Whether it be lineup changes, returning from injuries or needing the time to adjust to a new situation, there are still bargains to be had in EuroLeague FabFive Challenge. There are players whose value at the end of the season will be much higher than it is now and there is no time like the present to take advantage.
When choosing FabFive players, there is always a balance between players with a higher floor and players with a high ceiling. Players with a high floor are those who are certain to fill a role of some kind and contribute to a certain extent. And then there are those with a high ceiling, who in a perfect scenario could put together a monster game. The trick is to find players with both a high floor and a high ceiling.
Based on recent trends, below are players who each should have a high floor – i.e. an important role with a minimum number of minutes – and shots – this week. And they are all players with high ceilings, too.
With all that in mind, here are some FabFive suggestions for Round 12.
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – He made his first start of the season last week and played almost 18 minutes in a narrow loss at CSKA Moscow. In that game, Real Madrid point guard Nicolas Laprovittola took 5 shots and he figures to have a much larger role going forward. Plugging a player with his potential in at Range 1 could bear a lot of fruit.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – After he joined Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv on the eve of the season, it took Dragan Bender a while to find his role. Now it appears that he’s found his comfort zone; Bender has averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds over Maccabi's last four games. And sooner or later, he may have a truly dominant performance.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – In his last visit to Zalgirio Arena, FC Barcelona's Cory Higgins set a career-high in scoring with 27 points. He's averaged 20.3 points in the last two years against the Lithuanian champs and now he has Sarunas Jasikevicius on his side to game plan against the coach's former side. This is a promising matchup.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – When you have a red-hot player at home facing a defense that allows a lot of points, it's a no-brainer. Klemen Prepelic has averaged 17.8 points on 14 for 27 three-point shooting (51.9%) in his last four games for Valencia Basket. ALBA is allowing an average of 84.1 points per game. Seems like a natural fit.
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – Another player who checks all the boxes is Kevin Punter of AX Armani Exchange Milan. Since returning from injury, Punter has become his team's go-to scorer and netted 22 and 18 points, respectively, is his last two games. Punter's career-high in scoring came last season against this week's opponent, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens when he netted 24 for Crvena Zvezda.