Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. He currently focuses on the NBA. Before RotoWire, Mike wrote for KFFL.com.
December 14, 2017
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Thursday Picks
LeBron James is worth paying up for against the Lakers on Thursday.
Centers of Attention: Productive Big Men Stuck in Limbo
Mike Barner takes a look a few centers who, in the right situation, could return to fantasy relevancy.
December 13, 2017
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Wednesday Picks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is worth the hefty price tag against the fast-paced Pelicans.
December 12, 2017
DraftKings NBA: Tuesday Cheat Sheet
With John Wall set to return Wednesday, tonight may be the final chance to use Brad Beal while he's the clear focal point of the offense.
FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Value Plays
While Brook Lopez's minutes have been limited, he's still been an effective low-cost play of late.
December 11, 2017
DraftKings NBA: Monday Cheat Sheet
After an up-and-down start, Damian Lillard has been on fire in December.
FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays
With a couple of key frontcourt injuries, Marvin Williams could again see increased minutes Monday.
December 10, 2017
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Cheat Sheet
Mike Barner provides his picks for Sunday's slate, which includes a positive outlook for rookie superstar Ben Simmons against the Pelicans.
December 9, 2017
DraftKings NBA: Saturday Cheat Sheet
Kris Dunn is coming off of one of his best outings of the season Friday against Charlotte.
December 8, 2017
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Friday Picks
Mike Barner believes that all signs point toward Charlotte's Kemba Walker having a big game against the 3-20 Chicago Bulls.
December 7, 2017
Last time Joel Embiid went up against the Lakers he put up more than 90 fantasy points.
December 6, 2017
Mike Barner recommends staying away from Goran Dragic against a stingy Spurs defense.
December 5, 2017
While DeMar DeRozan's scoring is down, he's averaging nearly five assists per game and ranks among the top 10 in the NBA in usage rate.
T.J. Warren has emerged as the clear No. 2 option in Phoenix.
December 4, 2017
While there's always blowout potential when the Suns are involved, Joel Embiid makes for a strong play against one of the NBA's fastest-paced and worst defensive teams.
The Celtics are the league's best defensive team, but Giannis Antetokounmpo already put up 37 points and 13 rebounds on them earlier this season.
December 3, 2017
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Cheat Sheeet
Mike Barner evaluates the top value plays for Sunday's slate and believes the duo of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are both intriguing options.
December 2, 2017
WIll Barton could be in for another big night if Wilson Chandler (questionable) is sidelined.
December 1, 2017
In Friday’s slate of games, Mike Barner expects Oklahoma’s Russell Westbrook to score big Yahoo points as he tries to help the Thunder stop their losing streak against the T’Wolves.
Centers of Attention: Sorting Out the Messes in Phoenix, Brooklyn and Sacramento
Mike Barner examines three of the league's biggest frontcourt logjams in an effort to discern which players you should own going forward.
November 30, 2017
With all of the injuries in LA, Austin Rivers becomes an intriguing value play at guard.
November 29, 2017
Otto Porter has arguably been the Wizards' best all-around player thus far.
November 28, 2017
Hassan Whiteside has been down of late, but he gets an exploitable matchup against the Cavaliers' defense Tuesday.
The absence of John Wall has forced Bradley Beal to shoulder a greater workload, offensively.
November 27, 2017
LeBron James has topped 50 FanDuel points in five of his last six contests.
Embiid enters Monday's matchup with the Cavs sporting the NBA's third-highest usage rate.
November 26, 2017
Mike Barner provides his picks for a small three-game slate Sunday, including what should be a favorable matchup for Marc Gasol against the Nets.
November 25, 2017
Paul George already has a 60-plus-DraftKings-point performance against the Mavericks this season.
November 24, 2017
Mike Barner predicts Pelican Anthony Davis will have a big game against a Phoenix Suns team especially bad defensively.
November 22, 2017
Mike Barner recommends riding with Marc Gasol against a bad Mavericks defense Wednesday night.
November 21, 2017
Lonzo Ball has had an up-and-down start to his career, to say the least, but he has some upside against a struggling Bulls team.
Dwight Howard ($6,700) is coming off of a monster, 25-point, 20-rebound performance Monday against the Timberwolves.
November 20, 2017
With Mike Conley out, Mario Chalmers becomes an intriguing value play at point guard.
November 19, 2017
Mike Barner suggests using Spencer Dinwiddie for Sunday's DFS slate, as his value remains high with D'Angelo Russell sidelined
November 18, 2017
DeAndre Jordan is coming off of a monster performance Friday against the Cavaliers.
November 17, 2017
Yahoo DFS NBA: Friday Picks
For Friday night’s games, Mike Barner likes New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, who’s averaging 52.2 Yahoo points per game and has scored at least 60.0 Yahoo points five times.
November 16, 2017
With only two games on the slate, James Harden will be tough to keep out of your lineup Thursday.
November 15, 2017
Favors ($20) should continue to see a bump in value as the Jazz play without Rudy Gobert.
November 14, 2017
DeMar DeRozan is an excellent high-floor option on Tuesday's three-game slate.
November 13, 2017
Lonzo Ball faces off against the Suns on Monday, a team he dominated in their first meeting earlier this season.
Centers of Attention: Rudy Gobert Injury Fallout
Mike Barner highlights a handful of centers to consider acquiring in the wake of Rudy Gobert's injury.
November 12, 2017
Mike Barner breaks down the day's top value plays and believes Clint Capela will be a solid mid-tier option at center for Sunday's DFS slate.
November 11, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to dominate on a nightly basis, and he gets a strong matchup with the Lakers on Saturday.
November 10, 2017
Mike Barner expects a monster performance out of Clipper Blake Griffin tonight against a Thunder team lacking size on their front line.
November 9, 2017
Buddy Hield has found a groove since moving to the bench in Sacramento.
November 8, 2017
Mike Barner recommends staying away from Devin Booker ($35), who faces off against a tough Miami defense.
November 7, 2017
Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets have an excellent fantasy matchup against the fast-paced Nets on Tuesday.
November 6, 2017
Hassan Whiteside is coming off of a monster effort in Sunday's win over the Clippers.
November 5, 2017
Mike Barner breaks down the day's top value plays and believes Kyrie Irving is in store for a big game against the Magic.
November 4, 2017
A healthy Reggie Jackson has scored at least 15 points in six of seven games.
November 3, 2017
For Friday’s slate of NBA games, Mike Barner likes John Wall against a struggling Cavaliers team that’s been especially easy on point guards.
November 2, 2017
Mike Barner gives his top value plays for the day, but recommends avoiding Pau Gasol against the Warriors.
November 1, 2017
Mike Barner recommends avoiding Serge Ibaka, who's averaging career-lows in blocks and rebounds thus far.
October 31, 2017
Devin Booker ($7,900) is coming off of a 50-plus-fantasy-point effort against the Blazers over the weekend.
October 30, 2017
DeMarcus Cousins is one of the most intriguing high-priced plays Monday against a fast-paced Orlando Magic team.
Centers of Attention: No Reason to Panic After Nurkic's Slow Start
Mike Barner hones in on which center-eligible players you should be trying to acquire or unload after the first two weeks of the season.
October 29, 2017
Mike Barner breaks down the day's top value plays, which includes a handful of Kings benefiting from a veteran rest day.
October 28, 2017
James Johnson has been one of the NBA's best all-around producers.
October 27, 2017
In Friday’s matchups, Mike Barner likes Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who’s averaging a career high 26.0 points to go along with 8.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
October 26, 2017
Mike Barner recommends getting DeMarcus Cousins into your lineup as he takes on his former team Thursday.
October 25, 2017
Kevin Love has struggled to find his shooting stroke early on, but a matchup with the porous Nets defense could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
October 24, 2017
The Jazz are a difficult matchup, but Blake Griffin is averaging nearly 30 points and 10 rebounds through the first week of the season.
October 23, 2017
Dwight Howard is off to a strong start with his new team.
October 22, 2017
With just a three-game slate Sunday, Mike Barner provides the top value plays at each position.
October 21, 2017
Through two games, Giannis Antetokounmpo might be off to the most impressive start of any player in the NBA.
October 20, 2017
Even in a disappointing opening-night loss to Memphis, DeMarcus Cousins was a force on both ends.
October 19, 2017
With Chris Paul in Houston, will DeAndre Jordan remain a consistent double-double threat?
October 18, 2017
At $24, Myles Turner makes for a strong play against an inexperienced and fast-paced Nets team.
October 17, 2017
Even with only two games on the slate, there are plenty of superstars to choose from Tuesday night.
October 16, 2017
Centers of Attention: Last-Minute Centers to Target
In the first installment of his new series, Mike Barner takes a closer look at what's become arguably the most pivotal position in fantasy basketball.
August 21, 2017
NBA Draft Strategy: A Closer Look at the 2017-18 Schedule
Mike Barner examines how to use the NBA schedule to your advantage in fantasy leagues.
May 17, 2017
FanDuel NBA: Wednesday-Saturday Value Plays
Marcus Smart should see big minutes as the Celtics try to slow down Kyrie Irving and the high-scoring Cavs.
May 16, 2017
FanDuel NBA: Tuesday-Wednesday Value Plays
Mike Barner checks in with his best playoff value plays for a combined Tuesday-Wednesday slate, including the Celts' Al Horford in Game 1 at home against the Cavaliers.
May 10, 2017
FanDuel NBA: Wednesday-Thursday Value Plays
Patty Mills has registered at least 20 FanDuel points in all three games since Tony Parker went down.
May 9, 2017
Mike Barner checks in with his best playoff value plays for a combined Tuesday-Wednesday slate, including the Wizards' Otto Porter in Game 5 against the Celtics.
May 3, 2017
FanDuel NBA: Wednesday Value Plays
Kawhi Leonard ($10,900) was one of the few bright spots for the Spurs in Game 1.
May 2, 2017
Mike Barner delivers his value picks for a two-game playoff slate Tuesday, setting his sights on a trio of Wizards on the road in Beantown.
April 26, 2017
With only two games on the slate Wednesday, John Wall becomes an even more appealing option.
April 25, 2017
Mike Barner looks at Tuesday's three-game playoff slate, honing in on the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard as one of his best picks.
April 19, 2017
Patrick Beverley was more than just a physical defender in the Rockets' Game 1 victory.
April 18, 2017
Mike Barner drops his Tuesday playoff value plays, highlighted by the Bulls' Rajon Rondo on the road in Beantown against his former team.
April 12, 2017
Paul George could be in for a big night as the Pacers look to clinch a playoff berth.
April 11, 2017
Mike Barner delivers his value picks for a five-game slate Tuesday, setting his sights on a trio of Suns on the road in Sacramento.
April 5, 2017
Andre Drummond is averaging nearly 35 FanDuel points per game against the Raptors this season.
April 4, 2017
FanDuel NBA: Tuesday Picks
Mike Barner looks to a pair of Bulls on the road against the Knicks for value Tuesday.
March 29, 2017
With Kyle Lowry out, the Raptors continue to rely heavily upon DeMar DeRozan.
March 28, 2017
Mike Barner likes John Wall of the Wizards on the road against the Lakers on Tuesday, as well as a pair of Rockets at home against Golden State.
March 22, 2017
March 21, 2017
March 15, 2017
With Nic Batum out of action Wednesday, Jeremy Lamb ($4,900) is one of the night's top value plays.
March 14, 2017
It's been a down year for Reggie Jackson, but he's played well of late and is priced at only $5,200.
March 8, 2017
Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics square off against the high-scoring Warriors on Wednesday.
March 7, 2017
With a small slate Tuesday, Russell Westbrook ($13,100) becomes even more valuable, despite his gaudy price tag.
March 1, 2017
With DeMarcus Cousins suspended Wednesday, even more of the offensive burden will fall on the shoulders of Anthony Davis.
February 28, 2017
Mike Barner delivers his value picks for a six-game slate Tuesday, setting his sights on a trio of Bulls on the road in Colorado.
February 15, 2017
Coming off of one of his worst games of the season, Russell Westbrook is an obvious bounce-back candidate Wednesday.
February 14, 2017
Mike Barner looks over a limited three-game Valentine's slate, unsurprisingly turning to the mighty Cavs for the most value.
February 1, 2017
Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies match up with a Nuggets team allowing over 111 points per game.
January 31, 2017
Even on the second night of a back-to-back, it's tough to stay away from DeMarcus Cousins.
January 25, 2017
With Tyler Johnson out again Wednesday, Dion Waiters ($6,000) will have another opportunity to build on his recent hot streak.
January 24, 2017
Mike Barner gets into a six-game slate Tuesday, locking in on three players from both the Suns and Bulls to bring home the value.
January 18, 2017
The Knicks' defense will be tasked with slowing down Isaiah Thomas on Wednesday.
January 17, 2017
Mike Barner delivers his value picks for a five-game slate Tuesday, setting his sights on a trio of Heat at home against the Rockets.
January 11, 2017
Philadelphia's Robert Covington ($5,500) has topped 30 FanDuel points in three of his last four outings.
January 10, 2017
Mike Barner delivers his value picks for a busy nine-game slate Tuesday, looking to Rudy Gobert at home against the Cavs to deliver the goods.
January 4, 2017
Taj Gibson ($4,700) goes up against a Cavaliers front line that could be shorthanded Wednesday night.
January 3, 2017
Mike Conley ($7,000) is an appealing option Tuesday going up against the Lakers' defense.
December 28, 2016
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,000) squares off with a Portland team against which he put up 76.3 FanDuel points earlier this season.
December 27, 2016
Matching up against Hassan Whiteside isn't the easiest assignment, but Mike Barner explains why Steven Adams should get some fantasy attention Tuesday.
December 21, 2016
Minnesota's Zach LaVine ($6,500) has topped 29 FanDuel points in three of his last four contests.
December 20, 2016
Serge Ibaka was a poor fantasy performer his last time out, but Mike Barner explains why the Magic big man should bounce back Tuesday against the Heat.
December 14, 2016
Rudy Gobert ($7,600) has quietly recorded at least 40 FanDuel points in each of his last four games.
December 13, 2016
Mike Barner looks at a six-game slate Tuesday, turning to a pair of Bulls to provide value as they host the Timberwolves at United Center
December 7, 2016
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,000) is expensive, but he draws an excellent matchup against the depleted Mavericks on Wednesday.
December 6, 2016
Mike Barner looks at a six-game slate Tuesday, zeroing in on guys like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,700) and Kristaps Porzingis ($7,600) to deliver value.
November 30, 2016
If you're not paying up for Russell Westbrook on Wednesday, Kyle Lowry is a strong value at ($8,300).
November 29, 2016
Kyrie Irving has provided fewer than 30 FanDuel points in only two games this season.
November 23, 2016
Gordon Hayward draws a strong matchup Wednesday against a Nuggets team that plays at the league's seventh-fastest pace.
November 22, 2016
With only four games on the slate Tuesday, Jimmy Butler is an appealing option at shooting guard.
November 16, 2016
DeAndre Jordan ($6,800) and the Clippers have been one of the league's most productive fantasy offenses.
November 15, 2016
Coming off of a career-high 47 points Sunday against the Lakers, Andrew Wiggins remains reasonably priced at $6,900.
November 9, 2016
Avery Bradley($6,900) makes for a strong mid-tier play at guard Wednesday night.
November 8, 2016
Harrison Barnes notched his second 30-point game of the season Sunday against the Bucks.
November 2, 2016
Kristaps Porzingis ($6,800) could be in for a big night against a fast-paced Rockets team.
November 1, 2016
Zach LaVine ($5,900) is off to a strong start and could see increased minutes in the absence of Ricky Rubio.
October 26, 2016
D'Angelo Russell ($6,500) is among the top values in a loaded, 10-game slate.
October 25, 2016
Even in a tough matchup against the Warriors, expect Kawhi Leonard to have a big night.
October 4, 2016
NBA Draft Kit: Schedule Cheat Sheet
There are a ton of available stats to help with fantasy basketball research, but Mike Barner reminds everyone not to overlook one crucial piece: the schedule.
April 13, 2016
It's Kobe's last game - you kinda have to use him, right? Mike Barner builds his lineup around the Mamba.
April 12, 2016
Mike Barner empties the bench and tries to win with second-stringers like Jerian Grant and Sasha Vujacic
March 30, 2016
Mike Barner looks to cash in with injury replacements.
March 29, 2016
Mike Barner navigates through injuries and eliminations to fill out his Tuesday roster.
March 23, 2016
Robin Lopez exploded for 51 fantasy points Sunday against the Kings, and while that kind of upside isn't likely to be repeated, he still makes for a solid play Wednesday against the Bulls.
March 22, 2016
Steven Adams has picked up his offensive game of late and looks like a solid value play on Tuesday's short slate.
February 24, 2016
The Knicks have been struggling, but Robin Lopez has been posting good numbers, and Mike Barner has noticed.
February 23, 2016
With a light Tuesday schedule on tap, Mike Barner is leaning heavily on the new-look Orlando Magic.
February 10, 2016
Chicago's defense has been struggling - Mike Barner looks to capitalize by stacking Hawks.
February 9, 2016
Mike Barner is looking for a new-coach bounce from a couple of Knicks tonight.
February 3, 2016
Mike Barner looks to ride the Magic's Aaron Gordon, who has a double-double in back-to-back games.
February 2, 2016
Mike Barner likes the value in Devin Booker, who is one of the few fantasy options for a Suns team in disarray these days.
January 27, 2016
With Raul Neto unlikely to play Wednesday against the Hornets due to a concussion, Trey Burke could get a big increase in playing time.
January 26, 2016
Robert Covington has always been able to score, but he's done enough defensively of late to make him an attractive option on FanDuel, particularly against the Suns.
January 20, 2016
Mike Barner thinks Nikola Mirotic could break out of his slump if the Bulls play small against Golden State.
January 19, 2016
With just four games on the docket, Mike Barner looks to Minnesota to fill out his lineup.
January 13, 2016
Mike Barner is stacking Knicks as they face their struggling subway-ride rivals from Brooklyn.
January 12, 2016
With Alex Len out, Mike Barner is expecting big production from Tyson Chandler.
January 6, 2016
With Tony Parker sidelined, Mike Barner is leaning on Patty Mills in today's lineup.
January 5, 2016
With a limited slate of games, Mike Barner looks to Jose Calderon for assists and steals.
December 30, 2015
With Alec Burks out with an ankle injury, Trey Burke is starting to step up, and he could be a solid value on FanDuel thanks to his low salary.
December 29, 2015
Will Barton's price continues to rise on FanDuel, but Mike Barner has a number of other value plays to help fit in the Nuggets' guard.
December 23, 2015
Mike Barner finds some bargains before the Christmas Eve break.
December 22, 2015
Mike Barner looks for values on a light-schedule night, finds some in Denver.
December 16, 2015
Mike Barner sorts through a loaded slate of NBA games and finds a few bargains.
December 15, 2015
With a limited slate of games on Tuesday, Mike Barner is leaning heavily on the Milwaukee Bucks
December 9, 2015
Mike Barner finds the bargains on Wednesday's menu, including Boston forward Jared Sullinger.
December 8, 2015
Mike Barner shops for guards at the Nets/Rockets game and has a hunch about a center that may be due for a big night.
December 2, 2015
Mike Barner builds a lineup with a future hall-of-famer, a Manimal and several bargain-basement buys.
December 1, 2015
Mike Barner looks for fantasy bargains on some of the NBA's worst teams.
November 25, 2015
Mike Barner is playing Avery Bradley on a back-to-back.
November 24, 2015
With Marcus Smart sidelined, Mike Barner sees Avery Bradley as one of Tuesday's best buys.
November 18, 2015
Mike Barner looks for Magic-al results from Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon.
November 17, 2015
Mike Barner will do some bargain shopping when the Hawks visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
November 11, 2015
Mike Barner is looking for a rebound from Milwaukee's Khris Middleton in tonight's contests.
November 10, 2015
There's a full slate of early games on Tuesday's NBA schedule, and Andre' Snellings is going bargain shopping.
November 4, 2015
Mike Barner is building lineups around the red-hot Markieff Morris and playoff hero Matthew Dellevedova
November 3, 2015
Julius Randle is under-priced due to one bad game, and Mike Barner will take advantage.
October 28, 2015
Mike Barner's picks for Wednesday's slate, including Philly rookie Jahlil Okafor.
October 27, 2015
With the Pelicans dealing with a number of injuries in the backcourt, Eric Gordon could put up big fantasy numbers of FanDuel opening night.
October 22, 2015
NBA Draft Kit: Monthly Schedule Cheat Sheet
Certain quirks in the NBA schedule can lead to teams playing a disproportionate amount of games each month, and savvy fantasy owners can use the schedule to trade for extra games.
May 19, 2015
FanDuel NBA: Tuesday-Wednesday Contests
FanDuel is hosting a Tuesday-Wednesday two-day contest combining the single games on Tuesday and Wednesday. RotoWire's Mike Barner has his favorite picks.
May 12, 2015
With just two games on the slate Tuesday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.
May 5, 2015
If FanDuel players are looking to not break the bank on point guards Stephen Curry or John Wall, RotoWire's Mike Barner makes the case for Jeff Teague and his reduced price.
April 21, 2015
With just three games on the slate Tuesday, finding good value plays may be more difficult than usual.
April 14, 2015
April 7, 2015
With six games on the slate, there should be a good mix of low, mid, and high-tier salaries to create interesting lineups with high potential Tuesday.
March 31, 2015
With four games on the slate, finding the right mix may be hard Tuesday, but Mike Barner has a few suggested plays.
March 24, 2015
March 17, 2015
With only five games on the slate, finding the right mix of value plays and high-salaried players (who aren't being rested) is going to be key to winning contests on FanDuel.
March 10, 2015
RotoWire's Mike Barner suggests a couple mid-priced players who could be great values on FanDuel Tuesday.
March 3, 2015
With seven games on the slate, there should be a good mix of low, mid, and high-tier salaries to create interesting lineups with high potential Tuesday.
February 24, 2015
February 10, 2015
With five games on the slate, there aren't many value plays, making choosing the right high-salaried and mid-tier players key on Tuesday.
February 3, 2015
September 25, 2014
Certain quirks in the NBA schedule can lead to teams playing a disproportionate amount of games monthly and separated by the first and second half of the season. Savvy owners can use the schedule to trade for extra games.
September 22, 2014
NBA Team Previews: Denver Nuggets
In coach Brian Shaw's second year with the Nuggets, will he finally tighten his rotation, or will fantasy owners continue to be sold fool's gold by the Nuggets.
NBA Team Previews: Sacramento Kings
Will Ben McLemore find his groove in his second season, or will Nik Stauskas make McLemore a thrift store afterthought?
September 12, 2014
NBA Team Previews: Chicago Bulls
Regardless of Derrick Rose's health, the Bulls have put together a team with refined depth that should go far this season, but with depth comes reduced fantasy value.
September 18, 2013
NBA Team Previews: New York Knicks 2013-14
Can Andrea Bargnani finally live up to his fantasy potential in a new environment? Will the Knicks' guard depth hurt their impact in fantasy?
October 16, 2012
NBA Team Previews: New York Knicks 2012-13
October 10, 2012
NBA Team Previews: Atlanta Hawks 2012-13
December 21, 2011
NBA Draft Kit: Atlanta Hawks Preview 2011
San Antonio Spurs Preview 2011: San Antonio Spurs Preview 2011
October 7, 2010
NBA Team Previews: 2010 Charlotte Bobcats Preview
NBA Team Previews: 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers Preview