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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 2403 articles so far, you can find them below.


Ryquell Armstead Efficient Against Falcons

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Ryquell Armstead ran the ball six times for 40 yards while also adding a 10-yard reception in Thursday's preseason loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Armstead is expected to start the year as the number-three back in Jacksonville behind Leonard Fournette and Alfred Blue, but Blue is dealing with an ankle... Read More

6 months ago

Gardner Minshew Finishes Preseason Without Touchdown

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew did enough this preseason to claim the team's backup job, but after going 11-for-26 for just 79 yards in the preseason finale against the Falcons, Minshew officially ends the preseason without a touchdown pass. Sure, it was the preseason, but it's still not an encouraging sign for a team to... Read More

6 months ago

C.J. Board Could Still Make Jaguars Roster

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a battle on their hands for the sixth wide receiver spot -- if they choose to keep six -- between Terrelle Pryor and Tre McBride, but Jacksonville.com's John Reid suggests we should keep an eye on C.J. Board in the preseason finale. Board has had nine receptions for 110 yards over... Read More

6 months ago

WNBA Daily Fantasy Lineup Picks (8/29/19): WNBA DFS Advice for DraftKings and FanDuel

We're reaching the final stages of the 2019 WNBA season, and Thursday night could be a big night, as a win by the Mercury clinches them a playoff spot. That would lock in the eight teams who'll make the postseason, though there are still seeding changes that could happen over the final couple of weeks.... Read More

6 months ago

Jordan Thomas Will Play Extensively Against Rams

Houston Texans tight end Jordan Thomas is expected to see extended snaps in Thursday's preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams. NFL teams usually don't play their starters in the final game, so this appears to be confirmation that Thomas has fallen behind Darren Fells -- and possibly behind Jordan Akins -- on the depth... Read More

6 months ago


Justin Carter's Bold Predictions - 2019 Fantasy Football

It's bold prediction SZN and I am ready! This is the space for going out on a limb and making predictions that you're only maybe 10 percent sure will happen, but 100 percent sure that you want to happen. This is where, last year, I confidently proclaimed Patrick Mahomes a top-five fantasy quarterback before, umm,... Read More

6 months ago

WNBA Daily Fantasy Lineup Picks (8/27/19): WNBA DFS Advice for DraftKings and FanDuel

It's a busy Tuesday night in the WNBA, with five games across the night. The Sparks visit the Mystics in what should be the best game of the slate, but there's plenty of other interesting meetings, including the high-powered Sky meeting the defense-minded Lynx. In this article, I'll be providing you with some daily fantasy WNBA... Read More

6 months ago

Darren Fells Likely To Start For Texans

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells is going to be the likely starter at the position, says The Athletic's Aaron Reiss. With Jordan Thomas struggling to get up to speed, Houston is likely turning to their best pass-blocking tight end, Fells, to man the position. With huge offensive line issues, Fells will help the run... Read More

6 months ago

Kirk Cousins (QB, MIN) - 2019 Fantasy Football Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target Around ~130 Overall Current ADP: ~145 In 2018, Kirk Cousins finished as the fantasy QB13, which is just at the edge of the QB1 tier. So why did Fantasy Football Twitter collectively decide that Cousins was a complete bust last season? Well, Cousins had gotten a lot of hype behind him when he went to Minnesota.... Read More

6 months ago

Jordan Thomas Targeted Six Times

Houston Texans tight end Jordan Thomas was targeted six times in Houston's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys, grabbing two of those targets for a team-high 33 yards. It was a rough night for the Texans, who failed to reach 100 passing yards, but Thomas was the tiniest sliver of a bright spot. He still... Read More

6 months ago


Damarea Crockett Impressive In Limited Touches

Houston Texans running back Damarea Crockett had just four touches in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but he had 27 rushing yards and five receiving yards on those touches. Crockett looked like a better back than Karan Higdon, but Higdon had nine more touches. Crockett could be a fantasy sleeper with Lamar Miller... Read More

6 months ago

Karan Higdon Leads Team In Carries Against Cowboys

Houston Texans running back Karan Higdon carried the ball a team-high 13 times for 28 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Higdon was the first back up after starter Lamar Miller went down with an ACL, which seems to suggest he's next in line in this Houston offense to see early down... Read More

6 months ago

Joe Webb Struggles Against Cowboys

Houston Texans quarterback Joe Webb had a rough one in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys, going 8-for-21 passing the ball for 62 yards and a pair of interceptions. He added 25 yards on four carries as well. Webb's going to be Houston's third quarterback once A.J. McCarron is back, so he doesn't have... Read More

6 months ago

Deshaun Watson Plays One Series Against Cowboys

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson played just one series in Houston's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He was sacked twice and watched teammate Lamar Miller get carted off the field, which probably contributed to head coach Bill O'Brien sending his star quarterback to the bench. Watson has the chance to be a top-five fantasy... Read More

6 months ago

Texans Believe Lamar Miller Tore ACL

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (knee) is feared to have suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys. If confirmed, Miller's season is over before it began, and his Texans career is likely coming to a close as well. Duke Johnson will get more chances to run the ball, but the... Read More

6 months ago


Andrew Luck Tells Colts He's Retiring From The NFL

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has informed the team that he intends to retire from the NFL, citing that the mental aspects of the game have worn him down. Luck's dealt with a variety of injuries over the past few seasons and was already looking like he'd miss the start of the 2019 season with... Read More

6 months ago

Lamar Miller Carted Off Field

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (knee) was carted off the field after a first-quarter hit in Saturday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Miller hadn't played in a preseason game before this one. A Pro Bowler last year, Miller is expected to see the bulk of Houston's offensive touches this year with Duke Johnson coming... Read More

6 months ago

Kahale Warring Still In Concussion Protocol

Houston Texans rookie tight end Kahale Warring remains in concussion protocol and has now missed two weeks of practice. Warring, a third round pick this year, looked like someone who could contribute some early during the first parts of offseason practices, but at this point, it would be a surprise to see him on the... Read More

6 months ago

Questions At Left Tackle Could Hurt Lamar Miller's Value

Offensive-line play is crucial to success in fantasy football, and the Houston Texans reportedly have an issue on their hands as they try to fill the most important offensive-line position, left tackle. The team signed Matt Kalil this offseason, but the veteran hasn't been at practice since Aug. 14, which has opened a spot for... Read More

6 months ago

Ezekiel Elliott Returns To Cabo

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has returned to Cabo to train. The Cowboys reportedly offered Elliott a deal to make him the second-highest paid running back in football, but his return to Mexico seems to suggest that Elliott wasn't happy with the deal. While he's still training and seems to be in game shape,... Read More

6 months ago


Cam Newton Has Mid-Foot Sprain

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain that was suffered in Thursday's preseason meeting with the New England Patriots. The team says they are "cautiously optimistic" about Newton's Week 1 availability, and while we can likely expect to see Newton on the field when the Panthers take on the Rams, there's a chance... Read More

6 months ago

Duke Johnson Expected To Play Against Cowboys

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson is expected to make his Texans debut in Saturday's preseason meeting with the Dallas Cowboys. A hamstring issue had kept Johnson sidelined since being acquired by the Texans in a trade with Cleveland, but we'll finally get to see a hint of how the Texans will use him. Johnson's... Read More

6 months ago

WNBA Daily Fantasy Lineup Picks (8/23/19): WNBA DFS Advice for DraftKings and FanDuel

There are no WNBA games on Saturday this week, so you're going to have to get your fix with these three Friday contests and hope that's enough basketball to tide you over until Sunday's six-game slate. We've got some good matchups tonight, like the Aces taking on the Sun, and also a meeting of two... Read More

6 months ago

Terrelle Pryor Suffers Hamstring Injury

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was on the field for the first time this preseason in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, catching three passes for 26 yards before exiting with a hamstring injury. It's the same issue Pryor's been dealing with all preseason, and a flare up at this point while Pryor is... Read More

6 months ago

Ryquell Armstead's Preseason Debut Doesn't Go Well

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Ryquell Armstead played in his first preseason game on Thursday as the Jaguars lost to the Miami Dolphins, and it didn't go so well. Armstead had 18 rushing yards on eight carries and caught three passes, but finished with negative receiving yardage. As long as Alfred Blue (ankle) is out, Armstead is... Read More

6 months ago


Dede Westbrook Finds End Zone Against Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook was targeted seven times in Thursday's preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. He turned those targets into four catches, 29 yards, and a touchdown. Westbrook is Jacksonville's top receiver and his growing rapport with quarterback Nick Foles makes him an incredibly interesting pick in the middle rounds of fantasy... Read More

6 months ago

D.J. Chark Suffers Concussion

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark suffered a concussion in Thursday's preseason meeting with the Miami Dolphins. Chark is expected to be one of Jacksonville's three starting wide receivers, but with the regular season kicking off in just over two weeks, there are now going to be worries about Chark's availability. If he passes concussion... Read More

6 months ago

Leonard Fournette Plays Well Against Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette saw his first snaps of the preseason in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. Fournette carried the ball seven times for 27 yards and also added two receptions for 19 yards. He was targeted three times. Fournette is the best pass-catching back on the Jaguars' roster, and Thursday seemed... Read More

6 months ago

Nick Foles Throws Touchdown In Preseason Debut

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles sat out the team's first two preseason games, but he played about a quarter and a half in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. Foles was 6-for-10 for 48 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook. He was also picked off. Foles is the unquestioned starter for Jacksonville,... Read More

6 months ago

One Year Away: Players to Stash in Dynasty for Next Season

The cool thing about dynasty leagues is that you can have a lot of issues with your team and instead of just throwing your hands in the air in frustration, you can instead pivot to next year and work on grabbing players who can help you in the future. There's a lot of young guys... Read More

6 months ago


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