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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

On a day with a Scherzer-Kershaw showdown, don't forget about Justin Verlander. 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.


After a few days of slates that can be said to have been "less than jam-packed," Friday has everything. It has elite pitching (most notably Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw), mid-tier pitching in great spots (most notably Sonny Gray and Lance Lynn) and excellent hitting (most notably the Rockies and Cubs in Coors). There's a lot to spend on, and plenty of values too.