Redd hurt again, Sessions valuable again

January, 25, 2009
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The wait for Ramon Sessions to regain major minutes likely is over.

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That's because Michael Redd is injured again. Redd suffered a left knee strain during the Bucks' win over Sacramento on Saturday and was seen on crutches in the locker room after the game. He'll have an MRI on Sunday, and it appears he could be out awhile.

Of course, in fantasy, bad news often spawns great opportunity. Even many Redd owners who were savoring their guy's huge January (24.2 points and 2.6 3-pointers per game, as well as 51.2 percent shooting) can ease their pain by claiming Sessions tout de suite. As of this writing, the second-year player is available in 64 percent of ESPN.com leagues. That number is bound to drop by the time you see this, so get moving.

When Redd missed most of November because of a right ankle sprain, veteran Charlie Bell made most of the starts at shooting guard. Sessions, though, shone off the bench, averaging 15.7 points and 5.8 assists during the season's first month. Bell is sidelined with an ankle problem, so it's possible Sessions and Luke Ridnour will form Milwaukee's starting backcourt Monday versus the Timberwolves.

Under the boards

SATURDAY, JAN. 24
HIGHLIGHTS
LeBron James, Cavaliers: 33 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists at Utah.
Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers: 10 steals to go with 22 points (7-for-18 FG), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 3-pointers and 2 blocks versus Wizards.
Caron Butler, Wizards: 31 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 3-pointers (and 9 turnovers) at Portland.
LOWLIGHTS
Mehmet Okur, Jazz: 14 points on 1-for-9 shooting, 3 rebounds and four fouls in 21 minutes versus Cavaliers.
Wilson Chandler, Knicks: Zero points (0-for-3 FG), 4 rebounds in 19 minutes at Philadelphia.
John Salmons, Kings: Only seven points on 3-for-10 shooting at Milwaukee.

Milwaukee's injury news isn't completely gloomy. Andrew Bogut, who has missed 10 of the past 13 games because of back spasms, could return in the next game or two. That would be a relief for the Bucks, who really don't have another legitimate post option. For instance, it's not a coincidence that Milwaukee sans Bogut allowed Greg Oden to reach career highs of 24 points and 15 boards on Jan. 19. … Speaking of Oden, in another exceedingly favorable matchup Saturday versus the Wizards, Oden racked up 18 points and 14 rebounds. As someone who believed Oden would, in time, grow into a fantasy force this season, I'm pleased by the recent developments. And with Marcus Camby iffy for a Monday return, Oden could again be large against the Clippers. But it's tough to count on Oden until he starts putting up decent numbers (and avoiding foul trouble) while guarding the likes of Emeka Okafor and Paul Millsap. And, yes, Portland hosts the Bobcats and Jazz this week. Those games could be a barometer of Oden's progress. … After missing 16 games because of a dislocated right shoulder, Elton Brand scored six points in 13 minutes off the bench versus the Knicks. With Philadelphia playing four games this week, it will be interesting to see how Brand's minutes get managed, but coach Tony DiLeo has said he wants to ease Brand back into the lineup. … The Kings' Jason Thompson, the star of this week's Fantasy Forecaster, turned in another solid start at Milwaukee with 16 points, nine rebounds and a block. Still, it's a little disconcerting that Thompson was the only starter to sit down the stretch. The Kings went small, with Francisco Garcia joining Beno Udrih, Kevin Martin, John Salmons and Brad Miller for the closing minutes of the two-point loss to the Bucks. … You might have read this before, but young players have their ups and downs. O.J. Mayo and Mario Chalmers, two rookies who have been terrible this month, were very good Saturday. Mayo's strong game (23 points and three 3s versus the Nets) isn't all that surprising, given that New Jersey trails only Washington in treys allowed. In a recent "rookies hitting the wall" piece, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis noted Mayo has an injured hip, a sore shoulder and a banged-up elbow. But perhaps the upcoming schedule will rejuvenate him. Of the eight worst teams in 3-point defense, Mayo will play five of them -- the Nuggets, Lakers, Wizards, Raptors and Hornets -- between now and the All-Star break. As for Chalmers, who in one recent four-game stretch totaled just four points, he came through against Orlando, one of the league's top defenses, with 20 points (on 8-of-12 shooting), six assists and three steals. Although Miami's upcoming schedule isn't all that favorable, if you need steals, the 79 percent-unowned Chalmers is your best free-agent option. With 12 takeaways in his past four games, the kid is averaging 1.9 for the season.

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