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Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat

Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat

MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. Check out the chat transcript below, and follow the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle and MLB.com's fantasy home. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.

@jcsaravia05: Who should I keep: Trevor Plouffe, Joey Gallo or Justin Turner?

Zinkie: Keep Turner and Gallo. Plouffe is not a difference-maker in mixed leagues.

@jcsaravia05: Which three pitchers would you rather keep for the rest of the season: Jose Fernandez, Wei-Yin Chen, Ivan Nova or Yovani Gallardo?

Zinkie: I would drop Nova. Fernandez could be a top-10 starter, Chen is solid and Gallardo is hot right now.

@162Thoughts: Who wins this trade: Max Scherzer and Sonny Gray for David Price and Dallas Keuchel?

Zinkie: Scherzer side, because he is on another level right now.

@162Thoughts: Who wins this trade: Steven Matz for Stephen Strasburg.

Zinkie: Strasburg side. Matz is promising, but Strasburg could return to being an ace.

@QuestionsOnly12: In a roto-keeper league, would you trade Anthony Rizzo for Miguel Cabrera? I have a chance to win this year.

Zinkie: I would stick with Rizzo. He could outperform Cabrera the rest of the season, and he has more long-term potential.

@Lock2j: I was offered Cabrera, Julio Teheran and Josh Reddick for Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez and Jay Bruce. I'm weak at pitcher. Should I take the deal?

Zinkie: It's a fair deal, but if you are already weak at pitcher, then stick with Greinke.

@JustB: I'm chasing strikeouts. Who is the best option: Justin Masterson, Jeff Locke, Chase Anderson or Taylor Jordan?

Zinkie: All four pitchers are not difference-makers for strikeouts. But take Anderson, who is the best pitcher in the bunch.

@TroyThibodeaux1: Who wins this trade: Matt Harvey, Reddick and Craig Kimbrel for Keuchel, Joc Pederson and Joakim Soria?

Zinkie: Keuchel side, but it is close.

@GustheDawg: Would you rather own Wilson Ramos or Francisco Cervelli?

Zinkie: I would rather own Ramos. Cervelli can hit for average, but it's a fairly empty average.

@FNTSYenthusiast: Thoughts on Ian Desmond for the rest of the season? Should I drop Addison Russell for him?

Zinkie: I don't see a big turnaround coming. But I would stash him on the bench instead of Russell.

@Waittilthisyear: In a keeper league, would you trade Gerrit Cole for Anthony Rendon and Cole Hamels?

Zinkie: Yes, I would. Rendon could still be an asset this year, and for several years to come.

@mattwhite85: Is Kevin Pillar worth an addition? Who would you drop for him: Cameron Maybin or Billy Butler?

Zinkie: Yes, he can be picked up for Butler.

@EPotter26: Which elite pitcher can I get for Jose Abreu or Andrew McCutchen?

Zinkie: You should be able to get a top-5 starter. Someone such as Felix Hernandez or Chris Sale. You may have to settle for Price.

@andrwprmmr: Who wins a trade of Jonathan Lucroy for Stephen Vogt?

Zinkie: In March I would have said Lucroy, but now I will say Vogt.‏

@cptbooya: Do you have any guess as to when Corey Seager will make his MLB debut? Should I cut bait with Alexei Ramirez and stash him? I have Carlos Correa as my starting shortstop.

Zinkie: I'm fine with cutting Ramirez for someone who can help now, but I don't think Seager will be up soon.

@kyle7may: I need to drop one of Shelby Miller, Alfredo Simon, Ubaldo Jimenez, Noah Syndergaard or A.J. Burnett.

Zinkie: Drop Simon, who may struggle to regain his early-season level of effectiveness.

@MrART92: Should I trade Josh Reddick for Yoenis Cespedes?

Zinkie: Yes. Reddick has played well in the first half, but Cespedes is a more consistent asset.

@stanhammer1978: What are your thoughts on Miguel Gonzalez and Vincent Velasquez going forward?

Zinkie: Gonzalez should be a consistent back-end starter in mixed leagues. Velasquez could be inconsistent, as he made the jump from Double-A.

@sp_salas: Rusney Castillo is available in my league and I just traded Yasiel Puig for Jake Arrieta. How will Castillo fare in the second half?

Zinkie: Castillo is a smart stash. The Red Sox will likely give him another chance, and he could produce in multiple categories.

@rutpharmknights: Who will have better production across the rest of the season after returning from injury, Justin Morneau or Carl Crawford?

Zinkie: Because Crawford should return sooner, I would rather stash him for second-half production.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.