No clear replacement for Brandon Jennings

December, 21, 2010
12/21/10
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Brandon Jennings' broken left foot is a devastating blow to the Milwaukee Bucks, and fantasy owners will feel some pain as well.

Jennings underwent surgery on his fractured fifth left metatarsal Monday is expected to be out until early February. He initially complained of pain in the foot following Saturday's loss to the Utah Jazz. The irony is the young point guard had been a mainstay for an injury-ravaged Bucks team -- he'd started all 114 games (including playoffs) in his season-plus in Milwaukee.

The obvious problem for Jennings owners is finding a suitable point guard in free agency. The natural starting point is his replacement with the Bucks, Keyon Dooling. Dooling is a serviceable option, but don't expect a lot more than the 12 points and five assists he produced Monday. The 30-year-old made 26 starts over the previous two seasons with the New Jersey Nets and has 64 career starts to his credit. Overall, Dooling is averaging 10.7 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 44.7 percent as a starter in his career.

If anyone benefits from this tough situation, it might be John Salmons owners. Salmons has had a miserable season, but on a team that was already without Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino and Michael Redd, he's the one healthy Buck who's a proven scorer from outside. Salmons had 23 points and a couple of 3-pointers against the Blazers (his second-highest point total this season). Incidentally, Salmons' availability has crept past 20 percent in ESPN.com leagues, so if you're lucky and you're quick, you may be able to snare him.

In deeper leagues, Chris Douglas-Roberts may be an option. He just recently joined the starting lineup, but after putting up 21 points against the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 15, CDR has slipped big-time. He managed just four points on 1-of-7 shooting against the Blazers.

Realistically, the solution for Jennings-deprived owners probably lies outside of Milwaukee. If you can settle for a scorer, as opposed to a true point guard, I'd check into the undervalued Daniel Gibson (29 points and seven triples versus the Jazz on Monday), who's still available in about 40 percent of ESPN.com leagues. Besides the points and 3s, Boobie is point guard eligible and he can get you a handful of assists (he's averaging 3.0 dimes this season). Other popular adds at the moment include Nick Young (21 points and three treys versus the Charlotte Bobcats), Martell Webster (18 points, five rebounds and two 3s versus the Los Angeles Clippers) and Ty Lawson. However, each of these players could have to fight for minutes in the long term.

Looking Back

• Wow, a ton of comings and goings here. Let's start with Mike Miller, whose Miami Heat debut was brief and buzz-killing. Miller played just four minutes against the Dallas Mavericks, though at least it was an active four minutes -- he took four shots (missing them all) and grabbed four boards. Expect Miller to pick up playing time during the next couple of weeks. Add him (he's currently at 55 percent availability) and be patient.

• The three newest members of the Orlando Magic started equally inauspiciously, as Jason Richardson (nine points on 3-of-8 shooting), Hedo Turkoglu (eight points and six rebounds) and Gilbert Arenas (10 points on 2-of-11 shooting) struggled in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Be sure to check out Brian McKitish's analysis of Orlando's big dealings. Incidentally, the players leaving the Magic -- Vince Carter, Martin Gortat and Rashard Lewis -- were all inactive Monday.

Darko Milicic tried to go on his bum ankle, but he lasted about as long as a slightly more prominent Minnesota sports figure did Monday. Milicic played just five scoreless minutes against the Clippers. Logically, one would expect him to sit out at least one more game, given that the Minnesota Timberwolves play again Wednesday before getting three days off.

Aaron Brooks is struggling to regain his form. In his second game back after missing six weeks with a severe ankle sprain, Brooks managed just five points (he went 1-of-5, all from distance) against the Golden State Warriors. Again, a restful holiday break should do Brooks some good, but fantasy owners shouldn't rush to cut ties with Kyle Lowry (13 points, eight assists, four steals).

• Notables who were inactive Monday include Brandon Roy (knee), Marcus Camby (shoulder), Gerald Wallace (ankle), John Wall (knee) and Mehmet Okur (ankle). The Blazers are off until Saturday, but if the news on Roy doesn't improve, Rudy Fernandez (17 points, seven assists) could become a serious option for deep-leaguers.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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