We come off a very interesting Round 5 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season, which had only two road warriors. Real Madrid rallied from a 14-point first-quarter deficit to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 79-90. Zalgiris played a near-perfect first quarter (11 assists, 1 turnover!), but Madrid rallied on a day in which its two main pillars until now, Edy Tavares and Sergio Llull, did not have great performances. Instead, Rudy Fernandez and Gustavo Ayon stepped up to keep Madrid undefeated. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens defeated Buducnost VOLI Podgorica 67-72 with good numbers from Nick Calathes (10 points, 9 assists, 21 PIR). Anadolu Efes Istanbul was really close to winning on the road, too, but Mike James hit a late three-pointer to lift AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan past the Turkish powerhouse, 81-80. James had made 3 of 19 field goal attempts before that shot, but made the critical one. Khimki Moscow Region finally found its first win, CSKA Moscow defeated Olympiacos Piraeus in a very intense showdown (Nando De Colo was held scoreless!) and Fenerbahce Istanbul, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and FC Barcelona Lassa (three in a row for Coach Pesic's team) celebrated respective home victories, too.
As always, we have a little bit of everything to look forward to in Round 6, so let's take a look and see which five players should have a big impact in the EuroLeague Fantasy Challenge.
1. Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris Kaunas (1.08 million). This is your chance to acquire an All-EuroLeague forward at a very reasonable price. Jankunas had a fantastic game against Real Madrid (27 PIR) and with Zalgiris in need of more wins, he will carry on leading the Lithuanian powerhouse.
2. Adrien Moerman, Anadolu Efes Istanbul (1.62 million). He has been incredibly solid until now and what is even better, Moerman has been seeing a lot of playing time (over 30 minutes in each of the last four games). Right at the prime of his career, Moerman has become Efes's silent leader and one of the best rebounders (6.4 rpg.) around.
3. Devin Booker, FC Bayern Munich (940,000). Bayern plays against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul in a rematch of last season's 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals. Booker, an All-EuroCup First Team selection last season, will have that series in mind - and will be ready to play well to claim sporting revenge.
4.- Victor Claver, FC Barcelona Lassa (840,000). Claver comes off a big game (24.2 fantasy points) against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and had a decent performance (9 PIR) in the Spanish League over the weekend, too. He is Barcelona's first choice at small forward until Adam Hanga finds his rhythm after his injury. I expect Claver to play a lot against Khimki, one of his former teams.
5.- Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow. (1.60 million). He stepped up big against Olympiacos, finishing that game with a PIR of 29 on a rare day in which De Colo saw very limited playing time. Clyburn has the physicality needed to do well in a high-scoring showdown against Milan.