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Best of Fantasy 411 Twitter Chat

Best of Fantasy 411 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.

@aaroncharles18: Who would you prefer for the rest of the season: Kolten Wong or Addison Russell?

Zinkie: Despite his August struggles, I would use Wong down the stretch.

@wfromans: With Joe Panik coming off the disabled list, should I drop Jung Ho Kang?

Zinkie: You may want to hold Kang until you see how often Panik plays. The Giants plan on moderating his workload.

@Beldingsbrother: Should I drop Kevin Gausman or Jesse Chavez for Marcus Stroman?

Zinkie: Despite his struggles in his Monday Triple-A rehab start, you should add Stroman in place of Chavez.

Stroman set to rejoin Blue Jays

@tampa34: Should I own Hector Olivera or Javier Baez?

Zinkie: Because of his notable power potential, I would choose Baez.

@MarkStormbro: How would you rank these starters for the rest of the season: Bartolo Colon, Josh Tomlin, Mike Leake, Andrew Heaney, Kris Medlen, Jason Hammel, Patrick Corbin, Drew Smyly.

Zinkie: Colon, Medlen, Corbin, Heaney, Smyly, Tomlin, Hammel, Leake.

@jM_lR: Would you rather own Martin Prado or Eduardo Escobar?

Zinkie: Both players are hitting surprisingly well right now. I would opt for Escobar.

Escobar's two-run single

@HalvorsonJustin: Which two of these three players would you drop: Lucas Duda, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. I am focused mostly on batting average and total bases.

Zinkie: If batting average is important, drop Duda and Grichuk. Without that factor, I would have said to keep Duda.

@kneedtoknows: Should I drop Matt Harvey after he starts on Tuesday?

Zinkie: Harvey should be retained in all leagues. Even if the Mets skip some of his starts, he could still make contributions down the stretch.

@sllimgallant: Who should I drop to activate Carlos Carrasco in my points league: Brandon Belt, Baez or Khris Davis?

Zinkie: Drop Baez. Belt and Davis should both get more playing time.

Davis' 18th homer

@OVSplits: Which player is the better keeper for next year: Carrasco or Yu Darvish?

Zinkie: Carrasco. He is on the verge of being an ace, and he has less injury risk.

@Abreezy23zz: Should I drop David Wright and pick up Greg Bird?

Zinkie: Don't drop Wright for Bird. You can add Bird if you have someone worse than Wright to drop.

@michaelstocklos: Would you rather own Eugenio Suarez or Wilmer Flores?

Zinkie: Very close, but I will take Flores.

Flores' solo homer

@banoycocina: Which player should I drop: Rougned Odor, Russell, Panik or Odubel Herrera?

Zinkie: Drop Russell. Odor has been too good this summer to drop. Herrera contributes in many ways. Panik hits for average.

@sportsweather: Should I go with John Lackey or Scott Kazmir for my playoffs?

Zinkie: Kazmir, but it's close. Lackey may wind up with a favorable schedule.

@C_hermz: Which middle infielder would you use for the upcoming playoffs: Baez, Corey Seager or Alexei Ramirez?

Zinkie: Ramirez for sure. He has been hitting well and should play regularly.

Ramirez's three-run homer

@yankeefan629: Which player should I choose for my last keeper spot: Kang, Kyle Schwarber or Gregory Polanco?

Zinkie: Because of his catcher eligibility, Schwarber ranks ahead of the others.

@SMRT9: Which player would you pick up: Jake Odorizzi, Shelby Miller or Steven Matz?

Zinkie: I would pick up Matz. Odorizzi would be my second choice.

@sportsweather: Should I use Brandon Phillips or Seager?

Zinkie: Phillips. He has performed well this season, and he should log more at-bats in September.

Phillips' two-run homer

@Ian_mcWhinnie14: Please pick one to keep: Jacob deGrom, Michael Wacha or David Price.

Zinkie: If just one, I would keep deGrom.

@pgladz8: Should I drop Smyly or Medlen for Stroman?

Zinkie: I would not drop either of those players for Stroman.

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.