Meet the Manager: FPLGreenArrow
In the Meet the Manager series, we profile some of Footstock’s most active managers. Today’s manager under the spotlight is FPL expert FPLGreenArrow.
1) What is your name?
2) How long have you been on Footstock, how did you hear about it and what is your Footstock related background?
After seeing quite a few mentions of it on Twitter from both FPL & Football Index related accounts, I signed up during the IndieGoGo pre-launch campaign as it immediately piqued my interest.
I’ve been interested in the fantasy/manager element of football since I was about 10 or 11, which ranged from the old play-by-mail fantasy football to Fantasy Football Challenge on VHS game & even running my own game as a teenager with about 20 people playing. I would spend a couple of hours each weekend working out everyone’s points for that week! That all progressed to entering the newspaper fantasy football comps (though never The S*n!) and then moving on to FPL & Sky FF for the last 10-12 years.
From a gambling/trading point of view, I’ve always had a dabble with regular football betting, with many a Saturday afternoon spent watching accumulators fall at the final hurdle. I also used to play a lot of online poker and got some very good returns on a relatively small investment in crypto until the bubble burst! I signed up to Football Index just after launch but have really only started using it properly in the last 12 months.
When Footstock came along it seemed to tie in a lot of different elements from games/platforms I’ve always played, so it made complete sense to see what it was all about.
3) What is your portfolio size?
I’ve put just under £600 into Footstock since launch and my current collection value plus cash balance is just under £950. That’s around a 58% ROI based on the current sale prices. Though this was at over 100% ROI until I recently added more funds at the start of the month & the Collection Value dipped a little.
In terms of the number of cards I have, there’s just over 1400 in my Collection, though a large chunk of them are Basic cards that have come from pack purchases.
4) What is your portfolio structure?
I’ve initially tried to have a good spread across all players to give me good options for pretty much every tournament I want to enter. For most of the mid to lower end of the table teams, I’ve tried to make sure I have at least 1 or 2 cards for each player from these teams.
For the top end of the market, I haven’t actually spent that much on buying the premium cards from the market, I only have 1 or 2 of each Epic & Legendary player and these have mostly been obtained through packs & roulette wins. I am slowly trying to build this up to give more flexibility around multiple tournament entries though.
In comparison to some other Footstock members, my biggest holds are pretty small in quantity!
But the top 5 for me at the moment are;
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (25)
Kyle Walker Peters (22)
James Garner (20)
Curtis Jones (18)
Rhian Brewster (12)
I think Gudmundsson & Walker Peters could both see some good gains in the coming months with JBG’s return from injury & KWP’s chance of first team action after his loan move. Garner, Jones & Brewster are more long term options, though Jones in particular could see some good growth this season, as I expand on below.
5) What is your strategy?
Up until around September/October time, I had pretty much no strategy at all. I was literally just logging on once or twice per week to enter the freerolls and then, if I won anything in the tournaments, I would buy a few packs or play Roulette. Since then though, the Footstock bug has definitely taken hold and I’m playing with more of a plan.
With the Collection structure I have, my main focus is on the Freeroll and Beginner tournaments at the moment, though I’ll always usually pick out 2-3 Amateur tournaments to target each week as well. The Pro tournaments are a no-go for me for now, mainly because I don’t have multiple cards for the top players to be able to be as competitive as I’d like, but also from a bankroll management point of view. The aim is to eventually get into playing the Pro tournaments regularly, but I won’t be rushing into this!
The fact that I don’t enter the Pro tournaments and only pick out a couple of the Amateurs each week means that all of my Legendary cards & the majority of my Epics are available for me to target the Freerolls. I currently always put my teams together for the Freerolls ahead of any other tournaments, as the potential returns on these are fantastic and the wins I’ve had have helped me to build up a bigger/stronger overall Collection. Once my free lineups are done, I’ll then take a look at getting the Beginner tournaments set up, as well as picking out a couple of Amateurs that I have good cards for.
Over the last 6-8 weeks, I have recently started spending a bit more time on the trading aspect of the platform, in terms of both buying low/selling high & building up my holdings in a few players I think could see big rises. Still very early days in this area for me though, so waiting to see how it pans out.
6) What do you like about Footstock?
Before even considering the key elements of the actual Footstock platform that makes it so appealing, it is the Slack community and the willingness of the Footstock team to interact directly, take on user feedback & act on it extremely quickly that makes Footstock stand out as something I want to be involved in in the long-term.
For the platform itself, as I touched on earlier, it’s the fact it ties together a lot of things that I’ve been involved in for years: FPL, football betting & elements of trading. Since starting to focus more on Footstock over the last 6 months, I’ve hardly touched my regular betting accounts.
I’d much rather put the funds into Footstock cards/tournaments instead of a bunch of doubles/trebles and the odd speculative acca each week.
Aside from the tournament/trading elements, the Roulette tournaments, Raffles & player swaps gives the chance to diversify how the platform is used & opens up the opportunity to utilise/test different strategies to build up my Collection.
7) Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
The below are 3 players I think could see some big price changes in the next few months:
Curtis Jones (current sell price of £0.94)
Liverpool are almost certainly going to have the league wrapped up with 6 or more games to spare, so I’d expect to see Jones get a few more appearances in the league before the end of the season, especially if they go deep in the Champions League.
David Brooks (current sell price of £1.71)
Brooks had such a positive impact in his first season, the fact he hasn’t played a single game this year due to injury is a huge blow to Bournemouth. It looks like he is possibly going to return to action in March at some point and if he can hit the same form he showed last season then I think his price could rocket, especially with him potentially being a part of Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign.
Todd Cantwell (current sell price of £1.93)
Solid campaign under his belt and has been linked with a big money move to Man Utd or Liverpool. Norwich need a miracle to stay up this season but do have some decent home games left and 5 of Cantwell’s 6 league goals have come at home this year. I think he could put in some decent scores and a potential move to a bigger team could help bump his price up.
As touched on in a few of the other Meet The Manager posts, in terms of pure PPG value for the card, I do think goalkeepers are quite hard to beat. I’ve had a few tournament wins that have largely been attributed to loading up on 2-3 GK’s. The fact they don’t lose points for conceding, as well as getting 2pts per save, means that they can be a very cost effective route to solid tournament points.
8) What advice would you give a new trader?
For anyone who isn’t starting out with a big deposit, I’d definitely suggest largely ignoring the top end of the market initially. While it may seem like a good idea to go out & buy a bunch of the Legendary & Epic players, you’ll almost always be better off building up a holding of cards from the lower categories to target specific teams/tournaments.
Don’t feel the need to jump in head first with the cash tournaments. The Freerolls are a great way of gaining an understanding of how the points scoring works and seeing how even the smallest of in-game events can have a dramatic impact on leaderboards.
As obvious as it may sound, don’t underestimate the value that should be placed on picking tournament players from the teams you think will win the game. There are so many tournament prizes that are decided after the final whistle has gone and the 6 pts that are added to each player whose team won the match usually end up crucial.
Double and triple check what you are entering when submitting bids for cards on the market! I accidentally missed the decimal point when putting in a bid for an inactive Anthony Knockaert card, so ended up with 5 bids going in with £67 max price. Luckily, there were only 2 Knockaert cards available on the market and they went through for a total of around £14.
9) What has been your best/favourite roulette win or swap?
I’ll start with a swap first because it ties in with the accidental £14 Knockaert purchases mentioned above. The Footstock Gods were definitely looking down on me that day – I swapped the first Knockaert card & got a Minamino when he was new to the market. I managed to sell the card for £14, so I instantly made back the money I’d spent in error.
I’ve had a few very good roulette wins, most notably a £0.06 Ryan Babel beating a £20.03 Sergio Aguero & Knockaert delivering again against Harry Kane.
10) What are you most looking forward to about Footstock?
Seeing how much the platform has already improved since launch makes it easy to be optimistic about where it is heading. It is still very early days for Footstock and, as the user base grows, the product itself should keep on getting better as the tournament prizes get bigger with more entries, the card trading liquidity improves & new features/leagues are added.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how the upcoming Euro 2020 tournaments are going to be implemented and they will definitely help to keep the platform ‘sticky’ over the summer.
There are so many great ideas getting added to the Slack community and this is only going to increase as more people sign up, so I’m looking forward to seeing where we are in 12 months time.