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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. Mattymo23
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Got Dias so play one of:

    A) Stones
    B) Dallas
    C) Lowton

    And also which one to bench here:

    1) Foden
    2) Watkins
    3) DCL

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      B1

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      B1

      1. Mattymo23
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Was thinking this so that's reassuring!

    3. marcos11
        3 months, 3 days ago

        B1

      • Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        B2

    4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Triple Burnley def worth it for 24? Im chasing in ML

      Pope/Mee/Lowton?

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I personally don't think you need triple, I will probably only have Mee.

      2. Your Man With The Hair
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Hell to the no

    5. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Chilwell > Dallas
      Martinez/Steer > Pope

      Thoughts?

      2.2 ITB
      2FTs

      Martinez
      Cancelo | Cresswell | Mee
      Sterling | Soucek | Gundogan | Bruno | Son
      Watkins | Bamford

      GK: Steer | Chilwell | DCL | Digne

      1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        GW23 Pope
        GW24 Dallas

        1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          And save the other FT each week?

          1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            That is a good strategy if there are any injuries or any other players you want to bring in later

            1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Also it keeps you flexible for DGW26 when it is announced later

    6. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Hodgson presser today or tomorrow?

    7. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      2FTs. 4.8m ITB. Johnstone >> Pope?
      & Roll? Any other changes?

      McCarthy
      Dallas, Coufal, Cancelo
      Salah, Bruno, Raphina, Soucek, Gündo
      Bamford, Antonio
      (Johnstone, DCL, Dias, Robbo)

      1. The Mighty Whites
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I like it

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Big yes, then GTG

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks mate

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Other option is get Son in. Or Martinez

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yes good- similar to my team- who are you thinking of as captain ?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Antonio or Bruno. You?

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Same 2 and also thinking Leeds and Bamford or even Raphinha who has been in good form

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah, Raphina is looking great. No need to Captain though, still a good differential. Can’t believe he price dropped this week.

              I think I’ll either go safe with Bruno or slightly riskier with Antonio

    8. Your Man With The Hair
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      TAA ->
      a) Shaw
      b) Rudiger
      c) Another?

      Foden ->
      x) Grealish
      y) Son
      z) Another?

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        B
        X

    9. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      2 FT, 4.6 ITB

      Martinez ¦ Forster
      Cancelo Maguire Coufal
      Bruno Rashford Grealish Barnes
      Jesus Ings Wilson
      ¦ Saka Holding Lascelles*

      Thinking of Lascelles -> Mee, but I'm not sure who I'll bench then

      Suggestions please?

    10. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      For GW 24 who is the best from A & B ?
      A- Son or Sterling
      B- Gundo or Soucek

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Sorry GW 23*

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Son and Soucek.

    11. trinzoo
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Fabian / Martinez
      Cancelo / Stones / Coufal / Holding / Chilwell*
      Salah / Bruno / Son / Grealish / Foden*
      DCL / Antonio / Bamford

      0.5 ITB, 2 FT

      How about Chilwell & Foden > B. Mee & Gundo?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Could do Gun this week and have 2ft for next week.

    12. JP\'s
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Who is scoring more points over the next two GW's

        Rudiger or Lowton?

        1. marcos11
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Leaning towards Rudiger myself, still think Chelsea will fair out better defensively

        2. Nemanja Vidic Legend
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Suggestions?
          2FT 2.4 ITB
          WC TC and FH available

          Mendy Martinez
          AWB Stone Couf Justin Saiss
          Salah Bruno Son Gundo Saka
          DCL Bamford Antonio

          GW 23 Saiss to Lowton
          GW 24 Son & Mendy to James & Ederson
          GW 25 Lowton & Antonio to Dallas & Ings

        3. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Play one from each combo:

          A) Soucek
          B) DCL

          1) Dier
          2) Dias
          3) Coufal

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            A
            3

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              1 actually*
              I think Jose will be desperate for a CS.

        4. The Mighty Whites
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          2FT, 6.5 ITB, thoughts?

          Martinez, Johnstone

          Cancelo, Dias, Dallas, Coufal, Mitchell

          Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan, Anguissa

          DCL, Bamford, Antonio

          Johnstone to Pope and roll the other FT?

          1. ArseneAllTheWay
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            I’ve done similar

        5. George James
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Best 2 week Mid punt 6.5M

          A) Lingard
          B) Soucek
          C) Raphina
          D) McNeil

          1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Got to be Raphinha

          2. ArseneAllTheWay
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            A or B, I like A personally

          3. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            A & B

          4. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            stretch to 3 weeks and Minamino is a real "punt"

        6. ArseneAllTheWay
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Going punty with my captain choice sooooo...

          A) Bamford (Palace H)
          B) Soucek (Fulham A)

          Sick of Soucek scoring on my bench :@

          1. The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            A

          2. marcos11
              3 months, 3 days ago

              A

            • Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              A
              I've said this before but, look at the dgw... Soucek blanked twice and had "great" fixtures.
              His scoring isn't always reflective of the difficulty of the opponent.

          3. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Best 3 players to Have for DGW 24 ?

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Burnley defender.

              x2 City, take your pick.

          4. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Burnely defence , who will lose the spot if Taylor returns? Lowton, Mee?

            1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Pieters. Mee is a CB and Lowton plays RB

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Txs, will get either of Lowton or Mee ahead of double then

            2. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Lowton plays RB and Mee plays CB.

          5. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Guys why everybody looking for burnley players? Is there a dgw around the corner? Also which are the teams burnley facing?

            1. Pedersen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Open fpl. Select a burnley player and click fixtures. Faster than asking here?

            2. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Go look at Burnley's fixtures. They have been updated

          6. Roy Rovers
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Martinez or McCarthy out for Pope?

            Martinez
            Cresswell Dallas Cancello
            Bruno Grealish Salah Son
            Antonio Bamford DCL

            McCarthy Gundogan Stones Mitchell

            1. The Mighty Whites
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              McCarthy

            2. Tshelby
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              McC

          7. jb1985
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Which 2 defenders to bench? Currently thinking A & D but if playing Salah wouldnt it be good idea to bench both A & B? So confused.

            A) Stones
            B) Dias
            C) Shaw
            D) Justin
            E) Coufal

            Pope,
            XX, XX, XX
            Salah, Grealish, Gundo, Bruno
            Watkins, Bamford, Antonio

            Martinez, Soucek, XX, XX

            1. upforgrabs
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              A and B

            2. BeWater
                3 months, 3 days ago

                I think bench A. I would play Dias though. It's right between Justin and Coufal. Both could get a clean sheet. But I would bench Justin.

              • Bavarian
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                AD

            3. Tshelby
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Martinez
              Chilwell, Dias, Stones, Coufal, Alioski
              Grealish, Salah, Bruno, sterling, Soucek
              Watkins, Antonio, Bamford

              2ft
              0.1 itb

              A) Chilwell -> Shaw
              B) Chilwell -> Rudiger
              C) Chilwell -> Mee
              Someone els? Do I keep Sterling?

            4. MoSalalalalalalalalah
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Is it necessary to have 2 GKs that start or should I stick with Steer?

              1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                depends if you have BB left.

                1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  I do

                  1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Then you need to plan to BB in GW26 and ideally have two playing GKs to take advantage of that chip

                    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 3 days ago

                      Isn't the DGW next week though?

                      1. No Kane No Gain
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 3 days ago

                        the big DGW is 26

              2. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Stick with steer

              3. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Also depends on fixtures.
                At the moment I've still got Fabianski leftover from BB, handy week to use him and then bench Martinez.

            5. upforgrabs
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              With Burnley's double I've finally found an excuse to get rid of the annoyance that is Jed Steer.

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                3.9 great option.

            6. CrouchDown
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Hi there,

              I'm slightly confused about who will have DGW25.

              Will MCI, EVE, BUR, BRI, LEE, SOU have 2 DGWs? I was hoping to save wildcard for GW29

                1. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Nice just thinking this. This is a spoon too far.

                2. CrouchDown
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Sorry I meant DGW26.

                  I basically don't want to stock up on Burnely, Leeds, Southampton players if they have a SGW in GW26.

            7. Michelle Davin
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              How did Son play yesterday ?

              Yes I know he just got 2 points..

              1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Go watch the highlights.

                1. Michelle Davin
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Thats helpful

              2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Spurs were awful. He got no ball. Chelsea bossed the game.

              3. BeWater
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  Spurs were garbage and Son didn't have a look in. Had a shot really late which went over the bar. If you have him don't sell. If you don't have him probably don't buy. I've been put off giving him the armband.

              4. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Which teams are most likely to have double gameweeks..

                Everton Villa and?

                1. Jässi
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  City

              5. No Kane No Gain
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Does anyone know when the Aston Vila double gameweeks might happen?!

              6. Jässi
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Best strategy with 2nd WC, BB and TC left (but no FH)?

                A) Wildcard on GW25 to get a full playing bench but also players who play on blank GW29, use BB GW26
                B) Try to plan for GW26 with FTs, use BB then and save WC for surviving blank GW29
                C) Wildcard on GW24 to get a full playing bench for GW26, but also get something out of double GW25

              7. faux_C
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Really not convinced by Son captain this week but is so risky to go elsewhere...

                1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  If you have him then I think you need to cap him

                2. Gabbiadini
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  They should score against West Brom and it is most likely to come through Son.
                  Put the C on him.

              8. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 3 days ago

                Can Watkins cover Antonio this weekend.

                1. Gabbiadini
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  He can, but you could also be looking at a 10 point difference.

                  How can anyone know?

                2. faux_C
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 3 days ago

                  That's not how cover works(?)

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 3 days ago

                    Why do people get so crazy about the word cover on here

                    All he's asking is do you think Watkins can get as many points as Antonio this week