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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.

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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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1,025 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dshv
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    The korean’s season is over in my team..

    Son to zaha ?? Si or not

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

  2. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Who on FH?

    A) Digne
    B) Robertson

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B

  3. Stoichkov#8
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    More points this GW:

    1. Pickford + Rudiger
    2. McCarthy + Shaw - 4pts

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      1

      McCarthy wont be playing

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Has this been reported? I'm on Leno/Forster at the mo

          1. ElliotJHP
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Many thanks!

    2. LC1
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      McCarthy won't get a game this GW

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Mccarthy will be guaranteed 0 points lol

    4. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      2 will make you so sad once Soto enters the field

    5. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      McCarthy won't start - Hassenhuttl said Forster will play next 2

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Glad I read this. I've been lying low after a shocker last week and had assumed a hit would be needed to get rid of forster to play my BB this week 🙂

    6. Stoichkov#8
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Damn. I should say that it would be McCarthy + Forster combo...

  4. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 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 please?

  5. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Maguire (c) locked in

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      For Man Utd 😉

    2. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Do it for fame. Do it for glory.

  6. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Sound the alarm. Desperate hunt in ML:

    Leno*
    Shaw* Coady Rudiger*
    Lingard Bruno* Salah* Son
    Nacho* Kane Wood

    Forster* Jota* Veltman Dallas

    Thinking about Coady/Lingard -> Maguire/JWP for free. Leaves me 0.6 ITB.
    Would field me 10 with double and also gonna BB.

    Subs would force me to take a hit to field 11 next GW. Yay or ney?? Cheers.

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yay from me

  7. ElliotJHP
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Which combination of these four moves should I go for with two FTs? My whole side bar Kane is currently doubles.

    A) Leno -> Henderson
    B) Konsa -> Maguire
    C) Son -> Greenwood/Pogba
    D) Roll FT

    1. MIGHTY JOE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Konsa/Son -> Maguire/Greenwood

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers!

  8. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on this? I’ve used my wildcard

    Henderson / mcarthy

    Shaw / Digne / Robertson / Coufal / Ward

    lingard / Salah / zaha / wardprowse / Fernandes

    DCL / Ian nancho / Watkins

    Hoping this sees me through to the end of the season and planning Ian nacho out for Antonio in gw 36

  9. The Mighty Whites
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    2FT, 0.1 ITB, thoughts?

    Meslier / Guaita

    TAA / Castagne / Rudiger / Coady / Coufal

    Salah / Fernandes / Son / Jota / Lingard

    Kane / Iheanacho / Vydra

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Can you afford:
      Vydra - Watkins
      Lingard - JWP
      ?

      1. The Mighty Whites
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I'm a mill short, would you not try get Man Utd players in?

  10. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Do you think Holding will play dgw35 ?
    Or i should play Lingard instead ?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Luiz back to training yesterday or 2 days ago

  11. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    This week will see some hits taken. Already seeing folk talking a -16

  12. JollyGoodYellows
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Morning all.

    1FT and 0.0 itb

    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Castagne
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Jota
    Kane Nacho

    Forster Holding Lowton Davis

    A) Son + Davis > Siggy + Watkins (-4)
    B) Son + Davis > JWP + DCL (-4)
    C) anything else?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I like B

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers. Staying away from a third United as imo that's a massive trap.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B for me

    3. Ruth_NZ
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Save FT probably.

    4. Chrisscfc
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      who would you then bench? Lingard?

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Or Jota, I only see him playing 1 game anyway.

  13. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    I have no Man united, 2ft and 0itb, no chips

    Forster
    Trent Fofana Rudiger
    Jota Salah Son JLingz
    Kane Vardy Nacho

    Johnstone James Trossard Holding

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Son to Greenwood and Holding to Maguire/AWB?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        this

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          thanks, why not shaw?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            has a better back-up in Telles compared to AWB/Maguire

  14. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Team presently as below. Which of following moves would you make? Really a case of whether worth a hit for DCL

    A Alonso to Maguire and play ahead of Lingard ( gives 3 triple, 10 double and Kane single)
    B A plus Kane to DCL (-4) for double and SHU fixture in mind for 36
    C A plus Vydra to DCL and Lingard to ESR (-8) and have Kane DCL Iheanacho up top.

    Forster
    TAA Fofana Digne
    Salah Bruno Jota Greenwood Lingard
    Kane Iheanacho

    Leno Holding Alonso Vydra

    1. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Can you do Kane and Lingard to Rashford and DCL -4?

      Otherwise B gets my vote

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks- yes could afford that- 36 an issue with 3 United mids so probably means extra hit that week

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Probably B

  15. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    2FT, 0ITB and 18 ahead of ML challenger. Thoughts on this team?

    Martinez (Leno)
    Coufal Digne Phillips (Dunk Rudiger)
    Salah Jota Bruno Lingard Son
    Kane Iheanacho (Vydra)

    A) Son & Phillips > JWP & TAA
    B) Leno & Dunk > Forster & Shaw
    C) Lingard & Dunk > JWP & Shaw

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I wouldn't waste a FT on a GK when you have Martinez who is nailed to start for the rest of the season. Prefer A over C

      1. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        It’s more to free up funds than anything. I only have enough to get Lindelhof without downgrading elsewhere

    2. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

      C

  16. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Not sure which LIV and MUN player to bring in. Which one would you go for and why?

    A. Holding and Periera to Philips and Greenwood
    B. Holding and Son to Maguire and Jota
    C. Son and Pereira to Greenwood and Jota
    D. Other suggestion

    2FT 1.7ITB FH36
    Mendy
    TAA Rudiger Shaw
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Pereira
    Kane Nacho
    (Forster Holding Davis Dallas)

    1. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Think Greenwood a great option with Rashford having dodgy ankle and Cavani’s minutes will be managed so A or C. Think you will want Son next week soA for me

  17. ExpressoMySonny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Which two -4hits worth it in the next couple of weeks?

    A) This GW: Bamford, Rudiger and Son out for DCL Zaha and Maguire
    Next GW: Mendy and Fernandes out for KDB and Meslier

    B) A) This GW: Bamford, Rudiger and Son out for DCL Zaha and Maguire
    Next GW: Mendy and Fernandes out for Son and Ederson

  18. FPLord
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Would you take out Rüdiger or Fofana for Maguire? Rüdiger might not play twice, but Chelsea are getting CS for fun. Fofana might not get 60 minutes in the fist game on friday and would make it easier for me to get Kane next week.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Fofana - he is still fasting until May 12-13. He is normally first to come off if comfortable winning or need to chase the game and revert from 3 to 2CBs

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Which is a good thing, means early lock in for CS

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Subbed at half time in the last game against SOU and off at 61 mins in the WBA game. Bit risky

    2. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

      If it’s easier to get Kane I would go that move

  19. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Current team
    Forster/Sanchez
    TAA/Shaw/Rudiger/Ayling/Dunk
    Jota/Salah/Bruno/son/lingard
    Kane/Nacho/vydra

    2 FT 0.0 ITB

    A- Rudiger + Ayling + Lingard -> Evans+ Maguire + ESR (-4)
    B- Lingard + Dunk -> Greenwood + Mitchell
    C- Lingard + Dunk + Vydra -> ESR + Lowton + DCL (-4)

    Got FH for GW36

  20. dshv
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Play?

    Lingard or mitchell?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Lingard

    2. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Lingard

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Lingard

      1. Finding Timo
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Lingard although I am going to get Mitchell anyway as think will play at least 1

    4. Aladdin Sané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Across GW35 and GW36:

      A) Bruno only for TGW; -8 overall
      B) Two UTD players for TGW; -12 overall

    5. Fantasydreamer
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      On free hit, which options would you say?

      1. Vardy
      2. Mane

      A. Digne
      B. Castagne

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        2B

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        2A - Pereira looks like he will make an appearance shifting Castange to LWB and less effective from an attacking POV

    6. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A few of my opponents used WC to load up on villa Everton soton palace and to BB

      Bet there gutted. What a strange season !

    7. Ohh1454
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Jwp and Awb or Digne and Greenwood ?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        latter

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        J and A

    8. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Similar question to above. Helps me decide what to do with Lingard Presumably best to play Fofana?

      A Lingard (EVE)
      B Fofana (NEW, mun)

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Still Ramadan till next Wednesday so total number of minutes could well be similar.

    9. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Most points this week?

      A Castange & Mane
      B Robbo & Vardy

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Tricky. Smells like second choices. A?

    10. vova
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      ASM or Soucek for the last 3 games?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Soucek

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Welcome back Soucek, we've missed you

      3. dshv
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I missed that soucek points when he was in my team with 1% ownership almost more than 20 weeks ahahah

    11. suddenorgan
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      any sense in moving Azpi -> Maguire, I don't see Azpi playing both in the double and I don't want to take on an extra blank GW36

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I'm actually thinking of doing the same, but to Digne. So yeah.

        1. suddenorgan
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 13 days ago

          love Digne but already have Godfrey

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Makes sense to me

    12. mlm
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      On FH, who are better?

      A) Guaita
      B) Mendy
      C) Pickford
      D) Martinez

      1) DCL
      2) Watkins
      3) Richarlison
      4) Zaha

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Mendy and Wilf?

    13. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      If you already have Bruno, is DCL for a -4 hit more important than Greenwood for free ??