We come off a very exciting double-round week. It was a good round for the Spanish teams - KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia Basket registered back-to-back wins. All of them played at home and took significant leaps forward in the standings. Indeed, Barcelona and Madrid are in the top four, Baskonia is one win away from the playoff zone and Valencia is 4-6 after a 0-5 start. Remarkably, there were two teams that won twice on the road too: Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Arguably one of the biggest winners this week was Panathinaikos interim coach Giorgos Vovoras, who led his team to great victories in Kaunas and Munich. Efes relied on its star guard duo of Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic to make the difference in Villeurbanne and Milan. Efes handed both LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and AX Armani Exchange Milan their first home losses of the season, which made it even more special.
Round 11 comes with big showdowns and new chapters in historic rivalries in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. As always, we have some recommendations for the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge and this time, we will try to steer clear of the most expensive players in the game.
Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia Basket (2.16 million) - Just like Jovic, Dubljevic had a EuroLeague career-best performance index in Round 10 between Valencia and Khimki. He had a PIR of 29 with 18 points and 7 rebounds. In Round 9, Dubljevic had a career-best 11 rebounds. In the Spanish League this weekend, he had a PIR of 20 against a EuroLeague team, Baskonia. Simply said, he's been on fire lately.
Stefan Jovic, Khimki Moscow Region (1.38 million) - Jovic had a career-best effort in Round 10 against Valencia, finishing the game with 19 points and 11 assists. His PIR of 33 was his highest ever in part because he shot deadly from three-point range (4 of 5). We expect more of the same from Jovic, who passing skills have always been there, but now, he is ready to help in many more ways.
Paul Zipser, FC Bayern Munich (1.31 million) - Zipser had a great all-around game in Round 10 against Panathinaikos, finishing it with 23 points, 7 rebounds and a PIR of 29. Zipser will keep using his size and versatility against a tough team like Efes, which is without its starting power forward, Adrien Moerman. Expect more big numbers from him.
Augustine Rubit, Olympiacos Piraeus (1.09 million) - Olympiacos had a big win against ALBA in Berlin mainly because of Rubit's performance. In his first start of the season, Rubit balanced the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds in less than 24 minutes. He should get more playing time against Milan, a team whose playing style fits him well.
Shavon Shields, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (600,000) - Unfortunately, Patricio Garino will be sidelined for many months due to a torn ACL injury (get well soon, Patito!) so Matt Janning and Shavon Shields will split minutes at small forward from now on. Shields already delivered right away with a PIR of 24 against Valencia in the Spanish League this weekend. His value for the price is outstanding after his injury.