MLB.com Columnist

Fred Zinkie

Fantasy411 chat: Looking toward the future

Fantasy411 chat: Looking toward the future

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.

@edemanuelson: Should I drop Dansby Swanson for Yulieski Gurriel?

Fred Zinkie: You should definitely make that switch. Swanson could be good down the road, but Gurriel is ready to contribute now.

@rangersfantasyb: Marcell Ozuna was dropped in my league. Should I pick him up?

Zinkie: You can add him if you have extra space. He hasn't hit well in the second half. Don't drop a player that you value.

@aaroncharles18: Who will be better for the rest of the season, Blake Snell or Jason Hammel?

Zinkie: Despite his poor outing at Coors Field, Hammel is my guess.

@MAS8823: Will A.J. Ramos get save opportunities this week, or should I stick with Adam Ottavino?

Zinkie: Ideally, you should use Ottavino this week and then potentially switch back to Ramos next week.

@jamesakerin: I own Gary Sanchez and Brian McCann. Can I drop McCann?

Zinkie: Yes, you can drop him. Especially if your league uses weekly lineup transactions.

@amoralest1970: Should I start Danny Duffy at Boston?

Zinkie: You should start him. You cannot bench a pitcher that is on a major roll.

Duffy earns win No. 10

@saice80: What are your thoughts on adding Carlos Gomez?

Zinkie: I don't expect Gomez to contribute to mixed-league teams this season. I would add him in AL-only.

@al9x1: Would you rather own Robbie Ray or Doug Fister?

Zinkie: Definitely Ray. He is pitching really well right now.

@emmerich10: I'm out of contention in a keeper league. Please name some players that will have a big jump in value by 2017.

Zinkie: Likely players such as Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot and Yoan Moncada. They could have regular roles in 2017.

@TheReal_Ankur: I finally dropped Justin Upton and then he had a great game. Do I need to pick him up?

Zinkie: Not necessarily. One game doesn't outweigh long-term struggles. It depends on which player you would drop.

@edemanuelson: Is it Alex Bregman time?

Zinkie: Most definitely. The buy-low window is either closed or closing fast.

Bregman's two-run homer

@raj182169: Do you prefer Andrew Cashner or Matt Boyd?

Zinkie: Boyd. He has pitched well of late.

@P_Rod29: Should I drop Ken Giles if I have Zach Britton, Jeurys Familia, Dellin Betances and Cody Allen and need starting pitching?

Zinkie: Yes, you can make that move.

@ryan_jordan2: Should I use Jedd Gyorko or Mitch Moreland as my first baseman?

Zinkie: Go week-to-week down the stretch. Take Gyorko for this week.

@bubbacroft8: I'm growing frustrated with Jay Bruce. Should I drop him for Keon Broxton?

Zinkie: If you feel set with your power numbers, you can consider it. I would find it very hard to drop him, though.

@Topps150: Do you prefer Jon Lester or Marco Estrada? Same question for Brandon Belt or Justin Turner.

Zinkie: Lester and Turner.

@StvnSmth: Do you prefer Didi Gregorius or Addison Russell?

Zinkie: Russell. Being in a more productive lineup helps his cause.

@michelhachey: Should I start Chris Davis or Wil Myers for the week?

Zinkie: Davis. Looks like his slump is over.

Statcast: Davis' pair of homers

@nmach10: In a points league, do you prefer Dee Gordon or Rougned Odor?

Zinkie: Odor in a points league.

@JoeGittoo: Should I own Gregorius or Starlin Castro?

Zinkie: Gregorius. He has shown exciting potential at times this summer.

@drewwsclues: Is Broxton a must-add player?

Zinkie: Yes, if you could use steals. Broxton should be owned in most leagues.

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.