Of the 18 teams in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, this week there are five that maybe should be avoided for EuroLeague FabFive Challenge. Two are obvious: Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv’s game against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne has been postponed. So players from those teams are out. However, Maccabi played on Tuesday against Anadolu Efes Istanbul, which continued from Israel to Germany for a date with FC Bayern Munich. That’s no easy trip. Finally, it’s safest to avoid players facing the best two defenses in the league – FC Barcelona and Zenit St Petersburg. So that eliminates TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and AX Armani Exchange Milan. Still, from the 13 remaining squads, there are many high-scoring options.
Let’s introduce a new angle on the lower ranges in the FabFive. The traditional approach is to take guys who are maybe a little undervalued and can get you a few points more than their average. And then there are the “Boom or Bust” players. These are guys whose median game may be quite low and would hinder your FabFive team. However, they have the potential for a big scoring, boom game, too. It’s a risky play, and all of the factors mentioned in previous columns should be considered. If you hit with a boom or bust pick, it could propel your team significantly higher.
With that in mind, here are some FabFive suggestions for Round 30:
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – Two weeks ago, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade forward Marko Simonovic scored 19 points against Olympiacos Piraeus. He netted 16 against Zalgiris Kaunas in Round 24. But in the other four games since his return from injury, he’s averaged a mere 3 points per game. However, Simonovic has been getting the minutes needed and is shooting well enough to have another double-digit outburst against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – He scored 11 points last week, had 16 the last time Valencia Basket faced Khimki Moscow Region and averaged 10.9 points per game last season. Martin Hermannsson fits the bill for his team’s game this week and could be someone to keep an eye on for the rest of the season, at least as long as he remains in Range 2.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – When healthy, Peyton Siva of ALBA Berlin is as good a point guard as you can find in Europe. He’s scored in double figures in six of the nine games in which he played at least 20 minutes this season. Last week, he went for a season-high 21 points in 33 minutes. It’s a good time to get on the Siva bandwagon.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Khimki big man Jordan Mickey isn’t just scoring like a madman, he’s filling the entire stat sheet. Of course, only points matter here for FabFive Challenge, but when you find a player as hungry as Mickey, ride him as long as possible.
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – Mike James can’t be kept down for long. Sure he slumped to a total of 15 points in Rounds 28 and 28 and CSKA has lost back-to-back games. But James went for 21 last week and he scored 28 the last time CSKA played this week’s opponent, Real Madrid, including the game-winning four-point play.
Good luck in Round 30!
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