Season 2014/15 Summary – Squads

description summary of FPL Discovery posts for season 2014/15
gameweeks included 1-38 (full season)
samples examined – random samples of 20,000 FPL teams
– samples of top 10,000 FPL teams as of the start of each gameweek (in GW 1 both samples were identical as there is no top 10K at the start of a season)
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1. Players Played


  • As the season unfolded, more and more FPL managers failed to field full teams of 11 players with positive minutes and a playing captain or vice-captain (after automatic substitutions). An average FPL team was hit especially hard in GW 27 and GW 33 – the ones that had some fixtures rearranged for other weeks. An average top 10K team was in better shape but also failed to field a full team of 11 players on several occasions.


2. Captains and Vice-Captains


  • This season lacked some drama like when both popular captain and vice-captain picks don’t play because of unexpected injuries or wives going into labor (yes, Torres, I still remember 😡 ).


  • Diego Costa and Daniel Sturridge injuries contributed to a large number of vice-captains coming on for ghost teams.


  • Up top, the services of vice-captains were required seldom.


3. Average Points for Captains, Bench, Autosubs


  • Points for captains significantly declined compared to last season for both samples. The amount of points ending up on the bench increased and points for autosubs kicking in decreased.
  • Here are all the series by gameweek:







Last Season

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