Fantasy411 chat: Take Kershaw over Betts?

Fantasy411 chat: Take Kershaw over Betts?

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.

@acutonix: In a head-to-head league, would you draft Clayton Kershaw over Mookie BettsPaul Goldschmidt and Jose Altuve?

Zinkie: Yes I would. Kershaw's value is very high in that format.

@ecgelzayd: Should I keep Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole?

Fred Zinkie: Even though he is much older than Cole, Verlander should be your pick.

@BJCarswell: Please name two or three starters who have similar overall value to Aroldis Chapman.

Zinkie: I expect Chapman to provide similar value to Justin Verlander, Kyle Hendricks and Jacob deGrom.

Outlook: Chapman, RP, NYY

@natethegreat03: Could Xander Bogaerts be a top-15 player this year?

Zinkie: It's possible, but I doubt it. I don't have Bogaerts among my top-5 shortstops.

@TrayM8771: Is Shelby Miller worth a late-round investment?

Zinkie: I believe Miller should start the season on waivers in all mixed leagues. I want to see a handful of quality starts before recommending him.

@DavidFromCA: How late are you waiting on Ian Desmond now, given his injury?

Zinkie: It's hard to say until we learn more about his injury. At this point, I wouldn't draft him in the first 10 rounds.

@fubzeppelin: Which outfielder should I pick up to replace Ian Desmond: Jayson Werth, Mitch Haniger, Rajai Davis, Jurickson Profar, Michael Saunders or Steve Pearce?

Zinkie: I would pick up Davis and look to get an early-season advantage in steals. My second choice is Haniger.

@Peter_Aschoff: Which hitter would you take second overall in a '17 draft?

Zinkie: I would consider Clayton Kershaw with the No. 2 pick. Among hitters, I would take Mookie Betts. Kris Bryant would be my next choice.

@RoseofDream: Would you trade Zack Greinke for Gregory Polanco?

Zinkie: Definitely. I'm not expecting Greinke to be a difference-maker this year. Polanco has the potential to take another step forward.

Outlook: Polanco, OF, PIT

@zachhajas: In a head-to-head league, which player do you like best in the late first round: Miguel Cabrera, Anthony Rizzo or Bryce Harper?

Zinkie: I would take the chance on Harper. He showed us his potential in '15. Cabrera would be my second choice.

@71Dionne: Which two of these late-round pitchers do you prefer: Eduardo Rodriguez, Michael Wacha and Tyler Skaggs?

Zinkie: My picks are Rodriguez and Wacha. I'm not sure that Skaggs is ready to deliver 25-plus starts.

@VincentElisar: What is the scarcest position this year?

Zinkie: As usual, it's catcher. But reliable closers are also scarce this year.

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@saice80: What would be a good draft strategy through the initial 10 rounds?

Zinkie: I would try to get six hitters, two starters and a pair of closers with your initial 10 picks. The specific order for those picks is up to you.

@ACSchroth: In an auction, do you prefer getting a few stars or balancing your investments?

Zinkie: I usually like to get a couple star pitchers and balance my hitting resources.

@Nelson_Liriano: Is Mike Montgomery worth a pick and stash if he doesn't make the rotation? How many starts will he get in 2017?

Zinkie: I could see Montgomery making 15 starts. Maybe even 20. But it's not enough to stash him in a mixed league. Be ready to add him later on.

@BillyLessard27: Should I grab Yulieski Gurriel or Pedro Alvarez as a bench player?

Zinkie: Definitely Gurriel. He is a nice sleeper for '17. Alvarez may struggle to find playing time.

@SteveWaldinger: Who should I draft at the end of round 1 and beginning of round 2?

Zinkie: Try to pair Trea Turner with a stable slugger such as Miguel Cabrera or Anthony Rizzo.

@jswildcats: What are your predictions on Yu Darvish this season?

Zinkie: 30 starts, 250 strikeouts and a Cy Young Award.

Outlook: Darvish, SP, TEX

@tahamufti1: Please rank Michael Fulmer, Michael Wacha, Lance McCullersSteven Matz and Jon Gray.

Zinkie: Fulmer, Matz, McCullers, Gray, Wacha.

@zachorygreene: Other than injured players, who is a player to completely stay away from this season?

Zinkie: Javier Baez. If the Cubs stay healthy, he isn't going to get enough opportunities to help you.

@dcfrey: When would you draft Cody Allen? Are you worried about Andrew Miller taking his job?

Zinkie: I'm not especially worried about Miller. Allen should be roughly the 11th closer off the board.

Outlook: Allen, RP, CLE

@bustertimmy: Please recommend a temporary second base replacement for Jason Kipnis.

Zinkie: Joe Panik should be solid and is available in many 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.