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Navigating the end of the FPL season with three-time top 200 finisher Lateriser

The reigning FPL champion of India talks both Manchester clubs, Everton, Michail Antonio and Gareth Bale in his musings on the season run-in.


A big Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Double/Triple Gameweek is here, the end of the season is on the horizon and we all have very few transfers left to play with.

In this article, I’m going to discuss a few factors that should be in your consideration while you’re planning your team for the weeks to come.

Third straight league start for Bale as fit-again Zaha returns on Palace bench 3

Let’s talk about Manchester United first. One thing that you should take into account is estimating how reliable they are going to be in Gameweek 38. They play their final game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on May 23 when the Europa League final will be only three days away. Keeping this in mind, I would think that the main United assets will play either 60 minutes or will be rested in that final round so if you are looking to shift them after the triple-header in Gameweek 35, that isn’t the worst idea in my opinion.

When it comes to predicting the Red Devils’ teamsheet for the Triple Gameweek in 35, I am hoping that the 6-2 advantage over Roma leads to some of United’s regular starters either getting some rest or playing limited minutes in the second leg, which increases their chances of more action in the Premier League this busy week. When it comes to Mason Greenwood (£7.1m), Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) and Paul Pogba (£7.6m), the emergence of the French World Cup winner as an option on the left of midfield has made all three of these players prone to rotation – but you’d think they’d be good for at least two starts in the Triple Gameweek ahead, even allowing for a benching.

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One team that seems like a good buy irrespective of form at the moment is Everton. They have a good-looking double in Gameweek 35 and, yes, I know their home form is poor but facing Sheffield United and Wolves on their own turf in Gameweeks 36 and 37 just seems like a great opportunity to invest again in Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m). One thing that doesn’t change with him is that he is extremely talismanic for Everton.

I looked into the numbers and 46% of the big chances that they have created this season have fallen to him. Despite their perceived lack of form, only five teams have created more big chances than Everton in the last six matches (2.33 per game).

It is also worth noting that Everton’s next four opponents conceded 2.45 big chances per game on average in their last six matches, which bodes well for Calvert-Lewin. He could have easily have had a brace against Aston Villa in Gameweek 34, as well.

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A lot of us don’t currently own Manchester City assets, but I think they are well worth a discussion. After they host Chelsea on Saturday they have a six-day break before they face Newcastle United at the start of Gameweek 36 and Pep Guardiola on many occasions has spoken about rhythm. I am expecting the first-choice team to feature more in the last three Gameweeks of the season where they face Newcastle United (a), Brighton and Hove Albion (a) and Everton (h). I expect that Pep will play strong sides in these fixtures as he builds ‘match rhythm’ for his players before the Champions League final. Currently, in the FPL top 10k, the highest owned Manchester City attacker is Ilkay Gundogan (£5.6m) who is only rostered by 4.3% of managers. Here are the top 10k ownership figures of other prominent Manchester City attackers:

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9M) – 0.87%
Riyad Mahrez (£8.0M) – 0.31%
Phil Foden (£6.0M) – 0.39%
Sergio Agüero (£10.3M) – 0.01%

There is definitely an opportunity to indulge in some ‘Pep Roulette’ at the end of the season and make some quick differential gains. It is also worth noting that the Champions League final is six days after Gameweek 38 so there isn’t as big a worry about rest as there would be for Europa League finalists.

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The ever-enticing battle to make the top four is great news for Fantasy Premier League managers. None of Leicester City, Chelsea, West Ham United or Tottenham Hotspur can afford to take their foot off the gas. Players from three of these clubs are options in my opinion. Leicester do have the FA Cup final blank in Gameweek 36, but Chelsea are the exception for me here given the sheer number of games they potentially have until the end of the season.

The return of Michail Antonio (£6.4m) to West Ham’s attack comes at a really good time as many FPL managers will be looking to shift Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m) out in Gameweek 36 when Leicester City blank. The Hammers’ striker had five shots in the box against Burnley and looked really, really good. He has a great end to the season and should definitely be in your consideration when Gameweek 36 arrives.

I was fortunate enough to get Gareth Bale (£9.1m) in my team this Gameweek and, given their fixtures and attacking style of play, I think all the main three Spurs forwards as well as both their full-backs (who were bombing forward on every occasion) are good options for the season run-in despite having only one fixture in Gameweek 35.

The thing I love about Bale is that he’s an elite level finisher and whatever chances he does get, you just expect him to bury them. Tottenham have good fixtures right until the end of the season, and something to play for, so their players look like good purchases especially after this Double Gameweek.

Selling Spurs assets for any Double Gameweek alternative would be very, very difficult especially if Leeds are again going to play without Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m). In his absence, they conceded four big chances against Brighton at the weekend.

That’s it for me for this Gameweek. I’ve been fairly pleased with how the last three rounds have gone for me where I’ve climbed from an overall rank of 1.13 million in Gameweek 31 to 804k at the moment. I’m hoping to finish on a strong note and carry a bit of momentum into next season. I’m certainly looking to do a reflective article at the end of this campaign or before the next one so look out for that. I made so many bad decisions at the start and one common factor stands out to me – overconfidence.

For now, I’m deciding whether to Free Hit in Gameweek 35 or Gameweek 36 and had been waiting on news about the Liverpool double. Now that it’s confirmed that it’s Gameweek 35, I have eight players with two or more fixtures and I might instead be happy to Free Hit in Gameweek 36 where I can target Manchester City, Everton and Spurs players.

I hope you find this article useful. FPL Wire did our longest pod of the season this week with Tom Freeman (who in my opinion is the best FPL manager in the world) and Zophar. You can watch below.

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  1. Daghe Munegu
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    BB activated . 2 ft and only 5 players for gw 36.

    Leno Forster
    TAA Shaw Rudiger Holding Castagne
    Salah Bruno Son Greenwood Jota
    Nacho Vardy Vydra

    Was thinking of -8
    Vardy Vydra Leno Rudiger out for Dcl Watkins Guaita Digne

    What do you guys think ?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Sounds good to me

  2. Well you know, Triffic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    I would have thought LR would be definitely freehitting in 35 and brining in Auba, Vardy etc in an attempt to shoot up the rankings.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      What rank is he at right now?

      1. rainy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        It says 804K in the article 🙂

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Didn't see that. Was concentrating more on the player suggestions.

          He really should look at differentials only. What's to lose?

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I've got a fair amount of doublers in place atm

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Nice. Have an excellent GW. Was great to see the Bale punt work!

  3. You've got red on you.
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Last choice on my FH is between:

    a) Wan Bissaka

    b) Greenwood

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      b

      1. You've got red on you.
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        B is more exciting for sure.

    2. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Have a read of the dgw article that covers minutes played by united players recently.

      1. You've got red on you.
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Nope. I'll investigate.

  4. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Morning.....2fts. 0 cash

    Thoughts on son and vardy to Bruno (c) and dcl?

    Then it's a - 8 to field 11 in gw36.....

    Struggling to see an better plan than this....

    Thanks

    Mendy (forster)
    Taa shaw konsa (Dawson holding)
    Salah son jota greenwood (lingard)
    Kane vardy nacho

    1. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Not sure I'd take Son out for Bruno, and -8 at this stage doesnt feel like youre playing the odds.

      1. Stimps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Son - 1 game
        Bruno - 2.5/3 games

        I definitely would!

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers.....I absolutely need Bruno.

          And either son or salah has to make way

          Son the only candidate

  5. trinzoo
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Kane / Rafinha > Cavani / Greenwood for -8 ?

  6. Rep Poulette
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    JWP or Eze?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      JWP

      1. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        cheers

    2. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Eze as a punt for me

      1. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        cheers

    3. Casual Player
        2 months, 20 days ago

        JWP for me

        1. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          thanks

      • Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        JWP

        1. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          cheers

      • rainy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Have a look at both with comparison tool in members area. A few things stand out

    4. cescpistols111
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Bench Lingard, Son or Coady this GW?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Coady

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          This

      2. LegendMoon
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Coady

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Coady

    5. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Ok to Triple Captain shaw this week?
      Sold Bruno last week

      1. LegendMoon
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Could do a lot worse

    6. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Martinez
      TAA Shaw Rudiger
      Salah Bruno Greenwood Jota
      Kane DCL Nacho

      (Fabri Lingard Coufal Struijk)
      2 FTs & 0.0m

      Thoughts on Kane, Struijk & Fabri ➡️ Watkins, Digne & 5.4m GK for -4?

      Will use BB this week.
      I can get back Kane back or Aguero next week for Nacho by selling Bruno.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yay! Would go for Guaita.

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I think I'm leaning towards Schmeichel. Newcastle is a good fixture and I'm expecting United to rotate against them.

    7. Casual Player
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Love all the drama with the triple GW. Was too casual to remember any previous ones, I might not have even been aware of them at the time. I definitely would not have planned for them.

        This time - having made fairly significant plans for Liverpool double 35 and 36, I hastily made 3 transfers for -4 to load up on ManU instead before getting priced out of my preferred moves. I rarely do this.

        So now the new plan is pray I've guessed the Europa rotation plans correctly, but if it all goes pear shaped there will use FH and make more transfers.

        Otherwise it'll be FH GW36.

        No idea what shape I'm in after either FH option though. That is future Casual's problem.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Better to be priced out then make reckless moves in times of uncertainty imo

          1. Casual Player
              2 months, 20 days ago

              That would have been useful advice *before* lol

              But seriously, I only did it because I have FH. No chance I do it normally.

              I learned my lesson from Son's miraculous hammy recovery in GW4.

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Ditch two for Maguire + Mitchell...

          A. Rudiger
          B. Fofana
          C. Coady

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Fofana & Coady

          2. Casual Player
              2 months, 20 days ago

              I think B/C.

          3. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            1 FT and 0.1 ITB

            Had toyed around with potential BB this week but would take a hit or two I reckon so not that keen.

            Question now is, what to do here? Almost considering saving so I have two for next week as I currently have 4 players with blanks.

            Martinez
            TAA Shaw Holding
            Bruno Salah Lingard Greenwood Son
            Watkins Nacho

            (Johnstone Bamford Dallas Coufal)

            1. LegendMoon
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Looks strong enough, keep for next week

            2. rainy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Strong XI, I'd save

            3. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers both.

          4. DangerFC
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Need a yes or no please lads.
            Should I activate FH or keep for blank?

            Current starting 11:
            Martinez
            Shaw, targett, castagne, phillips
            Bruno, mo, havertz,
            Nacho, kane, watkins

            1. LegendMoon
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Defo no

            2. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              I think the upside is this week as opposed to next.

            3. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              No

            4. Casual Player
                2 months, 20 days ago

                No, keep for blank

              • AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Free hit is perfect for a blank and differential ranking.

                The relative gain is likely greater but you'd have to work out both game week scores afterwards for both combos.

            5. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              For GW35 only

              A) kane
              B) vardy (-4)
              C) DCL (-4)

              Have nacho if it makes any difference

              1. Machine_Gunnerz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 20 days ago

                c

            6. Jebiga
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Should I play or bench Holding this gw ?
              Lingard first sub...

            7. afsr
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              What are the best transfers for me with no chips, but 2 FT? Marked current DGW and TGW players in the team

              Martinez*
              Digne* - Shaw** - Rudiger* - TAA*
              Bruno** - Son - Jota* - Mount*
              Iheanacho* - Kane

              Lloris - Lingard - Bamford - Targett*
              1.8 ITB

              A - Son, Mount, Lloris -> Salah, Greenwood/Zaha, Forster (-4)
              B - Kane, Son, Lingard - > DCL, Salah, Greenwood (-4)
              C - Kane, Son -> Cavani, Salah
              D - Kane, Mount, Targett, Lingard -> DCL, Salah, Mitchell, Greenwood (-8)
              (this one allows me to keep Son, and still get Salah and Greenwood)
              E - Kane, Lingard, Targett -> Benteke(!), Salah, Wan-Bissaka (-4)
              F - your suggestions

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Where's G, H, I and J?

                1. afsr
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  still thinking about those, i'm sure i'll get to the end of the alphabet at some point

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                A

            8. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Wood to DCL for a -4?

              Practically a -2 given the DGW...

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Yes

              2. OLLY G
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Plus home to Sheff Utd in GW36. Good hit.

              3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Yes

            9. OLLY G
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              (A) Henderson and PVA

              (B) Guaita and Maguire

              Thanks.

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                B

              2. Alcapaul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 20 days ago

                B

            10. SirPixie
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Sooooooo Ive activated the WC I forgot to use.
              Any thoughts on the below for next week, and to carry me through to the end. I still have a bench boost too :S

              Mendy
              TAA, Digne, Shaw
              Zaha, Salah, Bruno (C), Ward-Prowse
              DCL, Watkins, Nacho

              Bench
              Sanchez, Coleman (i need to change him), Lingard, Dunk

              1. SirPixie
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Im thinking of having Greenwood instead of Zaha for full Utd coverage.
                Dunk out and bring Coufal in for the remaining weeks.

            11. Hig1990
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Thoughts on these moves?

              Kane, Lingard, mcginn > Brewster, Salah, Greenwood? 0.0M ITB Play 3-5-2 then WC 36

              Martinez
              Shaw, TAA, Digne
              Son, Bale, Bruno (C), Salah, Greenwood
              Nacho, Watkins

              Areola, Holding, Dalas, Brewster

            12. Fernando Torres
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              A) Zaha + Digne (-4)
              B) Son + Mitchell

              Which is best?

              1. Rep Poulette
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 20 days ago

                A for me

                1. Fernando Torres
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Thanks

            13. Rep Poulette
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 20 days ago

              DCL or Watkins?

              1. Alcapaul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 20 days ago

                DCL

            14. ratski
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              For one week only...
              A. Zaha
              B. Watkins

              1. Rep Poulette
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Zaha

              2. rainy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Zaha was playing through something last week; my choice would be wait for presser

              3. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                B

              4. Alcapaul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Zaha if fit

            15. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Not much relevance but Firmino's name keeps coming while looking at Saints vs Liverpool h2h results

            16. Netters2018
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Best Midfielder for 1 week punt for 9.5m or less?

            17. Thursday Press Conference times
              Legomané
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Thursday Press Conference times

              Bielsa - 9am
              Bruce - 9.30am
              Dyche - 12.30pm
              Hasenhuttl - 1.30pm
              Heckingbottom - 1.30pm
              Solskjaer - post-Europa League

              https://twitter.com/ffscout/status/1390200658448424960

              1. Rep Poulette
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Thanks

              2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Really want to know the Raph situation.

            18. Jebiga
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              1. DCL and Mitchell

              Or

              2. Kabak and Greenwood

              1. artvandelay316
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Tough one. I think with three matches, it's hard to refuse Greenwood though! I was about to bring in DCL but as soon as the confirmation came for a MUN triple I got Greenwood in instead!

                • Pompel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  2

              2. wolves_simmo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Surely De Gea & Henderson rotate over the triple?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Surely a professional goalkeeper is able to play 9 mins every other day?

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    And 90 mins too.

              3. artvandelay316
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Just done my transfers... Who should I captain? Thinking Salah, Greenwood or Nacho?

                  Forster
                  TAA, Philips, Rudiger
                  Bruno, Salah, Greenwood, Mount, Lingard
                  Kane, Nacho
                  (Meslier, Dallas, Bamford, Mitchell)

                  Cheers.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    See how Man Utd come through tonights game in Rome first.

                    1. artvandelay316
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Will do. It will be interesting to see what Bruno does too.

                  2. rnrd
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    best combo:

                    A- Sigurdson/Cavani
                    B- Greenwood / Richarlison

                    ?

                    1. Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      B

                    2. artvandelay316
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        B

                      • Alcapaul
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        B