I'm in a nine-category, 10-team league and I'm doing horribly now, mainly due to injuries to Elton Brand, Al Horford and Andrew Bogut. I want to improve in points, rebounds, steals and FG%. The following players are on the free-agent list: Lamar Odom, Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson. What is your ranking on those players for the rest of the season on the categories I need? Also, between Hawes and Thompson, who would you prefer as a keeper for next season? Darren
Dave: I've got your free-agent options ranked in the order you have them listed. For the rest of this season, Odom is the one I'd want on my roster. Hawes and Thompson are decent options, but with Andrew Bynum out of action for at least the next 6-8 weeks, Odom's value spikes up in a huge way. You need to snatch up Odom before it's too late, especially since he's putting up good numbers on the Lakers' current six-game road trip. I'm expecting averages of 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks out of Odom until Bynum returns.