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Three-time top 200 finisher Lateriser on Shaw, a strong bench and transfer strategy

The reigning FPL champion of India, Lateriser, tackles an assortment of issues in his latest Pro Pundits column.


In this season of absolute fails for me, there is finally some reason to cheer. In the last two Gameweeks, I’ve gone against the grain with my captaincy calls – and both picks came through.

I captained Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) in Gameweek 21 and Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) in Gameweek 22 and I’m finally close to breaking into the top one million for the first time this season, as my fight for respectability continues. I’m eight points away from that landmark rank, so I’m hoping to pass it sooner rather than later.

Some time ago I realised that if I was to have a respectable finish this season (so difficult from where I am sitting because the template is so strong at the moment), I will have to take some calculated gambles. Captaining Bruno ahead of the popular Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) was one of those decisions.

This wasn’t a shot in the dark as I weighed up Southampton’s injury problems, their worsening underlying defensive numbers and Brighton’s form. While we know that Salah sees a higher percentage of returns without his Sengalese compatriot, I personally thought Liverpool would find it difficult against a tough Brighton outfit without him. I was assisted by an early red card for Southampton and some dodgy decisionmaking but given the season I’ve had, I’ll take this small win with both hands.

That’s enough about me. This is going to be one of those freestyle articles where I talk about all things I find relevant to FPL.

LUKE SHAW

First up, let’s discuss Luke Shaw (£4.9m). I talked him up in this article I wrote in early January and he is currently emerging as one of the best-value picks in the game.

Manchester United are in the best five teams in the league for big chances and shots in the box conceded in the last four matches and have a decent run of fixtures on the horizon, with a potential Double Gameweek 26.

With Shaw, you are not just dependant on clean sheet points. He’s become incredibly vital to the Red Devils and is a ball progressor and an attacking outlet on that left-hand side. In the last six Gameweeks, Shaw has created 19 chances, which is top amongst all defenders. Shaw is also top for big chances created (five) in the same period and is on some set pieces and corners.

For those in the market for a defender, Shaw is a very good cut-price pick and definitely offers value. Personally, I wouldn’t worry too much about rotation when it comes to him. He’s very much first choice and will only miss the odd game, which you can afford at this price point.

There is a lot of talk about people being impatient with Salah and looking at selling him, which seems like a little bit of an overreaction to me right now. He has decent fixtures coming up, including a likely Double Gameweek 26, and has very strong underlying numbers as well. In the last two matches, he is top of the league amongst all attackers for shots, second for shots in the box and third for xG non penalty. All his underlying numbers are moving in the right direction and I would urge more patience.

Macro Strategy

Kane and Son both return in new formation as Spurs breeze past Sheffield United 3

Let’s talk a little bit about macro strategy now. A lot of Fantasy Premier League managers have a lot of cash flying around with the plethora of budget midfielders and forwards in play. That said, having that cash handy is very easy only because it gives you a lot of flexibility to jump very quickly without any surgery to the premium attackers that emerge.

Tottenham Hotspur potentially have a very strong-looking Double Gameweek 26 and the return for Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) isn’t too far off. Be patient with that cash as the timing could be crucial.

For those looking to Wildcard in Gameweek 25, there is a good opportunity to punt on Manchester United, West Ham and Chelsea assets in the next few Gameweeks. With there being a Double Gameweek 24 as well for Everton (and three others), there is the freedom to gamble on an extra Toffees player or two in the knowledge that they can be got rid of in the Wildcard in Gameweek 25.

I’m personally hoping for Brighton to beat Leicester in the FA Cup, which makes the in-form Seagulls a very attractive target for a Gameweek 26 Bench Boost, with cheap defenders available.

It looks as of now that Aston Villa, Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool are the teams to target for the big Double Gameweek 26 but anything can happen in the FA Cup and we will have a clearer picture after the fifth round in the coming midweek.

In case you don’t plan to Wildcard in Gameweek 25 (which is very much possible as it might be do-able to field a good team without it), you can wildcard after the big Double Gameweek and have a relatively thinner bench. That said, we’ve seen the bench be very useful this season and with the Champions League and Europa League coming back very soon, having one or two good substitute players might be very useful in the latter stages of the season.

If you’ve already used your Wildcard, it might be worth saving a transfer this week so that you’re able to make your moves next week with a lot more information, as the FA Cup ties will have been played.

BENCHED POINTS

Tomas Souchek punishes doubters as West Ham move into top four 3

A lot of people have been moaning about a lot of benched points lately. Let me just give you the flip side. When the City defenders and Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) were rested against Sheffield United, most had good options coming off the bench while I had non-playing bench fodder. Trust me, I’d rather be in your position than mine and take a few points hauls on my bench. You aren’t going to get all your benching decisions right but it is a good problem to have and one that will be very useful when the random benchings occur, which they will as the season continues to remain congested and European football returns. The frustration you face is only psychological. Take it on the chin, trust the process and move on.

Those on double or triple Manchester City defence shouldn’t be too worried given their upcoming run. They are still the best defence in the league by a distance and I still expect them to keep more than a fair share of clean sheets in the upcoming Gameweeks. Since I’m on a triple Manchester City defence, I’m looking to shift one defender and get an attacker instead to balance things out. But I see no problem in holding City defenders as they are by far the best defensive options in the game at the moment and I don’t expect that to change.

That’s it for me this week with the quick turnaround and when it comes to captaincy, I will be making my decision after watching Son Heung-min (£9.7m) play tonight against Chelsea.

If you want more of my thoughts, you can watch the latest episode of The FPL Wire below. Good luck this Gameweek!

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824 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Any advice for this GW?

    Martinez
    Dias Robbo Coufal
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish Gundo
    Antonio Bamford

    (Forster KWP Mitchell Brewster)

    A) KWP to Cancelo
    B) Brewster to DCL
    C) KWP to Shaw
    D) Roll FT

    1. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Robbo out, United/Chelsea defender in

    2. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Improve bench

      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        With downgrading robbo

    3. Davros
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I would roll FT. It’s a DGW next week and you’ll want for then

  2. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Steer to sanchez for ft? Stil gt one more ft to roll

    1. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      go for it if no other fires to put out

  3. The Colonel
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Time to ship out Foden? Think he will start v Pool but too much rotation and not enough points.

    1. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Nah will keep

    2. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      sell

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      You still have him?

  4. popcoin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    A) Stones -> Alonso/Shaw

    B) Martinez -> Pope

    (would be selling bench fodder and benching Stones/Martinez)

    1. TheBiffas
        2 months, 10 days ago

        neither for me

    2. JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Got 2FTs and 2.6itb. Any ideas of transfers?

      Martinez Martin
      AWB Dias Stones Digne Dallas
      Salah Bruno Son Gundo Soucek
      Antonio Bamford DCL

      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Martin > pope?

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Areola/Pope for Martin

        1. JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Cheers guys, that was first thought as well.

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bench one plz
      Salah Sterling Burno Soucek Gundo
      DCL Bamford Antonio

      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Sterling

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Whaaaat

      2. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        DCL

      3. Pops15
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        DCL

      4. Jedi Joseph
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I have identical front 8 and was going to bench Soucek. Now thinking about bench boost instead.

        • Lazaretti
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          DCL

      5. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        G2G?
        Mccarthy
        Mee Dias Coufal
        Grealish Maddison Bruno Salah Gundo
        Antonio (c) DCL

        Martinez Adams Stones Allioski

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Chose McC over Martinez eh? im debating that......

      6. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Who scores more points over the next 2-3 gameweeks?

        A) Shaw (EVE, wba, NEW)
        B) Rudiger (shu, NEW, sou)
        C) Burnley def (BHA, cry/FUL, WBA)

        1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          CBA

      7. FPLShaqiri
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Spurs fans - how likely is it Eric Dier plays vs West Brom? Heard he had a shocker last night, but it is rare he misses out. Not sure if the Brighton game at the weekend was a rest or he was dropped...

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          He was dropped after poor performance. I have him atm and hate the fact that he has plum fixture with likely cs and I also believe there is 75% chance that he won't play.

          1. AC Yew
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Are you starting him? I've benched him but conflicted due to what you mentioned

      8. TheBiffas
          2 months, 10 days ago

          new article lads

        • vincentwsho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Sorry edited repost

          1 FT... what to do?

          DDG
          Cresswell Coufal Dallas
          Grealish(VC) Salah Bruno(C) Gundo Soucek
          DCL Bamford

          4.0 Dias Stones Brewster

          Current plan is on option A.

          A) 4.0 to Pope (play instead of DDG)
          B) Brewster to Richarlison
          C) Brewster to Ings
          D) Save FT

        • HD7
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Any news on Charlie Taylor?
          Have him in my team and Burnley will have nice fixs...

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          100% starting fabianski and cancelo

          Would you start with them

          A. Stones
          B. Coufal

          1. Pops15
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Coufal

        • Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Dier to
          a) Digne
          b) Alonso
          c) Rudiger
          d) James
          e) Cresswell

        • Fodderx4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Hi All, Quick 1 here...
          Play 1
          a) DCL
          B Robbo (also have trent)
          Captain
          1) Son
          2) Bamford
          3) Antonion
          4) Bruno
          5) Mo

        • wattalowz
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Play 3

          A) RJames (shu)
          B) Dallas (CRY)
          C) Coufal (ful)
          D) Cancelo (liv)
          E) Dias (liv)

          A) best CS odds but nervous he doesn’t start and comes on for a cameo...

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Good article...

          I've thought the same thing about people trying to avoid a bench 'headache' when fall back points on your bench can help.

          Lost bench points you just have to accept.

          I had 27 on my bench this week!

        • fpl_tp95
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Bench 2

          a) Watkins
          B) Digne
          C) Coufal
          D) Dias (Also have Cancelo)

          1. Tony Moon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            B, C

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          A) Coufal to Mee
          B) Johnstone, Salah to Pope, Rash/Sterl

        • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Which one out of the Bamford and Antonio would you pick for captaincy and why

          1. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Bamford - I think Palace are a lot worse than Fulham right now.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              But Antonio is looking like he could streak by all accounts. I've been watching different games largely but 33 points in the last 5 and Fulham and Sheffield United to come.

              I know both those clubs have tightened up but West Ham look strong again.

        • Clay Davis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          2 Free Transfers.... what to do?

          Current Team with 2FT, 0.5 ITB

          Martinez
          Cancelo, Dallas, Chilwell
          Salah, Fernandes, Son, Grealish, Gundo
          Antonio, Watkins
          Subs: Areola, Dias, DCL, Mitchell

          I'm thinking...

          A) Areola & Chilwell to Pope & Mee
          B) Chilwell to Mee and save 1FT
          C) Chilwell to Alonso and save 1 FT