Fred Zinkie: I would hope for Jose Altuve, and if he is gone then consider Andrew McCutchen or Miguel Cabrera.
@CurtisMcCulloch: Who has more long-term keeper value between Gregory Polanco and Taijuan Walker?
Zinkie: Polanco needs to improve against southpaws, but I would go with him and hope that he makes those strides.
@AllenPritchett: In a keeper league, would you trade Corey Seager for Jose Fernandez?
Zinkie: I would not. I have high hopes for Fernandez. But in general, elite hitters should be protected. And Seager could be an elite shortstop for years.
@mkorff9: Please list your top-five shortstops.
Zinkie: Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Troy Tulowitzki.
@cdgriffin2011: Would you consider choosing pitchers in the first eight rounds of your draft, in order to gain a large edge in those categories?
Zinkie: I would not go that far. You can go heavy on pitchers, but you need to look after most of the hitting categories as well.
@toonmental: I'm looking to trade for a starter, and I have Yoenis Cespedes available. Who should I target?
Zinkie: Don't try to get one of the five best starters. If you can get anyone ranked from 6-12, it's a fair trade.
@PeteCaiola: Should I keep Adam Jones or Robinson Cano? Or should I roll the dice on Corey Seager?
Zinkie: If you can keep the player forever, keep Seager. If you can keep them for just a couple years, go with Cano.
@sntgortizsuau: Would you rather draft Lorenzo Cain or pick Adam Jones and hope he bounces back in '16?
Zinkie: I expect Jones to have a strong season, but I would draft Cain. He's an underrated five-category asset.
Zinkie on fantasy outfielders
Zinkie talks top fantasy outfielders in the Majors
MLB.com's fantasy writer Fred Zinkie breaks down his top picks in the outfield this season, plus gives a sleeper pick to watch out for
@camsless: Please name a catcher with upside, but low trade value at the moment.
Zinkie: Matt Wieters could be a top-five catcher if he can stay healthy this season.
Top fantasy catchers in 2016
Zinkie on best fantasy options at catcher in 2016
MLB.com fantasy writer Fred Zinkie discusses who the top fantasy options are at the catcher position for the 2016 season
@MrMichaelLink: We have heard about position scarcity, but which statistical category is scarce this season?
Zinkie: Stolen bases are surprisingly hard to come by this year. Owners who leave them for the end of the draft may be left with a one-category contributor in their lineup.
@ChillCandace: Do you prefer head-to-head or rotisserie fantasy baseball?
Zinkie: I prefer rotisserie. I enjoy working within the 10 standard categories for a full season. And, I enjoy the deeper rosters.
@chkane23: If a fantasy baseball league allows only two moves a month, does that league involve more or less skill?
Zinkie: Overall, it probably involves less skill. But it certainly requires great drafting skill, as it would be hard to recover from a poor draft.
Zinkie talks fantasy baseball
Fred Zinkie calls in to Hot Stove to talk fantasy
The Hot Stove crew talks to fantasy expert Fred Zinkie about the 2016 season and whether Mike Trout or Bryce Harper will be a better value
@ItsSalJr: What are your expectations for Kole Calhoun and Michael Brantley?
Zinkie: Calhoun is safe. I doubt he will move much in either direction. Brantley is a wildcard due to offseason surgery. I wouldn't draft him until at least Round 10.
@FrankPusateri: What round should I target my first starting pitcher and reliever?
Zinkie: Round 4 for the starter and Round 7 for the reliever. It obviously depends a bit on league size.
Best fantasy relievers
Fred Zinkie ranks best relievers in baseball
MLB.com's Fred Zinkie takes a look at some of the top relievers in baseball from a fantasy perspective with a Royals player taking the crown
@D_Oakes: What do you expect from Maikel Franco this season? Could he be my starting third baseman all season?
Zinkie: Yes, he could be your starting third baseman. I'm not expecting him to be elite due to his supporting cast.
@voting_4morneau: Would you prefer Tyler Glasnow or Lucas Giolito for this year?
Zinkie: I prefer Glasnow, whom I expect to join the rotation sooner.
@einstein2u: Can Xander Bogaerts take the next step and give us more power?
Zinkie: Yes, he can give more power. But, it might come at the expense of a few hits. Overall, he can be a little better.
@MaxyJprime: How much does Coors Field outfield wall changes affect the Rockies' pitchers and batters values?
Zinkie: I don't expect it to make a major impact. The changes seem to be fairly minimal.
@kevcrastinator: When is the best time to start a fantasy team?
Zinkie: I prefer to draft about two weeks prior to Opening Day. The best time to start research is right now!
@MitchOver: When should someone pick Buster Posey? Zinkie: In Round 2 of a two-catcher league. In Round 3 of a one-catcher league.