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Michael Rathburn

Michael Rathburn

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Known as “Rath” in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) community, he has helped run operations for two prominent daily fantasy sports startups. Michael has taken his insider knowledge and expertise in daily fantasy sports to the content side. He was also nominated by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association for Best Baseball Series in 2011.

Fantasy sports articles written by Michael Rathburn

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Applying Standard Deviation Part II

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn further explores the use of standard deviation when selecting lineups on DraftKings.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Applying Standard Deviation to Daily Fantasy Football

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breaks down the data and explores ways to use standard deviation when setting your DraftKings fantasy football lineups.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: How to Find Value on DraftKings

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers to help identify value plays on DraftKings.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: How to Find Value on FanDuel

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breakdowns the best (and worst) values on FanDuel at each position.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Breaking Down DraftKings Millionaire Maker

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breaks down the winning lineups that took home $1 miilion on DraftKings the past three weeks to prep for the contest in Week 8.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: How to Play CFB Fantasy Football on DraftKings

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn lays out his strategic approach to playing College Football contests on DraftKings.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: How to Build a Tournament (GPP) Lineup

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn delves into the process of building a tournament lineup and dishes out some of his high-ceiling targets for Week 6.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: How to Build a Cash Games Lineup

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn focuses on cash games and explores how to build the best lineup for head-to-head and 50/50 contests.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: The Art of Pairing

Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers on FanDuel to decipher which positions are the best to pair together.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Choosing Your Kicker & D/ST on Fanduel

Which splits should you use to select the best Kicker and Defense/Special Teams for your DFS lineup? RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the data.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Using Vegas Splits to Choose D/ST

Which splits should you use to select the best Defense/Special Teams for your DFS lineup? RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the data.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Breaking Down the Splits (Fanduel)

How much better is Drew Brees at home? How much better are players generally? Michael Rathburn does the research.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Finding WR/TE Value on Fanduel Week 1

Jeremy Maclin comes in at the top of the value charts for receivers and a surprise pick for tight ends

FanDuel NFL: QB/RB Value Plays for Week 1

Most of the player salaries were generated at the end of July. This means there will be a lot of value available in Week 1. Who should you grab at quarterback and running back?

Daily Baseball 101: Splitting the Splits

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn takes a look at handedness and park factors to uncover even more indicators in building successful lineups for daily games.

Daily Baseball 101: The Art of Stacking

Stacking is a commonly-used strategy in daily MLB games, but some sites limit the opportunity, which has made mini-stacking popular.

Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down DraftKings Pitching

Michael Rathburn delves into the data to show you the best and worst pitching values on DraftKings

Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down Vegas Data - Part II (Run Totals)

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn dives deep into the numbers to find the best Vegas data regarding run totals.

Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down Vegas Data - Part I (Pitching)

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn dives deep into the numbers to find the best Vegas data pitching values.

Daily Baseball 101: Evaluating DraftStreet Pitching

Michael Rathburn breaks down pitching on DraftStreet.

Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down Draftstreet Hitting

Michael Rathburn breaks down the hitting numbers to help with your roster building on DraftStreet.

NFL Draft Kit: The 10 Commandments of Daily Fantasy Football

RotoWire's daily games expert Michael Rathburn shares his 10 Commandments of Daily Fantasy Football.

Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down FanDuel Hitting 2.0

Michael Rathburn delves deeper into his research to discover the best hitters to target on FanDuel.

Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down FanDuel Hitting

Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers and identifies the best hitter to target (or avoid) on FanDuel

DraftKings Fantasy Football: The 10 Commandments of Daily Fantasy Football

Michael Rathburn shares his 10 Commandments of Daily Fantasy Football.

Daily Baseball 101: Examining Splits, Part 2

Michael Rathburn delves further into his examination of using split stats for daily fantasy baseball.

Daily Baseball 101: If I Ruled the World

Michael Rathburn surveys the Daily Fantasy Sports landscape and presents his wishlist of changes within the industry, one of which would be to find a way to preserve season-long interests in rapidly improving players like George Springer.

DraftKings Fantasy Football: Beginners Guide

Fantasy 101: How to Capitalize on Hitter Splits

Michael Rathburn looks at wOBA, which could help you put together a monster daily lineup.

Fantasy 101: FanDuel Starting Pitcher Strategy

Michael Rathburn dissects the numbers to show you the right strategy for selecting starting pitchers on FanDuel.

Fantasy 101: Daily Fantasy Tips for Beginners

Insterested in daily fantasy baseball but unsure where to start? Michael Rathburn explores each site from the perspective of a new user while also passing along tips for beginners.

Fantasy 101: Advanced Data (Park Factors + Vegas Lines)

Michael Rathburn is back with more advanced data analysis. This time around, he takes a look at ballpark factors and breaks down how to use the Vegas money line

Fantasy 101: How to Win Using Advanced Data

Michael Rathburn discusses how to use advanced data to come out on top in your daily fantasy games on DraftKings, FanDuel, and DraftStreet

Fantasy 101: How To Win On Sports Tradex

Michael Rathburn tells you everything you need to know in order to come out on top in fantasy daily games on Sports Tradex

Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftStreet (Basic Strategy)

Michael Rathburn dishes out everything you need to know to come out on top of fantasy daily games on DraftStreet.

Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftKings (Basic Strategy)

Michael Rathburn provides you with everything you need to know in order to come out ahead playing daily fantasy games on DraftKings.

Fantasy 101: How To Win On FanDuel (Basic Strategy)

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn gives his basic strategy for winning daily fantasy baseball games on FanDuel

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: SportsTradex Daily Strategy

Michael Rathburn tackles SportsTradex and their unique daily games offerings.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Finding Profit on FanDuel

Rathburn takes a look at the player pool on FanDuel to highlight solid Value Plays and Value Busts

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How to Win on FanDuel

Michael Rathburn takes a look at home/road splits to find value and consistency from superstar options in FanDuel's daily basketball leagues

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Consistency and Value 2.0

Michael Rathburn explores which superstar options provide the most consistency and offer up the best values on DraftStreet despite their high-priced salaries.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Finding Consistency and Value

Michael Rathburn explores which superstar options provide the most consistency and offer up the best value despite their high-priced salaries.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How to Win with Home/Road Splits

Michael Rathburn dives head first into home/road splits and how to use this data to your advantage in daily fantasy basketball contests.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: SportsTradex Overview

Michael Rathburn tackles SportsTradex and their unique daily games offerings.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How To Find Value On FanDuel

Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers to provide advanced data to help you dominate your daily games.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Buy Low, Sell High

Michael Rathburn takes a look at buy-low and sell-high opportunities of star players on daily fantasy basketball sites.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Building A Winning Lineup

Michael Rathburn explores ways to factor in Defense vs. Position, Game Pace and Vegas Odds to help you decide on a winning lineup in daily fantasy hoops

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How to Win on DraftKings

Michael Rathburn breaks down strategy for DraftKings' daily fantasy basketball contests.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How to Win on DraftStreet

Michael Rathburn breaks down how strategy for DraftStreet's daily fantasy basketball contests.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How to Win on FanDuel (Tournament Play)

Michael Rathburn breaks down the key variables to consider when participating in daily fantasy basketball tournaments on FanDuel.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Beginner's Guide

Michael Rathburn goes over the basic fundamentals of Daily Fantasy Football contests on sites like FanDuel, DraftKings and DraftStreet.