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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1,475 Comments Post a Comment
  1. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Any of these moves worth a hit?

    A: Havertz >> Bruno...both chel/mu have okkish fix but bruno the talisman
    B: Jimmy (good fix) >> Kane (great form)...tempting, will captain salah
    C: Barnes (is he passing the eye test?) >> Hames (form, high gi, fixtures)
    D: James (rotation risk with Azpi) >> Robbo. will mean double pool defence for their next two home games and then shift out TAA before gw8

    1. Your Man With The Hair
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Potentially b if you don't have Son

    2. Latetotheparty
        1 month, 9 days ago

        B & c for me. Could repay you the hit.

      • pemell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        b

    3. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      A) Start Brewster or Soucek
      B) Captain Kane or Salah

      1. Your Man With The Hair
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Soucek
        50/50

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

        Soucek
        Salah

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

        S
        S

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

      2ft.
      A) Ings, 4.4fwd > Adams/Wilson, Kane (keep Werner)
      B) Ings, 4.4fwd, Dier > Maupay, Kane, 4.8 def & -4 (keep Werner)
      C) Werner, 4.4 > Kane, Maupay (keep Ings)

      Mcc (4.0)
      Taa Justin Dier* Kwp Mitchell
      Salah Son Hamez Podence Soucek
      Werner Ings* 4.4*

      Would like to give a chance to Pod as cheap way to Wolves attack.

      1. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        B

    5. chelseabrad
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Having a bench dilemma, who would you bench & order?

      Martinez
      Robbo (SHU) Saiss (NEW) Chilwell (mun)
      Salah (SHU) Son (bur) Hamez (LEE) Grealish (sou)
      Kane (bur) Wilson (wol) Maupay (WBA)

      Steer Neto (NEW) Mitchell (ful) KWP (EVE)

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Looks ok!

      2. Bucket Man
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        That’s what I’d do. Looks good

    6. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Always enjoy a Lateriser article. Thanks pal. The FPL Wire ain't half bad either! Keep up the good work.

    7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Will TAA ever drop?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        No. He will score many points this w/e, people will get scared, and he will be transferred in at a great rate.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I am planning to transfer him in. Just waiting for that drop which fplstats predicted two days ago.

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

        he won't before this gw. Maybe after he doesnt do well in the home game

    8. tim
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Morning lads.

      Pretty tied up with cash, so might need to do Taa to Lamptey so I can do Werner to Kane.

      Crazy?

      McCarthy Nyland?
      Taa Mitchell KWP Doherty Saiss
      Salah Son Sterling Bissouma Podence
      Werner DCL Davis

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

        madness

    9. Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      It’s a shame that people rarely comment on the article. People dive straight into a) b) c) or d)? Which is boring to read and is never ending.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Just respind to them all with 'YC'.

        1. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Haha

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

        Nature of the beast

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Who should I captain mate?
        A) Son
        B) Bale
        C) Salah
        D) Werner

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

        Nailed it!

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

        A

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

        There's really nothing to comment on about this article

    10. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Would you start

      B). Bamford or
      J). Jorginho

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        B

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

        J

      3. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        YC

    11. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I could do Pulisic to Sterling or should i priorities to get Grealish + Robbo (-4).
      THX!

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I'd like you to take the hit

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

        get Grealish.

    12. Erez Avni
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I have the exact money to bring

      A. Grealish & Foden
      B. James & McCGinn
      C. Grealish & Barkley

      1. Bucket Man
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        A looks the best

      2. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        YC

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

        Easy A

      4. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Live a little, C.

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

      McCarthy
      Robbo/Chilwell/Reguilón
      Salah/Raz/Bruno/Grealish/Trossard
      DCL/Mitrovic

      Button/Brewster/Kilman/Ferguson

      A) Play Kilman or Mitrovic

      B) Captain Salah or Sterling

      Thanks

      1. Bucket Man
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Play Mitrovic

        I’m on A. So go with B haha

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

          Ok, cheers 🙂

    14. Bucket Man
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Any chance of coming back from having blown the wildcard to no good effect with an awfully low rank?

      At least I should be good to save a FT for the first time this season. 1FT 0ITB

      McCarthy
      TAA, Chilwell, Lamptey
      Salah(C), Sterling, Son, Pulisic, Trossard
      DCL, Watkins
      Dallas, Mitchell, Brewster

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

        I was 1M last season at GW22 and jumped to 77k 7 GWs later due in no small part to Salah TC. I have no idea why people are giving up so early in GW6 when BGWs and two possible DGWs will get players a ton of points. You'll be fine, bank the FT.

        1. Bucket Man
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Bit lower then rank but thanks for the positive view.

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

            Many are, even LR was at 4M before the Werner (C). Focus on nailing your captains and the gains will come on their own. Good luck!

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

        Definitely save. Looks fine.

        1. Bucket Man
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Thanks

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

      Mane's stats just look to darn good to ignore!

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

        and some idiots went KdB to Pulisic over him last week...seems silly not to reverse that error I guess

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

          Then Pulisic hauls 😛

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

            almost bound to happen isn't it lol

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

              I'd like to have Puli for Chelsea's 5GW run afterwards, just need that fraud to play his best LW at LW and bring in Ziyech.

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

          I still have KDB, Looking at Sterling and Mane but Mane's stats are far superior. Sheffield also conceding lots of shots from the left flank. Seems like a no brainer

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

            yup if I do go for him (looking likely tbh), Mane(C), I'll be very disappointed if both him & Robbo don't deliver something decent down that side for me this GW!

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

      Decent article. Think I’m a mixture of playing it safe with players highly owned. Plus a few differentials.

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

      Good to go?

      Martinez
      Coady - Lamptey - Mitchell
      Salah - Son - Mahrez - Rodriguez - Grealish
      Jimenez - Ings

      Button - KWP - Taylor - Brewster

      3.1m in the bank for Jimenez to Kane next gw. 🙂

    18. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Contemplating hitting the WC, which combo is better?

      A. Son kane grealish salah
      B. Mane salah barkley kane

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

        A, sneaks if for me

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

        I like B

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Easy A

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

        A

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

        Basically Son + Grealish or Barkley + Mane.

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

        A easy

      7. Kannbury
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Son & Greal.

        • TNB
            1 month, 9 days ago

            A

          • n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Thank for quick input.....I suppose B attacks me for mane alone and his lownership and he just looks unstoppable.

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Early deadline this week... just being the good guy and providing a heads up

          1. Your Man With The Hair
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Shhh!

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Whoops

          2. Make America Greta Again
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Thanks, always good to set up your team for the following week ASAP.

        • Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          GTG? 😉

          Martinez
          Robo/Reguilon/Lamptey
          Salah(c)/Son/Grealish/Hamez
          Kane/DCL/Maupay

          Martin/Chilwell/Mitchell/Stephens

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

            fix your fpl link

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

              Yeah proobably have old one yet!

          2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Absolutely!

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

            I probably wouldn’t bench Chilwell, but your team looks really nice...

          4. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 9 days ago

            If that’s a WC id downgrade Chilwell and have more itb

        • Jdpz
            1 month, 9 days ago

            McCarthy, Nyland
            TAA, Tierney, Dier, Justin, Taylor
            Bruno, Son, JRod, Podence, Bissouma
            Kane, Ings, DCL

            1 free transfer, 1.2M in the bank

            Will Dier decrease in price?
            I want to sold him to AstonV./Wolves defender. Any options? Saiss, Kilman...
            I want to buy Salah in future.

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Dier to Saiss

              1. 2OLEgend
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  This

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Playing 11 and Bench order ok?

              Martinez
              TAA Dallas Lamptey
              Salah (C) Sterling Son Foden Podence
              DCL Ings

              Steer Mitchell Brewster James

              1. 2OLEgend
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  g2g

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

                Players I want in the next few gws -

                Kane from gw 7
                Antonio from gw 8
                Bruno from gw 9
                Aguero from gw 10
                TAA from gw 11
                Auba from gw 12

                This season difficult to get big hitters in at the right moment

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

                  Wish I'd been able to keep my WC for this swing. I like Bruno's chances a lot

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Start Bissouma (WBA) or Soucek (MCI)?

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I’m on Sou

              4. Feed tha Sheep
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Would generally never take a hit for a defender but I’m getting Kane in this week and I have wanted to get Davies out for three weeks now and never have a FT to do so. It prob won’t come off this week but should over next few..would be someone up to 4.9...thoughts please?

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Lamptey or Targett/Konsa

                2. Over Midwicket
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Kilman for the lolz

                  1. Feed tha Sheep
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Have Saiss but would save me a few ££

                3. kempc23
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Do they need to play? If so, how about Lamptey, he has a good fixture this week (WBA).

                  1. Feed tha Sheep
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Would have to play Mitchell if they didn’t play

                4. Phil's Stamps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Lamptey, he's probably a season-keeper and still cheap.

              5. Mufc202020
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Do we think a aguero sterling double up is too much???

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I think so as I would want Salah son and Kane and don’t imagine you could fit them all in?

                2. Phil's Stamps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Too early. Gw10, yes.

              6. TNB
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Which one do I bench:

                  1. Defence
                  A) Castagne (Arsenal)
                  B) Mitchell (Fulham)

                  2. Attack
                  A)Zaha (Fulham)
                  B) Bamford (A Villa)

                  3. Captain Pick
                  A) Son
                  B) Kane
                  C) Salah

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

                    Pva was on bench, bound to be close to start, so 1a.

                    2a
                    3 lottery

                  2. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    If you’re contemplating benching Zaha against Fulham it’s time to get rid.

                    Bench A, B, cap C

                  3. Tonyawesome69
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    1A, 2A 3C

                • jason_ni
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Couple of kdb options
                  A) sterling (have foden)
                  B) mane ( have salah)
                  C) rashford ( no utd, then upgrade coady to robbo/trent with funds)

                  Any preferences?

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Difficult one - I think Sterling is a great option especially the next two fixtures against WHU and SHU

                  2. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    He’s back in training tomorrow why get rid

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

                      Is he? Based on news report from peps euro presser, he said it will be next few weeks( who knows how long that will be!)

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

                  Feel like Ziyech's return will transform Chelsea and we'll all want their assets, his creativity is world class.

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Assist the assister type

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

                      Poor soul got 19 goals and assists in 21 league games last season, really struggled!

                      1. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Pretty easy in a farmers league lol

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

                          Didn't realize Madrid, Spurs and Juventus were farmers

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

                            I think it was more Tadic's and whole team's magic than superiority of Ziyech (based on UCL).

                            Btw Memphis did not fly in PL (from NL league). Falcao flopped. Laca only ok. Many stories where the dominance in farmers league did not continue in PL. But let's see, just wanted to point out.

                • Your Man With The Hair
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Who for the long term?

                  A) KWP & Pulisic
                  B) TAA & ASM

                • Rinseboy
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Team look good for this week?

                  Martinez
                  Saiss Semedo Robbo Lamptey
                  Salah (c) Son Grealish Jrod
                  DCL Kane
                  Steer Barnes Mitchell Brewster

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

                    Nah awful