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Fantasy411 chat: Trust Bryce in first round?

Fantasy411 chat: Trust Bryce in first round?

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.

@speej63: Do you expect Yoan Moncada and Cody Bellinger to compile more than 200 at-bats this year?

Fred Zinkie: I expect Moncada to easily top 200 at-bats. But I doubt that Bellinger will reach that mark.

@MrMet822: Would you rather draft Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson?

Zinkie: I'll take Donaldson. His power numbers have been so consistent. He may also swipe more bases than Machado.

Outlook: Donaldson, 3B, TOR

@qtgeoff: What does the Brandon Phillips trade do for Jose Peraza's fantasy value?

Zinkie: Peraza's value has spiked. He could be selected in the top-100 picks in some '17 drafts.

@alfredo_gc: Which two players would you keep out of Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Max Scherzer and Giancarlo Stanton?

Zinkie: I would keep Turner and Correa. But I know it's hard to throw Scherzer back into the draft.

@mhensonrn: Do you ever keep closers? I have Zach Britton but would have to throw back Jose Abreu or Jonathan Villar.

Zinkie: I'm fine with keeping Britton over Abreu.

Outlook: Britton, RP, BAL

@jpabloff92: Can I trust Bryce Harper as a 1st-round pick?

Zinkie: No! But, he's worth a pick in the first round anyways. His upside is terrific. Draft him late in the first and pair him with a reliable hitter like Josh Donaldson.

@JeJered: Should I keep Alex Bregman or Andrew Benintendi?

Zinkie: Tough decision, but I would keep Benintendi.

Outlook: Benintendi, OF, BOS

@__Replays__: In this year's draft should you go pitcher or hitter heavy?

Zinkie: I would get a pair of top pitchers in the first five rounds and then load up on hitters.

@joyce_ben: Who's your biggest bust candidate?

Zinkie: I don't think he will be a "bust," but I don't expect Edwin Encarnacion's production to match his high draft ranking.

@Baseballfan_sox: Who are some guys to grab late in the draft?

Zinkie: Look for Austin Hedges, Yulieski Gurriel and Mitch Haniger late in your draft.

@wrestlingfan444: Who is going to have the biggest breakout year?

Zinkie: If he stays healthy, Aaron Nola is going to have a great year.

Outlook: Nola, SP, PHI

@jordanae1124: Who should I keep out of Nick Castellanos, Kelvin Herrera and Orlando Arcia.

Zinkie: Definitely Herrera.

@elangel_747: Someone said that you have to take a third baseman in the first round. Is that a good advice?

Zinkie: You don't have to take any position in any certain round. Take the best available player with each of your initial picks.

@GarrettPalmer14: Please name some top-100 players who you think will exceed their draft ranking.

Zinkie: Trea Turner, Noah Syndergaard, J.D. Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes.

Outlook: Syndergaard, SP, NYM

@Joshua_Pollard7: Who's your best sleeper candidate?

Zinkie: Likely Mitch Haniger. But the hype on him is starting to grow.

@BPalermo1: Do you have a breakout catcher for us?

Zinkie: Austin Hedges. But be ready to have a fallback plan.

@SslaydenMlb: Would you draft Jose Altuve or Paul Goldschmidt?

Zinkie: Altuve. Both will be great, but Altuve's superior contact skills give him the edge.

@Go22rd: Would you rather draft Carlos Carrasco or Chris Archer?

Zinkie: Archer. More durable and more strikeouts.

@whosyopapi: What kind of year are you expecting from A.J. Pollock?

Zinkie: I'm a little worried about injuries with him. If he stays healthy, he's a top-20 hitter.

Outlook: Pollock, CF, ARI

@AP5510: In a keeper league, do you prefer Justin Verlander or Marcus Stroman

Zinkie: Definitely Verlander.

@BillyLessard27: Please rank Aaron Nola, Carlos Rodon and James Paxton.

Zinkie: Paxton, Nola, Rodon.

@SslaydenMlb: Do you prefer Jake Lamb, Nick Castellanos or Maikel Franco at third base?

Zinkie: Lamb. He is risky, but he still has a high ceiling.

@echo_selzer: Are you worried about Xander Bogaerts' poor second half at all?

Zinkie: Yes, I am a little worried. He is outside my top-5 shortstops.

@NickSteezins: In a keeper league, do you prefer Paul Goldschmidt or Bryce Harper?

Zinkie: I'll take Harper in a keeper league.

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.