Footstock Meet the Manager: FPL Matthew
In the Footstock Meet the Manager series, we profile some of the platform’s most active managers. Today’s manager under the spotlight is a bona fide Fantasy Premier League legend – it’s FPL Matthew!
1) What is your name?
@FPLMatthew on Twitter, FPL Matthew on the Official Footstock Slack.
2) How long have you been on Footstock, how did you hear about it and what is your Footstock-related background?
A fantasy football veteran, I have had eight top 10k finishes (three top 500) in 11 seasons in the official FPL game. I also finished second in Sky Fantasy Football a few years ago. I was introduced to Footstock in mid-May (the peak of the market prices!) by fellow Fantasy Football Hub contributor Holly Shand.
3) What is your collection size?
I invested £200 in May and my collection is now worth just over double that.
4) What is your collection structure?
As I mainly play Beginners’ tournaments, most of my collection (in terms of count at least) is made up of one- and two-star players that are useful in tournaments. The remainder comprises players at Rare level or above that I think have the potential to rise in value. This is probably half the value of my collection. I mainly only hold one of a player, although there are some exceptions.
5) What is your strategy?
My strategy overall is to see how much I can “sweat” my £200 and make money on it whilst playing a low-risk game. My two sources of profit are basically tournaments (Freeroll and Beginners, real and virtual, although I prefer real) and trading. In terms of tournaments, I try to enter all Freerolls if I can and selective Beginners ones where I think I’ve got a decent chance.
In terms of trading, this is a mixture of long term (mainly buying cheap players who I think have the potential to do well) and short term, around tournaments, runs of fixtures, potential moves and so on. I find playing other fantasy games helps with this as you tend to get a feel for which players are becoming more popular, and this will often translate to Footstock prices.
I am a contributor for Fantasy Football Hub and have recently started doing a series of articles on there entitled “Footstock on a Budget” where I go more into my strategy. A lot of the content providers for Footstock tend to have big collections so I was keen to show that you don’t need to invest a lot of cash to have fun and win some money. A quick plug – there is a growing number of Footstock articles on the Hub, and their Opta stats tool now has Footstock-specific tabs, aligned to the scoring matrix. If anyone is interested you can join up here – there’s a free trial available as well.
6) What do you like about Footstock?
Came for the tournaments, stayed for the trading! Well, sort of … it was the fantasy football element that brought me to Footstock, adding excitement to any matchday (and even non-matchdays with the virtuals!). It’s nice being able to field players that I don’t have in FPL, due to the season-long nature of that game. However, I have also really enjoyed the trading aspect much more than I thought I would – it’s very satisfying seeing players you’ve backed to rise going up in price and enabling you to make a nice little profit (disclaimer: prices can go down as well as up!)
7) Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
This is a difficult one – please don’t come back and check if I was right! Given my “Footstock on a Budget” strategy, I am all about the bargains, so I would say:
Jack Grealish – as I think he’s going to get some sort of big move.
Virgil van Dijk – seems very well priced at under seven quid (at time of writing) and should be a very useful two-star player for the season-long £100k Freeroll.
Sergio Aguero – unbelievable value at under a tenner once he gets fit, for use in tournaments. Aubameyang and Vardy are similar ones – I guess their age holds their prices down.
Yves Bissouma – I thought I’d throw in a random cheapie (around a quid) as one that I think could go onto bigger things!
8) What advice would you give a new trader?
If, like me, you want to play Footstock on a relatively small budget, I would advise starting by identifying a few teams on which to focus your collection, perhaps those with decent options at the lower star ratings, and then target your tournament entries based on their fixtures relative to other teams. For example, I did well on one tournament picking mainly Burnley defenders (cheap as chips!) when they had a decent home fixture.
In terms of trading, I would say start small and try and identify a few potential short-term gains based on things like fixtures, until you get a feel for the market dynamics. In fact I would advise this as a general principle for new users – start off small and build up gradually as you gain confidence and knowledge. Also, have a look at the Slack and try to follow a few Footstock-related Twitter accounts.
9) What has been your best/favourite roulette win or swap?
I’m a bit boring so I don’t do much of this! I did use a reward for a free roulette spin recently. I used @FFThinker’s Roulette Compendium (also on the Hub!) to see which cheap player to choose and I think I used Dwight Gayle to win Sebastien Haller – not a bad little profit.
10) What are you most looking forward to about Footstock?
I’m looking forward to the new app, which I think will take it to the next level, and I’m also looking forward to things like the TalkSport campaign (with mystery ‘big name’!) and the £100k Freeroll. Not because I like listening to adverts, or even the Freeroll itself, more the fact that I think we’re going to enter a boom in the number of users of the product, and I’m excited about the opportunities that this will bring in terms of size of tournament pots, not to mention potentially amplified trading opportunities! Beyond that, I don’t know because Footstock seems a very innovative product and team, which keeps coming up with things that I hadn’t thought of!