez OUT for Foden IN as i already have Grealish and Barnes.
                    I could also do James and Hamez out for some sub 4.8 defender and Pulisic IN.

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

                      keep Rodriguez

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

                        cheers

                2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I really wouldn't.

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

                    I dunno what to do how, haing James at 5.0 who is not playing and Hames injured ....

                3. BeWater
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I don't think Semedo had looked good. I wouldn't spend 5.5M on him.

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

                      I have James at 5.0 who doesn't play and injured Hames. They can go out for a hit. I just don't know who te get instead of them.

                4. Whats the Mata?
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  0m it, 1ft.

                  A. Kdb to Grealish for free (Jim to Kane next week)
                  OR
                  B. Kdb + Jimenez to Grealish + Kane for a hit (-4)
                  OR
                  C. Kdb + Brewster to Kane + 4.5m mid fodder for a hit (-4) and switch to 343 from 352

                  (Team link linked in my profile)

                  Cheers 🙂

                  1. zorro121
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I'm in the same position and i'm thinking of B. Although I worry A is the sensible move

                  2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I'd go with just A this week, but B still a good option.

                5. Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Hey fam! Barnes to

                  A. Foden
                  B. Grealish
                  C. Barkley

                  AND WHY?

                  1. Bruno Fernandes
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      grealish imo as he is the talisman, and foden isnt nailed now

                      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Lol, foden iz season pick

                    • BeWater
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        B. Nailed on starter. Always involved in the game. Great run of fixtures.

                      • FatmanAndRobin
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I like McGinn - this is who I went for and allowed me to move Brewster to Ings.
                        Being consistently returning and playing well

                      • Skogen89
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I did B myself! Great form, both individual and team wise! Barkley is a troll.. Not as consistent as grealish

                    • Bruno Fernandes
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        repost : which is the best trio for long term?
                        a) TAA, Grealish, Maupay
                        b) Chilwell, McGinn, Aguero
                        c) TAA, JamesRod, Bamford

                        1. BeWater
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Like the look of B.

                        2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Who will score more for next 2 gw's :

                          1. Robbo + Grealish

                          Or

                          2. Kane

                          ?

                          1. NULL-X-VOID
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            1

                          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            1

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

                          choose 1st bench and 1 to start:
                          James(Reece), Lamperty, Mitchell, Brewster

                          currently starting Lamperty, 1st bench James

                        4. Tsparkes10
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          A) Ings and Bruno
                          B) Kane and Barnes

                          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Is this just for your potential FH this week or going forward in general?

                            1. Tsparkes10
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Forward

                              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Tough one. Not sure Barnes is going to get many but Kane is a great pick atm. I think it will be close and I'd just side with A.

                          2. Ready Manager One
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            B seems more appealing cos Kane is a great capt option

                        5. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Time to finally get rid of Ben Davies? I was thinking Davies --> Konsa / Lamptey (FT)?

                          McCarthy
                          TAA | Justin | Taylor
                          Salah (c) | Son | Pulisic | Soucek
                          Mitrovic | Kane | C.Wilson

                          4.0 -- B.Davies | Bissouma | Mitchell [1FT + 3.6m ITB]

                          1. Levy’s Wallet
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Looking like Reguillon is a big upgrade at left back tbh

                            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              He is, but I'm happy not owning Spurs defence. 8 goals conceded in first 5 games, and no CS. Admittedly 3 nice fixtures coming up but I'm happy to forego for now especially with City, Chelsea, Arsenal ,Palace, Liverpool, Leicester thereafter. He's a wait and see for me atm.

                              I like both the options suggested as gives me even more cash to then upgrade one of my 4.5/5.0 mids and one of my budget strikers in the coming GW's.

                        6. Sturridge Wars
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Thoughts?

                          McCarthy
                          Saiss / Chilwell / Mitchell
                          Salah / Son / Bruno / McGinn
                          Kane / DCL / Werner

                          Bench: Steer, Branthwaite, Bissouma, Struijk

                        7. The Rumour Mill
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          James Rodriguez a blow. However, if we look at the quote it states Carlo as saying "I THINK he will not be available against Southampton".

                          To me this implies there's still a chance, as firstly he's not sure, not definitively ruled out, and secondly, its only Thursday and the game isn't until Sunday. Also, if the injury was sustained in contact with VVD, well, he played on for the rest of the match, which is a positive sign it hopefully isn't too bad.

                          I think if you own him you start him and make sure your bench order is correct. I've got 0.5m tied up in him so I'm reluctant to move him out if I can avoid it, especially if its only a minor injury. To those who bought him at 7.8m or above I think its a tougher call, although I'm not convinced this is the best week to locate another mid priced midfielder alternative other than Grealish. Trossard maybe? I guess Chelsea is another option, maybe Pulisic or Havertz, although their team isn't settled and its a tough fixture on paper.

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

                            Has Fulham and Newcastle in the next 3 after Southampton, definitely not taking him out.

                          2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            If I owned him, with value tied up in him or not, and I knew it was only going to be 1 GW, I would keep him and put him in starting XI.

                            Still a great option and great upcoming fixtures. If you have a decent bench cover for him, I'd stick with him.

                            1. The Rumour Mill
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Yeah agree with both you and Flair above. Just wildcarded so have the choice of Dallas or KWP coming off the bench who I'm perfectly happy playing 🙂

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

                                I'm saying that benching him is fine, removing him less so.

                              2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Both good options this week so I think keeping Rodriguez is best.

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

                          Let's ramp up the JRod anxiety and say its a recurring injury lol

                          1. The Rumour Mill
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Appears to be an injury resulting from contact with VVD - not a recurring one.

                        9. Levy’s Wallet
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Hiya

                          How bad is the KDB injury please? Is he expected to be out again this weekend?

                          1. Ronniie
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              He’s back in training but I doubt he’ll be able to start this weekend

                          2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            So James Rodrigez is injured?
                            Or just a mind games?

                            1. The Rumour Mill
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              You would use mind games before the Merseyside derby, not before playing Southampton!

                              1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Soton is very tough!

                          3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Already used my FT for Wilson to Kane..
                            I could have done James to Mane, did I make a mistake?
                            I don't think I did because James is a good long term pick anyway..

                            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              You're only questioning this move after hearing James' news which was unknown at the time of your move.

                              Hindsight is easy when the situation has completely changed. James good long term pick.