MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. 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.@BmoreBirdsPR: At shortstop, do you prefer Ketel Marte
MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. 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.
@BmoreBirdsPR: At shortstop, do you prefer Ketel Marte or Eugenio Suarez for 2016?
Fred Zinkie: Most people prefer Marte, but I prefer Suarez. I like his power potential, and he can chip in a few steals.
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@xTaterSaladx: In a keeper league, would you rather keep Madison Bumgarner or Jose Fernandez?
Zinkie: Even though I slightly prefer Bumgarner for 2016, I would keep Fernandez because of his massive long-term potential.
@gabrield31: Would you rather draft Manny Machado or Carlos Correa?
Zinkie: Both are great options. But I would take Correa because of his superiority at the shortstop position.
@andrewdquirk: Would I be wise to draft Jose Abreu over Anthony Rizzo?
Zinkie: Abreu should have a strong season, but Rizzo is a better pick, because he could have a great year in the Cubs' rapidly improving lineup.
@rldest: Would you rather draft Max Scherzer or Chris Sale?
Zinkie: I would take Scherzer, because his schedule should be more forgiving in the National League. If Sale were in the NL, I might go with him.
@Mandosv05: From the fifth draft spot in a 10-team league, I'm thinking of building my team around Clayton Kershaw and Scherzer with my initial two picks. Is this a good idea?
Zinkie: Although it is an unusual strategy, I am fine with it. Be prepared to draft hitters with your next six to seven picks.
@mitchanderson15: Do you expect Victor Martinez to have a solid year?
Zinkie: I expect him to warrant a lineup spot in standard leagues. But I do not expect him to make a major impact.
@cgolant13: Do you expect A.J. Reed to begin the year in the Majors?
Zinkie: I do not. But I expect him to arrive soon, which makes him worth a bench spot in most formats. He could make an impact in the first half of 2016.
@mkorff9: Please name five candidates poised for breakout seasons.
Zinkie: Kyle Hendricks, Mookie Betts, Robbie Ray, Jose Peraza and Reed
@BillyLessard27: Please pick two starters from this group: Steven Matz, Drew Smyly, Julio Teheran, Yordano Ventura and Gio Gonzalez.
Zinkie: Smyly and Matz. Ventura would be my third choice.
@MAS8823: Please rank these three starters: Michael Wacha, Danny Salazar and Carlos Martinez.
Zinkie: Salazar, Wacha, Martinez.
@Elrey814: Would you take Kershaw or Machado with the sixth pick in a head-to-head points league?
Zinkie: In virtually any league format, I would take Kershaw over Machado.
@wburchett19: Who will have a more productive year: Stephen Piscotty or Randal Grichuk?
Zinkie: Grichuk, but I think it will be close.
@TheLouie09: Do you believe Marcell Ozuna is going to step it up this season?
Zinkie: Yes, I do. His new projected lineup spot (second) is encouraging.
@HowardPM: Do you have any suggestions on first baseman to target after the top-10?
Zinkie: Lucas Duda should be a safe source of power.
@JayinMilwaukee: Please name some of your top closers in the second tier?
Zinkie: Trevor Rosenthal, Mark Melancon and Hector Rondon, because their teams should win 90 games.
@troymaz10: Who will have a better year, Andrew McCutchen or Rizzo?
Zinkie: Rizzo. I could see the Cubs having a great offense this season.
@NFLMockstar: Who is the most underrated starter, based on average draft position?
@13_wy: Would you rather own Scherzer or Jake Arrieta ?
Zinkie: I know that most people prefer Scherzer, but I prefer Arrieta.
@abuckley6: Will Jose Peraza carry early season value?
Zinkie: Maybe not April value, but he could have value by May.
@JD944: What is the earliest round you would draft Michael Brantley?
Zinkie: Round 10 is probably the earliest point for me. I just cannot see him being in top form right away.
@BeardedPelfrey: What are your thoughts on Nathan Karns?
Zinkie: If he locks up a rotation spot (which he should) then he is a solid late-round mixed-league pick.
Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB.