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Fantasy411 chat: Who to keep for 2017?

September 26, 2016

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 [email protected]: Which rookie should I keep for 2017 out of Corey Seager, Trea Turner and José Peraza?Fred

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.
@Kobe_Mahoney: Which rookie should I keep for 2017 out of Corey Seager, Trea Turner and José Peraza?
Fred Zinkie: It's a tough call between Seager and Turner. I'll go with Turner.
@packbrewbuck: Will Martin Pérez make two starts this week? Or are they going with a six-man rotation?
Zinkie: I believe that he will make two starts this week.
@ace_a55: Would you use two-start pitchers Sean Manaea or Jered Weaver in a points league this week?
Zinkie: I would use Manaea. He has had some good starts of late.
@Nick_Schara: Please pick two pitchers for this week out of Aaron Sanchez, Francisco Liriano, Rich Hill and Félix Hernández. Also should I start Welington Castillo or Salvador Perez at catcher?
Zinkie: Go with Sanchez and Hill. And start Perez at catcher.
@ThePrideOfNYC: Should I start Francisco Lindor or Asdrúbal Cabrera for championship week?
Zinkie: Go with Cabrera. Lindor may get to rest a couple times this week.
@WitoAcevedo232: Please recommend some starters this week out of José Quintana, Robert Gsellman, Ricky Nolasco, Alex Reyes, Michael Fulmer, Sonny Gray and Aríel Miranda.
Zinkie: In order, my favorites are Quintana, Gsellman and Fulmer.
@real_wes_trunk: I really need steals to win my league. Should I bench someone like Khris Davis for players such as Peraza and Kevin Kiermaier?
Zinkie: Yes. You need to make any necessary moves to get players such as Peraza and Kiermaier in your lineup.
@frogzilla87: I believe that I should keep Gary Sánchez over Buster Posey in a keeper league. Do you agree?

Zinkie: I agree. The age difference matters.
@MAS8823: Should I bench Alex Dickerson in final week with the Padres calling up prospects?
Zinkie: Yes. You would be better off with Hunter Renfroe than Alex Dickerson this week.
@alfredo_gc: Which pitcher should I start out of Drew Smyly, Manaea and Jaime García tonight?
Zinkie: I would go with Manaea. He has pitched well of late.
@SaltySarcasms: Is Bryce Harper droppable with his thumb injury and rest?
Zinkie: You can bench or drop. But he isn't a lock to be in fantasy lineups this week.
@willyedwards11: Would you start Collin McHugh (two starts) over Madison Bumgarner (facing Kershaw).
Zinkie: To start McHugh over Bumgarner, I would have to be solely focused on wins. You'll have to decide if that fits your needs.
@khendler6: Please pick one starter out of Clayton Richard at the D-backs, Ivan Nova against the Cubs or Chris Tillman at the Blue Jays.
Zinkie: Tough call. I'll take Tillman. The Blue Jays are among the lowest-scoring teams this month.
@lambo1332: What are your thoughts on Ryon Healy? Is he the real deal or the next Kevin Maas?
Zinkie: Somewhere in the middle. I expect him to be useful in mixed leagues next season. But not a great asset.
@JasonJacobson33: In a vacuum, do you think Joe Ross is a 12th-round keeper in 14-team points league (keep 8)?
Zinkie: With eight keepers, 12th round is similar to round 20 in a regular draft. That value sounds good to me.
@D_Barrett18: Which player should I keep next season out of José Abreu, Wil Myers, Mark Trumbo, Lorenzo Cain and Alex Bregman?
Zinkie: Go with Bregman.

@BThomas62: Do you expect Max Scherzer, David Price, Cole Hamels, Hernandez, Kershaw and Kyle Hendricks to make all their starts this week?
Zinkie: I could see Price missing his final start. Maybe Scherzer as well. The rest are likely fine.
@BigFourInsider: Should I keep Robinson Canó in round 2 or Jake Lamb in round 24?
Zinkie: Lamb in round 24. Hard to pass up that value.
@BrandynwithaY: Please pick two keepers out of Noah Syndergaard (round 4), Corey Seager (round 5), Aaron Sanchez (round 20) and Alex Reyes (undrafted, round 28).
Zinkie: Seager and Sanchez.
@lukeirons11: Which player should I keep: Aroldis Chapman, Wil Myers or Charlie Blackmon?
Zinkie: Definitely Blackmon. He has been a top-tier outfielder two years in a row.
@Hardbody73: Is José De León safe to start against the Padres tomorrow?
Zinkie: Not safe. But worth the risk.

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