In the first day’s action the highest scorers were Dzagoev (6.8%), Shirokov (13.5%) and Lewandowski (23%). With the latter two in widespread ownership, and the first an FFS bandwagon owned by a large number of participating managers, these three were too popular to be considered. The most valorous pick would have been the Polish substitute goalkeeper who saved the Greek penalty – Tyton – not that anyone had him of course. Credit does go to Evs who selected Russian striker Kerzhakov (2.7%) but his 5 point return didn’t quite come off. It should have been so much better given his chances of course.
So what valour awaits tonight? Tonight we have Netherlands v Denmark and Germany v Portugal, with the bravest picks almost exclusively Danish. First up is JKisthe1 who has incredibly gone for attacking midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli (0.3%) to get involved in the goals (if there are any) against Denmark. Is this a sign of genius or madness? Next up, we have Teddy and BonZ who have plumped for the highly-rated but similarly massively outgunned midfielder Christian Eriksen (9.5%). With a relatively high ownership, he is virtually absent on FFS boards – brave enough for us. Finally, a host of players have gone for seemingly doomed Danish keeper Andersen (2.9%), perhaps in an effort to balance their budgets. Wazzagoal, Teddy, Catmac and Goldstonemr – take a bow!
Finally, a report on Extreme Valour would not be complete without a mention of quite another type of valour. It takes valour to include a nobody. But it takes a completely different type of valour to exclude a somebody. A somebody up against vulnerable opposition who ends up scoring in a 4-1 thrashing. Yes, benching Shirokov. I’m afraid that won’t qualify for a prize, but consider this your reward. Ladies and Gentlemen, James_Fitz!
Stay tuned for our Day 2 report and preview of Day 3!
Some reactions from managers here