Interview

Meet the Manager: Shivanand Atre’s five straight top 25k FPL finishes

Veteran Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager Shivanand Atre (@ShivaFPL) has shown remarkable consistency across his 14-year career, with only two finishes outside of the top 100,000 over that time.

He has been particularly good in recent years, showing he has been able to adapt well to the proliferation of content and opinions on social media: he has achieved five top 25,000 finishes in as many years, including a top 3,000 overall rank and another in the top 10k.

He also has a previous top 2,000 season-ending rank under his belt.

In this latest Meet the Manager episode, Joe quizzes Shiva on how he has managed to filter out the growing FPL ‘noise’ to perform well in each campaign.

His focus on anchoring a view at the start of the week and ensuring he can be flexible enough to react to emerging trends and news before a deadline has been a key tactic for success. Joe also finds out why a pen and paper has been Shiva’s secret weapon over this time.

The eye test has helped, too, as he focuses on the importance of watching matches over reading statistics. The ability to make rare, but calculated risks is also key.

To give a snapshot of his thinking, Shiva reveals his Gameweek 2 team and how he is putting his strategies into action.

Joe also wanted to catch up with Shiva to discuss how the game has developed in popularity in India, where he first started playing more than a decade ago, as well as in the US, where he now lives.

He recounts the struggle to make family commitments on a Saturday in India, when so many of his friends and relations had no idea how important ‘wildcarding’ and ‘making a transfer’ was to him.

The Meet the Manager series is where Joe chats to FPL managers with a strong record of success, an interesting view of the game and/or who are offering the community a unique insight into Fantasy management.

Joe’s interview with Shiva can be viewed below.

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  1. leo_messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Who to start?

    A) Digne (Lee)
    B) Targett (NEW)

    1. Bojack Horseman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      As Morrissey sang,

      “Neither one particularly appeals to me”

      1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        That Neil Morrissey song?

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Sword and shield

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Might & magic.

        1. G B
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          VI: The Mandate of Heaven

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            HOMM 3 - I'm old.

            1. Zalk
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              The only right answer though

            2. G B
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Never played the Heroes series but MM6 is one of my favourite games. Huge open-world RPG.

  2. Sergeant Slaughter
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo regret. Serious doubts about his starting. Stones was the play, if any. A transfer seems silly, but I can’t get it out of my head. Want to save my moves. I can’t be trusted.

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      With TAA, Shaw and Digne what made you consider Cancelo? Especially as Walker had a good Euros and both LBs are available

      1. Sergeant Slaughter
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thought he would bring returns beyond CS. Lots of early door attacking questions with City. He could fill the gap. He seemed a clever selection. He wasn’t.

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          No. He wasn't. Too risky for GW1

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Got to keep and hope he plays.

      1. Sergeant Slaughter
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Agreed

  3. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Start 1 out of:-
    A) Ayling
    B) Coufal
    C) Targett

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B

  4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Just imagining people's disappointment at clicking on the Hot Topic

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      lmao. Had me curious. How stupid.

      It's resolution dependent. I can see my whole team no problem on a 1440p screen.

  5. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Triple captain Toney seems like the obvious choice this week, doesnt it? Hatti inbound, may as well count the points now

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'd zoom in again, mate. Not worth fitting it into the screen if you're mixing up players.

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        😆

      2. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        its 110% zoomed in on (((T)))oney

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Gilmour more promising. They have a way with City.

  6. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Hold Veltman or move on?

    Out another week at least. Ugh

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If you don't have any reinforcements that can come off your bench, it's a no brainer. Otherwise, keep.

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        ESR and Balogun

        That's basically one sub and have the likes of Torres who could be benched

    2. Disco Stu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'm just putting him on the bench again. There's nothing else out there in the 4.0 - 4.5 price range worth wasting a move on. White looked terrible, and it's too soon to bring Ayling in.

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I WAS thinking Ayling tbh

        White hell no

        Ta

        1. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I'm not bringing Ayling in until GW 5

          1. Stupendous
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            At least if Brighton lose again you have to fancy Veltman to be nailed

          2. Stupendous
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Livramento and use the .5m elsewhere?

            I know they're awful

            Pointless for Amartey or even more for Duffy

            Starting to agree with you

            1. Disco Stu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Save the transfer and have two to play around with next week. Also, Veltman in for sure next week

  7. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What's the relevance of a Hot Topic in FPL?

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Click bait on Google

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      This made me chuckle a bit, first time I smiled today.
      Or was it just wind ?

      Thank you.

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Hot air for sure

  8. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno non owner. Any news of a slight injury meaning he’ll miss the Saints game? Anything? At all? No?! 🙂

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Stay strong.

    2. TheBiffas
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Chin up mate

      • Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Right your wrong.

    3. chaser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who to start?
      1) Coufal
      2) Amartey

      1. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Amartey wont start will he?

      2. amitmishr
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Can start anyone, coufal will be auto sub

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Right your wrong.

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Sorry. 1

    4. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Recently finished watching The Wire for 2nd time and not quite ready to re-watch Line of Duty but really want to get into another police drama.
      Is The Shield any good ?

      1. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thought FPL wire for a moment

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Shiiiittttt...

      2. Disco Stu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Yes

      3. Uncle Baby Billy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Think of The Wire as Salah at home to Burnley. The Shield is a triple captained 4.0m Newcastle defender away to Man City.

        1. Pacer.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          If Salah scored an own goal and got sent of on 80 and the Newcastle defender scored a perfect hattrick in injury time

      4. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Signal. Korean show on Netflix.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          See don't mind off mainstream picks, absolutely loved German "Dark".

          1. Bartowski
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            It's widely revered.

      5. Sergeant Slaughter
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Fauda

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          See above, never heard of it but it looks promising.

      6. Lazaretti
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Hill Street Blues.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Just checked it on YouTube, Real old school stuff.

          1. Pacer.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            It's kind of the recognisable genesis of modern drama along with stuff like st elsewhere and so on. But it is OLD

      7. Pacer.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        The Shield is great, I would also recommend Southland. Justified is up there with The Wire imo. Very different shows to compare, but it is flawless

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green and not reference enough these days.

          1. Pacer.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Drama started in the late 90s, like football started in 1992

      8. Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Check out Bosch, absolutely love it. Has lots of actors from The Wire.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          That's the show with the guy that got capped in SoA, isn't it ?

          1. Ben White saved my life
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Haven't seen SoA, but yes Titus Welliver is great as the lead in Bosch. I empathise with his extreme competency in his work yet not giving a damn about social niceties!

      9. asdf_1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        True Detective, Manhunt, Mindhunter

        1. Pacer.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          true detective is just a load of old mumbling

        2. asdf_1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          And to answer your question, the shield is good but it has an episodic nature which made me dislike it a bit. Nevertheless, it has one of the most perfect endings.

          1. Pacer.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I haven't watched it for a long time but I don't remember it being THAT episodic. I'm fairly certain that each individual season and the show has a clear arc

            1. asdf_1
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              By episodic, i mean that each episode has a different police case. The major arc keeps moving forward though on a slower basis.

      10. @Gemmill78
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Excellent - my mrs still uses it as her baseline - very bingeable

      11. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Shield is better than the Wire

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Wow, that's some statement.
          I've The Wire twice and whilst watching second time picked up on all little thing I've missed initially.

          For me this show is genius, characters and their development is like nowhere else, plot, roughness and sense humor- watched all major series but to me nothing comes close to stories from Baltimore

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Agreed. Wire is excellent but prefer Shield. Out of police series my rank would be :

            True Detective season 1
            Shield
            Wire

            1. Rassi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Shield should never be mentioned with those two masterpieces.

              1. Pacer.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                On the contrary, the shield is really great. True Detective on the other hand is a load of old cobblers

                1. Rassi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Oh, the depravity.

      12. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        You need to watch Breaking Bad if you want to maintain the standards of The Wire.

        1. Pacer.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Justified is also their equal

      13. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Mindhunter

        1. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Great show, shame they only made 3 series.

      14. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Thank you All !
        Looks like my winter season is sorted.

      15. Zalk
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Ah damn, Line of duty is a 10/10 for me, what a series!
        Just finished watching Bosch on HBO, 9/10 for me.

    5. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Balogun to Dennis?

      Only other subs are ESR Veltman*

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Anyone?

      2. Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Save the transfer.

        1. Stupendous
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Ta. Balo could get SOME time but they are about to get spanked

      3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Go for his mate Cucho since Dennis is a doubt?

        1. Stupendous
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Fair point but I would want Dennis over Cucho long term I think

    6. Edgar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Draft League...transfer out Pukki for A.Armstrong?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Armstrong

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Can you get on of the Watford lads?

    7. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Am I the only one with Wilfried Zaha this week?

      1. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Just you and Palace.

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        It's an interesting pick. I think Palace will win and surprise all the new Brentford fans around here.

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        You hit biiiig gahooners.

    8. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Nuno's line-up for the Sucky Conference Pot signalling his Starting XI for Sunday, there.

    9. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Predicting the following games?

      Everton v leeds
      Leicester v West ham

      1. Lord of Ings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Leeds and Ham at are (H) teams.

    10. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Start 1
      A) Digne
      B) Toney

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Toney

    11. THL33
        3 months, 9 days ago

        What player you don't own scares you the most going into this GW, for me it has to be Greenwood or Antonio.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Salah or Fernandes

          1. THL33
              3 months, 9 days ago

              You own neither? That takes cojones!

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Cojones and severe underthinking maybe

          2. Stupendous
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Lukaku!!!

            Haha at least not many will have him but I am scared my rival will already

            1. Stupendous
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Hat trick incoming

          3. G B
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Ings. More jam incoming.

            1. THL33
                3 months, 9 days ago

                I hope so

            2. Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              DCL

              1. THL33
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Good to know, I am an owner 😉

            3. Champions League Varane
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Barnes -> Greenwood for free?.

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Yeah get Greenwood

              2. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                I’d stick with Barnes. Give the guy a chance.

            4. Aaa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Roll the transfer here?

              Sanchez
              TAA/Shaw/Tsim
              Salah(c)/Bruno/Barnes/Greenwood/Mbeumo
              Ings/Antonio
              (Steele/Digne/White/Scarlett)

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Yup

            5. Sam feasts
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              What would a good WC team look like at this point? Asking for a friend.............

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Cheap defence. 2 mid big hitters and room for a Lukaku or Kane up front.

              2. Tony Two Tone
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Forster/McGovern
                Zimmerman, Valery, Collins, Sorensen, Nathan Ferguson
                Marvelous, Brownhill, Oriol Romeu Vidal, Alexis Mac Allister, Fred
                Scarlett, Zequiri, Street

                No need to thank me ; - )

            6. have you seen cyan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Ole needs time, he has done good at ManU. Let him build a dynasty

              People said the same about Fergie