Fergi is one of the best all round fantasy football managers around. He has six FPL top 1% finishes (best 715th) in the past seven seasons, numerous top 100 finishes across Sky Fantasy Football and Telegraph Fantasy Football and is the reigning Dream Team Champion.

Every week he covers his thought process and tips ahead of every Gameweek across all these formats exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.

For Gameweek 1 he has split out his Fantasy Premier League, Sky Fantasy Football, Telegraph and Dream Team team reveals but will as usual write his combined article ahead of Gameweek 2 onwards.

You can find our other Telegraph Fantasy Football Gameweek 1 team reveals and tips right here!

Telegraph Fantasy Football 2021/22 Strategy

Welcome back all, I hope you had a great summer and am as raring to go as I am for Telegraph Fantasy Football!

Important - the intention of my team reveal articles is to share my thought process and teams at the time of writing. Team line-ups, last minute injuries etc may mean some of my line-ups and captaincy choices may slightly change come the deadline. I would urge you to keep an eye on team news and make the decisions you feel are the correct ones for you in the circumstances.

I will always endeavour to tweet my finalised team out pre-deadline regardless.

Planning

The new TFF bonus point changes have made for a very interesting dynamic shift in this format with some budget midfielders in particular looking far more attractive than in previous seasons.

With five teams available for us to use in Telegraph, I like to hedge my bets with my 'main team' having a good variety of teams and price points and the other four 'going for it' a little by targeting specific team defensive blocks and semi-blocks and maybe the odd punt that I fancy but would never gamble on in my main team.

In the same vein as FPL, in my main team I like to have a good spread of top team coverage to be able to pivot quickly to that team when the fixtures turn or a a team's form dips/accelerates.

My long term strategy in this format is to always to set my team up for the long term and try not use luxury transfers until the New Year when the FA Cup and fixture rescheduling occurs. That is the time to maximise your transfers and overtake your smug mini-league rivals!

I always aim to try and not use any more than 10-12 transfers by the New Year (easier said than done!) and this is why my main team won't have many gambles in them. My team will be a mixture of premium players, bonus magnets enablers and will be defence heavy as in this game defenders and goalkeepers have the best PPG (points-per-game) by a mile.

My main dilemma is whether to try and squeeze the usually essential Mohamed Salah (£7.0m), Bruno Fernandes (£6.7m) and Kane (£7.0m) into my team from the get go or go with two, spread the funds and rotate them according to fixtures. No doubt Romelu Lukaku (as yet unpriced) will have a major say this season too.

Player Shortlist

I have a shortlisted pool of players I like and will be very likely choosing my Gameweek 1 team from. This may change a little with last minute Premier League transfers/injuries but the thought process will remain the same regardless.

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Gameweek 1 Team Reveal

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