The first two-round week of 2021 creates questions for FabFive Challenge players. Will coaches look to change roles and or rotations knowing their players will have to suit up again in some cases just 48 hours later? Regardless of the plans, will coaches decide to rest key players if a game gets out of hand early?
Those questions cannot be answered, though the matters of rest and rotations will come heavily into play later in the week when choosing players for Round 20. At the moment, it may be best to rely on players who are safe – or who have new roles that project big things. That can be, as seen below, players who are new to a team, who have recently become starters or key players who made need to take on more because of injuries to others.
With that in mind, here are some FabFive suggestions for Round 19:
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – After barely spending any time with the team, Leo Westermann played 16:23 minutes for FC Barcelona vs Valencia Basket and Coach Jasikevicius knows him well, so Westermann should continue to see a nice role off the bench. A more than worthy choice for Range 1.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – Dejan Davidovac has started Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade’s last three games and has scored in double figures in two of them. Getting the 20% bonus for winning may be a tough task in Madrid, but an in-form Davidovac should be worth it in Range 2 regardless.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – Not every FabFive player will feel comfortable with two players from the same team. For those that do, taking Alex Abrines from Barcelona is a promising choice. Abrines has scored 16 points in each of his last two games and had 13 earlier this season against this week’s opponent, Khimki Moscow Region. What’s more, Cory Higgins may not be 100% after an injury in domestic action, so Abrines could be in more an even bigger role.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – To get a player capable of leading the EuroLeague in scoring anywhere short of Range 5 is a steal. Shane Larkin of Anadolu Efes Istanbul almost certainly would have won the Alphonso Ford Trophy last season had the COVID-19 pandemic not ended last season prematurely. This week he faces an ALBA Berlin defense that allows the most points in the league.
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – The top scorer in the league this season is like a slot machine that keeps paying off. Perhaps choosing Mike James of CSKA Moscow almost every week isn’t a sexy pick, but he’s not only as safe as they come, he also has enormous upside.
Good luck in Round 19!