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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. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Play Son or Rudiger?

  2. Obamawang
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Anyone care to guess how many of the three fixtures that Cavani, Greenwood & Lindelof will start?

    Is 2, 2 & 3 too optimistic?

    1. built_this_city
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      2,2,2 my guess

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Cavani not capable of starting more than 1 game a week let alone 3 or 4.

      122 I think

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      1 or 2, 2, 2

  3. cuppatea78
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Thinking of taking out Diaz and replacing with either
    A)Maguire
    B)Lindelof

    What do you reckon?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      A

  4. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Martinez
    TAA, Shaw, Rud
    Salah, Greenwood, Zaha, Son
    Nacho, Watkins, Kane,

    McCarthy, Lingard, Dallas, Dier 0 itb

    35 - Son and Kane to Bruno and DCL (All 11 double)
    36 - Bruno and Nacho to Jota and Kane -4 (11 starters)

    Would you change anything?

  5. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Bruno or rash?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Holding chasing situation

      1. Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        Chasing

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Rash then

    2. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Bruno

  6. ASOUSA12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    1 FT £0.0M ITB

    Martinez
    Dallas Phillips Holding
    Salah (VC) Bruno (C) Son Jota
    Kane Iheanacho Watkins

    Forster Lingard Veltman Masuaku*

    How's this for a plan:

    GW35
    Kane + Masuaku -> DCL + Maguire (-4)
    GW36
    A. Bruno + Iheanacho -> Raphinha + Kane (-4)
    B. Bruno + Iheanacho -> Mahrez + Kane (-4)
    GW37
    Save FT
    GW38
    A. Phillips + DCL -> TAA + Antonio / Bamford / Wood
    B. Phillips + DCL -> TAA + Brewster (Start Watkins)

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Planning for gw38 already? Loosen up a little mate or it’ll end in tears

      1. ASOUSA12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        Obviously things can change, but it's important to plan as future moves may be pending on which moves are done this week

  7. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Would you keep Siggy ??

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Why the hell not?

    2. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Why not?

    3. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      keep

  8. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 hours ago

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

    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

  9. Lukakus talking
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Current FH draft. Auba worth a punt?

    Guaita
    TAA - Castagne - Shaw
    Salah - Auba - Bruno - Zaha - Greenwood
    DCL - Nacho

    Thanks in advance

  10. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    My FanTeam is looking imperious for this week. How do I get a 3rd United?

    Mendy
    TAA Castagne Fofana
    Salah Fernandes Greenwood Son*
    Iheanacho Jota Kane*
    (Forster Lingard Dias Coady)

    A) Son > Pogba
    B) Dias > Maguire (bench Kane or Son)
    C) Don't do either and prepare for GW36 with Forster > Pickford.

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      B

  11. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 hours 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.
    Will do Nacho & Bruno to Kane/Aguero & Foden/Mahrez next week for 11 starters.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      It's a good plan. I like it. I'd go Pickford for keeper.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 hours ago

        Yeah I just couldn't convince myself to use 2 FTs for Forster & Mitchell so I though ill raise the money by selling Kane.
        Im confused between Pickford/Mendy/Schmeichel.
        Not convinced by Guiata & Leno.

  12. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Is Pickford a rotation threat?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Could be

  13. Killitzer
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Morning all.

    How is this WC looking? Plan is to sell Bruno/Nacho for GW36 and buy Kane + mid.

    Guaita
    TAA/Shaw/Digne
    Salah/ Bruno/ Zaha/ JWP/ Bale
    Nacho/ DCL
    Forster/ Bamford/ Dallas/ Phillips

    Zaha is the punt though could swap to Greenwood.

    Cheers for any input.

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Prefer Greenwood myself. I think Zaha has a lower ceiling.

  14. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Would you keep Kane for the double or move to DCL?

  15. FF Dirtbag
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Got 5.7 mill for a non pool/United defender... Who should I go for?

  16. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Too crazy to double up awb and shaw for the triple gw?

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      I prefer 2 attackers and shaw

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Nope

    3. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      yeah doesnt seems cs to all those fixtures

  17. Vovhund
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Any comments on this WC draft with plan to BB in 37?:

    Henderson/McCarthy
    TAA-Digne-Maguire-Dallas-Holding
    Salah-Bruno-Jota-Lingard-Smith Rowe
    DCL-Nacho-Watkins

    GW 36: Nacho+Maguire to Kane+Diop (or any other 4.3 def)

  18. jimmyharte
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    For a hit.. If my rival has Shaw should I go for...
    Trailing by 14 points but I will be playing my BB with 10 Double game week players and Bruno.

    A) Maguire
    B) Shaw

    Cheers boys!

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Shaw. He can do more damage than maguire.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Maguire. He will be much more likely to play all 3.

  19. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

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

  20. Daghe Munegu
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Can we expect Leno and Holding to play both games ?

  21. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    hee hee ive put pickford in

  22. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    How many hits are you taking and are they worth it?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      One McCarthy to Guaita on BB. Should get the hit back in appearance points only.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        How many double/triple players will you have?

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          12, SGWers are Kane, Lingard, Bamford.

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Martinez, Guiata
            Shaw, Digne, Castagne, Phillips, Rudiger
            Salah, Bruno, Lingard, Greenwood, Saka
            Kane, Nacho, Bamford

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 hours ago

              No tempted by Kane to DCL?

              1. houghmagandie
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 11 hours ago

                I was thinking about it but Everton look really lacklustre these days

              2. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 11 hours ago

                Not for a hit. The option for me is Bamford to DCL or Veltman to Digne.

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Looking to save a transfer if possible and use only 1FT.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      No hits. The benefit (if you could call it that...) of having 6 players in the Utd - Pool game is that my team is an absolute monster for this week.

      10 multi-GWers + Kane.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 hours ago

        You all set for Blank Game week 36 all will need hits then?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 hours ago

          Taking 2 FTs into next week.

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      On or two. Will probably backfire as usual

    5. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      One. Saka to JWP/Zaha and Vydra to Richarlison/Watkins

  23. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Bruno, Rash, Greenwood too much Utd attack on FH?

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      I'd get two and a defender, the Pool game when those 3 will probably start is likely to be low scoring.

    2. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      I personally think you need one defender. United will look to shut up shop against Leicester and Pool. Someone like a Maguire is also guaranteed 3 games - something that you can't say for the attackers. Furthermore, I think there are plenty of good midfield alternatives to go for.

  24. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Struggling to decide on a transfer here. Any help would be much appreciated...

    Mendy
    Holding, Shaw, Castagne
    Salah, Bruno, Jota, Lingard, Son
    Kane, Nacho

    Subs: Forster, Rudiger, Vydra, Coady

    A) Holding or Rudiger?> Phillips and save 1FT for bgw36?
    B) Mendy>Pickford/Guaita and save FT
    C) do both A+B for free.
    D) Please suggest other transfers...

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Forgot to mention that I have 2FT and 0.4 itb.

  25. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    If on FH, would you rather AwB or Greenwood?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Greenwood

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      G

  26. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    I already have Bruno and Shaw, who is the best option for the third Man U slot? Maguire?

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Nah another attacker for me. Greenwood/rash

  27. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Pick one on FH:.
    1) Siggurdson
    2) Richarlison

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      Neither but 1) edges it

  28. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Salah C anyone?

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      Too risky

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      why not if you feel it go for it

  29. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Take out who for Greenwood?

    A) Lingard
    B) Son

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      A

      1. houghmagandie
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 11 hours ago

        A

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 hours ago

      A

  30. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 hours ago

    Was the captain poll reset after the triple announcement?