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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. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Can you WC and BB in the same GW? Thanks!

    1. rnrd
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      no

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      one chip per gw

    3. MoSalalalalalalalalah
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Nope, can only play 1 chip a week

    4. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      No.

    5. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      No

    6. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      TA!

  2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Bench Sterling or Gundogan?

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      gundo

    2. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Surely some other options to bench?
      With Liverpool's form, I wouldn't rule out a city win by a couple of goals

  3. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Every week I go for the obvious/template captain pick and every week they blank.

    F**k it, time to have some fun with the captaincy picks.

    1. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      captain picks have been my achilles heal this season.....got it wrong most weeks

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        they are the missing piece of the puzzle for me, nailed most transfers so far

    2. Athletico Underachieving
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I’ve had DCL week before last, then Salah last week and now going Antonio this week. I’d take a bloody assist right now

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I had the same two. Think I'll go Bamford this week.

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

      I was set on WC25 and BB26, but I am now afraid of overplaying the BB in 26.

      Anyone consider you Wildcarding in 26 and Bench boosting in maybe 27 or during another opportunity.

      Actually a BBoosted team in 26 (which has been wildcarded in 25) leads you to a very unbalanced team for the rest of the season if you want to really maximise your BB in 26.

      1. DK_13
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Can you elaborate the last paragraph? Like how does it become unbalanced?

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Too much value on the bench I guess

      2. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Depends on the GW26 fixtures

    4. Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Am I G2G with team and bench order? Planning to do Robbo > Dias next week.

      Pope
      Dallas - Justin - Coufal
      Salah - Bruno - Soucek - Raphinha - Gundo
      Antonio - Bamford

      Martinez - DCL - Stones - Robbo

    5. Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      For those with all chips & WC left, where you at?

      A) WC25, BB26, FH29, TC later
      B) TC26, FH29, WC & BB later

      Was originally set on A), but reckon I can get a pretty decent set of doubles out for 24/25/26 with B)

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        A here

      2. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yup, having a good team for the coming dgw. Think I’m keeping the wc as long as possible, but will pay close attention to dgw26.

      3. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        WC 26 BB in GW 24 FH in 29 TC later on

    6. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Looking for more thoughts. Play one from each combo:

      A) Soucek
      B) DCL

      1) Dier
      2) Dias
      3) Coufal

      1. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        A3

    7. fplking14
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Tarkowski or AWB?

      1. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Awb

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Awb has the form, but tark if you want to build for the dgw

    8. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bottomed. RP
      For gw 24(my this week's transfer depends on it)
      A)laca(leeds) + sterling (c)
      B)salah (lei) + gundo(c)
      TIA

    9. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Way too crazy to start Ben White over Salah?

      1. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yes. Just sell him, if you can’t play him.

    10. Spiritof99
        3 months, 11 days ago

        A ) Salah Davis -> Rashford, Antonio
        B) Salah Davis Mitchell -> Grealish, Antonio, Azpi for -4

      • SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Would you BB the following team during GW24?

        Pope
        Cancelo, Stones, Digne
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan
        DCL, Antonio, Bamford
        (Martinez, Grealish, Coufal, Dallas)

        It has 6 DGW players and the rest of team including bench also has rather favorable games:

        Martinez & Grealish vs BHA
        Coufal & Antonio vs SHU
        Dallas & Bamford vs ARS

      • Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I want to take punt on Pepe for next two fixtures. Or saka better value and form than him?

        1. Parsnips
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I've had Saka and he's been a legend to have

          • URMothersLover
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Saka... all day long.

          • Alonso The Great Midfielder
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            cheers..

        2. Big Al Stankovic
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          For those with city double/triple up. Are you playing all of your city defenders and Salah this week? Or are you benching some of them?

          1. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Benching both City def
            Playing salah and gundo.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Same

          2. Captain_Shirokov
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Playing Salah and Cancelo, benching Dias.

          3. Parsnips
              3 months, 11 days ago

              playing Cancelo, because he's so attacking. Playing Salah, because it's Salah. Playing Gundo, good form. Benching Stones, can see Liverpool scoring

            • fplking14
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Depends on your team. I'm getting Tarkowski so will play him over 1 City defender and start one. Will also start Salah.

              If I didn't get Tarkowski I would play both City defenders and drop Salah for one of my strikers

          4. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Pool V City predictions? I think it might be quite tight

            actually going for a 0-0

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I'll go 2-0 City.

            2. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              1-2 City

          5. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I've got a massive headache with who to bench in gw24. I might use my BB that week. Anyone else thinking of using it then?

          6. Lightbody
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Hey all, do we think Soucek's output is likely to suffer with Lingard in the team?

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Good point. Haven't thought about that.

            2. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Well man utd used to 🙂

          7. MoSalalalalalalalalah
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I don't understand, so will there be a DGW in GW26 as well?

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              yes a big one

              1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                So would it be better to BB then?

          8. CAPA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Is Lingard likely to start again this weekend?

            1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Can't see him being benched after scoring a brace

              1. CAPA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Is he going to keep Bowen out again?

          9. MoSalalalalalalalalah
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Start 3 & Bench 3?

            A) Cancelo
            B) Sterling
            C) Gundogan
            D) Digne
            E ) DCL
            F) Dallas

            1. No Kane No Gain
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Start ABC

              Bench CDE.

              Be prepared that one of the city players might be benched or have low scoring but it cannot be predicted who

          10. No Kane No Gain
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            What captain could you say is worth -4 this week?! I’m chasing so I don’t want to captain Bruno.

            1. fplking14
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Antonio or Bamford

          11. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            g2g?, will float a transfer, seems wise as then can move knowing the FA cup moves

            Ederson
            Dias Digne Mee
            Soucek Mo Son Bruno Grealish
            Antonio Watkins

            Johnstone Robbo Stones Brewster

            Bench right order?

          12. Captain_Shirokov
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Martinez; DCL, Dias, Coufal.

            Jaysus, my bench might even be worth a BB this week.

          13. Toothless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Sick of Johnstone. FT ->

            a) Pope
            or
            b) Sanchez

            Pope guaranteed double (cry, FUL) in gwk 24.
            Sanchez £1.1m cheaper and potential dgwk in gwk 26.

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Go Pope especially if no plans to wildcard any time soon

          14. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Play
            a) Cancelo
            b) Alioski
            c) Justin

          15. Harmonica1967
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Best Chilwell replacement? 0 ITB and already have Cresswell, Cancelo, Targett, Pieters

            A). AWB
            B). Shaw
            C). Alonso
            D). Rudiger
            E). Justin
            F). Other

          16. BOATIES FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            lose TAA or Robbo ? rest of defence is Dias Stones Ayling

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              taa

          17. dshv
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            SON OWNERS

            Do you trust him to give him the captain band against west bromich ?

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              no

            2. OLB
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Not this week, I'm on Antonio, but Kane transferred back in next week.

          18. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I have Johnstone and martinez in squad.

            I'm bringing in pope for the weekend?

            Which of my keepers do I lose? A lot invested if I have martinez and pope - but don't want to lose martinez if he will have additional dgws to pope.....have played bb

            Thanks

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              could just bring in a BUR defender instead

              1. Flynny
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                I could but want to save that place for digne

          19. George James
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            With Silva looking to be out at weekend do you think that makes James any more nailed? Or is this wishful thinking....