Meet the Manager: Chris D
In the Meet the Manager series, we profile some of Footstock’s most active managers. Today’s manager under the spotlight is Chris D.
What is your name?
How long have you been on Footstock, how did you hear about it and what is your Footstock related background?
I have been on Footstock since the very beginning and joined during the Indiegogo campaign. I heard about Footstock through twitter and there were a few Football Index people tweeting about it at the time too. I was very excited and intrigued: this is what I had been waiting for after many years of FPL and FUT.
I have been entering FPL teams for fun for the last 10 years and I started FIFA Ultimate Team in 2011. I’ve also played Football Manager for many years and would always start off managing my home team (Grimsby Town) to see how far I could get with them. It’s always good winning the Champions League with your hometown club because, let’s face it, it ain’t happening anytime soon.
I have been a big football bettor over the years but don’t really have anything to show for it.
What is your portfolio size?
My Portfolio is currently worth just over £200 but that is changing hourly at the minute with the new feature now allowing you to see your portfolio worth. Another great feature that was implemented after the Footstock team listened to their community. I started with £45 so I think I’ve done well so far.
What is your porfolio structure?
My portfolio is a mixed bag across the board. I tend to just have 1 of the bigger players and multiples of 1* and 2* cards.
The players I currently hold the most of are
Xherdan Shaqiri (10)
Lys Mousset (6)
Andy Carroll (6)
I hold a real mix of players and I initially just went down the list and thought “I’ll have him, and him”. It was simple: I just bought the players I thought were good players, aiming for the cheaper players first.
My portfolio is now very mixed, with all the star ratings but geared more towards the 1* and 2* players for tournaments.
What’s your strategy?
My current strategy is to focus on the free and beginner tournaments. I haven’t got too much money invested at the moment so I want to focus on the smaller tournaments and build up to the bigger tournaments. I also like looking for value on the market – and there is always so much value.
This is where my years of FUT helps me out. I buy a lot of the fringe players not currently playing every game but have the potential to be very good footballers and either break into the first team at their current club or move onto another.
What do you like about Footstock?
I was drawn to Footstock because it’s a combination of all the things I mentioned above. It’s like starting a sticker or Promatch football card collection and then importing that collection into FIFA Ultimate Team.
You can use your cards to play roulette against the house or against other users and it can be a real buzz entering your card and waiting for the opponent’s card to show up. It’s such a good feeling when you win, especially if the card you have won is better value than the card you entered.
I also like that I can play the long game and build up a collection that increases in value as a whole, rather than buying a card for a specific gameweek and hoping the player scores so I can get a dividend. Playing in the tournaments is also one of my favourite things to do as you can use your cards over and over again and when you need to free up some cash you can just sell a card.
The main point I want to get across is that there is so much to do in Footstock that you can never get bored.
Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
This guy can be quality on his day and is always a goal threat. When he scores he scores worldies. He is currently very cheap and surely he will move on from Liverpool soon. The only way he is breaking into that team is through a couple of injuries.
Mahrez seems very cheap for his ability. At the time of writing you can buy him for just over £6 from the market and he is always a goal and assist threat when he plays. The only thing that lets him down is squad rotation.
This guy can be bought for under £8 and that’s a steal for me! Easily one of Arsenal’s best players and gets most of the goals. A goal gets you 20 points in a tournament. See where I am going here?
What advice would you give a new trader?
The first thing I would say is read the rules and terms & conditions to make sure you know how everything works. Then I would join the Slack community. It is a great community full of nice people who are always happy to help. It is also the perfect place to discuss all things Footstock and it’s always the first place you hear about things. Read as many of the Meet the Manager articles as you can and just take it all in. Everyone has different strategies, thoughts and interests relating to Footstock.
Start small and don’t rush into buying the bigger players. There is so much value in buying the cheaper players, especially if you think they are going to break into the first team. Focus on the free and beginner tournaments and work your way up to the bigger tournaments. Don’t be pulled in by the huge pots in the pro tournaments and only bet what you can afford to lose to begin with.
What has been your best/favourite roulette win or swap?
I have been very lucky with roulette and my favourite roulette win was a Son Heung-min. At the time he was about £16 on the market and I sold him to add funds for cheaper players. Another good win for me was winning Aguero off a Josh Murphy (absolutely battering him on corners). I also won Salah from Josh Murphy when Salah was the king of Footstock. Josh Murphy used to be a roulette beast.
What are you most looking forward to about Footstock?
The world of Footstock is just beginning and I am looking forward to the user base growing to make it an even bigger player in the football betting industry. I am hoping more tournament options become available and the pots increase. I am also looking forward to the expansion into other leagues.