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Fantasy411: Zinkie answers Week 5 questions

Fantasy411: Zinkie answers Week 5 questions

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.

@tahamufti1: How would you rank these prospects: Bradley Zimmer, Austin Meadows, Cody Bellinger and Lewis Brinson?

Zinkie: Brinson, Bellinger, Zimmer, Meadows.

@jrock5158: Do you prefer Jimmy Nelson or Dan Straily? Also, Ian Kinsler or Jonathan Schoop?

Fred Zinkie: Straily and Kinsler. Neither comparison is close for me. Kinsler is an excellent asset, and Straily has been effective since last season.

@MetsHomeRunGuy: I have Chris Owings currently playing shortstop. Should I be looking to pick up Christian Arroyo?

Zinkie: No, you should stick with Owings. He is hitting well, and Arroyo does not have a high ceiling.

@BlakeEMeakin: In a league that counts saves and holds, would you rather own Fernando Rodney, J.J. Hoover or Joaquin Benoit?

Zinkie: Benoit for sure. He is the best reliever in that group, and he should consistently work high-leverage situations.

@zachhajas: I was offered Ivan Nova for Jose Quintana. Is Nova for real?

Zinkie: I do believe Nova is for real. The trade is very fair. I would likely accept it.

@Ynal_Alouri: Who are some speculative saves targets not owned in many leagues?

Zinkie: Benoit and Archie Bradley could soon emerge as ninth-inning options.

@nmach10: Which two outfielders should I add in a points league out of Stephen Piscotty, Michael Conforto, Gregory Polanco and Avisail Garcia?

Zinkie: You should add Conforto and Polanco. Conforto is getting the opportunity he needs, and Polanco can recover from his slow start.

@tahamufti1: Should I drop Julio Urias or Aaron Nola for Chris Tillman in a 10-team league?

Zinkie: No, Tillman should not be owned in shallow formats. If you want to drop Nola, you can likely find someone better than Tillman.

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@diegosa08680203: Should I pick up Brandon Phillips for Jason Kipnis

Zinkie: Pick up Kipnis. Phillips is off to a great start, but he is unlikely to match Kipnis for the remainder of the season.

@JoeIannacone: Is Ian Desmond for Chris Archer a fair trade?

Zinkie: I would have considered it fair in February, but not right now. I have some reservations about Desmond's role in the coming weeks.

@StvnSmth: Would you drop Matt Wieters or Brian McCann for Willson Contreras?

Zinkie: I would drop McCann. You can't drop Wieters, as the Nats' lineup is so productive right now.

@TheBJBirdie: Would you drop Jackie Bradley Jr. for Scott Schebler?

Zinkie: I would not make that move. I know Schebler is off to a good start, but I still have plenty of hope for Bradley.

@illkeeptrekkin: Is Mark Reynolds droppable with Desmond back?

Zinkie: You can drop Reynolds in 10-team leagues. Keep him for now in deeper formats.

@jtristanl: Should I drop Yangervis Solarte for Alex Bregman?

Zinkie: Yes, you should. Bregman is much too talented to sit on waivers.

@scottolstad: Do you prefer Yadier Molina or Austin Hedges? Also, Joey Gallo or Nicholas Castellanos?

Zinkie: I'll take the upside of Hedges and Gallo.

@JasonAbes93: Please rank Hector Neris, Benoit and Santiago Casilla.

Zinkie: You have them in the correct order. The value of Neris and Benoit is fairly similar right now.

@jordanae1124: Which pitcher should I add out of Ty Blach, Brett Anderson or Alex Wood.

Zinkie: Pick up Blach, who has shown plenty of upside in his brief opportunities.

@CalebHundley3: Which top prospect outside of Yoan Moncada will be promoted next?

Zinkie: I'll guess two names -- Brinson and Amed Rosario.

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@Scottert24: Should I give up on Jonathan Lucroy or hold him?

Zinkie: You can't give up on someone who was a top-3 option at his position in March. He will come around.

@illkeeptrekkin: Should I drop Hunter Pence for Schebler? Or, should I drop Brad Brach?

Zinkie: Drop Pence, who no longer seems to be an impact option. I want to see Zach Britton in action before dropping Brach.

@bacarellab17: Do you prefer Miguel Sano or Khris Davis?

Zinkie: I'll take Davis. He is showing terrific signs of building off his breakout season.

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.