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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 498 articles so far, you can find them below.


Biggest Surprises of 2019: Tight End

The 2019 NFL season was anything but predictable. I mean, the Tennessee Titans made the AFC title game! Andrew Luck retired right before the season! [Insert one of many, many other things here, because all lists need three items but I couldn't decide between all the possible third options.] One position where things at the... Read More

3 days ago

Biggest Busts of 2019: Quarterback

The 2019 NFL season is over, and it's time to look back on what happened. 2019 was a year where some quarterbacks -- Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen -- leaped up to the top of the fantasy charts, while other guys faded from where they were expected to perform. Today, I want to talk about three... Read More

3 days ago

2020 Early Sleepers and Draft Targets - Wide Receiver

The 2019 fantasy football season is over, but it's never too early to get a jump start on next year, right? While the offseason in the fantasy community usually gets dynasty-heavy pretty quickly, we don't want to completely forget the redraft players out there who are already plotting a way to win in 2020. Wide... Read More

3 days ago

How'd We Miss That? Lamar Jackson's 2019 Breakout

Fantasy football analysts say a lot of things, and often those things turn out to be true. But the nature of saying a lot of things is that sometimes those things turn out to be not true, and sometimes a lot of us say the same thing that turns out to be not true. I'll... Read More

3 days ago

The Fantasy Basketball Drop List: Week 13

2020 is speeding along, as we're already halfway into the month of January. It'll be All-Star break time before you know it, with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon just after that. Time flies! Here's our weekly fantasy basketball drop list, a look at players who are can be dropped in some or all formats.... Read More

5 days ago


The Fantasy Basketball Drop List: Week 12

We missed last week, so a belated Happy New Year to our readers. Hopefully the first week and a half of 2020 has treated you and your fantasy teams well. Here's our weekly fantasy basketball drop list, a look at players who are can be dropped in some or all formats. Every Friday, we'll look... Read More

1 week ago

Darren Fells Ends Season With Another Touchdown

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells set the team record for touchdowns by a tight end during the regular season, and he added another in Sunday's playoff loss to the Chiefs. Fells finished with three catches for 22 yards and the score. Fells is a free agent this year and his 2019 performance might price... Read More

1 week ago

Kenny Stills Catches Touchdown Against Chiefs

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills caught three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, continuing a trend this season where Stills only found the touchdown in games where Houston also had wide receiver Will Fuller playing. Stills will either enter 2020 as the second or... Read More

1 week ago

Will Fuller Looks Good In Return

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (groin) returned on Sunday, catching five passes for 89 yards and using his gravity to help teammate Kenny Stills score a long first quarter touchdown. Fuller's still never been able to stay healthy for a full season, and the Texans do have an easy out if they decide to... Read More

1 week ago

DeAndre Hopkins Plays Well In Loss To Chiefs

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught nine passes for 118 yards in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He led the team with 14 targets. 2019 wasn't exactly the best year of Hopkins' career, but he's still positioned to be one of the first wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts when the 2020... Read More

1 week ago


Duke Johnson Quiet Against Chiefs

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had one carry for 11 yards and added five catches for 23 yards in Sunday's playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson's usage down the stretch in Houston was uneven, but he's under contract next season and could see an increase in usage if the team moves on... Read More

1 week ago

Carlos Hyde Not Huge Factor In Loss

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde had his first 1000-yard season this season, but his year ended quietly in Sunday's playoff loss to the Chiefs. Hyde had 13 carries for 44 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards as the Texans fell 51-31. Hyde isn't under contract next year, so Houston could easily move... Read More

1 week ago

Deshaun Watson Throws Two Touchdowns In Playoff Loss

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 388 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's playoff loss to the Chiefs. He was 31-for-52 throwing the ball and also added 37 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Watson had a strong 2019 campaign, though there were some times when he struggled with his consistency. He'll... Read More

1 week ago

DeAndre Hopkins Is Houston's Best Option

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was held catchless in the first half of Houston's wild-card win over the Buffalo Bills, but in the second half he added six catches for 90 yards. Expect quarterback Deshaun Watson to once again look Hopkins' way often in the team's Divisional meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs this... Read More

2 weeks ago

Duke Johnson's Usage Makes Him Hard To Trust

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson made some key plays in last week's playoff victory over the Buffalo Bills, but his usage remained low. Johnson had just six touches, and while he turned those into 68 yards, the fact that the Texans aren't getting him double-digit touches makes him a risky DFS option on Sunday.... Read More

2 weeks ago


Carlos Hyde Is Risky Play In Divisional Round

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 100 yards the first time the Texans faced the Chiefs, but an improved run defense and Hyde struggling to create yards over the last few games have him in a tough spot this week. Hyde rushed for 48 yards last week on 16 carries while playing 58... Read More

2 weeks ago

Deshaun Watson Faces Tough Chiefs Defense

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson pulled out the heroics in the wild-card round against the Bills, but in the Divisional Round he faces a tough matchup against a Chiefs Defense that's allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing passers since Week 12. If the Texans offense continues to get off to slow starts in playoff... Read More

2 weeks ago

Kenny Stills Records Four Receptions

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills caught four of his five targets in Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills, finishing with 46 receiving yards. It was a solid game from Stills, but by now we have enough evidence to see that Stills isn't really able to replace wide receiver Will Fuller's production for the Texans,... Read More

2 weeks ago

DeAndre Hopkins Has Huge Second Half

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins didn't have a catch in the first half of Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills, but in the second half Hopkins caught six passes for 90 yards, playing a big role in Houston's comeback victory. Without Will Fuller (groin), the offensive workload for Houston depends so heavily on Hopkins,... Read More

2 weeks ago

Duke Johnson's Usage Remains Uneven

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson flashed his ability in Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills, but only touched the ball six times. He had 38 rushing yards on three carries and three catches for 30 yards, but even with the run game struggling for much of the contest, head coach Bill O'Brien continued to... Read More

2 weeks ago


Carlos Hyde Catches Touchdown Against Bills

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde didn't make a huge impact on the ground with his 16 carries for 48 yards on Saturday against the Bills, but he caught a key five-yard touchdown and received all but three of the running back carries in the win. Hyde had 116 rushing yards and a touchdown in... Read More

2 weeks ago

Deshaun Watson Efficient In Win Over Bills

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was 20-for-25 in Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills, with 247 passing yards and a touchdown. He also added 55 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Watson helped carry the Texans to the victory, making play after play to help them overcome a 16-0 deficit. Houston faces the... Read More

2 weeks ago

Darren Fells Is Touchdown-Dependent Option Against Bills

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells will need to find the end zone in order to be worth being a DFS play in the wild-card round against the Bills. Fells hasn't had 50 receiving yards or more than three catches since Week 8, and since then Fells has found the end zone just twice. He's... Read More

3 weeks ago

Kenny Stills Faces Tough Buffalo Defense

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills should be on the field for most of Saturday's game against the Bills with Will Fuller (groin) ruled out, but in the regular season Stills actually scored half as many fantasy points per game when Fuller didn't play. Without Fuller to draw Buffalo's defensive backs deeper and open up... Read More

3 weeks ago

Will Fuller Won't Play Against Bills

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (groin) has been ruled out for Saturday's wild-card game against the Buffalo Bills, says Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Fuller's status had already been in doubt, so this news shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Kenny Stills will fill in for him as the team's second outside receiver,... Read More

3 weeks ago


DeAndre Hopkins Faces Tough Test Against Bills

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins faces a difficult matchup during the NFL's wild-card round on Saturday against the Bills. Among the eight teams playing this weekend, the Bills allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers in the regular season. Hopkins should have plenty of chances to make plays with Will Fuller... Read More

3 weeks ago

Duke Johnson's Usage Makes Him Risky Play

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson is a risky option on Saturday against the Bills, mainly because the Texans have struggled to get him involved down the stretch. Not counting a meaningless Week 17 game where Johnson ceded carries to Houston's backup backs after scoring a touchdown on the first drive, Johnson had just 11... Read More

3 weeks ago

Carlos Hyde Has Tough Matchup Against Bills

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde is a risky DFS play during the wild-card round of the playoffs against the Buffalo Bills. Hyde has had his best season in the NFL from a yardage perspective, but the Bills were solid against running backs in the regular season, and Hyde is one of the least dynamic... Read More

3 weeks ago

The Tape Tells All - Marshawn Lynch Fantasy Outlook

Welcome to a postseason edition of "The Tape Tells All," where I break down some film of an NFL's player performance and try to draw some fantasy football conclusions from that film. While season-long fantasy is over, there's still postseason DFS for you to worry about, so I'll be breaking down some tape and some... Read More

3 weeks ago

The Fantasy Basketball Drop List: Week 10

NBA Christmas is over, which means everyone who isn't obsessive about the NBA is now getting ready to finally pay attention. But y'all've been paying attention already, so it's really just another week of basketball coming up. Here's our weekly fantasy basketball drop list, a look at players who are can be dropped in some... Read More

3 weeks ago


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