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. Rath won the 2016 FSWA "Baseball Article of the Year, Online" award and was a finalist for the FSWA Best Baseball Series in 2011.
January 4, 2018
Michael Rathburn reflects on a 2017 fantasy football season that was dominated by injuries. Which players earned a spot on his All-Value Team and which disgraced themselves to the All-Bust Team?
December 13, 2017
Michael Rathburn breaks down his lineups from the $4 Million FanDuel Online Championship and explains his strategy. How much cash did he win?
December 6, 2017
Michael Rathburn analyzes the lineups he used for FanDuel's qualifiers to get into this week's big $4 million Fan Championship. Which strategy worked best?
November 29, 2017
Michael Rathburn looks at the data from this season and how it might dictate the rest of the season. With offense down, what does that mean for choosing a DFS defense?
November 22, 2017
Michael Rathburn breaks down the ins and outs of his Week 11 lineup and shows how he lapped the field in the RotoWire weekly contest yet again.
November 15, 2017
Michael Rathburn analyzes his strategy in RotoWire's weekly staff DFS contest. Find out how he approaches his tournament-style lineup.
November 8, 2017
Michael Rathburn analyzes the wide receiver position on FanDuel and shows how to narrow the choices for tournaments to players who will pay off.
November 1, 2017
Michael Rathburn analyzes the running back position on FanDuel and shows how to narrow the choices for tournaments to 4-6 key players.
October 24, 2017
Michael Rathburn analyzes the early season results from FanDuel to find out which quarterbacks are paying off most for DFS owners.
October 16, 2017
Michael Rathburn lays out his weekly routine for maximizing success in DFS.
October 10, 2017
Michael Rathburn reviews what it took to win DraftKings' Week 5 cash game, breaking down player ownership and values. What rosters fared the best?
October 4, 2017
Michael Rathburn interviews the big winner in DraftKings' World Championship Qualifier. How did he win? Who did he play? Find out that and more.
September 25, 2017
Michael Rathburn shows owners how to analyze cash-game contests after they are completed and what to learn from them.
September 18, 2017
Michael Rathburn reveals his guidelines for selecting tight ends, defenses and kickers in cash-game formats.
September 11, 2017
Michael Rathburn lays out his guidelines for choosing QBs, RBs and WRs to play in cash games.
September 7, 2017
Michael Rathburn walks through his strategy for cash games for Week 1 on FanDuel. Find out if he's paying up at quarterback or looking for a bargain.
August 23, 2017
Michael Rathburn continues his series for new DFS players, focusing on which sites and slates to play. Which slate gives the new player the best chance to win?
August 18, 2017
Michael Rathburn shows fantasy owners how best to construct DFS lineups and how to manage their salary cap on DraftKings and FanDuel.
August 11, 2017
Michael Rathburn breaks down the basics for playing DFS football and explains why beginners should start practicing lineups now.
August 2, 2017
Michael Rathburn charts the effectiveness of bullpens, which is often overlooked by DFS players. Which bullpens should you target, and which should you avoid?
July 26, 2017
Michael Rathburn details how to approach minimum salary hitters on FanDuel and points out potential values like Tampa Bay outfielder Mallex Smith.
July 19, 2017
Michael Rathburn looks at which teams were the best value from a salary perspective in the first half of the season. The results for some teams, like the Rockies, likely will surprise DFS players.
July 15, 2017
Michael Rathburn continues his series on stacking, focusing this week on starting pitchers. How do you fit certain types of pitchers with the various types of hitters stacks?
July 5, 2017
Michael Rathburn breaks down the various strategies for stacking hitters in DFS. This week he focuses on FanDuel.
June 29, 2017
DFS players spend a ton of time analyzing starting pitching, but Michael Rathburn explains why researching bullpens is another key to success.
June 21, 2017
Michael Rathburn shares strategy tips that usually trip up beginners and make the DFS learning curve huge.
June 16, 2017
Michael Rathburn shows where to find underpriced hitters like Tampa Bay's Mallex Smithl who can give a big advantage for FanDuel lineups.
June 10, 2017
Michael Rathburn examines the early returns from starting pitchers on FanDuel to help DFS players figure out which teams to target and which to avoid.
May 31, 2017
Michael Rathburn breaks down how new players can best position themselves for success on FanDuel by knowing which types of contests to focus on.
May 24, 2017
Michael Rathburn shows DFS players how to incorporate bullpens into their roster-construction strategy. When does it make sense to target a bad bullpen?
May 19, 2017
Michael Rathburn shares his research process for identifying consistent hitters in cash games. Why does it usually make sense to pay up for an elite bat at first base?
May 3, 2017
Don't start pitchers against the Nationals' offensive machine might seem obvious, but Michael Rathburn shines the light on other DFS numbers from April that aren't so obvious. Find out the best team to target on the road and more.
April 26, 2017
Michael Rathburn offers tips for selecting starting pitching in DFS and explains why it's important to target strikeouts.
April 19, 2017
Michael Rathburn is back with additional tips for DFS beginners as we start the baseball. Veteran DFS players will benefit from following these rules, as well.
April 12, 2017
Michael Rathburn offers 10 tips for new DFS players that can also serve as a refresher for seasoned players. Find out why it's important to play the same contests everyday.
April 5, 2017
Mike Rathburn lays out his 10 rules for DFS baseball beginners. Find out the best way to jump into the exciting world of daily fantasy baseball.
January 2, 2017
Michael Rathburn looks at the 2016 season in review from a DraftKings perspective.
December 22, 2016
Michael Rathburn lays out his process for constructing cash game lineups on FanDuel.
December 12, 2016
Michael Rathburn takes a look at how to find wideouts viable to use in cash games on FanDuel.
December 5, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down the process for choosing running backs in cash games on FanDuel.
November 30, 2016
Michael Rathburn explains how to choose a D/ST unit in cash games on DraftKings.
November 21, 2016
Michael Rathburn details the process of choosing tight ends for cash games.
November 18, 2016
Michael Rathburn lays out a system for choosing wide receivers in cash games.
November 7, 2016
Michael Rathburn shares some key points regarding how to choose running backs for cash games.
October 31, 2016
Michael Rathburn sheds light on his process of selecting signal callers for cash games on DraftKings.
October 24, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down the process of selecting tournament-winning wideouts on DraftKings.
October 17, 2016
Michael Rathburn explains how to find GPP-winning running backs on DraftKings.
October 10, 2016
Michael Rathburn lays out a system for choosing a quarterback in large-field DFS tournaments.
September 26, 2016
Michael Rathburn details how to use DraftKing's contest data to become a better DFS player.
September 19, 2016
Michael Rathburn yet again divulges key information for those looking to get started in DFS, this time focusing on head-to-head contests.
September 12, 2016
Michael Rathburn shares some key points with new DFS players regarding the effect of inactive players on roster construction and choosing contests to enter.
September 6, 2016
Michael Rathburn shares some key points with new DFS players when it comes to filling out an NFL Lineup with kickers and defenses.
August 27, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down what to look for when selecting quarterbacks for both cash games and tournaments in daily fantasy football. Is it better to take a favored or underdog QB?
August 20, 2016
Michael Rathburn discusses midseason callups who have yet to see a big spike in their FanDuel salaries, like Boston's Andrew Benintendi.
August 16, 2016
Michael Rathburn analzyes teams' key batting stats to help DFS players exploit lineups and matchups, and he explains how the Angels are the new Royals.
August 1, 2016
Michael Rathburn analyzes chalk plays in daily baseball and how to take advantage of ownership percentages in cash games.
July 26, 2016
Michael Rathburn gives us his Daily Fantasy Baseball advice of the week, this time breaking down how to succeed with value pitching on DraftKings
July 19, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down a few players he has been using recently in his DFS lineups who have saved him considerable salary cap space but are greatly outproducing their minimal prices.
July 15, 2016
Michael Rathburn shows how to use Vegas strikeout props to target DFS pitchers, and which pitchers are best to stack against based on strikeout props.
July 6, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down the key batting splits through June that offer an inside edge to DFS players. Don't look now, but here come the Astros.
June 28, 2016
Michael Rathburn shows how to use Vegas moneylines to find starting pitching on DraftKings and gives tips for selecting hurlers.
June 22, 2016
Michael Rathburn looks at how using Vegas totals can help DFS players find pitching bargains on DraftKings.
June 14, 2016
Michael Rathburn shows how to find good values on FanDuel by comparing DraftKings salaries. Find out how the trick allowed him to afford both Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke in a recent play.
June 9, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down the key team batting stats to help DFS players know when to stack certain teams and when to avoid them completely.
May 30, 2016
Michael Rathburn hits us with his weekly DFS baseball insights, this time about the predicament of multiple entries in daily contests.
May 24, 2016
Michael Rathburn hits us with his weekly DFS baseball advice, delving into
May 17, 2016
Michael Rathburn checks in with his weekly advice on the Daily Fantasy Baseball front, which discusses strategies for getting back on track when mired in a fantasy slump.
May 10, 2016
Michael Rathburn checks in with his weekly advice on the Daily Fantasy Baseball front, which focuses on strategies for deploying hitters in different game formats.
May 3, 2016
Michaell Rathburn breaks down the stats from the season's first month. Who's hitting, who's not and which teams are playing best home and away? That and more.
April 26, 2016
Michael Rathburn shows how he took down last Friday's RotoWire Staff Freeroll a mini-stack of Cubs batters, including Anthony Rizzo, that prospered in the single-field tournament.
April 19, 2016
Michael Rathburn discusses how best to stack lineups in daily fantasy baseball and what batting order positions players should target in their stacks.
April 11, 2016
Michael Rathburn shares his beginner-friendly tips and strategies for GPP Tournament play for daily fantasy baseball.
March 29, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down his 20 rules for playing heads up and 50/50 contests in daily fantasy baseball.
March 22, 2016
Michael Rathburn breaks down a few key situations for DFS players to take advantage of, including American League pitchers starting in National League parks.
March 14, 2016
Michael Rathburn shows beginning DFS players how to do basic research on pitchers that will make a huge difference as they play daily baseball this season.
March 5, 2016
Michael Rathburn shows beginning DFS players how to do basic research on hitters that will make a huge difference as they play daily baseball this season.
March 1, 2016
Michael Rathburn is back to help you learn basic DFS Baseball tips, starting off this week with how to start preparing for the season ahead of time, so that you get to know top platoon guys like Ryan Raburn.
September 8, 2015
Michael Rathburn shines a spotlight on what it takes to win in daily football each week, including players to targets and points to target per position for both FanDuel and DraftKings.
September 7, 2015
Michael Rathburn breaks down the top running back value plays on FanDuel for Week 1 of the NFL season, including the Bucs' Doug Martin, who played very well in the preseason and may be heavily used with a rookie quarterback under center in Tampa.
August 31, 2015
Michael Rathburn explains the best strategies for playing daily fantasy college football on FanDuel and how to exploit early-season pricing.
August 24, 2015
Michael Rathburn breaks down some of the Week 1 quarterback value plays on FanDuel, who set their opening weekend prices back in July.
August 17, 2015
Michael Rathburn explains how DFS players can take advantage of September call-ups based on how some other rookies performed when they began their time in the majors this year.
August 4, 2015
Winning tournaments on FanDuel requires a lot of things to go right, and it's imperative to maximize the number of home-run hitters on your squad.
July 27, 2015
Michael Rathburn examines park factors and trends to help DFS players target the right stadiums for the best outcomes on FanDuel.
July 20, 2015
Michael Rathburn updates his monthly team hitting stats to help DFS players know when to attack certain teams with pitchers and when to stack them.
July 11, 2015
Michael Rathburn breaks down the catcher position in DFS and learns that Buster Posey isn't necessarily the good play most assume.
June 29, 2015
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.
June 22, 2015
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.
June 15, 2015
Michael Rathburn breaks down the best teams to target and those to avoid in DFS based on a number of pitching stats.
June 8, 2015
Michael Rathburn breaks down some key team hitting stats to help DFS players understand the best situations to stack them.
May 29, 2015
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.
May 22, 2015
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.
May 15, 2015
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.
May 8, 2015
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.
May 1, 2015
Michael Rathburn turns his attention to tournament play this week and lays out a detailed strategy for picking starting pitchers.
April 24, 2015
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.
April 17, 2015
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn explains the keys to winning daily fantasy baseball contests on DraftKings.
December 20, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn uses advanced metrics to help identify the best values from FanDuel's fantasy basketball player pool.
December 12, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through his usual prep for selecting lineups in daily fantasy basketball
December 5, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn describes his process for selecting a DFS lineup, and gives some suggestions for who to play on FanDuel this weekend.
November 26, 2014
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.
November 21, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn further explores the use of standard deviation when selecting lineups on DraftKings.
November 14, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breaks down the data and explores ways to use standard deviation when setting your DraftKings fantasy football lineups.
November 8, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers to help identify value plays on DraftKings.
October 31, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breakdowns the best (and worst) values on FanDuel at each position.
October 24, 2014
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.
October 17, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn lays out his strategic approach to playing College Football contests on DraftKings.
October 10, 2014
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.
October 2, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn focuses on cash games and explores how to build the best lineup for head-to-head and 50/50 contests.
September 26, 2014
Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers on FanDuel to decipher which positions are the best to pair together.
September 19, 2014
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.
September 12, 2014
Which splits should you use to select the best Defense/Special Teams for your DFS lineup? RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the data.
September 5, 2014
How much better is Drew Brees at home? How much better are players generally? Michael Rathburn does the research.
August 25, 2014
Jeremy Maclin comes in at the top of the value charts for receivers and a surprise pick for tight ends
August 18, 2014
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?
August 11, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn takes a look at handedness and park factors to uncover even more indicators in building successful lineups for daily games.
August 4, 2014
Stacking is a commonly-used strategy in daily MLB games, but some sites limit the opportunity, which has made mini-stacking popular.
July 28, 2014
Michael Rathburn delves into the data to show you the best and worst pitching values on DraftKings
July 21, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn dives deep into the numbers to find the best Vegas data regarding run totals.
July 14, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn dives deep into the numbers to find the best Vegas data pitching values.
July 7, 2014
Michael Rathburn breaks down pitching on DraftStreet.
June 30, 2014
Michael Rathburn breaks down the hitting numbers to help with your roster building on DraftStreet.
June 24, 2014
RotoWire's daily games expert Michael Rathburn shares his 10 Commandments of Daily Fantasy Football.
June 16, 2014
Michael Rathburn delves deeper into his research to discover the best hitters to target on FanDuel.
June 10, 2014
Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers and identifies the best hitter to target (or avoid) on FanDuel
June 5, 2014
Michael Rathburn shares his 10 Commandments of Daily Fantasy Football.
June 2, 2014
Michael Rathburn delves further into his examination of using split stats for daily fantasy baseball.
May 27, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
May 19, 2014
Michael Rathburn looks at wOBA, which could help you put together a monster daily lineup.
May 12, 2014
Michael Rathburn dissects the numbers to show you the right strategy for selecting starting pitchers on FanDuel.
May 2, 2014
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.
April 25, 2014
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
April 18, 2014
Michael Rathburn discusses how to use advanced data to come out on top in your daily fantasy games on DraftKings, FanDuel, and DraftStreet
April 15, 2014
Michael Rathburn tells you everything you need to know in order to come out on top in fantasy daily games on Sports Tradex
April 9, 2014
Michael Rathburn dishes out everything you need to know to come out on top of fantasy daily games on DraftStreet.
April 7, 2014
Michael Rathburn provides you with everything you need to know in order to come out ahead playing daily fantasy games on DraftKings.
April 4, 2014
RotoWire's Michael Rathburn gives his basic strategy for winning daily fantasy baseball games on FanDuel
March 19, 2014
Michael Rathburn tackles SportsTradex and their unique daily games offerings.
March 10, 2014
Rathburn takes a look at the player pool on FanDuel to highlight solid Value Plays and Value Busts
February 28, 2014
Michael Rathburn takes a look at home/road splits to find value and consistency from superstar options in FanDuel's daily basketball leagues
February 19, 2014
Michael Rathburn explores which superstar options provide the most consistency and offer up the best values on DraftStreet despite their high-priced salaries.
February 14, 2014
Michael Rathburn explores which superstar options provide the most consistency and offer up the best value despite their high-priced salaries.
February 10, 2014
Michael Rathburn dives head first into home/road splits and how to use this data to your advantage in daily fantasy basketball contests.
February 7, 2014
Michael Rathburn tackles SportsTradex and their unique daily games offerings.
January 31, 2014
Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers to provide advanced data to help you dominate your daily games.
January 23, 2014
Michael Rathburn takes a look at buy-low and sell-high opportunities of star players on daily fantasy basketball sites.
January 13, 2014
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
January 2, 2014
Michael Rathburn breaks down strategy for DraftKings' daily fantasy basketball contests.
December 27, 2013
Michael Rathburn breaks down how strategy for DraftStreet's daily fantasy basketball contests.
December 19, 2013
Michael Rathburn breaks down the key variables to consider when participating in daily fantasy basketball tournaments on FanDuel.
December 10, 2013
Michael Rathburn goes over the basic fundamentals of Daily Fantasy Football contests on sites like FanDuel, DraftKings and DraftStreet.