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Fantasy411 chat: Is Altherr the real deal?

Fantasy411 chat: Is Altherr the real deal? 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.

@scott_peterson4: Please rank for the next month: Dellin Betances, Matt Bush and Brad Brach.

Fred Zinkie: Betances, Bush, Brach. Betances needs to be active in every league.

@texturequestion: Please rank Ben Gamel, Aaron Altherr and Avisail Garcia?

Zinkie: Altherr, Garcia, Gamel.

Hot-button topics for fantasy

@jfiresports: Is Alex Wood for real? Would you rather own him or Jose Berrios?

Zinkie: Definitely Wood. Berrios has plenty of potential, but Wood has been so good this season.

@Stoshilman: Which one should I own out of Dee Gordon, Javier Baez or Hernan Perez?

Zinkie: Gordon is definitely your best choice. His steals are extremely valuable.

@James13MVP: Should I hold on to Julio Urias after his recent tough start.

Zinkie: You should likely hold him. He is among the most talented young pitchers and had plenty of success last season.

@DaTeufelShuffle: Should I stash Ian Happ or Amed Rosario?

Zinkie: You should stash Rosario. Even though Happ is up now, Rosario should log more plate appearances this year.

@TheMaestro30: Can I drop Yasmany Tomas for Yasiel Puig, Manuel Margot or Nomar Mazara?

Zinkie: I'm fine with dropping Tomas for Puig.

@jmcclure24: Should I drop Jake Lamb for Troy Tulowitzki?

Zinkie: I believe you should keep Lamb. I don't expect Tulowitzki to make a big impact when he returns.

Fantasy impact of Story's injury

@willyedwards11: Who should I pick up to replace A.J. Pollock out of Hernan Perez, Keon Broxton, Brandon Drury and Yasiel Puig.

Zinkie: You should add Broxton. He is hitting well and has a diverse skill set.

@beisbol268: Please rank Keon Broxton, Kendrys Morales and Chris Owings?

Zinkie: Broxton, Owings, Morales.

@ezraponnudurai: Will Jose Bautista's performances pick up?

Zinkie: Yes, but possibly not to the degree where he will help owners in shallow leagues.

@RaulMPerez20: Should I drop Albert Pujols and pick up either Yonder Alonso or Kevin Pillar?

Zinkie: I'm fine with that switch. But understand that you are committing to riding the hot hand at that spot the rest of the way.

@Z_Nelsy: Is Aaron Altherr for real?

Zinkie: I really like his skill set. He will tail off, but he should still be productive.

@saice80: Should I pick up Amed Rosario?

Zinkie: You should pick him up if you need a shortstop or steals. He is talented and should debut soon.

Zinkie on top pitchers to stash

@azito23: Would you own Junior Guerra and Joe Biagini in a 12-team league?

Zinkie: No to Guerra. Biagini is borderline, depending on which player you would drop.

@alan82386: Would you trade Khris Davis for Jedd Gyorko?

Zinkie: I would not. Gyorko is a sell-high candidate at the moment.

@JASPYLUCCI: Please rank Jorge Soler, Denard Span, Tommy Pham and Michael Taylor.

Zinkie: Soler, Taylor, Span, Pham.

@theycallmevb: Should I be worried about Edwin Encarnacion?

Zinkie: Yes, to some degree. I was worried about him heading into the season. I expect him to heat up, but possibly not to the degree you expected when you drafted him.

Fantasy replacements for Braun

@matt_costantini: What should I do with Jake Arrieta?

Zinkie: You likely have to hold him until he builds up some trade value. And when that happens, deal him right away.

@Nick_Vasquez11: Would you rather own Jacoby Ellsbury or Brett Gardner? And, Edwin Encarnaciòn or José Abreu?

Zinkie: Gardner, Encarnacion.

@LAM0nt87: Can Michael Conforto stay on fire all season? I feel like he's the real deal.

Zinkie: He definitely seems to be the real deal. If he tails off, he will still be very productive.

@ChrisLanzetti: Is Yonder Alonso for real?

Zinkie: The underlying statistics support his improvements. Don't trade him away.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.