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The Return of John Henson

Monday, November 6, 2017


John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks: Blocks


With Greg Monroe (calf) still on the shelf and Thon Maker a non-factor, Henson is going to continue to see an increased role as he has in his previous four contests. During that span, the UNC product has averaged 5.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 2.3 blocks on 9-of-20 (45%) from the field in about 26.5 minutes per game.


Although the big man has been a source of fantasy frustration in the past due to his inconsistency, Henson has shown some flashes this season that we haven’t seen prior. Specifically, he’s doing a better job of controlling his frequency of fouls—preventing situations where Henson takes himself off the court—and looks to be a nice fit with the starting five. Even when Monroe does return, it’s quite conceivable that Maker—who has eclipsed 20 minutes just once to date—is the one getting squeezed out of the picture.


Luc Mbah a Moute, Houston Rockets: Steals


Mbah a Moute’s recent performance is the latest reminder that the Rockets did a lot more than just trade for Chris Paul during their offseason.


Despite the veteran’s value in reality exceeding his prowess in fantasy, Mbah a Moute had put himself on the deep (14-plus teams) league radar leading into Sunday’s matchup vs. Utah in which he exited early with a knee bruise. His removal seemed like more of a precaution than anything, so there's no need to be overly concerned. Over the last five games prior to Sunday’s outing, Mbah a Moute averaged 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 0.8 block, 1.4 3-pointers and just 1.0 turnover on 21-of-38 (55.3%) shooting.


And if you’re worried about playing time moving forward, it’s pretty clear that Mike D’Antoni—who is notorious for riding players he trusts—wants to find ways to get him on the court (via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle).


"Don't tell anybody," D'Antoni said. "We want to keep it a secret. We want to hide it. He's the best-kept secret in the NBA. I didn't know it. We game-planned (against him) he was kind of streaky. But he's as good as anybody. He's smart. He can play big minutes. He can shoot 3s. Whatever you want him to do he does it. He's got playmaking skills. He sees the floor. I don't know how we all missed it, but we all did."


Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers: Points, 3-pointers


After spending half of last year in Washington and hitting the open market this summer, Bogdanovic became somewhat of an afterthought in fantasy circles even though he landed with a team that has next to no talent on the wing. And after beginning the season on a majority of waiver wires in standard formats, Bogdanovic is now owned in all truly competitive leagues and has a legitimate case to be rostered in any format with at least 12 teams.


After a back-and-forth initial handful of performances with his new Pacers club, Bogdanovic entered Sunday’s showdown—in which he laid a dud with just eight points—on fire over his previous four games with averages of 17.5 points, 4.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.8 triples and a sterling 0.8 turnovers on a strong 25-of-46 (54.3%) shooting. Obviously, Bogdanovic is suddenly doing more than just scoring (efficiently) and hitting 3-pointers, but we’re going to have to see far more given his previous career-high mark in the steals department—a whopping 34 of them—came in 78 games played during his rookie campaign. 


It does feel like Bogdanovic is capable of producing more on this specific Indiana roster given the opportunities he’ll be presented, and given the situational upside, there’s not a good reason he should be floating freely on your waiver wire if you claim to be a true competitor on the digital hardwood. Don't let Sunday's performance be the reason your week starts off on the wrong foot. He'll bounce back fine. 


Josh Richardson, Miami Heat: Steals, Blocks


Richardson’s shot is M.I.A. like Nick Saban, but the minutes are there, the defensive contributions have been steady and J-Rich is going to be a big part of whatever Miami accomplishes this season. In addition to having the clear and consistent backing of head coach Erik Spoelstra, Richardson’s versatility plays directly into keeping him on the floor, and having a player with eligibility at three positions—PG, SG, SF—in fantasy hoops gives you incredible flexibility in ensuring your best talent sees the most exposure.  


Richardson is a solid buy-low candidate right now because he’s scuffling offensively, but that’s not going to last forever as evidenced by his 14 points and three 3-pointers on Sunday. Although he was held to single-digit scoring in four of his last five outings prior to Sunday vs. the LA Clippers, he also averaged 1.4 steals, 1.0 triples and 0.8 block during that stretch, finding a way to still provide real value while trying to get back on track.


I’m not against using the former second-round pick (!) as a sweetener in deals if you’ve got defense covered given his value as a trade asset, but keep in mind that the concern over a crowded roster need not be considered when evaluating Richardson on a short or long-term basis.


J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers: 3-pointers


Redick isn’t simply trusting the process—he’s fully committed himself to it and is prepared to make Philadelphia a long-term home should the opportunity present itself.


Jaws dropped when the Sixers signed Redick to a one-year, $23M contract, but to call the veteran shooting guard a perfect fit on this team might be selling it short. That’s how seamless he’s fitting in, and the Sixers are spacing the floor masterfully for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to work with Redick and Robert Covington operating comfortably from deep. With current career-high marks in both 3PM (2.9) and 3PA (6.6), Redick has the neon green light to fire from distance.


Although he can’t be counted on for anything except triples, Redick has a real chance to hit at least 220 3-pointers if his health stays in order, a mark only Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Eric Gordon, Kemba Walker, Isaiah Thomas and Bradley Beal hit last season.



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