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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.

@broutman1: Are there any lineup-place battles you are looking at to make a player significantly more or less valuable?

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.

@broutman1: Are there any lineup-place battles you are looking at to make a player significantly more or less valuable?

Fred Zinkie: Keep a close eye on how the Yankees set up their lineup around the three star sluggers, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

@dkohn17: Would you trade Trea Turner for Paul Goldschmidt?

Zinkie: No, I would not. The news of the humidor at Chase Field shifts that trade to the side of Turner.

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@duxfan9: Would you rather draft Aroldis Chapman or Corey Knebel?

Zinkie: I'll take Chapman, who is likely poised for a bounceback year.

@jfiresports: Who do you think belongs to the No. 2 spot behind Mike Trout?

Zinkie: Jose Altuve is the No. 2 pick in virtually all formats. You could make a case for Clayton Kershaw in an unusual scoring system that favors pitchers.

@Random_Joel66: Is it a good idea to draft and stash Greg Holland?

Zinkie: Yes, that is a great idea. He could still get 30 saves this year.

@ctefantasy: Who could be this year's Robbie Ray with great strikeout potential but control issues?

Zinkie: Trevor Bauer is a candidate to make that jump in production.

@baum001: Would you keep Joe Musgrove at $1 in a league with a $150 budget for the auction?

Zinkie: No, I would let him go. Musgrove is an interesting sleeper, but he should start the season on waivers in most mixed leagues.

@MandalayMccray: Is it too much of a reach to take Trea Turner over Nolan Arenado in a 14-team head-to-head categories using OBP instead of AVG at Pick 3?

Zinkie: No, it is not too much of a reach. But with your league using OBP, you might want to consider Paul Goldschmidt or Giancarlo Stanton with your pick.

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@isanz33: Please rank Carlos Martínez, Aaron Nola, Robbie Ray and Shohei Ohtani.

Zinkie: Ray, Martinez, Nola, Ohtani.

@brandonbmby92: Please pick two players out of Delino DeShields, David Peralta and Zack Cozart.

Zinkie: DeShields, Cozart.

@MAS8823: Please rank Ronald Acuna, Michael Kopech, Nick Senzel and Willie Calhoun in order of 2018 impact.

Zinkie: Acuna, Calhoun, Kopech, Senzel.

@gr8fulwaggs: Do you prefer Eduardo Nunez or Marwin Gonzalez?

Zinkie: Gonzalez. Likely more playing time.

@sancarlosbrad: Should I draft Francisco Lindor or Corey Seager?

Zinkie: Go with Lindor. He has shown more power and speed thus far in his career.

@JoeySlauenwhite: Which positions should I wait on drafting this year?

Zinkie: Third base. And you can always wait on outfield due to the variety of options.

@kelvincorntooth: After the top 4 starters have been drafted, which three starters would you target?

Zinkie: Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Carrasco.

@MikeMat03: Do you prefer Charlie Blackmon or Giancarlo Stanton in points league?

Zinkie: Stanton in that format. Blackmon would be the choice in roto.

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@echo_selzer: Who do you prefer in keeper leagues between Manny Machado and Carlos Correa?

Zinkie: I prefer Correa, both for 2018 and beyond.

@juiceonthedog: How do you approach prospects like Nick Senzel and Victor Robles in an auction?

Zinkie: Ideally, you buy a starter at their position in the auction and then add them in the reserve round.

@BrennieCallahan: What starting pitchers are you targeting in the middle rounds this year?

Zinkie: Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Chase Anderson, Charlie Morton, Jon Gray, Danny Duffy.

@MandalayMccray: Is it too much of a reach to draft Trea Turner ahead of Nolan Arenado in a head-to-head categories league?

Zinkie: No, not a reach at all. Turner should be more valuable in that format.

Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.