After a few short rest days, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Fab Five is back for Round 3! Because Round 2 did not end until Saturday night and we are entering the first two-round week of the season with Round 3 games starting on Tuesday, there is less time than ever before to plan your team. Do not fret, however, because the EuroLeague.net squad is here to leave you with some pertinent advice. And if you followed our recommendations last week, you did well. The team we presented here tied for 40th overall with 110.8 points!
If last week there were several no-brainers, this week the picking may be a bit tougher. Let's have a look. Please take note, if you are late to update your Round 3 team or have a reason to make a late swap, players do not lock until there team's games have tipped off.
Here are our suggestions for Round 3…
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – The goal with this slot is to find a player with a big role on his team who is maybe going through some early-season struggles that he's about to break out of. And there are a lot of good players to choose from in this range. Dyshawn Pierre has emerged as Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul's sixth-man with consistent minutes but so far not great shooting. That could change this week.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – Tuesday's clash between ALBA Berlin and Anadolu Efes Istanbul could be a high-scoring affair so it may be worthwhile to target one of the available ALBA starters, Peyton Siva or Luke Sikma. The more offensive-minded Siva may be the safer choice.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – There is less guesswork with ranges 3-5 with many strong options in each. The question then becomes: do you choose a player with a big role who has had a slow start or a player with a smaller role who has a favorable matchup? Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv signed Ante Zizic with the intention of his playing a major role in the paint and we saw more of that in Round 2.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – An All-EuroLeague pick in 2019, Efes's Vasilije Micic is the team's first choice on offense with Shane Larkin out. Micic has struggled with his outside shot so far, but if it starts to fall versus ALBA, he could put up big numbers.
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – You can't go wrong with any Range 5 player, but the hot hand right now is Jordan Loyd of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, the Round 2 MVP after scoring 30 versus Baskonia. Ride the hot hand.
Good luck in Round 3! And we'll be back with more advice before you know it!