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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

Is Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove a good upside play in fantasy games on Saturday? Photo by Justin Berl/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 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.


Jacob deGrom is the top pitcher on the slate, but Zack Godley, Jake Arrieta and Joe Musgrove are good pivots at various levels. Hitting is loaded once again, but the Yankees, Red Sox and Nats lead the day.