Round 10 brought a lot of excitement all around the continent, but arguably the best game came in the Spanish capital. You don't get to see the two winningest teams in Europe face off every day, even when the new system guarantees at least two matchups between Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow every season. CSKA played a great second half behind solid performances from Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins and took a valuable road win. Fenerbahce Istanbul was without Kostas Sloukas but got a convincing road win in Barcelona. Great defense and a very patient offense allowed Zeljko Obradovic's team to rise to 9-1. Marko Guduric played some minutes at point guard and finished the game with 13 points and a PIR of 24. Khimki was without Alexey Shved but found new ways to win, downing Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 76-68 behind a big performance from Anthony Gill. Zalgiris Kaunas got its first win at home and Herbalife Gran Canaria recorded its first-ever road victory in the competition. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv broke a six-game losing streak with a 24-point win against FC Bayern Munich, while Anadolu Efes Istanbul won its fifth in a row and Olympiacos Piraeus its third consecutively, both in front of their home fans.
There is a lot going on and that is always good for EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge. Last week, Zach LeDay of Olympiacos had a season-best PIR of 42 and Brandon Davies of Zalgiris amassed a PIR of 35... a week after getting a PIR of 39. Now, those two are about to go face-to-face in Kaunas, Lithuania on Thursday. Here are some recommendations of Round 11, which include two players going against former teams, a superstar looking to bounce back, a newcomer ready to see more minutes and a big man in very good shape.
1. Tarik Black, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (1.07 million) – His team plays against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul, which had trouble against Gran Canaria's big men last week. Black battled foul trouble in Round 10 but had 12 points and a PIR of 15 in 16 minutes. With extended playing time and a good matchup, Black can have career-best numbers in Round 11.
2. Petteri Koponen, FC Bayern Munich (1.10 million) – Despite losing by 24, Koponen had 10 points and 6 assists for a PIR of 16 last week. Bayern will be looking to bounce back against Khimki and will need its best players to step up. Koponen will be very motivated against his former team; he won a 7DAYS EuroCup title with Khimki in 2014.
3. Arturas Gudaitis, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (1.99 million) – Despite his team's loss in Lithuania, Gudaitis did well in his home country, with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks for a PIR of 23. Milan plays against Gran Canaria and will need Gudaitis at his best level against its twin towers, Ondrej Balvin and Anzejs Pasecniks.
4. Toko Shengelia, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (1.78 million) – Shengelia is a player that rarely underperforms in consecutive games. He comes off a rough game – 6 points, 5 fouls, 2 PIR in 19 minutes – in Milan. Expect Shengelia to do much better against one of the toughest teams in the competition, none other than CSKA.
5. Edwin Jackson, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (1.14 million) – Not only he is playing much better lately, but Jackson is hitting over half of his shots from downtown (53.2%). Playing against a team he joined twice, FC Barcelona Lassa, and never got to succeed as he did elsewhere will be a big motivation. Expect Jackson to give 110% at home against Barcelona.