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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

Aaron Nola has the highest upside among pitchers for Saturday's slate. Rich Schultz/Getty Images

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 comes 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.


Friday's pitching slate was loaded with top arms, but Saturday's is much thinner. Alex Wood and Aaron Nola lead the pack, while Tanner Roark, Daniel Mengden, and Jack Flaherty are good under-the-radar options given the sparseness of this slate. There's no lack of hitting, however, with Coors Field in play and extreme heat and out-blowing wind for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox.