There are several promising players EuroCup Fantasy Challenge managers should consider ahead of Round 8.
Fantasy tips for Round 8: Backcourt values
A deep dive into some of the most intriguing players for Round 8 of the EuroCup Fantasy Challenge brings up several guards in different price ranges who could provide great value. The below lists features players with different roles and playing styles, but they all have important roles on their teams and many of them have the ball in their hands very often, too. Minutes and usage are key for producing PIR, so have a look at this quintet to find the players who might be the perfect fit for your teams.
Kendale McCullum, Slask Wroclaw (11.5 credits) – A midseason addition, McCullum roared for a PIR of 27 in his debut in Round 6 against Dolomiti Energia Trento and was held to a modest 11 last week against Dreamland Gran Canaria. Of course, Granca has one of the best defenses in Group B. This week's opponent, 7bet-Lietkabelis Panevezys, has allowed the most points in the group and a fast-paced game could be a good chance for McCullum to fill the stat sheet.
Juan Nunez, ratiopharm Ulm (10.2 credits) – Since missing two games early in the season, the teenage sensation has been on fire. Nuñez has averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.0 steals for a PIR of 18.7 over his last three appearances. He has long been tapped as a rising star and from week to week he is starting to shed the "rising" part of that phrase. It's time to jump aboard the Nuñez bandwagon.
Surtan Sanogo, Aris Midea Thessaloniki (6.5 credits) – It's been hit or miss for the rookie forward this season as Sanogo has three games with PIRs of at least 14 and three of 5 or less. With time, it is fair to expect more consistency. Sanogo has started all but one game thus far and this week’s matchup against ratiopharm Ulm should lead to more scoring – and rebounding – opportunities. If you are looking for an inexpensive option at forward with upside, look no further.
McKinley Wright, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (12.5 credits) – The boost that comes in a new coach’s first game is very real. The question is what direction will Coach Andrej Zakelj try to take the team in. Wright is a player whose talents should shine in almost any system. After a sizzling start to the season, Wright has slumped in recent weeks. Will he and Buducnost turn it around this week at home against Dolomiti Energia Trento? If so, there is a lot of value here.
Kristupas Zemaitis, Wolves Vilnius (7.9 credits) - Zemaitis had PIRs in the 20s each week from Rounds 3-5. Over the last two games, he averaged 28 minutes per game, but his three-pointers didn't fall. Though his 10-for-12 three-point shooting from the early part of the season was not sustainable, with such a big role on the team at such a reasonable price, Zemaitis seems like a safe bet to bring lots of value.