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Who are the top waiver pick ups? My team is as follows: Steph Curry Ariza Lowry Otto Porter Ibaka Tobias Harris Cauley-Stein Jamal Murray Kemba Walker Tyler Johnson Joe Ingles Robin Lopez Trevor Booker Tristan Thompson Derrick Favors 9 category league: FG%, FT%, 3PM, Points, Reb, Ast, St, Blk, TOs

This should be right up your alley. http://www.rotowire.com/basketball/showArticle.htm?id=35941


Can't decide who to pick up!in a 4X4 yearly league. Am in first but very close.need assists , hits , goals Huberdeau or Barkov are both available . Who to take? Thx Izzy

Tough call, both guys have a of upside. Huberdeau is a more physical player and will get you more hits, but Barkov is more balanced between goals and assists. I would probably go with Barkov. A little more consistent when healthy and not as streaky. -Mark


I play in an eight team league where Goalie categories include W and GAA (min 3 starts required). I have C. Price as my primary goalie and recently added P. Budaj as my 2nd goalie. Should I stay with this while he (Budaj) remains LA's primary goalie or should I put Rinne back on my roster (he cleared waivers and is still available today). Thanks for the help.

Budaj has been great this year, although I think his play strong play may be a bit unsustainable. His GAA of 2.03 and SV% of .919 are the strongest of his whole career. I keep waiting for Budaj to turn back into a pumpkin but in fairness to him, it hasn't happened yet. That said, Jonathan Quick is due back in mid-Feb so either way, Budaj has a limited life span and will go back to either backup duty or the minors once Quick returns. So given all that, you may want to pick up Rinne while he is available, because sooner or later you are going to need him. Good luck. -Mark


Im carrying too many offensive players. Need to drop a few and add some SP. Pffensive categories are: R, HR, RBI, Avg, SB, BB. I wanna drop 3 of 5. C.Santana, Eaton, Ellsbury, D.Travis, Maybin. Guys im not dropping are: Weiters, Rizzo, Cano, Arenado, Bogearts, Bryant, Cruz, C.Davis, Gordon. With Gordon suspended my SB are almost non-existent. Who ya droppin knowing the rest of my roster?

I'd probably drop Santana, Eaton, and Travis. Good luck, Dave Regan


If this was the final four who would you choose to match up in the championship? and would who would you pick to win? Ken vs Ari, and Duke vs Virginia

I have a very similar Final Four actually, except I have Michigan State instead of Virginia. So my Final, just like yours, would be Kentucky-Duke, with Kentucky cutting down the nets.


Alright points keeper league with absurd setup, question for you guys. Points are as follows Hitters- tb 1, r 1, sb 1, bb 1, rbi 1 and k -1 Pitchers- IP 3, W 10, S 5, hit -1, er -2, L -5, k 1, bb -1 As far as keepers go you can keep up to 3 people and its the 1st 3 rounds, keep 2 its the 1st 2 rounds etc. Normal espn roster except 3 rp and 6 sp, the league has a maximum 180 starts for the season. That said here's the 5 I'm down to for my keepers. Jose Abreu Jose Altuve Michael Brantley Chris Sale Johnny Cueto

Gotta keep Abreu and Cueto for sure. Then for the last keeper, I'd proobably go Brantley given he will draw walks and Altuve won't. Good luck, Dave Regan


Hi there, I'm in a pretty shallow standard yahoo league. Is it possibly time to cut Tyler Bozak? I tried some trades but no luck. Guys like: Mike Fisher, Turris, RNH, Santorelli, Nielsen are available, Same question for Ryan McDonagh. I've had great luck with Brassard/Stepan but McDonagh slowed down. Available D: Barrie, Faulk, Daley, Jack Johnson, Klein, Klingberg. Thanks, John

Hi John, I like Bozak but his ability to put up points on the board is really tied to Kessel - if Kessel is cold, which he is right now, then Bozak won't do much for you. Plus there is a real negative vibe surrounding the Leafs right now which they are having trouble shaking. I would not hesitate to cash him in for a guy like Fisher who is a much more consistent scorer, and playing on a better team. Similar for McDonagh, he is having trouble replicating the great season he had last year, possibly because he is no longer the top dog anymore with Boyle now in the fold. Barrie is having a good year with the Avs this season so he's probably the better pick right now. Good luck, -Mark