After a profitable week 6, we are looking ahead to week 7 with our latest Euroleague Fantasy Challenge tips. Among great picks I had last week, like Miller, Causer or Hanlan I had a bit of an experiment by adding Furkan Aldemir who was going up against Dinamo Sassari. That turned out to be a bust as he played for only 2 minutes. He is out for this week as far as I’m concerned, because he is not showing what I’ve hoped to see from him at the moment. Once again I’m avoiding Darussafaka players because of unusual rotation by coach Mahmuti and a lack of hierarchy on the team. You can read more about it in my last week’s article under Furkan Aldemir analysis. Of course another big guy from the same team – Luke Harangody, was the MVP of round 6, but I won’t be going for him this week. Instead, I will be searching for my very own week 7 Euroleague MVP. There are plenty of other teams for this week’s:
Euroleague fantasy tips: Search for the MVP in the week 7
Tyreese Rice: Khimki is welcoming Bayern this week in what should be a fast-paced game and a fast-paced game is right up Rice’s alley. He will also be welcoming his former team which is more than often very inspirational for most players. Rice has been struggling to find his shot at the start of the season, but he seems to have found his range these last couple of games. 45.5 EFC credits for a player with such a scoring potential before a home game against Bayern is a very good price.
Bobby Dixon aka Ali Muhammed: He averaged 22 PIR last two games and you can get him 37.8 credits before a home game against Strasbourg. Need I say more? Ok, I will. Kostas Sloukas has been sidelined, which makes Ali their only PG besides young Ugurlu. When Dixon has the ball in his hands he is primarily searching for a way to shoot. When he gets into rhythm and catches fire, the sky is the limit of his PIR. The least Dixon should provide you after this round is a price raise because his current average is much bigger then his price is suggesting. Dixon is hot right now and I think you can’t go wrong with him this week when making your Euroleague Fantasy Challenge purchase.
Yakhouba Diawara: The experienced French forward and an ex-NBA player showed he will be a major reinforcement for Limoges after only 3 games that he has played for the French side in the Euroleague. His playing time has been rising game by game and he ended up playing 27 minutes and scoring 17 points in Istanbul last week. His quality and playing time make him probably the best choice when it comes to low price SG-SF players. Limoges is playing at home against Cedevita and I expect Diawara to be one of the “go-to” guys for the French team. For 20.3 credits, Diawara is a steal! Get him in your Turkish Airlines Euroleague fantasy team.
Bogdan Bogdanovic: Fenerbahce’s top guns like Dixon, Bogdanovic, Vesely, Datome, Udoh are not too expensive at the moment. Since they are playing against Strasbourg this week, they could all be MVP candidates this week. Along with Dixon I’m choosing Bogdanovic, not only because he is the cheapest one for only 39 credits. Bogdanovic is averaging 26 minutes this season in the Euroleague and gets a lot of trust from coach Obradovic. He is a great shooter who will be up against defenders that are not at his quality level this week. I think he can also use his driving skills against Strasbourg’s guards and draw a lot of fouls, which he usually does very well. He also converts those free throws at a high percentage too. Bogdanovic has got the skill for a monster game, especially at home. That game is yet to come, what better time than this week against Strasbourg?
Jordan Farmar: Maybe I’m gambling with this one, but when I take a look at Farmar’s price, I can’t resist taking him into my team. His talent is undeniable, but he has been struggling so far in the Euroleague this year, much like the whole Israeli team. His price is just 30.2, but his potential is enormous. Maccabi has got a new coach Zan Tabak. Tabak is a very “spirited” guy and I’m hoping he could help shake Farmar up a little bit and make him live up to his last name.
Nihad Djedovic: He has been performing at a superb level in the first 4 games of the season averaging over 20 PIR. In the last two games, his performances have decreased a lot, much like Bayern’s performances overall. Djedovic is the leader of this team this year and I expect him to get back to his great performances from the start of the season. It should be a fast-paced game in Russia and there are a few players to consider from both of these teams, but I particularly like Nihad. He is a bit expensive for 69.1, but I think he should justify his price this round.
Stanko Barac: Barac has picked up on his shape lately and he now looks as he is undervalued by a lot with his price of only 21.6. He had a great game against Laboral last round scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds behind his 32 minutes of playing time. Milano will be playing Efes at home this round and I think the Croatian big man could be a factor for Milano. Pretty much all Efes’ games this season have been fast paced, while Milano also likes a bit of an up-tempo game, especially when playing at home. Efes’ defense does not look to be so tough this season and there is a good chance for some Milano players other than Gentile to have a big PIR. Barac has the size advantage over Efes’ centers and I think he could be having a very good game, especially on the offensive end.
Othello Hunter: I’m probably one round late with Hunter, but his price is small enough to make him a “must have” for this round. Patrick Young has been sidelined indefinitely with a serious knee injury which makes Hunter the number one option on center position for the Greek powerhouse. Besides Young, Spanoulis and Printezis were also out last round in Zagreb against Cedevita, while Lojeski got injured on that very game. Neither of those 4 injured players played in the Greek championship this week either. You should definitely keep an eye on injury reports, especially news from Greece, for info on injured player status. Even if all three guys with minor injuries should return, the player that should have been taking away minutes from Hunter is out long term. Hunter has been playing in great shape lately and he is a great purchase for 34.8 credits. Olympiacos is playing at home against Laboral and I expect Hunter to contribute big time.
Richard Hendrix: A former Maccabi center will be welcoming his former team in Malaga this week. Maccabi has been struggling to defend the painted area and expect that to continue against Hendrix who is having a very good season with the Spanish team. Hendrix is pretty expensive for 70.7 credits, but he is pretty sure bet when it come to good performances for this week. Maccabi has got a new coach, but closing out the paint is a serious job and I think he will be needing more time to make Maccabi’s paint an unfriendly zone. Hendrix should be a good fantasy asset in your EFC team this week.
Mike Zirbes: Zirbes has been playing the best basketball of career this season and I think he is a great purchase before the game against Real Madrid. His numbers went down lately, because of the arrival of Vladimir Štimac and Quincy Miller, but I expect him to be the “go to guy” for Zvezda in this game. He has the size and power to dominate under Real’s rim in Belgrade. He played a very good game in Madrid too, despite the fact that Zvezda played awful as the team. His average performances these last two games have dropped his price to 58.9 credits which make him an excellent choice for the upcoming round.
Turkish Airlines Euroleague fantasy tips for week 7 conclusion
There you have it guys, a handful of Euroleague Fantasy Challenge tips for you to choose from in week 7. Please remember to check latest injury reports and Euroleague news before the tip-off and have a very happy Euroleague fantasy week. Wish you all good luck until next time.