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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

Max Scherzer is just eight strikeouts away from a new career-high. Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire

Fantasy baseball players of all kinds make tough choices every day. Whether you're locking in a DFS lineup looking for a potential 3-HR bat or need a solid innings-eater for your season-long points league to help win your matchup, you need as much information as you can get every day of the MLB season. That's where X factors come in, using a proven projection system known as THE BAT, which uses methodologies like those employed in major league front offices to project players in each day's matchups.

We'll provide updated projections every day, so check back before setting your daily lineups.


After days of loaded pitching slates, on Thursday, things come crashing down. Max Scherzer is elite. Matthew Boyd and Kevin Gausman are solid. Everyone else is absolutely terrible. That means there are some quality offensive options to be found, starting with the Cleveland Indians. The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are also great choices.