LaMarcus Aldridge must hate Jazz music, because he destroyed the Jazz last night. I know some people might listen to it to put themselves to sleep, but LaMarcus clearly doesn’t understand the complex rhythms or appreciate the skill of the musicians, and LaMarcus must destroy what he does not understand. LaMarcus killed the Jazz last night, going 1-45-9-2-1-3-4 on 19-of-28 shooting and 6-for-8 from the line. Although the game went to OT, LMA has been killing it all year, posting top 20 value.  Four quarters and overtime wasn’t enough for Aldridge, because after the game ended, he smashed some Thelonious Monk records and stomped on a picture of Dizzy Gillespie. On a more serious note, I could see Aldridge going in the second round next year, while you most likely got him in the fourth round this year. That’s value.

There were ten games last night so many of your fantasy playoff fates were decided yesterday. This could have been the night that made your dreams come true, or shattered them to tiny pieces. Hopefully, for most of you it was the former…Anyway, let’s dive on in to the Friday Daily Notes!

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Patty Mills– 2-25-2-4-0-0-1- on 8-of-12 shooting and 7-for-7 from the stripe. Supreme Patty got 30+ minutes in each of his last five, but this is the first really worthwhile line. If you need 3’s and other PG stats you could do worse though.

Derrick Favors– 1-22-8-1-0-2-1 on 8-of-10 shooting and 5-of-7 FTs. After missing the first game of the week, he’s rewarding owners who held him with two really strong games in a row.

Rudy Gobert– 13-8-1-2-0-1 on 4-of-6 shooting and 5-for-6 from the line. What a ticker tease… This is what you got in 40 minutes Rudy? Really let his owners down tonight and the Jazz lost. No croissant for you! Those are for winners!

Ricky Rubio– 3-20-3-9-2-1-3 on 50% shooting and 7-for-7 from the line. Having an incredible week, so hopefully you have him for the semis, but with how his year was going earlier, you might have missed the playoffs.

Donovan Mitchell– 4-35-3-3-4-0-4 on 14-of-36 shooting and just 3-for-5 from the line. This looks like an Old Kobe line! Not like vintage Kobe, like Kobe when he got older. When was the last time someone on the Jazz took 36 shots? Has it ever happened?

James Johnson– 2-23-4-2-0-0-3 on 7-for-13 shooting and 7-for-7 free throws. The free throws are a rarity, but the neck tattoos are there every night.

Justise Winslow– 2-14-6-0-1-1-0 on 5-of-10 shooting and 2-for-3 from the stripe. He could be a sleeper next year.

Wayne Ellington– 4-14-4-2-0-0-0 on 4-of-8 shooting and 2-for-2 free throws. 14 three’s and 53 points so far, if you held him all week, on over 50% shooting, and he still has a game on Sunday. Just some food for thought.  Heat still took the Ell-ington.

Carmelo Anthony– Coming up small down the stretch… 6-6-1-0-0-2 on 2-of-8 shooting. Maybe he can have a big game for his owners on Sunday.

Steven Adams– 24-12-1-1-0-0 on 9-for-13 shooting and 6-for-11 FTs.  The Big Kiwi! Free throw killer, but you should have that built into your team by now.

Russell Westbrook– 2-29-13-8-1-0-5 on 9-of-15 shooting and 8-for-9 FTs. In God We Russ!

Brandon Jennings– 2-16-4-5-1-1-1 on 5-of-11 shooting and 4-of-4 FTs in 28 minutes off the bench.  Giannis sat out this one and basically, ruined my season, but hopefully it helped the three people who streamed Brandon Jennings in this one.

Tony Snell– 18 points with four threes on 6-of-6 shooting and made both his free throws.  Tonight you were perfect Tony.

Shabbazz Muhammad– 2-21-5-3-2-1-0 on 9-of-12 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench. This will probably be his best line of the year, so I’d probably look elsewhere, but if Giannis sits again tomorrow, maybe he could be worth a desperation Hail-Mary if you need points.

Denzel Valentine– 4-20-5-3-2-1-5 on 7-of-13 shooting and made both free throws. Seven steals so far this week, and one more game today. You wish he was your Valentine.

Christiano Felicio– 11-11-3-0-0-1 in 32 starter’s minutes. Four good games in a row, if you need FG% some points, and boards.

Cameron Payne– 2-17-4-6-1-0-1 on 50% shooting. Another risky Bulls streamer.

Jarrett Allen– 13-7-1-0-3-1 on 3-of-7 shooting, but 7-of-7 from the line. I shall bequeath the nickname upon thee of ‘Fro-Do Blockins!

D’Angelo Russell– 18-11-13-1-0-2 on 8-for-21 shooting and just 2-for-5 FTs. This game pretty much sums up his young career; So much talent, but can’t quite put it all together.

Allen Crabbe– 5-18-2-0-0-2-0 on 60% shooting. Crabbe has clawed his way to top 125 value.

Caris LeVert– 1-9-2-3-3-0-0 on 4-for-12 shooting. Young Caris finishing the season strong, and I like him as a sleeper next year.

Jonas Valanciunas– 1-23-8-0-0-0-3 on 8-of-14 shooting and 6-for-6 from the line. Nice night from JV. He’s pretty much good for 12.5, 9, and 1 block every year.

Kyle Lowry– 5-25-10-12-0-0-1 on 7-of-11 shooting and 6-6 FTs. The Bad Boy had a bad night against the Nets. Like Michael Jackson Bad though.

Fred VanVleet– 4-16-6-1-1-1-0 on 50% shooting. When I see his name now I think of that band Greta Van Fleet, and how they sound just like Led Zeppelin. Nice night from FVV though.

Nemanja Bejelica– 3-17-6-2-2-1-1 on 6-of-8 shooting. So inconsistent, but he’s worth holding onto.

Karl-Anthony Towns– 2-24-13-3-1-3-1 on 9-of-14 shooting. The Big KAT clawed his way to top 5 value. Oh, I used that line already? Too late to change it now. It’s written on my computer and that’s permanent.

Taj Gibson– 18-7-1-1-0-0 on 5-of-8 shooting and 8-for-8 from the line. He’s shooting a career-best 77.7% from the line this year and it’s really bolstered his value.

Tim Hardaway Jr.– 6-39-2-3-3-0-2 on 14-of-25 shooting and 5-for-7 from the line. Almost made him the lede, but The Knicks deserve nothing. They passed on Donovan Mitchell for Frank Ntilikina! Thanks Phil!

Trey Burke– 1-15-2-9-2-0-3 on 6-of-11 shooting, but only made 2-of-4 free throws. Frank Ntilikina also scored a career-high 13 points. Nice line from Burke, but this is what the Knicks PG situation has come to. What a joke of a franchise. Glad I’m a Nets fan.

Marquese Chriss– 1-19-10-3-1-2-1 on 7-of-11 FGs and 4-for-6 FTs. Hopefully, he’ll put it all together one day because he has a ton of talent.

Troy Daniels– Got hot from deep, going 6-20-6-1-0-0-1 on 7-of-16 shooting. Don’t expect anything but 3’s from him though.

Tyler Ulis– 11-2-9-2-1-4 on 5-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench. This is kind of what I expected from Ulis when I drafted him with my last pick this year… Elfrid Payton was ineffective in his 22 minutes, so I guess [Sun’s Head Coach] decided to give Ulis more burn.

Kevin Love– 2-20-6-2-3-0-1 on 7-of-15 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. He’s picked up right where he left off before hitting the injured list. Hopefully, you were able to stash him or grab him if he was dropped.

Larry Nance Jr.– Nance in your Pants got loose going 15-10-2-0-0-1 on 6-of-11 shooting, and 3-for-3 from the line in his return from a hamstring injury.  Hmm, the Cavs seem to be coming together at just the right time…

Paul Millsap– 2-1-5-1-1-2 in just 25 minutes. Apparently, he was ill and tried to play through it. He’ll bounce back.

Will Barton– 5-23-7-3-1-3-1 on 5-of-12 shooting and made all eight of his free throws. He’s been crushing it the last month posting top 30 value in that time.

Nikola Jokic– 3-25-8-5-0-1-2 on 10-of-21 FGs and made both his free throws. The Joker went wild on the Wizards last night! See what I did there?

Jamal Murray– 5-25-6-3-2-1-2 on 8-for-20 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. Having a really nice sophomore campaign and I wonder where he’ll be drafted next year. My guess is around rounds 5-7. The only thing I don’t like about this guy, is I can’t think of a good nickname for him. Zero Pun Points.

Markieff Morris– 1-17-8-5-2-1-3 on 6-of-15 shooting and 4-for-4 from the line. Probably, the most boring fantasy player in a tie with his brother, but a good night for Chief ‘Kieff.

Bradley Beal– 6-24-4-5-0-0-4 on 50% shooting. The Beal Deal gave you the full monty tonight.

Tobias Harris– 2-18-3-1-0-2-4 on 8-of-14 shooting. I guess this is considered a bad game for him? Four turnovers? What are ya doing out there Tobias?

Lou Williams– 4-27-4-10-3-0-2 on 10-of-18 shooting and 3-of-3 from the line. Too Sweet! Another guy whose draft position will skyrocket next year compared to this year.

Bojan Bogdanovic– 3-28-5-3-0-0-1 on 12-of-18 shooting. Nice game, but he’s still hard to trust in 12-ers.

Darren Collison– 1-13-2-10-1-0-2 on 6-for-9 shooting. Dimebag from the Collie? Woof!

Victor Oladipo– 3-18-6-4-2-1-0 on just 4-of-16 shooting, but made 7-of-8 from the line. As great as he’s been all year, he hasn’t had that amazing game you’d hope for in the fantasy semis. Still, a nicotine on an off-shooting night.

Al Horford– 2-11-3-2-0-2-3 on 4-of-7 shooting and 1-of-2 from the line. So low-key that you probably missed him. Al Horford is A Tribe Called Quest of Basketball. Only true fans will appreciate him.

Marcus Morris– 5-30-2-0-0-0-1 on 9-of-13 shooting and made all seven FTs. “I’ll show you boring!” Said Marcus as he forgot to do anything besides shoot the ball.

Greg Monroe– 10-10-4-0-2-4 on 4-of-9 shooting and made both his free throws. Got 20 minutes off the bench and made the most of them. Worth the hold as Stevens has found a role for him off the bench.

Jayson Tatum– 13-6-4-2-0-3 on 4-of-11 shooting and 5-of-6 from the line. If you’re a fantasy baseballer, you know the only person who spells their name that way is Jayson Werth. There can only be one!

Al-Farouq Aminu– 2-16-10-1-5-1-1 on 7-of-12 shooting. You can’t be mad. A-Min-U just won steals for the week.

Damian Lillard– 4-26-3-8-0-0-2 on 9-of-22 shooting and 4-for-4 free throws. Lillard the silent Killard. A little clunky with the delivery on that one…He’s good, is what I mean to say.

CJ McCollum– 1-26-7-4-2-0-1 on 12-of-22 shooting. The CJ stands for: If he Could Just be more like Lillard…

John Collins– 9-7-1-0-1-1 on 4-of-7 shooting and 1-for-2 from the line. Burned me in the playoffs by hurting his ankle and forcing me to drop him. Next!

Taureen Prince– 4-20-4-2-2-2-1 on 6-for-18 shooting and 4-of-6 FTs. If he could fix his percentages, he could be a beast.

Mike Muscala– 1-11-7-3-0-1-0 on 4-for-5 shooting and made both his free throws. He got 28 minutes off the bench so might be worth a hold in case they ease Collins back.

Jordan Bell– Got the start with Draymond Green out and went 12-7-4-1-1-1 on 5-of-8 shooting and 2-for-3 from the line in 28 minutes. Warriors are kind of unpredictable with their minutes outside of the Big 4, so he’s hard to trust and Draymond could be back soon.

Stephen Curry– 3-29-7-1-0-1 on 9-of-17 shooting and 6-for-6 from the line in just 25 minutes. Just like he never left! Except you’re probably out of the playoffs already if you owned him. UPDATE: Curry suffered an injury last night and has been diagnosed with an MCL injury to his left knee.

Nick Young– Filled in admirably as the second Splash Brother going 6-24-2-1-0-0-0 on 9-of-17 shooting in just 26 minutes. Swaggy P.

Quinn Cook– 1-13-8-6-1-0-1 in 32 minutes off the bench. It looks like the Warriors managed to find another great piece out of seemingly nowhere. Their scouting department has got to be the best in the league.

That about wraps it up. Shout out to Draymond Green, Giannis, Gary Harris, and John Collins for waiting until the last three weeks of the year to get injured, and ruining my season! I’m not really mad at any of them, except Green, who I think is faking his injury to rest up for the playoffs with all the other “Warriors” conveniently going down in the same month once they knew they couldn’t move up or down in the standings. Hmmmmmmmmm. Don’t forget to drop a comment!

  1. Taylor Alessi says:

    Very good write up, I appreciate that you went into detail about how well LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing since Kawais been out all season he’s solidified himself as the main offense for the Spurs.

    • Joel

      Joel says:

      @Taylor Alessi: Thanks for reading man.

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