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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. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    What to do here?!? Take some hits of G2G?!
    0 funds and no more free hits ...

    Martinez**
    TAA** Rudiger**, Konsa**
    Bruno***, Greenwood***, Lingard, Zaha**
    Kane, DCL**, Nacho**

    Johnston, Son, Veltman, Dias

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      That'll do

    2. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Looks good, I'd play Sn over Lingard

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks!

      2. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        This

  2. Stoichkov#8
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    More points this GW (made a mistake in last Q):

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

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Probably 1, Shaw will likely get 2 games from 3 when you consider Telles and previous injury records

      1. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Dawson and Aloski are the only ones there that aren’t fantastic, but maybe just use a transfer to shift one of them.

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Fail to below

  3. CrouchDown
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    I'm a bit stuck here guys, what to do?

    I have 2 FT, 0 itb and I'm playing BB

    Martinez

    TAA Holding Rudiger

    Salah Bruno Jota Greenwood

    Kane Watkins Nacho

    Subs: Forster, Lingard Dawson Alioski

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Well what ideas have you got that we can comment on?

      1. CrouchDown
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Possibly Kane to Vardy and upgrade Alioski?

        But that would leave me with a problem for BGW36

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

    So according to this article:
    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/05/03/which-double-gameweek-35-players-stand-the-best-chance-of-two-starts-part-2/

    Maguire has had no rest at all and Shaw has missed 1 Gameweek, that seems to be the only reason for the sudden favouring of Maguire over previous FFS favourite Shaw

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Hit Enter too soon, surely that makes Maguire more likely to be given a rest if he's not had any at all this season?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        It doesn't work like that. Players and certain positions have higher durability. CB is typically a less physically demanding position. Dias has played the majority of games for City even whilst his teammates have been rotated. Maguire is also very durable and I think last season played more minutes than any other player in Europe.

        I think Maguire will start all 3.

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

      I expect Shaw covers a lot more ground per game, he has good cover in Telles, and he’s not required to organise the defence. I’m not getting either, but would go for Maguire if I wanted a Utd defender this week

  5. artvandelay316
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I have already taken a -4 this week to bring in Greenwood and Philips. Is it worth going to a -8 to swap Kane for Vardy for this week only? I can bring him back in immediately next week.

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I don't think so, Kane could well match Vardy

        1. artvandelay316
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Cheers. Yeah on second thoughts I came to that conclusion as well.

      2. Hig1990
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Repost:

        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

        1. artvandelay316
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I wouldn't lose Kane unless you can get him back immediately next week.

            1. Hig1990
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              I will WC him back in next week

        2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Guys my team

          Mendy
          Taa shaw rudi
          Salah bruno siggy son
          Vydra nacho kane

          Forster veltman ling coady

          2ft 0.1itb Tc left

          A) vydra son coady to dcl greenwood ward(-4)
          B) vydra son to watkins greenwood free
          C) vydra son coady to dcl zaha Ward (-4)
          D) vydra son coady to dcl jota Ward -4
          E) vydra son coady to dcl elghazi digne -4

          Suggestions will be helpful.

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            B

        3. Boz
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Best 4.5 defender? Joel Ward?

          1. Stoichkov#8
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            this GW - yes

            1. Boz
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Yeah just this Gw. Thanks

          2. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            him or Holding

        4. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          So while I have a BB, surely this week should be the week to maximise it? I'm currently on:

          Martinez (McCarthy)
          Rudiger, Castagne, Shaw (Dallas, Lowton)
          Son, Jota, Bruno, Lingard (Raphinha)
          Kane, Vardy, Watkins

          That bench is pretty garbage at the mo, so would need a -12 shake up. Should i do:

          McCarthy (0 games) to Henderson (ast, LEI, LIV)
          Dallas (TOT) to Phillips (SOU, mun)
          Raphinha (TOT) to JWP (liv, CRY)
          Son (lee) to Salah (SOU, mun)
          Vardy (NEW, mun) to DCL (whu, ast)

          So I go from 5 fixtures to 11 fixtures in 35, while also increasing the number of 36 players i have (saving a hit there). Only Vardy is a downgrade and he's ropey at the moment anyway and blanks in 36.

          I've become tempted to gamble on it, tbh. Anyone in agreement for me to pull the trigger?

        5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Why do people here think Chelsea players won't feature twice with a three days break and United players will feature in all three when they have a game every second day?

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            The thought process is probably that Ole likes to play his faves, while Tuchel has shown he likes to rotate. But yeah, whether any of that matters this GW is another story.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Absolutely. This GW is different. A game every second day. Why would you risk injuring your key players and take a chance of them not featuring in the EL final when there is nothing to play for in the PL?

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Agreed with the sentiment

            The only United player I can see getting a TGW is Henderson and even then it's iffy.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Yes. I see DDG getting one.

        6. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Lingard Rudiger to Greenwood Struijk or maybe Zaha Phillips? Other ideas with 2FTs and 0.1ITB?

          Mendy
          TAA/Shaw/Castagne
          Salah/Bruno/Son/Siggy/Lingard
          Kane/Nacho

          Forster/Rudiger/Holding/Davis

        7. AlpoShearer
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Kane to
          A. DCL
          B. Vardy

          Free hit GW36

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Maybe keep Kane tbh.

        8. Zlatan F.C
            2 months, 21 days ago

            2FT 0m in the bank..

            Holding > McGuire
            Son > Greenwood

            Would you then play bench boost? Will leave me with 9 players for BGW 36

            Mendy Forster
            TAA McGuire Rudiger Coufal Godfrey
            Salah Jota Bruno Greenwood Lingard
            Kane Nacho Vydra

          • MysticMac17
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Thoughts on this -8?
            Holding, Azpi, Son, Kane OUT
            TAA, Digne, Rashford, DCL IN

            Would give me :
            Martinez
            TAA Digne Konsa
            Salah Jota Bruno Greenwood Rash
            Nacho DCL

            Subs: Dunk, Bamford, Dallas

            1. antis0cial
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              I don't like the idea of getting rid of both spurs assets unless you are getting at least one back in next week.

          • Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Best GK alongside Martinez for BB?

            A) Schmeichel
            B) Mendy (Have Rudi)
            C) Leno
            D) Guaita
            E) Pickford (Have Digne)

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Henderson?

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Already have triple United.

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Fair dos - see him as the only possible TGW starter really

                  Would probably go Mendy - but bit of a coin toss whichever way you go.

          • G Banger
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Thinking of how to navigate DGW35 / GW36 numbers with 2FT and 1.0ITB:

            Mendy (Forster)
            Dias TAA Shaw Fofana Dias
            Salah Bruno Lingard Jota Martinelli
            Nacho Kane Vydra

            Dias + Martinelli + Vydra => Strujk + JWP + Watkins (-4)

            (a) Good moves
            (b) Something else

            1. G Banger
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Dias 2 is Rudiger

            2. FPLord
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Would prefer to get two defenders with your team like Fofana, Rüdiger > Maguire, Coleman or Dias out, depending on team news...

          • #Swish41
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            To facilitate Bamford > Watkins:

            1. Son > Greenwood (FT, leaves me with 9 for 36)

            2. Mendy > Pickford (play Rudiger, bench Godfrey, 11 for 36)

            3. Rudiger > 4.5m with good 36 and bench - Ward, 11 for 36

            Mendy**
            Shaw*** Godfrey** Phillips**
            Son Salah** Bruno*** Jota**
            Kane Watkins** Nacho**

            Rudger** Dallas Lingz Forster**

            Appreciate any advice!!

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              3

              1. #Swish41
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Thanks man, that’s where I’m at as Rudiger is probably less secure to play both (and double Chelsea defence seems overkill this week)

          • Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Will be hilarious if after all the talk of a City quadruple, Chelsea go and do a Cup/UCL double.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Looks highly likely. I see them beating City in the final.

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              The one I'm keeping an eye on is Arsenal winning the EL - that could well keep Liverpool out of Europe altogether next season. It'd boild down to one of them or Spurs likely.

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Cancel that - miscalculated

          • The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            2FT, 0.1 ITB, thoughts?

            Meslier / Guaita

            TAA / Castagne / Rudiger / Coady / Coufal

            Salah / Fernandes / Son / Jota / Lingard

            Kane / Iheanacho / Vydra

            Thoughts on Rudiger / Castagne & Son to Maguire & Zaha?

            1. Reece’s Pieces
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I like the transfers. Good team

              • antis0cial
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I wouldn't lose Castagne. I'd lose Coady before Rudi. See what is said about Zaha in press conf

                1. The Mighty Whites
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Just thinking for next week, would be struggling to raise a team if I got rid of Coady

            2. TVPlugSockets
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 21 days ago

              I am using BB and have Forster as my second keeper currently. Do I replace him? Presuming he won’t play?

            3. liverpool01
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              A) Taa, Bale, Aguero
              B) Kabak, Salah, Kane

              What looks best?

              Thanks guys

              1. Reece’s Pieces
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  B for this week and longer term (just)

                  1. liverpool01
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    I have Bruno but no Salah, would have to transfer out Bruno to get Salah...

                    1. Reece’s Pieces
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Then A. Bruno potential too high to ditch this week. Can’t have em all

                        1. liverpool01
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Cool thanks

                • Reece’s Pieces
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    I appreciate any thoughts on this Free Hit team. I’ll check press conferences for Zaha fitness:

                    Guaita
                    Maguire, TAA, Digne
                    Bruno (c), Greenwood, Salah, Zaha
                    Vardy, Nacho, DCL

                    Vardy punt instead of Watkins as he is vs Toon and with Utd likely to be more fatigued

                    1. FPLord
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Not sure on Vardy, maybe I'd go Mane instead, but close call. Rest looks good

                      1. Reece’s Pieces
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Thanks. Feel that being on a FH I need a couple of punts. Mane would count as one too given his form.

                          I’ll confirm tmoro based on the pressers

                    2. chaser123
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Which to bench:
                      A) Holding (WBA, che)
                      B) Holgate (whu, avl)
                      C) Mitchell (shu, sot)

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

                        B

                    3. bitm2007
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Martinez
                      Shaw, Castagne, Phillips, Rudiger
                      Salah, Bruno, Lingard, Son, Saka
                      Kane, Nacho

                      McCarthy, Veltman, Lingard, Bamford

                      1.2m ITB, 1 FT

                      McCarthy, Veltman & Son to Guaita, Digne & Greenwood (-4) ?

                      Will using BB GW35 (only SGWers Lingard, Kane, Bamford), and will FH GW36 so 8 players that blank isn't an issue

                    4. Sickboy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      Is it worth bringing DCL in for a -4 to play over Rudiger?

                      I’m not convinced Rudiger will play both games, probably just the City match.

                      1. antis0cial
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Yes, depending on who you have to lose. But DCL has two great fixtures after double too.

                      2. asquishypotato
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        DCL is a 2-3 week player, Rudiger is in a better team, but whether he plays is a different matter

                        1. Sickboy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          Thanks guys

                    5. Corgzzzz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

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

                    6. antis0cial
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      A) Son, Brewster to Greenwood, DCL (-4)
                      B) Son, Brewster, Lowton to Greenwood, Watkins, Shaw (-8)
                      C) Other - suggestions?

                      Areola
                      Digne* TAA* Dallas Coufal
                      Bruno** Salah* Jota* Son
                      Kane Nacho*

                      Meslier Lowton Brewster Raph

                      1. asquishypotato
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Yuk to anything involving Brewster

                      2. chrisw333
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        A

                    7. claretparrot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      The more I look, the more I think I need to resist the third United player.
                      Run-in is such an easy build if I ignore Greenwood/Mags, and a huge headache if I go for one

                      1. asquishypotato
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Or get the third, and spend some of the points earned to sort after?

                        1. claretparrot
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 21 days ago

                          There's a big assumption in there!

                    8. Zlatan F.C
                        2 months, 21 days ago

                        Who should i transfer out to get McGuire?

                        A) Holding
                        B) Rudiger
                        C) Coufal
                        D) Godfrey

                        1. artvandelay316
                            2 months, 21 days ago

                            C or D

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

                          Would you keep Siggy?