EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge was closed temporarily due to a system error after Round 1. The error allowed managers to make trades before scores were fixed following the round and before player values were adjusted. That error, which had a critical impact on overall standings, player values and manager budgets, has been corrected. All Fantasy Challenge managers should check their teams to make sure they are up to date before the Round 2 deadline at 19:00 CET on Thursday, October 10.
Hello, Turkish Airlines EuroLeague fans and EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge managers! What a way to start the season! There was a little bit of everything in Round 1: three road wins, some expected losses and good basketball around the continent. You missed the EuroLeague, didn't you? Well, so did we! Three road warriors were KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, FC Barcelona and CSKA Moscow. For the third consecutive season, Baskonia topped Zalgiris in Kaunas, but it was something different. Instead of outstanding offense, it was defense that allowed Baskonia to win the game, as it held Zalgiris to 3 points in the final 8 minutes. Barcelona took advantage of Efes's many absences to get a good-as-gold road win, while CSKA thrashed Valencia Basket, sending a message that echoed all around the competition. They may have lost some players, but CSKA will be very powerful.
Other than that, ALBA Berlin showed up to its game against Zenit St Petersburg without its point guard duo, Peyton Siva and Stefan Peno, and won by 20 points anyway. FC Bayern Munich also beat AX Armani Exchange Milan, certifying a good start for German teams. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne beat Olympiacos Piraeus by 19 points, 82-63. David Blatt has become the first coach to leave this season. Khimki Moscow Region and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens also registered respective home losses by a narrow margin.
The EuroLeague is back... and so is the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge. Here are out suggestions before Round 2:
1. Landry Nnoko, ALBA Berlin (710,000) – The biggest bargain in the Fantasy Challenge right now. ALBA is also without center Johannes Thiemann, so Landry is going to see more playing time and is making the most out of it. He had a Fantasy score of 20.9 points based upon 16 points, 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Expect him to continue being solid and very productive.
2. Facu Campazzo, Real Madrid (1.60 million) – Some people think he is one of the best pure playmakers in the world. Well, count me in. Campazzo is a floor general like few others in basketball. Points, assists, steals and three-pointers are guaranteed. He is also an excellent rebounder for a player his size. Had a PIR of 24 against Fenerbahce, no less.
3. Alec Peters, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (960,000) – Adrien Moerman and Shane Larkin are not ready to play, which is good news for Vasilije Micic and Peters in terms of fantasy productivity. More playing time regularly means more shots and a higher PIR. Peters had 16 points – 25% of his team's scoring – and missed only one shot on his way to a PIR of 19.
4. Luis Scola, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (1.37 million) – Few people doubted about his adaptation, but Scola arrived to Milan and delivered right away. He had a PIR of 17 in his first EuroLeague game since 2007, and did even better in the Italian League this weekend, with a PIR of 24 in 22 minutes of action. Wow!
5. DeShaun Thomas, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (1.24 million) – Usually, those players who stay with their teams and are fully adjusted have more chances to do well in Round 1. Thomas proved it with 18 points and 11 rebounds in almost 32 minutes of action. He is also a very good fit against Panathinaikos's next opponent, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.