Last Saturday night Michael Redd, the leading scorer for the Milwaukee Bucks, had his season cut short when he tore both his ACL and MCL.
Your fantasy basketball season does not have to end as well. Don't be that owner. Several measures can be taken to alleviate your pain.
First, unless you participate in a keeper league with an injured reserve, drop Redd. Check your waiver wire for Ramon Sessions, the likely recipient of minutes in a new Milwaukee playing time vacuum. This might prove difficult because the ownership of Sessions has risen fifty percent in CBS leagues alone since last weekend.
If you were not quick enough to land Sessions, try to put together a trade for Ben Gordon of the Bulls or the Kings' John Salmons. Both have nearly identical numbers to Redd.
However, I realize either of these options may not be feasible for many fantasy owners. Therefore I have compiled a short list of stop-gap replacements for Michael Redd.
Flip Murray, Atlanta Hawks
Currently the Hawks are in a bit of a funk. Losers of four of their last six, last Monday Atlanta was held to a franchise record low 27 points in the first half.
One of the only bright spots on the Hawks roster lately has been the play of reserve guard Flip Murray. During the month of January Murray has been averaging 13.1 points per game off the bench. Also, he has put up double digit scores in seven of the last eight games.
Even though he did have 23 points in 25 minutes last Friday, his statistics are still too inconsistent to be considered worthy of everyday shallow league fantasy play. Be that as it may, one could do much worse for a replacement in a deeper format.
Sasha Pavlovic, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland guard Delonte West recently suffered a fractured right wrist that will keep him out of action for the next four to six months.
In his stead Sasha Pavlovic has been promoted to the starting five of a Cleveland squad still unbeaten at home. Known more for his defensive prowess, Pavlovic has been averaging 11.7 points a game since West's injury.
For those fantasy owners involved in leagues that reward three pointers, the Serbian born shooting guard is draining 2.2 per contest.
The Cavaliers are averaging triple digit scores every time they take the court. Also for those in head to head formats, Cleveland has seven four game weeks remaining this season. Therefore, Pavlovic is an excellent stop-gap pickup.
Ronnie Brewer, Utah Jazz
In a season mired by injuries for the Utah Jazz, Ronnie Brewer has been the model of durability. The former Razorback has missed only one game due to a funeral.
Consistency is another matter. His scoring totals have been all over the map this year. On the other hand, his overall averages make him an acceptable replacement option. So it you are a Ron Popeil, "set it and forget it" style of owner, Brewer is your man.
It is also interesting to note Brewer has started four games at small forward this year. One more start will qualify him for multi-position eligibility in many leagues.
Raja Bell, Charlotte Bobcats
Raja Bell has been reborn after being traded to the Bobcats. In his last ten games he is scoring 15.6 points per game, five points higher than his season average.
In that same span Bell is hitting 95 percent of his free throw attempts. It will be impossible for him to keep up this pace at the charity stripe because he is a career 76 percent free throw shooter. Enjoy it while he's hot.
For these reasons Raja Bell has become one of Charlotte's top scoring threats. His point totals will only improve if Gerald Wallace misses significant time with a collapsed lung suffered Wednesday night.