Fantasy Challenge tips: Watch out for Jimmer

Dec 02, 2019 by Print

Round 11 was different because one player made history in golden letters: Shane Larkin of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, who broke the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's all-time scoring record. I will try to approach it from a different angle, so that you realize how historical Larkin's achievement is. The previous record belonged to four players, one of them being the late Alphonso Ford, the first player to break the 40-point mark in the competition. That happened on January 31, 2001, barely some months since the new EuroLeague started. Almost 19 years later, no-one had even beaten that mark, set really early in the competition. Carlton Myers, Kaspars Kambala and Bobby Brown tied the record, but 6,876 days after Ford's 41-point game, Larkin did better. A lot more happened in Round 12 that was kind of overshadowed by Larkin's record and Efes rising to the top of the standings. There were only two road warriors: Real Madrid, which won in St Petersburg against Zenit, and CSKA Moscow, which thrashed FC Barcelona 67-96 behind a terrific team performance. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens kept its great momentum going in Rick Pitino's return to the bench. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Olympiacos Piraeus recorded convincing, much-needed home wins. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade edged Valencia Basket on a game-winning, buzzer-beater triple by Lorenzo Brown. And both Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and ALBA Berlin registered respective home wins.

As always, we are recommending five players you should buy ahead of Round 12. And yes, you guessed right, there is one player whom everyone should own, no matter how expensive he is in the game.

Shane Larkin, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (3.38 million) – The most expensive player in the game, but one who comes off a historical performance that has to be considered. What is next for Larkin? One thing is for certain, Larkin has been unstoppable in November and only seems to be getting started. A player to keep all season long.

Anthony Gill, Khimki Moscow Region (1.90 million) – Gill is present in less than 2,000 Fantasy teams. There are more than 80 players more popular than him in the game. That should change soon, as Gill had a PIR of 26 against Fenerbahce last week, is averaging a PIR of 18.3 in the last three games, and is clearly on his way up.

Jimmer Fredette, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (1.74 million) – A lot of things are set to change now that Coach Rick Pitino is back with Panathinaikos. First, Fredette is going to have the ball in his hands more often. Against Baskonia, he had 21 points and a career-high 5 assists. Expect him to keep getting better and better. He is a monster game waiting to happen.

Edy Tavares, Real Madrid (1.80 million) – He comes off arguably his best game of the season. Tavares was a defensive wall against Zenit: 12 rebounds, 10 on defense, and 3 blocks for a PIR of 22. Real plays against Valencia Basket and Jordan Mickey is questionable. Should be a good week for "Sergeant Swat".

Derrick Williams, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (1.76 million) – Williams was unstoppable, throwing down one outstanding dunk after another, as Fenerbahce won its last two games. Opponents wish he just dunked, because Williams is doing everything well, averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in the last two games for a PIR average of 21.5.