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Fantasy411: Zinkie answers Week 11 questions

Fantasy411: Zinkie answers Week 11 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.

@tickster24: Can I drop Masahiro Tanaka for Rick Porcello or Jameson Taillon?

Fred Zinkie: I wouldn't drop him for Porcello. But I would make the move for Taillon if Tanaka doesn't fare well tonight.

@Beazell_: Should I drop Jose Quintana to add Brandon McCarthy?

Zinkie on Keuchel's injury

Zinkie: Unless you are truly desperate for immediate pitching help, I can't recommend that move.

@withoutwaxxx: Please rank these non-closer relievers, based on their potential to get saves this season: Brad Hand, Trevor Rosenthal and Joakim Soria.

Zinkie: Soria, Hand, Rosenthal.

@MattPercheski: Should I add Mallex Smith or Lewis Brinson?

Zinkie: Smith. More secure role and more speed.

@drstuck: Will Eric Thames bounce back or should I try to trade him?

Zinkie: I expect a bounceback. In fact, he is a buy-low target in some leagues right now.

@andrew_salas: What are your expectations for Lewis Brinson?

Zinkie: The range is really wide, depending on usage. For now, grab him in all 12-team leagues and 10-formats with deep benches.

@Joshua_Pollard7: What are reasonable expectations for Wilson Ramos when he returns?

Zinkie: Top 10 catcher should be easily attainable. Top 5 is a stretch, but possible.

@tahamufti1: Would you drop Jameson Tallion, Buck Farmer, Joe Ross or Aaron Nola for Brad Peacock?

Zinkie: You could drop Ross for Peacock.

@kevinarts: Any chance Santiago Casilla is closing for the rest of the season?

Zinkie: Yes, there is definitely a chance. I don't expect him to lose his role. But he could be traded next month.

@fubzeppelin: Should I drop Ian Happ for Tim Beckham?

Zinkie: I'm not ready to make that move. I still have some hope for Happ.

Breaking down Andrus' value

@DbLaZe802: I need saves. Should I drop Edinson Volquez or Zack Wheeler to pick up Matt Albers?

Zinkie: Drop Volquez for Albers. He could be a short-term saves source.

@Kevin_Martiny: Is Aaron Judge a top 10 player going forward?

Zinkie: I'm going to put him just outside that group. But he might be a top 10 hitter.

@nickb88: Do you prefer Matt Carpenter or Todd Frazier?

Zinkie: I'll take Carpenter. I'm still a believer.

@GeekyBaseball: When is the time to pick up Amed Rosario?

Zinkie: Now. I expect him to come up this month.

@corycarpenter33: Is Rich Hill worth picking up off waivers?

Zinkie: With his recent inconsistency, he is a pitch-or-ditch option in shallow leagues. Ditch for this week.

Zinkie offers Tip of the Day

@BPalermo1: Do you have hope for John Lackey to rebound, or are you cutting bait for Dan Straily, Francisco Liriano or Sean Newcomb?

Zinkie: You can cut him for Straily.

@peterkrysso: Should I add David Peralta or Hunter Renfroe? Also, Jose Pirela or Andrelton Simmons?

Zinkie: Renfroe, Simmons.

@TimTheGrizzly: Is it time to give up on Gerrit Cole?

Zinkie: I'm fine with dropping Cole in shallow leagues. His struggles are not confined to this season.

@al9x1: Is it time to drop Alex Bregman for Tim Beckham?

Zinkie: No, stick with Bregman. His ceiling is so much higher than that of Beckham.

@theonlyshoeeeee: Please order Gregory Polanco, Chris Davis, Hernan Perez, Whit Merrifield and Nick Castellanos.

Zinkie: Davis, Polanco, Merrifield, Perez, Castellanos.

@RayCash42890142: Do you prefer Steven Matz or Jeff Hoffman?

Zinkie: Definitely Matz. I have high hopes.

@Matt2628: Is Corey Knebel now an elite fantasy closer?

Zinkie: No, but he's knocking on that door.

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.