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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

Tommy Pham has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games, with a 1.060 OPS over this stretch. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Tuesday's slate is loaded with aces, but Corey Kluber ranks as the best, followed by Stephen Strasburg. More under-the-radar choices could include Jameson Taillon, Joey Lucchesi, or Jake Odorizzi. Boston and New York face each other early and are the best two offenses on the schedule. The Rays join them at the top, despite a disappointing showing in Arlington on Monday.