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X factors: Projecting fantasy baseball difference-makers every day

New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is the top option on the final day of the fantasy baseball season. Greg M. Cooper-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.


It's the final day of the MLB season, and we have three great high-end pitching options, with Noah Syndergaard getting the edge for the top spot. Gio Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman are solid lower-tier pivots. Coors is once again in play, and the Rockies are the clear top offense, but the Indians and Astros are on par with the Nationals.