Weve reached the end of regular seasons first round, and are now about one-third of the way done with the Fantasy game itself. The game lasts till the end of the top-16 and you have to be alert as the winner will probably be decided at the end of the year. During the first 6 weeks of the game so far, lots of users have been disappointed, maybe giving up, without noticing that there are surprising players or steals in every corner waiting to offer us plenty of credit and value.
On the other hand, the early winners, the ones that are leading the score have to be careful, because the best players today might be the worst tomorrow in this extremely unstable and unpredictable game. So, let it be. One bad week is nothing and its a wide open game. Lets see what we have...Early Conclusion: The Older, the Better
Before anything, lets mention some early conclusions after the first part of the season. There are many users who have put their teams future plans or spent a lot of credits investing on some really talented players of average to good Euroleague teams this year.
Youngsters who were considered as their teams franchise players, like Marco Belinelli
of Climamio Bologna or Uros Tripkovic
of Partizan, have been unstable at best and have heavily disappointed their supporters, not to mention NBA scouts. Exceptions like Rudy Fernandez of Joventut or Tiago Splitter
of Tau Vitoria do not count as much, as both have already missed games due to injuries, while past overachieving youngsters Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Paulius Jankunas
have been facing issues with their teams that do not allow them to perform at full potential. 16-year old defensive star Ricky Rubio
is a fantasy diamond, but leading Euroleague in steals per game, he would be much more benefited fantasy-wise from an NBA-type counting system, where steals counts for 2.5 times more than in Europe. Anton Ponkrashov
s playing time is limiting his potential, while Mantas Kalnietis
is a fantasy bust so far, completely overshadowed by Marko Popovics dominance in the suicidal Zalgiris offensive delirium.
In the end, only the recent stud Kosta Perovic
counts as a stable force in the senior fantasy level and he still isnt a premier big man. So, at the end of the day, the conclusion is to either build around veterans and buy the youngsters in specific occasions, or not touch them at all. This is a long-lasting game and you cant risk for more than once with the juniors. Point GuardsThe Top-10
With the two experienced and steady Greek point guards, Dimitris Diamantidis
and Theo Papaloukas leading the list, point guards are always the weakest spot here in the Euroleague fantasy.
Diamantidis value may further rise this week, with undefeated Panathinaikos hosting red-hot Maccabi at home and the Greek star having a clear cut advantage over Will Bynum
in the match-up. Croatians Zoran Planinic
and Marko Popovic are heading towards different directions, with the first recovering from a bad 5th week game and the latter getting injured this weekend while playing for one of the most unstable and underachieving teams of the season so far.
Nikos Zisis plays an easy home game and he might see his value rising versus Napoli, which has surprisinly gotten rid of Tierre Brown
. Scoonie Penn and Olympiakos are not stable lately, but the game versus Rhein Energie and the earlier overrated Desmond Mallet might help both the team and the player receive some boost along with the 10% of the win.
Terrel Castle is good, but Aris plays in Barcelona, against the team's excellent backcourt. Davor Kus saw his value falling again, but had a splendid weekend game that makes him intriguing again.The Best of the RestBojan Popovic
needs a 25 score to gain the max, while playing at home versus the unstable Efes Pilsen
Carlos Cabezas is always good at home, as Unicaja hosts the weak on the road Partizan and Vonteego Cummings
Teemu Ranikko had a monster weekend game, but he is pretty unstable this year
Jaka Lakovic is getting better week by week and in the home game versus Aris it's time to show his offensive presence
Mire Chatman has yet to regain his dominance, but its never too late and the game in Zagreb versus Cibona might be the one for him
Fine game for Aaron Miles
over the weekend helps him be considered a steal, especially versus Zalgiris, who is going down lately and with Marko Popovic being doubtful
Cuneyt Erden is one of the pleasant surprises lately, averaging 16+ in the last two Euroleague games
is one of the best per-minute fantasy picks, but hardly a steal at 20 credits
Milos Vujanic is slowly seeing more minutes for Panathinaikos
is still out with an injury until further notice.SwingmenTop-20
In the most unpredictable position of the fantasy game, Juan Carlos Navarro
remains on top. Now below the 100 mark, he still averages a splendid 24 fantasy score per game, followed by Mr. Do-it-all, newcomer Alex Acker
, a true exception to our avoid the youngsters advice. Just to note here that Acker is among the most sold players so far this week, probably because most of the users believe that he has reached his potential. DraftExpress would like to advise you to keep him and see where he leads you, as he is probably one of the best and most stable players so far, so there arent real reasons to keep him away from your team.
Following them, Spencer Nelson has been a part of a three-player offensive punch in Benetton, Marcus Faison is losing it lately, Kenny Gregory is nothing else but an excellent pick and Trajan Langdon
proves himself almost on a nightly basis in Moscow. Dejan Bodiroga remains an elite player, Ricky Greer is one player you shouldnt be discouraged from, Marko Milic
and Rudy Fernandez are their teams best players and last seasons Euroleague top scorer Drew Nicholas
is starting to pick it up lately.
Nikos Hatzivretas and Marco Mordente had been way too underrated and bring over unexpectedly good performances so far, Igor Rakocevic
fell too low last week, along with Mr. Instability Henry Domercant
and Simas Jasaitis. Berni Rodriguez kept it up with a fine weekend game and now that Marcus Brown
got injured again, he may be a "lock" for this week's home game versus Partizan. Alex Scales has been probably underrated, but he isnt a top-player so far, while Cenk Akyol
is going down every single week, despite his nice performances in the first three weeks.The Best of the Rest
Some fans of Partizans youngster wings should say goodbye to Luka Bogdanovic
, Milenko Tepic
and Uros Tripkovic
, if they want to move forward
, David Hawkins, Travis Hansen
and Aleksandar Nadjfeji had monster weekend games
should leave, if you still have him on your team
, Preston Shumpert, and Marco Belinelli
are all nice wing players for Climamio, but too unstable to trust, despite some moments of fantasy brilliance
Tyrone Ellis had a huge domestic game and seems like an intriguing prospect at 36
is still injured and will miss the Panathinaikos-Maccabi game.Big MenTop-20
This is where we will get most of the points from and this is where the best players are included. Nikola Vujcic
s triple double (second in two years) and season high fantasy score of 50.6 points pushed him atop the list last Thursday, making him a must have player, even against the undefeated Panathinaikos in Athens. Mike Batiste
was voted the player of the month for November, averaging 21.8 fantasy points in less than 25 minutes per game. Big-time steal Andrija Zizic has more than doubled his original value with 5 max scores in 6 weeks, tying teammate Alex Acker
for second place in the best steals so far.
A bad first 5 games had kept Brent Wright in the dark for most fantasy players, but he is a 20+ diamond since then. Eric Campbell is an extremely steady inside force and an efficient fantasy player. Mid-range threat Peja Drobnjak, rebounding machine Mirsad Turkcan
, inside force Marcus Goree, efficient and productive Michael Wright and the lately super-hot Jeremiah Massey
complete the top-10. Luis Scola
is coming off a scary 47.3 weekend performance versus Joventut, while Lazaros Papadopoulos returns from a 4-week injury and forces users to rethink purchasing the lately hot Antonis Fotsis
. Tanoka Beard ranks 12th among big men, but is always dangerous and on the radar, now more than ever, since Hanno Mottola
wont play this week versus Pau Orthez. Ronnie Burrel, Kosta Perovic
, Sandro Nicevic, Matjaz Smodis
and Jamie Arnold are not the top options on their teams, but are approachable price-wise. Is this the moment to get rid of Jordi Trias, now, after 6 straight max scores, 2 ugly Euroleague games and a pathetic domestic performance this Sunday? A home game versus Aris might be the reason to re-think it.The Best of the RestTiago Splitter
is officially back and healthy, ready to restore his great reputation and prove himself as a top Euroleague big man
is back on track with a strong game last week
Same story for Kaspars Kambala who reminds us of his strong post game
We should mention Paulius Jankunas
and his chance to shine versus Pau Orthez due to Hano Mottolas injury
, Mason Rocca and Marcin Gortat
are worth to be considered, depending on the opponent and given their late improvement
Sofoklis Schortsanitis is still out with an injury
The lately declining Mike Wilkinson
has the skills to give you a good score from time to time
Vasco Evtimov is an excellent player per minute but only sees limited minutes.