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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. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 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

    Thoughts?

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        think Greenwood outscores Maguire by 4? worried that rudiger might not play both of the double

        1. Finding Timo
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Agree on both so I am likely to go Greenwood and downgrade rudiger

            1. The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 22 days ago

              i'm not convinced of the first

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        B?
        A - sales options are too good to lose
        C - I have ESR, cheap but not totally nailed and doesn't get many points

        1. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          ESR is fodder, don't think he will be needed too often, worried about Rudiger's minutes, might be benched in one, but maguire & evans should play all their games in the GW

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      FH Team - draft no. 51

      Mendy
      Shaw, TAA, Castagne
      Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Bale
      Nacho, Watkins, DCL

      Foster, Rudiger, ESR, Mitchell

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Like that, wouldn't bother with Rudi and don't need Forster so could squeeze out a little more cash by going down to a non-player GK

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Looks strong - maybe Greenwood over Rashford, depending on latters fitness

      3. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        rashford & greenwood minutes will be similar, can spread the balance funds in the team?

      4. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers both, can squeeze Rudi and Forster but not sure where i'd use the extra money.
        Greenwood I prefer but just worried about playing time. Will probably end up swinging that way

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Fofana -> Maguire for a hit?

      Yes or no?

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I wouldn't do that.

      2. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Only clean sheet mags may get is against Villa, and should play all 3. Whereas if Fofona isn’t rested or rotated, could get that against Newcastle.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          So 10 points total for Maguire and a POSSIBLE 8 for Fofana if he’s not rotated... sounds like it could be worth the hit then

          1. asquishypotato
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            On the assumption that United don’t concede more then 1 goal in the other fixtures as well. It looks ok, and you seem to have managed your expectations enough.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 22 days ago

              They have 3 chances, if they can’t keep one CS than they’re rubbish

      3. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        No

    4. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Best 4.5 for the following gameweek?
      To get Bruno in I need to downgrade to a 4.5 that won’t play this week, any suggestions?

      Bissouma looks like the only one really nailed on, although I quite like the potential of noble if he is still on pens.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Biss'll do.

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Biss probably right although Riedewald might be an alternative with decent fixtures (if you need him)

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I did gander, but he seems a bit in and out.

    5. Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hi guys, really close to achieving top 10k which would be an unbelievable achievement for me, what is my best move if any here? Coady > someone else (if so, who?) or do I just carry over a FT so I have 2 to navigate the blank. Have 0.0m in the bank and 1FT.

      Mendy
      Rudiger - Trent - Coady
      Son - Lingard - Bruno - Salah - Maddison
      Kane - Nacho

      Forster - Coufal - Vydra - Veltman

      1. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Looks fine, Coady stinks the place up but then he is a lot of teams (mine included!)

    6. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Anyone keeping Dias if they still have him. Not sure it’s worth the risk

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        If you have nothing else to do, I'd lose him

    7. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      What are Jota owners doing?

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Keeping, he should start 1 and get minutes in the other, then great fixtures after the double.

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          This, Mane is too expensive, and robbo is the only other defender I’d consider that may get points, and is also priced quite high.

      2. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Keeping

      3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Maybe replace him with Greenwood

    8. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      2FT - 1m ITB

      Martinez* Fabri
      Digne* Azpi* Targett* TAA* Cresswell
      Bruno* ESR* Jota* Lingard Son
      Iheanacho* Kane Bamford

      Exact cash to fit Salah in with this move:
      Cresswell + Azpi + Son > Shaw + Mitchell + Salah (-4). Any other suggestions?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Looks like a plan

        1. Il Capitano
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Nice

    9. Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Obviously not making any moves until the games are done tonight, but how does this look to bring in 2 extra united players?

      Coady > Lindelof
      Maddison > Greenwood

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Welcome to the Lindelof club

      2. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Not sure Madders needs to go

      3. Fit_to_drop
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Why the lindelof play?

        1. Hryszko
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Triple gameweek, Coady poor performance, can't really afford much else?

      4. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        GW26 Lindelof didn't play both games.
        He was full fit so not sure why

    10. Dr Jekyll
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Martinez
      Dias Digne Rud TAA
      Maddison Son Smith/R
      Kane Bamford Vardy

      Loris Dallas Raphina McGinn

      Intend doing BB
      Any helpful ideas

    11. Mane Mane Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      My team is
      Mendy Forster
      TAA, Holding, Coady, Struijk, Burn
      Salah, Fernandez, Jota, Son, Moura
      Kane, Nacho, Davis

      Do I
      A) Zaha for Moura, Greenwood for Son, Maguire for Coady (-8)

      B) Zaha for Moura, JWP for Son, Maguire for Coady, then I have a full 11 for the week after before making a change (-8)

      C) Maguire for Coady, JWP for Moura (-4)

      D) another combo

    12. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hoping that Bruno gets a rest tonight

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        He'll come at half time when they are 3 down

    13. Zlatan F.C
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Any ideas who Keane will replace in the starting 11? Holgate or Godfrey?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Or go to a back 3.
        Sorry, not helpful I know.

      2. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 22 days ago

        I think Holgate might be most at risk

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          With his recent performances, Holgate is the most at risk.

          Hopefully Keane owner here.

    14. Hits dont lie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Crazy idea to captain TAA?

      Southampton + United (will be their 4th game in 10 days)

      I have Greenwood but I doubt he'll play more than 2 games

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Not crazy, I TC'ed him for their double a year or two ago.

    15. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Is it crazy to go Digne over Maguire? (Dont have any MUN defender).
      GW36 will be problem if i go MUN D.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yes, Everton are g*sh

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yes, EVE imo will not keep a CS in either game.

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Okay seems like i need -8 or -12 for gw36...

    16. lespaul
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      hi, does anyone know about touchmaps?
      How are dribbles shown? ie if a player dribbles the whole length of the pitch is the touch shown as when they receive the ball?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Don't know, but it is bothering me now you've brought it up

    17. PukkiBlinder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A: Son > Greenwood, or
      B: Kane > DCL

      Thinking of GW36 also and who is best to retain. Have Shaw and Bruno

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Have to keep Kane, surely

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Having the same conundrum , and not so sure , especially since Kane didn't seem to be fully fit yet. Son vs Kane this GW is a wash, imho. DCL security of starts plus home gain against SHU in GW36 in favour of B, but on the other hand p Bruno -> Son easy swap next GW,

        2. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Exactly, I toyed with this but I’d just end up bringing him back in.

    18. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      If I use my 2 FT's I can have this team for DGW35

      Mendy
      Azpilicueta Shaw TAA Digne
      Saka Salah Fernandes Jota
      Iheanacho Kane

      Forster Son Struijk Davis

      Stick with it or use my FH?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Save, FH next week

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I was thinking the same. Cheers. In fact. I can make one of my transfers Son to Greenwood and give Lingard the bench (lingard became Saka).

    19. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Who scores more this week

      A. Nacho -4
      B. Wood

    20. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Currently on this for a FH.

      If De Gea starts tonight will Hendo be safe for the 3 starts? It frees up money to have Ward over a United defender so I can punt on Auba.

      Team:

      Henderson
      TAA Digne Ward
      Salah Bruno Greenwood Auba amount
      DCL Nacho

      What tweaks would you make?

      1. ratski
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Hendo should be safe but DDg could quite easily get one of those games to keep him sharp for final..

    21. trinzoo
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No updates from Bielsa press? supposed to be at 9am.

    22. ratski
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Think I'm set on
      Zaha over Watkins
      Digne over castagne

      What I can decide is ...
      A. Mane
      B. Vardy

      1. ratski
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Meant to say what I can't decide is
        A. Mane
        B. Vardy

    23. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Kudos to Fulchester's New Centre Forward for replying to so many posts *Applause*

    24. lets talk about 6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Fofana to shaw for a hit?

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yes or Maguire.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          +1

    25. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Maguire or Shaw?

      1. Luka4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Maguire, think is safer for the all three games. But wait after the Roma game tonight

      2. Vovhund
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Same thoughts here. Shaw for the higher seiling, Maguire for the safety. Think I'm going Maguire, as I'm defending in my ML

      3. jimmyharte
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        im trying to find this out also my rival has Shaw and im chasing by 14.

        Id go for Shaw if my rival didnt have if I was you.

    26. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Would you keep Siggy ?

      1. Luka4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah

    27. Luka4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Mendy Forster
      TAA, Digne, Fofana, Coady, Holding
      Bruno, Son, Lingard, JWP, Jota
      Kane, DCL, Kelechi

      2 FT, 0.2 bank, playing last chip this week BB

      I want to get Coady out, for who, Palace Southampton or Everton defence? (because of the DGW). Or maybe Kabak from Liverpool? Don't want to get United defence, cause I already have 5 players without a game in the next GW, so I need to reduce that, also that bothers me.

      Any suggestions?

    28. built_this_city
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Phillips coming back in for pool?

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        What I want to know. Is he fairly nailed atm if fit?

        1. Dr Van Nostrand
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Yes he's first choice

      2. Dr Van Nostrand
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Yes he was back for the cancelled match

    29. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Doesn't sound like Raphinha will be back yet

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        🙁

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        One ex-player suggested he is out for the season.

        1. Dr Van Nostrand
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Whose that?

    30. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Best 4.6 defender for 35. Not worried about 36 as Ill be Free Hitting. cheers.

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Ward

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I like that pick myself

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Phillips