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Fantasy411 chat: Help down the stretch

Fantasy411 chat: Help down the stretch

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.

@rangersfantasyb: Should I drop Kole Calhoun and add someone that can help me in categories I need, such as stolen bases?

Zinkie: We have reached the point in the season when you can makes moves like that. Focus on the categories you need.

@rhj_24324: Should I drop Brian McCann for Gary Sanchez?

Zinkie: I would stick with McCann, but it is close. Sanchez could be a Top 12 catcher down the stretch. In a daily transaction league, it would be nice to own both.

@LyndonBryanton: Please rank Jonathan Schoop, Willson Contreras, Jose Ramirez and Rajai Davis.

Zinkie: Schoop, Ramirez, Davis, Contreras. If you need power, grab Schoop. If you need speed, take Davis. If you want balance, opt for Ramirez.

@thealexmoretto: Will Taijuan Walker be back up in time to help my team down the stretch, or should I drop him?

Zinkie: He will likely be back, but he may not help you. You can drop him if there is someone on waivers you really want.

@__MeatBall: Should I drop Trevor Bauer or Matt Shoemaker for Braden Shipley this week?

Zinkie: If you are thinking only about this week, you can drop Bauer for Shipley. In the long run, I would rather have Bauer.

@matt3pt: My team has multiple pitcher injuries. Please name some starters that I can add.

Zinkie: Depending on your league size, you can grab Blake Snell, Robbie Ray, Luke Weaver, David Phelps or Dan Straily.

@DN1CE23: Would you rather own Yulieski Gurriel or Alex Bregman.

Zinkie: I will take Bregman. He is emerging from a slow start. He is very talented, and I expect a big finish.

@MarkStormbro: Please rank Weaver, Matt Boyd, Shoemaker, Phelps, Ray and Chase Anderson.

Zinkie: Shoemaker, Phelps, Ray, Weaver, Boyd, Anderson.

@rangersfantasyb: Who are the top waiver-wire pickups for stolen bases?

Zinkie: Look for Travis Jankowski. Aaron Altherr is another option to pick up some steals down the stretch. Paulo Orlando is a deep-league option.

@mbunin7: Would you rather own Lance McCullers or Danny Duffy long term? And, would you rather own Tom Koehler or Ray for the rest of the season?

Zinkie: I'll take Duffy and Ray.

@Mozzay_11: Would you rather own Andrew McCutchen or Ian Desmond?

Zinkie: Even though he has tailed off a bit, Desmond is still my pick.

@STANLEY73: I lost Adam Conley to the disabled list. Who should I grab out of Koehler, James Paxton and Shipley?

Zinkie: Go with Paxton.

@Mitch_Sirota18: Should I start Koehler or Joe Musgrove this week?

Zinkie: Musgrove. He has to stay in all lineups until he has a poor start.

@pinstripexpert: Would you trade Aaron Judge for Joey Gallo in a mixed league?

Zinkie: No, I would keep Judge. He could fare quite well down the stretch.

@bubbacroft8: Please rank Paxton, Boyd, Ervin Santana and Jeremy Hellickson.

Zinkie: Hellickson, Santana, Paxton, Boyd.

@dnots777: Would you rather own McCann or Cameron Rupp?

Zinkie: I'll take McCann, but it is getting close. Ideally, you should add Rupp and trade McCann.

@DruVeritas: Would you rather own David Dahl or Adam Duvall?

Zinkie: Dahl. He playing well in a great situation.

@D_LloydZz: Please name a pitching prospect that may soon reach the Majors.

Zinkie: Josh Hader could get a chance with the Brewers down the stretch.

@dnots777: Is Wade Davis worth stashing?

Zinkie: Definitely, if you need saves.

@FlynnWingate: Do you prefer Tyler Naquin or Jankowski going forward?

Zinkie: Jankowski, assuming that steals have value for you.

@afrost32: Should I drop Sanchez for Weaver?

Zinkie: I would rather own Sanchez, assuming that you have use for a catcher.

@perez_raudy: Is it time to pick up A.J. Pollock?

Zinkie: Yes, he should be added in most leagues.

@sritsema11: Should I drop Hunter Pence for one of the Yankees rookies?

Zinkie: No, I prefer Pence to Sanchez, Judge or Tyler Austin.

@James26Wang: Should I drop Hernan Perez for Judge?

Zinkie: It depends on your needs. Keep Perez if you value steals. Grab Judge if you need homers.

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.