You know it’s a slow day in the injury department when the Milwaukee Bucks’ John Henson and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer are the topics of conversation — but hey, that’s a good thing. It’s been a year to forget in terms of key players going down with brutal injuries, so fantasy basketball owners have to rejoice at the notion that we don’t have any catastrophic injuries to report, especially on busy 12-game night in the NBA.
» Following a three-game absence, Henson (wrist) will return to the Bucks lineup on Wednesday night. His owners have surely missed him, as the second-year PF/C is averaging 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. His 2.16 blocks per game are fifth in the NBA. Coach Larry Drew has shuffled him in and out of the starting lineup, but no matter where Henson plays, he’s produced. Coming off the bench, Henson is averaging 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, so owners shouldn’t be worried about whether he starts or not.
While Henson was out, the Bucks’ frontcourt got a little more crowded with the return of Zaza Pachulia (who’s averaged 15 minutes in two games back), so it remains to be seen how many minutes he will pilfer from him, but owners should start Henson with confidence. Other than point guard Brandon Knight, Henson is one of the few Bucks players who have not been affected by Drew’s rotational carousel. Amazingly, Henson is available in 42 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues and should be added immediately. I have more faith in Henson than in Larry Sanders the rest of the way.
» Due to the birth of his son, fantasy owners will be without the services of Brewer tonight. The T’Wolves small forward is quietly having a very good season, returning seventh-round value for his owners — which is great for a guy who probably went undrafted in most leagues. A matchup against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder is not the worst case scenario if you’re a Brewer owner and are forced to sit him out, though.
If you’re looking for an in-house replacement, Chase Budinger is likely to draw the start for the Wolves. Budinger hasn’t regained his form since returning from off-season meniscus surgery, but could be useful if given 30+ minutes Wednesday night. On the year, Budinger (available in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues) is averaging 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.8 treys in 15.6 minutes per game.
Dante Cunningham is another player worth adding. The former Villanova Wildcat is averaging a ho-hum 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds, but had a reasonable impact when he was thrust into the starting lineup in 2012-13, following Kevin Love‘s injury. In nine games as a starter last year, he scored 8.6 points, took down 6.4 rebounds and managed 1.7 steals per contest. Cunningham is available on 100 percent of ESPN.com’s waiver wires.