First and foremost, here comes a very important announcement. Some of you may not have noticed that there is a game between Real Madrid and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Monday, February 24 at 21:00 CET. It is the earliest game in a round for this entire Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season. Therefore, this is also the Round 26 deadline in the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge. Remember to make your trades before the deadline – which is the day this article came out – or you will be stuck with the same team you had in Round 25, which may not be a bad thing but generally is. So, make your trades before Monday at 21:00 CET to be as competitive as you can be!
It was a very unusual Round 25 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season, in which only one team – the injury-plagued Olympiacos Piraeus – was able to win at home. There were a lot of road warriors. ALBA Berlin rallied past Zenit St Petersburg, Real Madrid recorded a 29-point win at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, something few saw coming, Khimki Moscow Region won in Milan and Alexey Shved remained comfortable against AX Armani Exchange Milan. Zalgiris Kaunas limited KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz to just 60 points on its own court, FC Barcelona had a great second half to beat Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow and Anadolu Efes Istanbul proved why they are in the upper part of the standings.
Round 26 is full of exciting games, and we are sure it will also feature some outstanding individual performances. Here are some recommendations for the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge:
Will Thomas, Zenit St Petersburg (2.03 million) – Coach Xavi Pascual’s arrival means a change to the team’s rotation and one thing is for certain: Thomas was one of the team’s leaders before Pascual came and is set to have even more playing time and responsibilities from now on.
Martin Hermannsson, ALBA Berlin (990,000) – He earned Round 25 MVP honors with a fantastic performance against Zenit (24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists). He has been the answer to ALBA’s point guard problems. ALBA plays against Efes and Hermannsson dished a career-high 11 assists against the Turkish powerhouse in Round 2.
Nando De Colo, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (1.60 million) – Even though his team recorded a tough home loss, De Colo was Fenerbahce’s main player, finishing the game against Real with 21 points and a PIR of 23. De Colo will play against his former team, Valencia Basket. In his last game in Valencia, he had 30 points and a PIR of 31.
Jaycee Carroll, Real Madrid (320,000) – In his best form so far this season, Carroll is hitting every open shot and looks to be as effective as ever. Carroll had 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting against ALBA, 20 points against Fenerbahce and another 20 in the Copa del Rey final against Unicaja Malaga. Carroll is hot and that is trouble for everyone but Real, of course.
Othello Hunter, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (1.85 million) – Olympiacos may be without Nikola Milutinov, who is doubtful in this game. As such, Maccabi has an opportunity to dominate the paint through Hunter, a former Olympiacos player who is having a really strong season – 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and a PIR of 13.8 in less than 24 minutes per night.