We are facing the first two-round week of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season, which means that it is an important time to have all eyes on the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge. Remember, three trades are allowed per round, which means that trying to improve your team in between Rounds 3 and 4 should be critical. Remember that you can shuffle your team in the middle of the round - send a player who didn't do well to the bench and promote another who didn't play yet to the starting lineup. Therefore, we recommend that you bench those players whose games are scheduled in the second game of the round - you can always add them if the players in the first turn don't do well.
Six teams - FC Barcelona, Olympiacos Piraeus, AX Armani Exchange Milan, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, AS Monaco and Zenit St Petersburg - remain undefeated. Five squads - ASVEL, Milan, Real Madrid, ALBA Berlin and CSKA Moscow - play back-to-back home games this week. With all that in mind, here are our recommendations for Rounds 3 and 4.
1. Josh Nebo, Zalgiris Kaunas (10.1 credits) - Zalgiris's starting center, Joffrey Lauvergne, is sidelined for at least 4 weeks due to a shoulder injury. That means that Nebo should be seeing extended playing time. He already showed what he can do in Round 2 against Zenit with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and a PIR of 14 in less than 23 minutes on the floor.
2. Chris Jones, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (8.7 credits) - Jones has been sensational so far and should keep going as ASVEL takes on Anadolu Efes Istanbul and his former team, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv. Jones is averaging over 30 minutes on the court and definitely delivering with averages of 19.0 points on great shooting percentages (66.7% 2FG, 50.0% 3FG) and 3.5 assists for a PIR of 19.0.
3. Luke Sikma, ALBA Berlin (12.9 credits) - ALBA is without centers, as all of them - Ben Lammers, Johannes Thiemann, Kresimir Nikic, Christ Koumadje and Christoph Tilly - are injured. Even if some of them recover in time, Sikma and Oscar Da Silva are set to see most of the minutes around the baskets. Sikma can do a little bit of everything and that gives him a lot of fantasy value.
4. Devin Booker, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (10.9 credits) - Booker is starting for Fenerbahce and playing alongside Jan Vesely. He has quickly adjusted to the team and is delivering, averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists for a PIR of 16.0. He doesn't need a lot of shots to get a high PIR and Fenerbahce plays against injury-plagued ALBA Berlin in Round 3.
5. Stefan Lazarevic, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (7.2 credits) - One of the most pleasant surprises in the competition so far this season. Lazarevic is seeing a lot of playing time and has made the most out of it, averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and a PIR of 10.5, missing just one shot in two games. A cheap option to round out your team, allowing you to afford more expensive teammates.