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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.

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Karan Higdon Leads Texans In Carries

Houston Texans running back Karan Higdon ran the ball a team-high eight times in Thursday's preseason loss to the Packers, finishing with 37 yards. Higdon wasn't targeted. Both Taiwan Jones and Damarea Crockett appear to be ahead of Higdon in the team's rotation, and while he put up solid numbers on Thursday, it doesn't seem... Read More

4 months ago

Taiwan Jones Starts First Preseason Game

Houston Texans running back Taiwan Jones started the team's first preseason game, rushing for 28 yards on seven carries and bringing in his only target for 11 yards. The battle to be the third running back in Houston is wide open, and Jones getting the first crack at the starting lineup isn't a huge surprise,... Read More

4 months ago

Joe Webb Plays Entire Game

With Deshaun Watson sitting out, A.J. McCarron injured, and Jordan Ta'amu just signed yesterday, Houston Texans quarterback Joe Webb did something you rarely see in the preseason: he quarterbacked an entire game. Webb was 25-for-40 throwing the ball for 286 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. Ta'amu will likely play in the next one, but... Read More

4 months ago

Willie Snead Catches Preseason Touchdown

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Lamar Jackson in Thursday's preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was Snead's only catch of the game. Snead was the team's leading receiver in 2018, but his role looks a lot less defined heading into this season. He'll likely be the... Read More

4 months ago

Chris Moore Has 48 Yards Against Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Lamar Jackson on the Ravens' first drive of Thursday's preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He followed that up with an 18-yard reception from Jackson two drives later. Moore's 48 yards led the Ravens in this game, and his rapport with Jackson in... Read More

4 months ago


Miles Boykin Targeted Nine Times

Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin was targeted nine times in Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars, finishing with four catches for 39 yards. Boykin is expected to be a lock to make the team's final roster, so it'll be interesting to see if this level of usage keeps up as teams start to... Read More

4 months ago

Justice Hill Heavily Involved Against Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Justice Hill saw plenty of action in Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars, carrying the ball 10 times for 33 yards while catching two passes for 16 yards. The Ravens clearly wanted to see what Hill could do in this one, and while it wasn't the most impressive performance, it... Read More

4 months ago

Lamar Jackson Throws Touchdown In Preseason Opener

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson got to play a short time in Thursday's preseason rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and in that time Jackson was 4-for-6 throwing the ball for 59 yards and a touchdown pass to Willie Snead. Jackson didn't run the ball, as the team isn't going to put him in harm's way... Read More

4 months ago

Keelan Cole Getting Return Chances

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole saw plenty of action as a return man in Thursday's preseason opener, including a long punt return touchdown that was nullified by a penalty. In addition to that play, Cole had two kick returns. While his offensive role appears to be diminishing this year, Cole being useful on special... Read More

4 months ago

Tre McBride Has Three Receptions Against Ravens

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tre McBride was the only player on the Jaguars' team to catch more than one pass in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens. McBride caught three passes for 42 yards and was targeted five times. McBride's probably not a factor for the Jags in the regular season, but he could continue... Read More

4 months ago


Ryquell Armstead Struggles Against Ravens

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Ryquell Armstead rushed for 22 yards on eight carries in his preseason debut on Thursday. Armstead's 2.8 yards per carry weren't great, and with Alfred Blue running the ball more efficiently than Armstead, the rookie might be falling behind in the battle to be Leonard Fournette's main backup. Armstead also... Read More

4 months ago

Gardner Minshew Has Mediocre Debut

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew's preseason debut didn't go the way he was hoping. The rookie was 7-for-14 throwing the ball for 46 yards. He didn't throw a touchdown or an interception. Minshew also added three rushing yards on two carries. It wasn't a great performance, but it did surpass that of his competition for... Read More

4 months ago

Keke Coutee Leaves Game With Leg Injury

Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee left Thursday's preseason meeting with the Green Bay Packers with some type of leg injury, though it's unclear if it was an issue with the leg, the knee, or the ankle. Coutee had just caught a nine-yard pass in the second quarter when he went down. If the injury... Read More

4 months ago

Jermaine Kearse Breaks Leg

Detroit Lions wide receiver Jermaine Kearse suffered a broken leg plus an ankle injury in Thursday's preseason meeting with the New England Patriots. It was a gruesome looking injury and while Kearse could theoretically return from a broken leg this season, the fact that Kearse reportedly suffered multiple injuries on the play does put his... Read More

4 months ago

Matt Ryan Not Dressed For Meeting With Dolphins

Earlier in the week, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that quarterback Matt Ryan would play a few series in Thursday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. But with rain forecasted for the game, it appears the Falcons are playing it safe and resting Ryan. Matt Schaub and Matt Simms will split the snaps in... Read More

4 months ago


Jaguars Resting Most Starters Against Ravens

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a long list of inactives for Thursday's preseason meeting with the Ravens. Quarterback Nick Foles won't make his Jaguars debut. Neither will wide receiver Chris Conley, while running back Leonard Fournette and wide receivers Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, and Terrelle Pryor. The Jaguars are taking resting their starters in... Read More

4 months ago

Parris Campbell Won't Play Preseason Opener

The Indianapolis Colts have ruled wide receiver Parris Campbell out for Thursday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Campbell's been dealing with a hamstring issue, so the team is playing it safe with the rookie. In addition, tight ends Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron have been ruled out, as has quarterback Andrew Luck and running... Read More

4 months ago

WNBA Daily Fantasy Lineup Picks (8/8/19): WNBA DFS Advice for DraftKings and FanDuel

After two days in a row of single-game slates, we're back today to cover Thursday's three game one. The Fever visit the Mystics in the early evening game, and then we get two late games as the Wings play in Seattle and the Mercury visit the Sparks. In this article, I'll be providing you with... Read More

4 months ago

Fool Me Once... Sophomore Wide Receivers Set to Bust Again

Players are supposed to make a leap in their second season, but the past few years have been littered with wide receivers who just...didn't. Kevin White. Devante Parker. Breshad Perriman. Corey Coleman. Josh Doctson. Laquon Treadwell. Without even looking past the first round, we've got a good list of disappointing football players. The 2018 wide... Read More

4 months ago

Texans Sign Jordan Ta'amu

The Houston Texans signed quarterback Jordan Ta'amu on Wednesday. With A.J. McCarron (thumb) likely out for the preseason, Ta'amu is nothing more than an extra body to play in preseason games, so this move can be ignored in all season-long formats. The biggest impact comes in preseason DFS contests, as Joe Webb won't be forced... Read More

4 months ago


A.J. McCarron Likely To Miss Preseason

Houston Texans quarterback A.J. McCarron suffered a thumb injury during Houston's joint practice with the Green Bay Packers and will likely miss the preseason. McCarron's spot as Houston's backup quarterback this season is safe, but the injury does have preseason DFS implications, as Joe Webb will likely have to play extended snaps in Thursday's game.... Read More

4 months ago

How Useful Are Expert Mocks? A Side-by-Side Comparison

There are a lot of expert mock drafts out there. They're useful because they give you a good idea of who people who write about fantasy football are targeting. But there are a LOT more people who play fantasy football who aren't writers, and the drafts you actually do this month are bound to look... Read More

4 months ago

Kalen Ballage (RB, MIA) - 2019 Fantasy Football Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target Around ~120 Overall Current ADP: ~150 I do expect this ADP to rise significantly as we get closer and closer to draft season since Ballage has been practicing with the starters in Miami, but I believe Kenyan Drake is still going to start the year as the starter. Once that becomes clear, Ballage's ADP... Read More

4 months ago

Justice Hill (RB, BAL) - 2019 Fantasy Football Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target Around ~150 Overall Current ADP: ~170 Last year, the Ravens run game was unlocked once Lamar Jackson took over as quarterback, with Gus Edwards rushing for 654 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the final seven games. Edwards was highly productive over that stretch, but there's a reason he finds himself virtually locked out of... Read More

4 months ago

Leonard Fournette Could Factor In Pass Game

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette should play a role in the passing game this year, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com. While we heard the same thing before last season, the Jaguars had a strong pass-catching back in T.J. Yeldon at that point. Now, Fournette's main backups work much better as early-down guys, so there... Read More

4 months ago


Jaguars Sign Roc Thomas

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas. Thomas will serve a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy to open the season, so Jacksonville signing him while that looms over his head suggests that the team sees him as an actual piece for the team and not someone who'll... Read More

4 months ago

Taiwan Jones Having Strong Camp

Early on in training camp, it looked like the Houston Texans were set to roll with Josh Ferguson as their third-down back, but veteran running back Taiwan Jones has come on strong lately in the battle for that spot. Jones has been practicing with Houston's starters at times and the veteran has plenty of experience... Read More

4 months ago

KeeSean Johnson In Line To Be Cardinals' Third Receiver

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Keesean Johnson appears to be the team's third receiver right now behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Though Johnson was drafted after fellow rookies Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler, he's been clearly ahead of both of them in training camp. Things can obviously change between now and the regular season,... Read More

4 months ago

Damarea Crockett Getting Goal-Line Carries In Camp

Houston Texans running back Damarea Crockett has been splitting goal-line carries with the recently released D'Onta Foreman in training camp. With Foreman gone, Crockett could see an expanded role as Houston's short-yardage back if he can make the team's final roster. Keep an eye on how Crockett is used during the preseason and if anyone... Read More

4 months ago

Yannick Ngakoue Reports To Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has reported to camp, ending his holdout. Ngakoue was in search of a better contract situation after collecting 29.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles over his first three years in the NFL. Ngakoue is a vital part of the Jaguars defense, so his return is good news for anyone... Read More

4 months ago


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