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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. Henryyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Son Vydra to JWP DCL -4

    Yay or nay?

    Cheers lads

    1. Stewarts11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      i like it, think i am going to do the same, any extra money ITB to stretch to Zaha ?

  2. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Yay

  3. fridge
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Hi all

    2FT, 0.3 ITB

    Martinez
    TAA. Holding. Coufal
    Salah. Bruno (TC). Son. Lingard. Jota
    Kane. Nacho

    Forster. Davis. Mitchell. Veltman

    Worth doing Son & Veltman > Greenwood & Maguire? Or any other suggestions welcome!

    1. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      For this week, yes.

      But depends if it causes headaches for the blanks next, as you're transferring out two players with a fixture for two with a blank.

  4. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone else going without Man u assets this GW? I already own five outfield players without a fixture in GW36. Hard to justify bringing in Utd assets over players that have a DGW35 and a GW36 fixture.

    1. nurav11
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Think going with 2 and having alternative doublers + GW36 makes sense but very brave to go with 0...

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Fail reply #918282192

  6. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Who is losing Kane for DCL?

  7. gelisiguzel
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    GTG?
    1FT 0.7 ITB

    Mendy
    Shaw - Castagne - Aurier
    BFernandes (C) - Son - Salah - Jota - Lingard
    Kane - Ihenacho

    Subs: Areola, Philips, Bamford, Dallas

  8. Fit_to_drop
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    What are the standout Single Gameweekers for 35?

    I have Kane but am thinking of doing Son to Bale.

    All the rest are doubles/trebles.

  9. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    I'm on 88800282626281 😀

  10. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    top 5k ( team linked )

  11. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    *oops, fail reply

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Think it's fixed now

  12. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    not sure what happened there.............top 5k

  13. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Going to play BB in 35. Current team with 2 FT and 0m in bank. Single gw players marked with *

    Martinez Forster
    TAA Shaw Ward Holding Coufal*
    Salah Bruno Sigurdsson Lingard* Son*
    Nacho Kane* Vydra*

    Best option here?

    A. Vydra and Son to Watkins and Greenwood
    B. Vydra, Son and Coufal to Watkins and Zaha and Maguire (-4)
    C. Vydra Son and Coufal to DCL, Greenwood and Phillips (for -4)

    Thanks.!

  14. FPL_BUCCANEER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Guita
    TAA Castagne Shaw
    Salah Bruno Jota Greenwood
    Vardy Nacho DCL

    FH team - thoughts?

    I'm doing well in ML etc so don't feel the need to take big punts, but happy to hear thoughts.

    1. cigan
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I like it a lot, would probably pick sth like this if on FH

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      My FH team is almost the same just jota and vardy vs mane and Watkins. So like it a lot.

    3. FPL_BUCCANEER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Thanks both.

  15. Athletico Underachieving
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    This is my worry. Still playing the doublers though - might as well at this stage!

  16. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Lol

  17. Finding Timo
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Sorry will repost to a different Crowd but lingard & rudiger to Greenwood & Mitchell ok with 0.2 left ITB?

    1. cigan
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Like it if it's for free

      1. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Yap, back to grey 😀

        1. Finding Timo
          4 months, 21 days ago

          Great thanks just waiting to see how many minutes Greenwood gets tonight

      2. Finding Timo
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Hi yes it is cheers, although next week I would need to do -4 to field 11 players

  18. cigan
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Hi, what do you think about this plan?

    GW35: Dias, Saiss, Lingard > 3x DGW (-4); would give me 10 doubles + Kane
    GW36: FH
    GW37: WC

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Sounds good

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Depends on which the DGWers are. But decent general plan

  19. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    How many games do y'all think Dean Henderson starts in the triple gw?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      2

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      2. More likely 3 than 1

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        2 I think, yeah

    3. TB303
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      2

    4. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      2

  20. Stewarts11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Defos B probably the best and only really last worthwhile time to play your FH

  21. TB303
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    I saw that Forster may now be a starter. Is this true?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes, for this GW only

    2. TB303
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Thanks !

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes both matches confirmed by S-ton manager

  22. AJ24
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    G2G this week?

    Martinez
    Trent, Shaw, Rudiger
    Bruno (C), Greenwood, Salah, Jota, Lingard
    Kane, Iheanacho (VC)

    Forster, Bamford, Holding, Coufal 0.1m ITB and 1 FT

    Save the FT?

  23. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Slab head (c)? Or just play it safe with Bruno

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Gimme a sec and I'll post the clean sheet odds which might help you make your mind up on that one...

  24. SINGH
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    repost

    Thoughts on FH please:

    Guaita
    Holding TAA Maguire
    Greenwood Salah Bruno Zaha Auba
    Watkins DCL

    Forster Mitchell KOnsa Nacho

    thanks

  25. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which 3 of these would you want for the run in?

    A) Aguero
    B) Antonio
    C) Calvert-Lewin
    D) Kane

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      ABD

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 21 days ago

        Hmm, cheers. So you don't like the Kane to DCL move this week?

    2. nurav11
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      DC for sure then close between A and B. Personally would go A if you had the money but think B is wiser to spread investment elsewhere

    3. Tok2020
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      A
      C
      D GW 36 could be a winner!
      I’m going for it!

  26. SINGH
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    bruh Bruno

  27. nurav11
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Would you either have... (or any other 6.7 mill mid or below)

    A) Eze
    B) JWP

  28. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Ok, I think things are back to normal now, apologies for any inconvenience caused...

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Thanks

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers!

  29. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Playing the BB, so worth taking hits to bring in Double playing benchers?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Yes, attacking players

  30. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 21 days ago

    Which option this week on FH?

    A) Castagne
    B) Digne
    C) Robbo (also have TAA and Salah)

    1. nurav11
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 21 days ago

      Digne for me

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 21 days ago

      I like A