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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

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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.


Justin Verlander is Saturday's top pitching option, but Rich Hill is also great after having his start moved back a day. Lance Lynn is a fantastic lower-tier pivot. There is a lot of offense to like, but it starts with the New York Yankees against an awful pitcher. The Seattle Mariners are also great in Arlington, and the Los Angeles Dodgers' righty-heavy lineup faces a bad lefty.