It seems like it was only yesterday that the 2021-22 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season tipped off, but all of a sudden we are in Round 9 this week. AX Armani Exchange Milan leads the standings with a 7-1 record despite not being the most EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge-friendly squad; Shavon Shields leads Milan in PIR average (14.0), but ranks just 18th overall. Five other teams – Olympiacos Piraeus, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne – have 6-2 records.
More and more players are stepping up after an early-season adjustment period. This time, we are recommending something for everyone: cheap players who have been playing great lately; others who have been having outstanding seasons but are still affordable; a player who is back from injury and ready to see extended playing time; and a superstar and former EuroLeague MVP in a very sweet moment.
We cannot forget about head coaches, as they can make the difference not only in the overall standings but also in private leagues. Ettore Messina of Milan (11.9 points, 9.8 credits) and Georgios Bartzokas (11.3 points, 7.9 credits) are the top choices until now, but you are only as good as the next round when it comes to EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge, so being able to predict which teams should have a good game is critical to be successful.
Without further ado, here are some players to think about choosing in EuroCup Fantasy Challenge for Round 9 of the regular season.
Keenan Evans, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (9.2 credits) – Maccabi is on a five-game winning streak and Evans has a lot to do a lot with it. A EuroLeague newcomer, Evans comes off his best performance, getting 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists in his team’s road victory against Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. He has played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games, too.
Ben Lammers, ALBA Berlin (9.2 credits) – Back from an injury, Lammers should claim back his spot as ALBA’s main reference in the paint. Defensively, he is ready to keep doing what he does best: rebound and block shots. Offensively, Lammers doesn’t make many mistakes, and that usually leads to a high PIR. He has a great Fantasy Challenge value.
Elie Okobo, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (11.7 credits) – Let’s face it, Okobo arguably is, stats-wise, the best player in the EuroLeague right now. But he is 27th on the list of most expensive players in the game. Okobo leads the competition in scoring (19.6 ppg.) and ranks third in PIR (20.0). In the last three games, he has averaged a PIR of 23.0. Unstoppable!
Donta Hall, AS Monaco (9.9 credits) – You have probably seen Hall in most highlight films this season, blocking shots and finishing alley-oops way above the rim. The truth is, Hall is way more than pretty plays and has the numbers to prove it. In less than 19 minutes per night. Hall is averaging 10.4 points on 73.1% two-point shooting, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks.
Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (14.5 credits) – Vesely is playing at a really high level in the last three games, averaging 18.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for a PIR of 22.7. Only Okobo (23.0) had a higher PIR average in the last three rounds. Right in the prime of his career, you can easily expect Vesely to keep leading Fenerbahce, posting solid numbers.
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