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FPL Matthew is arguably the best FPL manager in the world, with three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes. He has recently taken his FPL skills to try his hand at Footstock on a budget. Read on to find out Matthew's planned teams for the forthcoming gameweek.

 

A veteran of FPL, I have recently started to play Footstock as well, which combines football card trading with fantasy football.

Most of the content for Footstock seems to revolve around people with large expensive collections - I want to show how its perfectly possible to have fun and make money playing Footstock on a budget that is relatively small and without taking big risks.

Thinking of joining Footstock?

I think this is a great time to join, with players prices currently very reasonable, the Talksport marketing campaign (featuring Chris "Kammy" Kamara!) underway and the launch of the £100k Freeroll Tournament. If anyone has any questions about Footstock, my Twitter DMs are open (@FPL Matthew).

 

Contest Strategy: Footstock on a Budget

Once you've built up a collection of player cards (including your bonus cards if you've just joined), its time to start entering some Contests. As I'm playing Footstock on a budget, I am focusing only on the Freeroll (because, why not?) and the "Bronze" Contests, which cost just 50p or £1 to enter. It's important to understand Footstock's scoring matrix. With the Bronze Contests, you can only select players rated at 1 and 2 star, meaning that you won't be competing with the likes of Bruno Fernandes or Kevin De Bruyne. Hence, they're a brilliant leveller for those on a budget. You also have to include at least one Basic 1-Star rated player.

Like most fantasy games, goals are very important: with 20 points for every goal, as well as assists to a lesser degree (10 points). Clean sheets are also important to goalkeepers (10 points), who also get points for saves, meaning that decent keepers in worse defences can also do well. Clean sheets have less of an impact for defenders, who only get five points, so attacking returns are more key overall. Various underlying statistics also attract points, as you can see from the matrix above, although two key ones seem to be 'contests won' (successful dribbles) and crosses. Players also get a bonus six points if their team wins the match, meaning that it's important to try and identify winnable fixtures. Also, because there are (currently) no subtitutes in Footstock, you'll want to pick players who you think have a good chance of starting the game.

Gameweek 2

In this article each week I will be focusing on the Bronze Contests (formerly known as "Beginners' Tournaments") and any Freeroll Contests. I will carefully select which to enter based on the fixtures and my own collection. This week I don't really like the look of the Saturday fixtures in the context of my own collection, so will be focusing on the Sunday / Monday Contest as well as the brand new...

Introducing the £1k Beat Kammy Freeroll!

This brand new free-to-enter and innovative weekly contest involves taking on none-other-than the legendary Chris Kamara. Footstock are putting in £1,000 prize money each week. £500 cash is distributed in the normal way. The other £500 contest credit will be split equally between everyone who finishes above Kammy!

The higher Kammy finishes the less users will have beaten him, and therefore the bigger slice of contest credit they’ll win. If Kammy himself somehow finishes first the contest credit pot will roll over to the following week.

The rules are simple:

Single entry – one team per entrant
Pick 8 players – one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfield, one forward and four players of your choice
20-star limit – play it your way. With an average of 2.5 stars per player to use, do you combine superstars with basic players, or go for a balanced team of mid-range players? It’s up to you!

So, these are my two planned Contests for this weekend:

Footstock on a Budget

Footstock on a Budget: Gameweek 2 Freeroll

Footstock on a Budget

Footstock on a Budget: Gameweek 2 Bronze

GW2 Sun/Mon Bronze

This will be my first priority this weekend, so let's look at the fixtures involved:

Gameweek 2 Sunday/Monday Fixtures

Some difficult-to-call fixtures here, but the two I probably fancy most to win are Newcastle United at home to Brighton and Leicester City at home to Burnley, so I will likely focus on those two teams, but never rule out any individual players who you fancy to do well regardless of fixture. With this particular contest, I need to select six players at one or two-star (at least one one-star) and at least one defender and one midfielder.

Based on this and my one and two-star collection, I have compiled a shortlist of players I am considering. The players I am particularly interested in are in bold and those rated one-star (remember I have to pick at least one) have an asterisk* against them. I have also colour coded the teams depending on how confident I am on them getting a good result this week.

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