Meet the Manager: Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)
In the Meet the Manager series, we profile some of Footstock’s most active managers. Today’s manager under the spotlight is new Footstock adopter Holly Shand – AKA @FFCommunity_.
What is your name?
Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_), the founder of Fantasy Football Community.
How long have you been on Footstock, how did you hear about it and what is your Footstock related background?
Having got to know James through the Fantasy Weekly podcast, I heard about Footstock through him around December. In January he persuaded me to check it out and I haven’t looked back.
Having spent over five years playing FPL, as well as a number of Daily Fantasy Sports along the way, I liked the different angle that Footstock provides.
What is your portfolio size?
To date, I’ve deposited £550 and my portfolio size is now £600 so I feel like I’ve had a successful first couple of months!
What is your porfolio structure?
Having hit the roulette heavily over the breaks in the football schedule, the players I have most duplicates of aren’t terribly exciting. Dejan Lovren, Kelechi Ihaenacho and Craig Cathcart all feature four times in my portfolio. I’ve not proactively chased duplicates: they’ve been acquired more by chance through packs. My collection is more spread but I’m well stocked on Wolves players, since they have good fixtures across a few competitions.
What’s your strategy?
It’s the tournaments that are the main focus for me. I’m now at the stage where I’ve got a decent enough spread of players to use my FPL knowledge in the tournaments. In terms of trading, I look to get bargains on the market but have sold very few players.
What do you like about Footstock?
The packs – I find them highly addictive and since the format has been changed with tournament coupons on offer too, further purchases are well justified. The team is really committed to the continuous improvement of the product and that’s well appreciated.
The Official Slack community is full of knowledge and always friendly. I’m excited to see what the future holds, with regards to opening up beyond Premier League sides and attacking international tournaments when they’re rescheduled.
There are also some exciting rumours circulating about the plans for the current footballing hiatus we’re currently in the midst of, which should bring users some joy in these tough times!
On a personal level, as the platform becomes more popular, my own portfolio will inevitably increase in value.
Which players do you presently think are the best value and why?
Bruno Fernandes has to be top of the list. Having hunted him down in packs for a whole month, I caved and purchased him on the market for £30. I haven’t had the opportunity to use him in a tournament just yet, but I’m excited to do so.
Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso look like great pick ups at Chelsea. The Blues are on an upward trajectory and their 1 star rating makes them both really versatile to use in the tournaments. They are both really cheap too which is always a good thing. I’m currently holding three Giroud cards and one Alonso.
As previously mentioned, I like the look of Wolves for the tail end of the season. Diogo Jota thrives during the season run-in and is a player I’m looking to add to my collection too. Matt Doherty is bossing the 3-5-2 formation from wing-back. I have four of him.
What advice would you give a new trader?
First of all, read up before you start – I learnt the hard way when it comes to using high value players on Roulette. Joining the great community over on the Slack will keep you on the straight and narrow.
What has been your best/favourite roulette win or swap?
It’s hard to choose, I’ve had some great Roulette moments. Perhaps it had to be the first big win: picking up Jack Grealish on against a defensive midfielder, when he was worth around £15.
What are you most looking forward to about Footstock?
I’m looking forward to seeing how the platform develops when it comes to tournaments beyond the Premier League. I’m also excited to hear their plans for a season-long game for the 2020/21 season – hopefully another opportunity to use my FPL knowledge.