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. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Best move? 3.3itb. 1FT.

    A. Ings >> Kane (play Bissouma)
    B. Bissouma >> Grealish

    McCarthy
    TAA, Mitchell, Saiss
    Pulisic, Salah, Rodríguez, Son, Biss
    DCL, Ings
    (Nyland, Davies, Justin, Davis)

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A for me Rafa

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

      A

    4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    1FT. 0.4 ITB. Bench order ok?

    Martinez
    TAA Semedo Lamptey
    Salah(C) Grealish Son JRod
    Maupay Kane DCL

    Steer Bissouma Mitchell Dallas

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'd go Mitchell ahead of Biss I think, only because I can't see him coming on as a sub if he doesn't start

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

        This, and Bissouma will probs bring 2 or 3 points.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Cheers.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Lovely! Must be a recent WC?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Yessir.

  3. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Doh to coady means I can do either:

    A) Barnes to Bruno
    B) Ings to Kane

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A looks like a decent upgrade

    3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B

  4. insertcomedyname
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    On a WC and main dilemma currently is 5 in midfiield or 3 up front.

    5 in midfield would enable Brewster as my third striker, who is likely to be better than any 4.5-5 midfileder. But I'm not sure the quality of mids around £6m is as good as srikers (Troassard, Barkley, Foden... versus Antonio, Maupay, Wilson...)

    Thoughts welcome.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Personally, I would say a (surely) regular starting 4.5 striker is too good an opportunity not to have.

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

      I think you can go either way. I went 352 in my WC with Brewster

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

    Kane in or G2G? 1FT and 1.9 ITB

    Martinez
    Robertson, PVA, Lamptey
    Salah (C), Son, Pulisic, JRod, Grealish
    DCL, Maupay

    4.0, Chilwell, Dallas, Brewster

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I can have that midfield or go Kane, as described above. Very hard call. Kane looks scary not owning right now

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

        I was wondering Maupay -> Kane + Pulisic -> Trossard for a hit but I don't know..
        Could also give the needed money from Robbo -> 4.7 or PVA -> 4.0, but PVA and Pulisic are my differentials..

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I’d rather have Kane then Pulisic or Grealish

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

        Yeah but would you take Pulisic (to 5.9) and Maupay out for a hit?

  6. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Play Justin or Mitchell? Starting Mitro who is playing Mitchell FWIW

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Mitchell

  7. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Quickie:

    A) Barkley + 2 okish defenders (in 3-5-2)
    B) Bissouma + 2 decent defenders (in 4-4-2)

    In decent category are likes of Chilwell, Saiss, bellerin, Dias, Keane. In okish category are likes of Cresswell, Dallas, Kilman.

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

      B for me.

  8. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A or B?
    A. Ings -> Kane
    B. Jimenez -> Kane
    Ta.

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I went for B but not much in it

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      B just about

  9. ASOUSA12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hello Guys, any help appreciated:

    McCarthy
    TAA Ayling Robbo
    Son Fernandes Havertz Foden
    Werner DCL Adams

    Steer Mitchell Bissouma Vinagre

    1FT
    £2.4M ITB

    1) Bank FT
    2) Foden -> Rodriguez (Foden is a transfer waiting to happen but might play this weekend as was benched in CL, but we never know specially if KdB is back)
    3) McCarthy -> Martinez
    4) Vinagre -> Kilman (his upside is huge if can start and Vinagre is currently the weak link in my squad)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Buy Kane

      1. ASOUSA12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        No chance! Only premium worth switching this week would be a Liverpool Mid as i already have Son, i don't need Kane!

  10. Totti
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    what do u think guys?

    jimenez -> maupay for -4

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      nah

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nope - unless you are very confident in a Maupay brace/hat-trick

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        🙂
        nothing guaranteed mate 🙂
        it's all about luck and prediction
        but yes i have a feeling maupay will explode as wolves aren't an attacking team as last season

      2. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        let's say that jimenez with 8.5 is too much with strikers less in value doing better than him

        jimenez scored only 1 goal for me against shiffield

        and against fulham struggled and westham scored an own goal
        last match against leeds this goal wasn't a goal for him TBH

        so we're waiting for penalties

  11. RustyBz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Not sold on Grealish...how's this for a WC team?

    Martinez // Steer;

    Chilwell // Saiss // Konsa // Vestergard // Mitchel;

    Sterling // Salah (C) // Son // James Rod // Stephens (4.4);

    Kane (VC) // DCL // Brewster;

    0.0 ITB.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A lot riding on Brewster.

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

      I like it. I would not want to double any defence though

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

        And do you want to keep Mitchell?

        1. RustyBz
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          On Brewster.. if he doesn't get minutes then yeah I'm relying on the 5 defenders for subs!

          Mitchel is so cheap, I dont think Kilman keeps his minutes with Marcal back?

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

      Think you need more strength in depth. Mitchell also on borrowed time.

  12. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    *bottomed
    Any news on Coleman's injury?

    1. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      cheers.Another -8 for me.

  13. pghodge79
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Which 3 defenders do I play out of this lot?
    1. Chilwell (mun)
    2. Castagne (ars)
    3. Saiss (NEW)
    4. Lamptey (WBA)
    5. KWP (EVE)

    Currently on 1,3&4 but don't like leaving Castagne on the bench?

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      1, 3 & 4

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Where's your fodder defenders?

        1. pghodge79
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Errrr yeah, I don't have any.
          I recently wild carded and wanted my entire squad to be playing options. So...
          Martinez, Ryan
          Chilwell, Castagne, Saiss, Lamptey, KWP
          Salah, Son, Zaha, Grealish, Soucek
          Kane, DCL, Maupay
          Gives me a bit of benching headache I suppose.

  14. stat sifter 888888
      1 month, 6 days ago

      What is Lateriser's rank so far lol?

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 6 days ago

          whats so funny?

          1. stat sifter 888888
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Would have thought he would be keeping his head down for a little while longer.

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Why the lol?

            1. stat sifter 888888
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Because he's having a terrible start and still giving out advice.

            2. Boss Hogg
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              The biggest lie on the internet is "lol".

              1. stat sifter 888888
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Should people write "wry chuckle" instead then? Maybe you are just too kind-hearted a person to find a sense of amusement in the slight misfortune of others? I'm sure that your opposition fans know this only too well.

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                He’s a ‘Late’ ‘riser’ so no surprise?

                1. stat sifter 888888
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Very true aha.

              3. Lubic87
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                A) Podence > Barkley
                B) KDB > Rodriguez, Jimenez > Kane (-4)

                I know KDB could be back, but am very worried not owning Kane for the next 3.

              4. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Would you

                A) KDB > Sterling (-4)
                B) Keep KDB and have Lamptey on bench for cover.

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Wait to see if we get any news on KDB, keep if fit.

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

                  B and hope for the best

                3. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Thanks. Think I'll stick. Lamptey has a good fixture too so might work out either way.

              5. ZeBestee
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Foden was left on the bench yesterday while Gundo played well and scored. Is Foden's place in the team a huge risk after yesterday?

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  The chances are Pep %

                  1. ZeBestee
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Pep is a pain to FPL.

                2. ElliotJHP
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Who knows, think he prefers Gundo in Champs but this could be confirmation bias with Foden in my side

                  1. ZeBestee
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Will just have to stick with him for this weekend, if he doesnt start, ship.

                  2. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    He likes the double pivot with Gundo/Ferna + Rodri

              6. ElliotJHP
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Weighed up a hit to move Barnes to Grealish but think I will leave it, G2G?

                £0.3 ITB, 0FT

                Martinez
                Trent Saiss Lamptey
                Salah (c) Foden Son Barnes
                Ings Kane DCL

                Steer Mitchell Burke James

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

                  Not for a hit

                2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Leave it for now. Decent move long term though.

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

                Martinez (Steer)
                TAA - Saiss - Lamptey (Mitchell, Dunne)
                Salah - Foden - Son - Podence (Burke)
                Kane - Jiminez - DCL

                Jiminez -> Aguero for free?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Roll FT

              8. Obamawang
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Any changes needed here, or roll FT?:

                Ryan (4.0)
                TAA Robertson Mitchell (KWP Masuaku)
                Salah Son JRod Pulisic (Bissouma)
                DCL Jimi Watkins

                1ft; 0.0 ITB

                1. ElliotJHP
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Looks good to roll

                  1. Obamawang
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Thanks. Two free transfers next week rather than having to take hits for once this season!

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

                What should I do with KDB ?

                According to Pep he might be back in training today or tomorrow. If I wait until Pep press conference tomorrow, I will be priced out of my potential moves.

                A) Keep
                B) Free transfer to Mane
                C) KDB, Bissouma -> Bruno, Barkley (-4)

                Thanks.

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I would do B but am 0.1 short.

                2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I'd assume he is out whatever Pep says. B.

                3. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  B

              10. unitednations
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Hi folks, suggestions here? Main issue is whether to get Salah at the expense of KDB or keep KDB and hope he is fit.

                Martinez
                Taa Saiss Lamptey -- James Mitchell
                Kdb* Son Havertz Barnes -- Burke
                Watkins Jimmy DCL

                A: KDB >> Salah and keep 2.4m itb
                B: KDB + Jimmy >> Salah + Kane (-4)
                C: Havertz + James >> Salah + Kilman (-4) and keep KDB

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  B looks ace!

                2. baines is god
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  KDB won't play this weekend.

                  A your best option

                3. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Just A

              11. Boss Hogg
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Who starts for Palace this gw?

                a.) Mitchell
                b.) PVA
                c.) Both

                ???

                1. baines is god
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  definitely A not sure about B

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

                  As an owner, I really hope at least B

                3. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  C would be really interesting

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

                  A. Mitchell starts and PVA comes in at the 60th min.

              12. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Feels boring to go for Martinezzzzzzz

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Points are boring? 😉

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    nah but everyone having same GK is 😀

                    1. Konstaapeli
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Luckily only few others have him in my cash ML's. Long may it last!

                    2. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      A lot of teams still don't have him. 24.1% ownership.

              13. 2OLEgend
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Scenes if Kane come of injured tonight...

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Difficult to get injured from the bench but anything is possible

                  2. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    will make things really easy for me

                  3. Boss Hogg
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    "Scenes" - the second biggest lie on the internet after "lol".

                    1. 2OLEgend
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        lol

                    2. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      The word scenes makes me cringe so hard. Please never use it again

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

                    IIRC, BHA defense has great underlying stats and one may claim that they've been unfortunate not to accrue more clean sheets. Will Dunk's absence negatively impact thier chances to keep a clean vs WBA? FWIW, Dunk lead's the team for CBI.

                    1. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      What are Brighton's stats w/o Dunk?

                  5. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    That article seemed like an exercise is using as many FFS buzzwords as possible! Is it illegal for people to write naturally in their own phraseology or something? Monster hauls, dullards, maverick's - really tiresome to listen to at this stage.

                  6. Spartac Mac
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Salah for captain vs Kane.

                    What are people’s thoughts?

                    Sheffield with only a single point this season will not doubt sit back the whole game, will Salah struggle against a deep defence I wonder.

                    For Kane I feel it’s hard to look past him & the addition of Bale to latch on to his passes just adds to the appeal.

                  7. The Sociologist
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Does Mitchell start this week do we think?

                    If not, then it’s either Justin vs Arsenal or Taylor vs Spurs...

                    1. The Sociologist
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Alternatively, could take a -4 to bring in Lamptey (it’s probably going to happen at some point soon anyway).

                    2. Boss Hogg
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Justin is a decent backup.
                      The danger is the you put Mitchell in your stating XI, PVA starts at left back and plays 60-70 minutes before Mitchell comes on for 1 point.

                      1. The Sociologist
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Yep, neither option seems ideal this week for sure. Will listen our for what Roy says I guess!

                    3. baines is god
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      yeah i think he will. Palace almost kept a clean sheet. Hodgson's been praising him for weeks. Be surprised if he gets dropped but not impossible of course

                      1. The Sociologist
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Hoping he’s still got one more week in him, can see a clean sheet against Fulham.

                  8. Nigawan
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Who should I get in replace of KDB?

                    A) Sterling
                    B) Auba
                    C) Rashford
                    D) Bruno

                    1. baines is god
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      AA

                    2. 2OLEgend
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        A or D