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Fantasy411: Week 13 advice, wisdom

Fantasy411: Week 13 advice, wisdom

MLB.com fantasy expert Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat (at @fantasy411) on Monday. Read through the best of the Q&A below. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.

@blgmike2: Should I drop Albert Pujols for Anthony DeSclafani, Jameson Taillon, Lucas Giolito or Blake Snell? I'm stacked at first base and I need a starter.

Fred Zinkie: My guess is that you can trade Pujols for a starter that is better than any of your waiver-wire options.

@toonmental: Is it time to drop Aaron Nola?

Zinkie: If possible, you should hold him through the All-Star break. He was very effective for much of this season.

@LyndonBryanton: Should I drop Adrian Gonzalez for Joe Panik or Danny Espinosa?

Zinkie: You shouldn't drop Gonzalez for one of those players. You can try to trade him if you feel like you are done with him.

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@raypantojas: Mark Teixeira is sitting on waivers in my league. Should I pick him up?

Zinkie: He should stay on waivers in all mixed formats until he puts together some productive games.

@kswat85: Would you rather own Yasiel Puig, Jonathan Schoop or Maikel Franco?

Zinkie: With his power and second-base eligibility, Schoop is my pick.

@ZkinsZoe: Should I drop Albert Pujols for Melvin Upton Jr.? Also, should I drop Michael Fulmer for Vince Velasquez?

Zinkie: You can make the switch to Upton if you need steals. Stick with Fulmer.

@nickalbrinck12: Should I trade David Ortiz for Stephen Strasburg?

Zinkie: Stick with Ortiz. He is healthy and playing well.

@real_wes_trunk: Would you rather own Travis d'Arnaud or Welington Castillo?

Zinkie: I'll take Castillo. But d'Arnaud could sway me if he heats up.

@peterkrysso: Please rank the top-3: Dallas Keuchel, Marcus Stroman, Michael Wacha, Jason Hammel, Marco Estrada and Joe Ross.

Zinkie: Estrada, Ross, Hammel.

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@BillyLessard27: Do you expect Joey Gallo or Jose Berrios to have more value for the rest of the season?

Zinkie: I would rather stash Berrios, as I expect him to get more opportunity.

@thealexmoretto: Should I go with Danny Valencia, Shin-Soo Choo or Khris Davis as my utility player?

Zinkie: Choo is my pick. I really like him as the Rangers leadoff hitter.

@BQuick52: Please pick one of Mike Napoli, Odubel Herrera or Jayson Werth? Also one of Robbie Ray, Dan Straily or Blake Snell?

Zinkie: Herrera, unless you really need power. Snell for the starter pick.

@jtristanl: Would you rather own Jake Lamb or Maikel Franco?

Zinkie: Lamb. He is playing better than Franco, and he is in a better lineup.

@JoeStraight_Edg: Would you rather own Yadier Molina or Matt Wieters?

Zinkie: Wieters. Molina's lack of power leaves him with little fantasy value.

@AminHasou: Which two should I use out of Shin-Soo Choo, Jake Lamb, Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday?

Zinkie: Choo and Lamb.

@jpabloff92: Is it time to drop Marcus Stroman?

Zinkie: Yes, he can be dropped in most mixed leagues. His low K-rate limits his potential.

@aitnassss: What do I do with Trevor Rosenthal? Drop him or wait it out?

Zinkie: It depends on league size. But I would likely recommend to drop him.

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@nathan_meyers: Do you have any hope that Marcus Stroman will turn things around? Should I drop him for Seung Hwan Oh even though I have little use for a reliever?

Zinkie: Drop Stroman for Oh. Wait a couple weeks for Oh to become the closer. Then trade Oh or one of your other closers.

@jdifrancesco3: Please pick one of Angel Pagan, Leonys Martin, Cameron Maybin, or Yasmany Tomas.

Zinkie: Tomas first. Martin second.

@_TheLifeOfTy_: What are your thoughts on Matt Moore?

Zinkie: I don't expect him to hold a regular lineup spot in standard-mixed leagues this season.

@astroplayof2016: Who is the better source of saves over the coming week: Seung Hwan Oh or Shawn Kelley?

Zinkie: Oh. Jonathan Papelbon should return fairly soon.

@whaley_bird55: Would you rather own Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard?

Zinkie: Even though he is risky, Syndergaard is my pick.

@CLINZO: Who would you start for the rest of the season at second base: Neil Walker, Devon Travis or Logan Forsythe?

Zinkie: Forsythe. But I expect the values of all three players to be similar.

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.