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Fantasy411 chat: Pollock over ailing Hamilton?

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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.

@ron_odo: With Billy Hamilton out with a strained oblique, is A.J. Pollock a better option?

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.

@ron_odo: With Billy Hamilton out with a strained oblique, is A.J. Pollock a better option?

Fred Zinkie: Yes, you should own Pollock over Hamilton.

@MarkStormbro: Please pick one for the rest of the season: Joe Musgrove, Tyler Anderson, Chad Kuhl and Collin McHugh.

Zinkie: I'll take Kuhl. He has been consistent of late.

Video: PIT@CHC: Kuhl strikes out Bryant in the 5th

@MikeAronofsky: Please rank Trea Turner, Aledmys Diaz, Alex Bregman and Yoan Moncada.

Zinkie: Turner, Bregman, Moncada, Diaz.

@Mike_Santulli: Who has a bigger fantasy impact, a star position player or a star pitcher?

Zinkie: Typically, a star position player has the biggest impact.

@LyndonBryanton: Who should I drop out of Danny Duffy, Tanner Roark or Michael Fulmer?

Zinkie: Drop Fulmer. His strikeout rate isn't great. Roark has a favorable September schedule.

@nmach10: Duffy has struggled recently. Should I drop him for Jameson Taillon or Kevin Gausman?

Zinkie: I would stick with Duffy for at least one more start.

@real_wes_trunk: My playoffs start today. Should I bench Lorenzo Cain for Yasiel Puig?

Zinkie: Even though Cain hasn't been great lately, you should start him over Puig this week.

@DTBMpls: Is Jharel Cotton a streaming option on Wednesday against Oakland?

Zinkie: Yes, he can be streamed in deep-mixed leagues.

@cecilrippy: Would you rather use Byron Buxton or Ryan Braun during September?

Zinkie: I'll take Braun. A few good games from Buxton doesn't surpass an effective season from Braun.

@antaftwit: Please rank Bartolo Colon, Brandon Finnegan, Trevor Bauer, Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani and John Lackey.

Zinkie: Lackey, Gausman, Colon, DeSclafani, Finnegan, Bauer.

Video: SF@CHC: Lackey fans Pence in the 4th

@alfredo_gc: Is Jacob deGrom going to pitch again this season?

Zinkie: I expect that he will make more starts in 2016.

@albertmatos: Please pick two closers out of Ken Giles, Wade Davis, Tony Watson and Cody Allen.

Zinkie: Giles and Watson. Injury concerns (Davis) and role uncertainty (Allen) impact the other two options.

@willyedwards11: Should I cut Willson Contreras for Yadier Molina or Sandy Leon? It seems like Contreras' playing time is getting more inconsistent.

Zinkie: It is definitely inconsistent. If you need volume, you could go with Molina.

@Shadow2actual: Would you rather own Luke Weaver or Alex Cobb for the rest of the season?

Zinkie: Weaver. He has looked good in recent starts.

@Matt2628: Which two players should I sit for the rest of the season out of Stephen Piscotty, Cain, Khris Davis, Adam Duvall and Matt Kemp?

Zinkie: Sit Duvall and Kemp.

@RayProta: Should I drop Troy Tulowitzki for Bregman?

Zinkie: You can make that switch. Tulowitzki hasn't hit for power in recent weeks.

@TheNLDude: Who should I start this week out of Javier Baez, Jose Peraza and Orlando Arcia?

Zinkie: Use Peraza this week. With Hamilton out, Peraza may be very productive this week.

Video: STL@CIN: Peraza extends lead with an RBI single

@LivingProper: Please pick two for the rest of the season out of Jose Abreu, Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and DJ LeMahieu.

Zinkie: LeMahieu, Pujols.

@Six4Tre: Should I drop Duvall or Michael Saunders for Brad Miller?

Zinkie: Yes, you can drop either one for Miller.

@ry200455665: Would you rather own Cobb or Seth Lugo?

Zinkie: Lugo. You can take your chances that he stays in the rotation.

@MPAllen95: Is Vince Velasquez officially finished or is there a chance he continues to pitch this season?

Zinkie: It seems that he is done for 2016.

@champiowill: Which Cardinals starter would you rather own, Weaver or Adam Wainwright?

Zinkie: Surprisingly, I'll take Weaver.

@ClevelandClone5: Is it time to drop Steven Wright for Clay Buchholz or Weaver?

Zinkie: You can drop Wright for Weaver.

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