It’s time to share a secret to the best players’ success in the EuroLeague FabFive Challenge. Finalize your rosters as late as possible. Check the injury reports and take advantage. The first four games in Round 27 tip-off within an hour of each other. Shortly before tip-off, make sure that the stars from those teams are all available – and if not, pounce on the players from lower ranges who may suddenly see more minutes and scoring opportunities.
Below we have recommended Khimki Moscow Region guard Vyacheslav Zaytsev as an excellent option in Round 2, though that is in the event that his backcourt mate and star scorer Alexey Shved sits. If Shved plays, perhaps there is another worthy option to select. Remember, as long as you don’t have a player whose game took place in that slot, you can swap out players at any time until the last game of that round, in this case at 20:45 CET on Wednesday when AX Armani Exchange Milan vs Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul tips off.
And don’t forget to check on the players who were registered just before Round 26, some of whom debuted last week and can be had in Range 1 – for now! That list includes Jeremy Evans of Milan, Mario Hezonja of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, Kosta Koufos of Olympiacos Piraeus and Micheal Eric of CSKA Moscow and David Kraemer of FC Bayern Munich, among others.
With that in mind, here are some FabFive suggestions for Round 27:
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – The news that Sergio Llull has undergone knee surgery means that Real Madrid will need to lean on Carlos Alocen more going forward. Alocen has outpointed the Range 1 numbers in five straight games, during which he has averaged 8.0 points.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – Khimki Moscow Region has been eliminated from playoff contention and will not risk Alexey Shved if he is not 100 percent healthy, which was the case last week (although he returned to score 34 points in the VTB United League on Sunday). The possibility of no Shved means it’s a good idea to bet heavily on Vyacheslav Zaytsev, who scored a career-high 21 points against Real Madrid earlier this season.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – Ove the past three rounds, Shaquielle McKissic‘s 17.0 points per game are tied for the fifth-most in the league. Olympiacos Piraeus visits TC Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on Wednesday and will need another big game from McKissic, who should get another chance to shine.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – Shavon Shields has justified every minute he has played for AX Armani Exchange Milan this season with excellence on both ends of the floor. His offense has been outstanding recently with 15.3 points per game over his last four appearances. Shields should have a big role against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul this round.
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – A rusty Mike James scored 15 last week for CSKA Moscow at Olympiacos. He should be fresher on Tuesday when he visits Tel Aviv, where he went for 22 points last season. James has never scored fewer than 17 against Maccabi on the road.
Good luck in Round 27!
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