Howdy, friends! The brand new Premier League season is just around the corner, and with it comes the exciting potential of renewed hope for teams all across England. Players will be bought and sold for ungodly sums over the next day as the Premier League transfer window closes. Fans will rejoice and bemoan their club’s transfer activity or lack thereof. And most importantly, Arsenal will sit atop the table until the league kicks off on Friday as last season’s runners-up Liverpool host recently-promoted Norwich.
This season, not only will we at the Short Fuse provide you with all of the coverage of Arsenal’s (hopefully productive) season we can muster, but we are doing something a little different by inviting everyone to join the first-ever The Short Fuse EPL Fantasy league!
Beginning this week, we will feature a weekly article following the league’s standings through the end of the season, when we will crown one lucky participant the inaugural The Short Fuse EPL Fantasy League champion. And yes, there will be a trophy.
For first-time Premier League Fantasy players, you’ll need to first create an account on the official Premier League website (I strongly recommend downloading the app as well). After signing up, it’s as simple as:
- Picking a roster (Note: make sure you select Fantasy from the drop down tab and not Fantasy Draft)
- Selecting and confirming a starting line-up for Gameweek 1 (the deadline is Friday, August 9th at 2:00pm GMT)
- Joining the league using the code: pss5x6
For an example, here is my current roster. I took the safe bet with my lineup and went heavy on big point winners from last year in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool players Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson. However, those players ate up a huge chunk of my £100 million starting budget, so I had to get frugal with some of my other picks.
Joining Aubameyang from Arsenal on my roster is Alex Iwobi, who I think is primed to have a productive year despite the acquisition of Pepe. Logically, I have chosen exactly zero Arsenal defenders.
I’m also taking an early gamble by giving Salah, my team captain, a triple captain boost. I could probably save it for next week when Arsenal host Burnley, a team that Auba never fails to score against, but Liverpool at Anfield against Norwich seems too good to pass up.
As far as scoring goes, we will be using the traditional classic fantasy style where your lineup will be competing against everyone else’s lineups week-to-week instead of a head-to-head match up against specific league members.
That’s it! While we never run out of things to post about here, we greatly look forward to adding our weekly fantasy league updates into the mixer. We would love to see you awesome readers in the league, even if just for the banter. So pick wisely and have fun!