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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


Thank you guys for all your help and advice. I was in four fantasy football leagues and I won three championships!!! I NEVER won I football before!!! The one I did not win is a free league so... oh well(laughing). Even though I didn't always follow your advice, rotowire's analysis provided me much needed clarity. You guys analyze EVERY aspect of the game and it is PHENOMENAL!!! I wish I could tell people how good Rotowire is, but I can't reveal my source. All I can say is THANK YOU, and I couldn't have done it without you and God.

Thank you for all the kind words, very much appreciated. We're happy to help. You deserve all the credit though, you're making the roster moves and lineup decisions. Excellent job, winning three of four leagues is one heck of an accomplishment in the fickle world of fantasy football. Here's to a repeat performance in 2015, it'll be here before you know it.


Hi there! With my draft slot I will most likely get the opportunity to choose either of these TE's with my 3rd or 4th round pick... Would you recommend Gronk or Julius Thomas? Thanks! Dan

Dan, That's a tough question. In a Peyton Manning-led offense, there's always the potential to post huge numbers. It would be unwise, however, to expect the Broncos or Manning to match last year's record-setting level of production, so it's likely everyone will take at least a small step backwards. Thomas may also has some inconsistency issues as he is just one of a plethora of offensive weapons in Denver, and Manning is one who is never shy to spread the wealth. As such, I'd probably lean towards Gronkowski. Unquestionably, he's a much riskier pick given his unforgiving injury history. The upside, however, is tremendous; remember, he had 11 touchdowns in 2012 and 17 in 2011. With the Patriots' shaky wide receiver options, it wouldn't be surprising to see Tom Brady lean on Gronk more than ever, IF he can stay healthy. That's a mighty big IF but the sky's the limit if he can stay on the field. Thanks for the question, and good luck! -Justin Fielkow