Blocks and Boards- Henson

John Henson returned from injury Monday night against the Toronto Raptors.

Analysis: Henson logged 17 minutes of playing time coming off the bench against the Raptors. He recorded 4 blocks, 5 rebounds and 8 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Henson is now averaging 7.9 rebounds per game and 2.3 blocks per game in 28 minutes of action per night. He currently ranks 4th in the NBA in blocks and 17th among power forwards in rebounds.

The former UNC product is available in 5-60% of fantasy leagues. He was dropped in quite a bit of leagues due to his ankle injury that kept him out for nearly three weeks.

We also have to mention Taj Gibson of the Bulls. Gibson is averaging 8.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG and 12.2 PPG over his last five games. He’s logging 32 minutes of floor time per night in that span which will equate into some very solid fantasy numbers going forward. Over the last two weeks Gibson is outperforming Derrick Favors, Glen Davis, Amir Johnson and JJ Hickson. Taj Gibson is available in 25-50% of fantasy leagues.

Stock Rising- Henson

John Henson is off to a productive start in his second professional NBA season.

Analysis: Henson was an elite shot blocker at UNC but it took some time and muscle to acclimate to the pro game down low. It appears Henson has it figured out, he is posting a solid line at this point in the season- 2.1 BPG, 5.9 RPG, 10.1 PPG, 52% FG%. Henson is 6th in the NBA in blocks per game despite playing just twenty-four minutes per game.

The blocks and field goal percentage will remain solid but expect the rebounds to increase. In fact, Henson is averaging nearly eight boards per game in his last five games. He can be a real difference maker in the blocks department but like many other big men he does struggle at the line. He’s shooting just 60% from the stripe this year on about two attempts per game. He shot below 50% from the line in his two years at UNC and he shot 53% last year as a rookie, so we are seeing progress. At the moment he is available in 30-60% of fantasy leagues.