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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

Fantasy 101: FanDuel Hitting Data

Michael Rathburn breaks down the data to help crack the hitting code in daily fantasy baseball on FanDuel, including when to stack teams like the Dodgers.

Fantasy 101: Evaluating Starting Pitchers on FanDuel

Michael Rathburn explains how he picks starting pitchers on FanDuel and breaks down the stats to show which ones have provided the most value this season.

Fantasy 101: Starting Pitching Data for FanDuel (2015)

Michael Rathburn breaks down the best teams to target and those to avoid in DFS based on a number of pitching stats.

Fantasy 101: How to Use Team Batting Stats

Michael Rathburn breaks down some key team hitting stats to help DFS players understand the best situations to stack them.

Fantasy 101: DFS Site Scoring Analysis

Michael Rathburn explains why a player's value on one DFS site may not be applicable on others, while also breaking down which players to target based on the format.

Daily Baseball 101: If I Ruled the DFS World (2015 Edition)

Michael Rathburn is back with his latest thoughts on how he thinks the DFS industry can improve, including limiting the ability to stack too many hitters in single lineups.

Daily Baseball 101: Building a 20-Rule System for DFS

Michael Rathburn has crunched the numbers and come up with 20 commandments for baseball DFS that will increase your odds of winning, like always using a top-3 pitcher on FanDuel -- but not on DraftKings.

Daily Baseball 101: How to Target Hitters

Michael Rathburn shows how to target hitters for both heads-up and tournament contests and how to treat Miguel Cabrera, who is playing against his norm.

Daily Baseball 101: How to Pick a Starting Pitcher in Tournies

Michael Rathburn turns his attention to tournament play this week and lays out a detailed strategy for picking starting pitchers.

Daily Baseball 101: How to Pick a Starting Pitcher

Michael Rathburn pours over the numbers and explains why picking an elite pitcher like Felix Hernandez is almost always the best way to go in cash games.

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

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn explains the keys to winning daily fantasy baseball contests on DraftKings.

FanDuel MLB: How to Win Daily Fantasy Baseball on FanDuel (Basic Strategy)

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Taking the Next Step

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn uses advanced metrics to help identify the best values from FanDuel's fantasy basketball player pool.

Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: How to Play Daily Fantasy Hoops

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through his usual prep for selecting lineups in daily fantasy basketball

Daily Fantasy Football 101: DFS Weekly Regimens

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn describes his process for selecting a DFS lineup, and gives some suggestions for who to play on FanDuel this weekend.

Daily Fantasy Football 101: Identifying the Best Contests to Play

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the various contest options on DraftKings and help new users identify which contests will give them the best chance to win.

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.