Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat with Fred Zinkie
MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. To learn from someone who has been there and won that, check out the chat transcript below and check out the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle and MLB.com's fantasy home. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.
Q: @cecil_meyers Should I keep Clay Buchholz on my roster? Worth a shot?
Answer: Yes, worth a shot, if you don't need to drop a good starting pitcher.
Q: @billrick15 are Rusney Castillo and/or Yasmany Tomas worth stashing on the bench until they get called up?
Answer: Yes. Especially Castillo.
Q: @TUT12_ should I trade Jon Lester? If yes, what should I get in return?
Answer: Don't sell low after one start. Sit tight.
Q: @einstein2u can you name a starting pitcher outside the top-100 starters that you like?
Answer: Daniel Norris, Dan Haren, Wei-Yin Chen and TJ House are low-cost options.
Q: @petea19 Marcus Semien or Wilmer Flores for this year only?
Answer: Semien. Similar power, more speed.
Q: @Major1527 Better pickup right now: Buchholz or Jason Grilli?
Answer: Grilli. Usually more SPs available than RPs.
Q: @NotoriousBOX in light of Jenrry Mejia news, smarter to use No. 1 waiver claim on Jeurys Familia, Grilli or stand pat?
Answer: Not Familia. Could go Grilli.
Q: @al9x1 Need a starter. Aaron Sanchez or Archie Bradley?
Answer: Sanchez, but monitor his control.
Q: @LuckyTownChip Are you buying or selling Jeff Samardzija?
Answer: Neither. Hold, but don't buy.
Q: @PittsburghFan33 Joe Mauer or Stephen Vogt?
Answer: Mauer, who has fallen so far that he could be a nice buy-low option.
Q: @stevenhassler Everyone wants Joc Pederson. Is he Rookie of Year material?
Answer: Yes, but could be time to sell high due to hype.
Q: @Ktbmyers Would you trade Doug Fister and Brett Lawrie for Nolan Arenado?
Answer: It's close. Depends on the depth of your pitching staff.
Q: @cecil_meyers What should I be looking for tier wise for Matt Kemp in a trade?
Answer: Depends on the position. An elite closer or a No. 2 starter.
Q: @adiact Does Joakim Soria retain any fantasy value after the Padres acquired Craig Kimbrel?
Answer: Drop in shallow leagues. Keep in deep ones.
Q: @ashtonDM77 How much do you think the trade will affect Kimbrel's saves?
Answer: Should give him a slight boost. Very slight.
Q: @GCamp_6 Semien or Micah Johnson? 10 team roto.
Answer: Semien unless you really need steals.
Q: @keojack1 When will we see Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano in the Majors for the Twins?
Answer: Likely late in the season.
Q: @Burly_Hurley Travis d'Arnaud, Yasmani Grandal, or Miguel Montero?
Q: @sadhistorymajor Pick up Jesse Hahn for Carlos Martinez?
Answer: No, but both are nice sleepers.
Q: @Jordantowle20 Giancarlo Stanton and Ryan Zimmerman for Billy Hamilton and Kris Bryant. Standard 5x5 league. Who wins the trade?
Answer: Stanton side.
Q: @C_hermz Who should I slot in my utility spot: Dalton Pompey or Mark Teixeira?
Q: @heattreatjay Please rate Pompey, Devon Travis, Steven Souza Jr. and Jace Peterson?
Answer: Souza, Pompey, Travis, Peterson.
Q: @SmashTime9 Zach McAllister, House, Carlos Martinez, James Paxton. Rank them?
Answer: House, Martinez, Paxton, McAllister.