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No, you cannot use a headphone amp as a phono preamp. The confusing thing is that the term "preamp" is used in different ways and we need to be clear what we are talking about.
The output signal from a phono cartridge needs to have RIAA equalization applied, and the signal is low so it must be amplified to bring it up to line level. These steps are performed by a "phono preamp". Stereo receivers and preamps may have phono input jacks which connect to their built-in phono preamp. Or a phono preamp can be a separate component that has a phono input and line level output.
Most turntables do NOT have a built-in phono preamp (such as this one on Massdrop: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/music-hall-mmf-2-2-turntable). You would need to connect it to a separate phono preamp before using it with a headphone amp.