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About Justin Carter - RotoBaller

Justin Carter is PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of North Texas. He writes about the NFL, NBA, and the WNBA here on RotoBaller. If he's not watching those things, he's either teaching college English or watching NASCAR.

Justin Carter - RotoBaller has written 236 articles so far, you can find them below.


Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we highlight three fantasy basketball takeaways from last night's slate of NBA games. Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the NBA featured its usual all-day slate of games to commemorate King. 11 games, stretching from a lunch-time tip for Thunder/Knicks and concluding with what... Read More

On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins returned to the court after missing almost a full year with a torn Achilles. Cousins looked fine as he entered the Warriors rotation for the first time, starting and playing 15 minutes before fouling out. Cousins scored 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting and was 3-for-4 from deep, giving the Warriors an... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Technically, Kenneth Faried is not a member of the Houston Rockets yet, as the Rockets still need to clear out a roster spot for the recently-waived former Brooklyn Nets. Looking solely at Faried's numbers, you might be surprised to see a 34 percent... Read More

Is there such a thing as "too early" when it comes to mock drafting for next year in fantasy football? No! I mean, mock drafting before the season even ends is maybe too early, but January isn't, which is why we here at RotoBaller decided to get together and do our Way Too Early Mock Draft... Read More

Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon hit a three just before the final buzzer of regulation to send Saturday's contest against the Lakers into overtime, where the Rockets ultimately prevailed 138-134. Gordon had 30 points on the night, finishing with a 7-for-16 night from the floor and draining 11 free throws. Gordon also added five... Read More

Houston Rockets guard James Harden didn't score 50 points for the third consecutive game, but he did finish Saturday's overtime win against the Lakers with 48. Harden was 14-for-30 shooting the ball, and after a slow start he managed to end the night 8-for-19 from three. The former MVP also added eight rebounds, six assists,... Read More

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram scored 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting -- and hit some big shots to keep the Lakers in the game late -- in Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets. He also added five rebounds and four assists. Ingram has flashed his potential as a scorer lately, but he's also had... Read More

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points on 12-for-19 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Houston Rockets. Kuzma also added eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals for the Lakers, and he was 4-for-9 from deep. With LeBron James still sidelined and Lonzo Ball leaving Saturday's game with an ankle injury, the Lakers... Read More

This is it -- our final bust column of the season. (For those of you doing DFS during the Super Bowl, good luck, but the player pool is so small that I'm not even going to try to give you any bust picks. You can always tweet at me if you want some thoughts on... Read More

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic continued his strong 2018-2019 campaign in Friday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-20 shooting and grabbing 17 rebounds while also adding six assists. Orlando faces a tough test on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, who allow the seventh-fewest points and 13th-fewest rebounds per game in... Read More

Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie continued to look like he's broken out of a recent slump in Friday's win over the Orlando Magic, scoring 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting. He added three assists and two rebounds while shooting 3-for-7 from deep. The Nets face the Kings on Monday, who allow the fifth-most points per... Read More

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell scored 40 points on 16-for-25 shooting in Friday's win over the Orlando Magic. Russell was 8-for-12 from deep and also added seven assists, two rebounds, and a steal. Russell is on fire as of late for the Nets, and that seems likely to continue on Monday afternoon when the Nets... Read More

Indiana Pacers power forward Thaddeus Young is averaging 12.8 points per game this season, but on Thursday night he scored a season-high 27 points in Indiana's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Young, a former Sixer, was 11-for-17 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. Young has been fairly inconsistent all year, so it's not clear... Read More

Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick scored 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting in Thursday's win over the Indiana Pacers. It was Redick's fifth 20-point game in his last six appearances spanning back to January 1st. Redick struggled a lot early in the year shooting the ball, with his percentages taking a noticeable dive from past seasons,... Read More

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting in Thursday's win over the Indiana Pacers. He also added in eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Butler's fantasy stock is on the rise as he's been active in all aspects of the game since returning from a two-game absence earlier... Read More

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid gutted his way through a back injury in Thursday's win over the Indiana Pacers, finishing with 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting and also grabbing 13 rebounds. While it wasn't Embiid's best game of the year, his ability to succeed despite being visibly in pain was a reminder of how good... Read More

Eric Gordon Scores 20 In Return

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon missed eight games with a knee injury but returned to the Rockets lineup in Wednesday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting before exiting the game late with another knee issue. Gordon's availability for Saturday's contest with the Los Angeles Lakers should be monitored, but if... Read More

Houston Rockets guard James Harden scored 58 points on 16-for-34 shooting in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden also added 10 rebounds and six assists. Harden is averaging 44 points per game in January as the Rockets continue to deal with a variety of injuries, and Wednesday's addition of Eric Gordon back into... Read More

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we will highlight three fantasy basketball takeaways from last night's slate of NBA games. James Harden scored 57 points in Houston's win over the Grizzlies, breaking Kobe Bryant's record of consecutive 30-point games in the post-merger NBA with his 17th in a row. Elsewhere in the... Read More

With the 2018 NFL season over, it's time to revisit some of the lessons we learned this year. Today, let's talk about some players who disappointed us this season. In this column, I'll talk about why certain players who were expected to be strong performers this season didn't live up to the hype. All of... Read More

Eight teams remain alive in the chase to win the Super Bowl after a Wild Card Round that featured three home teams -- the Texans, the Ravens, and the Bears -- all lose. That leaves us with some matchups in this round that don't look great on paper, but that should provide some compelling football.... Read More

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid scored 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Washington Wizards. Embiid also grabbed 10 rebounds and added four assists and a block. The Wizards did a good job limiting Embiid, who averages 18.2 field goal attempts per game and hasn't had 13 or fewer attempts since December... Read More

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons scored 17 points on 8-for-15 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Washington Wizards. He also added nine assists and five rebounds to go along with three steals. In addition to the work that Simmons usually does for the Sixers, the second-year guard has started to add jump shooting to... Read More

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler missed a pair of games due to an upper respiratory infection, but he returned for Tuesday's meeting with the Washington Wizards and finished with 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Butler also grabbed five rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals. Butler wasn't heavily involved in the scoring... Read More

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has been the biggest beneficiary of the team's loss of point guard John Wall, averaging 27.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game in the six games since Wall last played. Against the Sixers on Tuesday, Beal finished with 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting to go along with... Read More

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we highlight three fantasy basketball takeaways from last night's slate of NBA games. Monday night featured eight games, with a clash between the Rockets and Nuggets highlighting the night. Houston won that one with a pair of 30-plus point performances from James Harden and Clint Capela,... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Short term add in 12-team leagues, long term add in 14-team leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: In the middle of December, no one wanted Austin Rivers. The Wizards traded him to the Suns in that weird non-trade where everyone forget which Brooks they wanted, and then the Wizards actually traded him... Read More

Thursday nights in the NBA always feature a notoriously light schedule, which means the games that are actually being played better be good to keep it from being a disappointing night. Last night, things didn't start out all that well. The Spurs walloped the Toronto Raptors in Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio in a... Read More

The NFL's regular season is over, but there's still daily fantasy for you to tackle, which means there are still players who need to be avoided when constructing those lineups because of bad matchups, poor recent play, and other factors. With eight teams playing this week, I've decided to highlight one guy from each team... Read More

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 19 points on 8-for-16 shooting in Tuesday's win over the New York Knicks. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 15 assists to go along with three blocked shots. Jokic remains the centerpoint of this Nuggets offense, and he's averaging career-high numbers in assists and steals while sitting... Read More

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