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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: Can you explain the reasoning behind ranking Giancarlo Stanton ahead of Kris Bryant?

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: Can you explain the reasoning behind ranking Giancarlo Stanton ahead of Kris Bryant?

Zinkie: Stanton is coming off a great season and is in the heart of a terrific lineup. His counting-stat potential is higher.

@rotoking21: Which pitcher should I keep out of Yu Darvish, Chris Archer, Dallas Keuchel and Aaron Nola?

Fred Zinkie: Even after Darvish joined the Cubs, Nola should be your keeper. Darvish may be the best of the group in 2018, but Nola has more long-term potential.

@Holly4UA: Will Aaron Judge hit 40-plus homers this season?

Zinkie: He should easily clear 40 homers.

@mcnamara22: Do you expect Whit Merrifield to repeat his breakout season?

Zinkie: He may regress, but the regression will likely be fairly small.

@ryankyger: Should I keep Charlie Blackmon or Bryant?

Zinkie: Keep Bryant. Blackmon could be better this year, but Bryant should be better in the long run.

@jay_ollie_04: Who finishes with more points this year, Victor Robles or Nick Senzel?

Zinkie: Both prospects will likely need an injury to a veteran to make an early-season impact, but Robles has a better chance of getting into the lineup before the summer.

@topperchris89: Please share your thoughts on Nomar Mazara,

Zinkie: Mazara is young and will likely continue to improve his skill set this season. But he was very fortunate with runners in scoring position last year and may not post another triple-digit RBI total in 2018.

@iKaulbach: Does Nolan Arenado deserve any discussion as a top-three pick?

Video: Outlook: Arenado poised for excellent 2018 season

Zinkie: He definitely deserves consideration. However, many owners will want some steals from a pick at that spot in Round 1.

@DSMettler: Who would you keep in a keeper league between Alex Bregman or Madison Bumgarner?

Zinkie: You should keep Bregman. He is younger and could be just as valuable this year.

@Gcohen99: Would you rather own Shohei Ohtani or Ronald Acuna?

Zinkie: In a one-year league, Ohtani is the pick. But Acuna should be drafted earlier in dynasty leagues.

@claycochy5: Who has the better floor/ceiling combination between Darvish and Jake Arrieta?

Zinkie: Darvish is the better option. His strikeout ability gives him a higher ceiling and floor.

@j_mendwin: Who should I draft out of Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg and Noah Syndergaard? Also, who should I draft out of Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Darvish and Carlos Carrasco?

Zinkie: Bumgarner and Carrasco would be great choices out of those groups.

@BThomas62: In a dynasty league that counts holds, how much would you prioritize pitchers who had many holds last year?

Zinkie: Don't put too much value on the holds leaders, as they tend to fluctuate each year.

@triker0621: Which two pitchers should I keep out of Luke Weaver, James Paxton, Sonny Gray and Nola?

Zinkie: You should keep Nola and Weaver. Paxton is an enticing option, but he has had injury issues and is older than Weaver.

@alfredo_gc: Who is a better keeper, Trea Turner or Carlos Correa?

Video: Outlook: Turner has speed to lead MLB in steals

Zinkie: Turner. Steals are so valuable right now.

@Peppy922: What are your expectations for Brian Dozier? Could he hit 30-plus homers again this year?

Zinkie: He really saved his 2017 season by heating up late in the year. Expect 30 homers, 80-85 RBIs and 100 runs scored.

@RyanZore: Should I keep Darvish, Julio Urias, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Schwarber or Rhys Hoskins?

Zinkie: Go with Cruz, if your only concern is 2018. Otherwise, keep Hoskins.

@thelittleguy31: Should I keep Max Scherzer at the cost of a first round pick or Corey Kluber at the cost of a second round pick?

Zinkie: I would rather keep Kluber with an even cost, so he is definitely my pick here.

@CowboysandNoles: I'm rebuilding. Should I keep Yoan Moncada or Rafael Devers?

Zinkie: Moncada. His steals potential gives him the edge. But this is a close call.

@ant_buonpastore: Who has more upside out of Corey Seager and Trea Turner?

Zinkie: Turner has much more upside. His potential to 50-60 steals makes him very valuable.

@DiningOutDuVall: Who should I draft out of Orlando Arcia, Jonathan Villar and Adam Eaton?

Zinkie: Go with Eaton, who will hit leadoff in a great lineup.

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