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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 2335 articles so far, you can find them below.

Darren Fells Has One Catch Against Ravens

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells had just one reception in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, an 18-yarder. He was targeted three times. It's another example of how Fells' fantasy value is essentially tied directly to his ability or inability to find the end zone, as his non-touchdown games continue to be huge fantasy... Read More

4 weeks ago

Keke Coutee Finally Back In Game Plan

Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee is healthy, but coming into Sunday hadn't played an offensive snap since Week 7. He was finally back in the team's plans in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, catching three passes for 25 yards. Maybe that's encouraging for owners who have him in dynasty leagues, but Coutee shouldn't... Read More

4 weeks ago

Kenny Stills Doesn't Do Much In Week 11

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills caught four of his seven targets in Houston's Week 11 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, finishing with just 27 yards. The entire Texans offense was off in this game, so the low numbers aren't necessarily a reflection on Stills. Meanwhile, Stills having fantasy value moving forward will depend on... Read More

4 weeks ago

DeAndre Hopkins Catches Seven Passes

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was somewhat of a fantasy bright spot in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, catching seven passes for 80 yards. He had a team-high 12 targets. It wasn't the best game for Hopkins, but it also wasn't the worst game, and with how little the rest of the team... Read More

4 weeks ago

Duke Johnson Has Forgettable Game

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson rushed six times for 40 yards and added just four receiving yards on two catches in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It was another game where Johnson's usage didn't really reflect what his usage was projected to be heading into this year and another reminder that Johnson's an... Read More

4 weeks ago

Carlos Hyde Scores Against Ravens

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde salvaged a rough day with a late 41-yard touchdown run in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Hyde finished with 65 rushing yards on nine carries and failed to bring in his only target. With the game script favoring the passing game for a Texans team that trailed big... Read More

4 weeks ago

Deshaun Watson A Disaster Against Ravens

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled immensely in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, throwing for just 169 yards on 18-for-29 passing. Watson threw an interception and didn't throw for a touchdown. In the run game, Watson added 12 yards on three carries. It was a disaster of a game for Watson in what was... Read More

4 weeks ago

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (SF/PF, TOR) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: One of my non-RotoBaller jobs involves writing about the Brooklyn Nets, so I've watched a lot of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in my time and I knew it wouldn't be too long before he carved out a role with the Raptors. With Toronto dealing with... Read More

4 weeks ago

Malik Monk (SG,CHA) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Malik Monk's had a good week, highlighted by a buzzer-beater three against the Pistons on Friday night. With a second left to play, the Hornets ran an out of bounds play, with Monk getting the ball in a less-than-ideal spot, double-teamed up top.... Read More

4 weeks ago

Carmelo Anthony (SF/PF, POR) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: I'm actually writing about Carmelo Anthony not because I think he's a good waiver pickup, but because I think he can be a situationally good waiver pickup, which is to say I think you should absolutely roster him in a 14-team league, but... Read More

4 weeks ago

The Tape Tells All - Christian Kirk Fantasy Analysis

Welcome to another 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. This week, I'm looking at Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk, who broke out in Week 10, catching three touchdowns. Kirk seems to have... Read More

4 weeks ago

Darrel Williams (RB, KC) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: My thoughts on Darrel Williams are directly tied to my thoughts on another subject: whatever is going on with LeSean McCoy. McCoy was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Titans, with the indication being that the team wanted to ensure... Read More

1 month ago

Alexander Mattison (RB, MIN) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook leads in the NFL in rushing yards, so surely his backup doesn't have any standalone value in fantasy football, right? Well, Alexander Mattison has finished with at least 50 rushing yards in four of the past... Read More

1 month ago

Peyton Barber (RB, TB) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Well, Ronald Jones II is the starting running back in Tampa Bay now, so no need to keep Peyton Barber on your rosters or to grab him off waivers, right? Well, about that. Jones started, but it was Barber who got late... Read More

1 month ago

J.D. McKissic (RB, DET) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The post-Kerryon Johnson injury Lions haven't had the best of luck at running back. Johnson last played in Week 7; since then, Tra Carson, Ty Johnson, Paul Perkins, and J.D. McKissic have all seen snaps at running back for Detroit. Carson played one... Read More

1 month ago

Brian Hill (RB, ATL) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The 2019 season has not been kind to the Atlanta Falcons from a win-loss perspective, and now they've started to add the injury bug on top of things. Before Atlanta's Week 10 game, the team placed backup running back Ito Smith (neck) on... Read More

1 month ago

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 11

Did you survive the terrible, no good, very bad six-team bye week? If so, welcome to the other side, when roster building gets slightly easier going forward. If not, I'm sorry, but you still have time to get things back on the right path. Let's talk about some wide receivers who might be able to... Read More

1 month ago

Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers: Week 3

Welcome to the fantasy basketball risers and fallers column, a weekly look at a few players whose stock is rising and a few who've been struggling with some analysis of why that's been the case. As always, this doesn't mean you need to drop these players who are struggling, but this could be a useful piece... Read More

1 month ago

The Fantasy Basketball Drop List: Week 3

Can you believe it's already Week 3 of NBA action? How are your fantasy teams doing? Got any dead weight that you need to move on from because they're costing you wins every week? That's what I'm here to help with in my weekly fantasy basketball drop list, a look at players who are can... Read More

1 month ago

Dillon Brooks (SG/SF, MEM) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: Hi, it's me, a huge Dillon Brooks fan who was getting worried that that fandom wasn't going to pay off. Well, I've got some good news for myself! Brooks played just 18 games last season. This year, he's started all nine of Memphis's... Read More

1 month ago

Furkan Korkmaz (SG, PHI) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Against all odds and expectations, Furkan Korkmaz is a piece part of the Philadelphia 76ers rotation this season. It looked like Korkmaz wouldn't even make this team this year, but he's actually averaging 20.5 minutes per game and seems to have earned the... Read More

1 month ago

Jacoby Brissett Out In Week 10

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (knee) is out for Indy's Week 10 contest against the Miami Dolphins. Brian Hoyer will start in his place. The Dolphins Defense has looked atrocious at times this year, so there's some upside for Hoyer, though he's also going to be without some of his weapons as TY Hilton and... Read More

1 month ago

Ito Smith Placed On IR

The Atlanta Falcons have placed running back Ito Smith (neck) on the Injured Reserve, ending his 2019 season. Smith had barely garnered much of a role with the Falcons this year, aside from busting out for six catches against Houston in Week 5. Brian Hill will serve as the primary backup to starter Devonta Freeman,... Read More

1 month ago

George Kittle Doubtful For Monday Night

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Kittle is among the best tight ends in both the NFL and in fantasy, so his absence this week would leave a huge hole. And with the Niners not playing until Monday night, Kittle owners will likely be... Read More

1 month ago

Le'Veon Bell Expected To Play Against Giants

The New York Jets should have running back Le'Veon Bell (knee/ankle) for Sunday's game against the Giants. Bell had a mid-week MRI that put his playing status in question, but the veteran back should be a full go on Sunday as he searches for his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. He's topped four... Read More

1 month ago

Amari Cooper Expected To Play In Week 10

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (knee/ankle) is listed as questionable for Dallas's Sunday night meeting with the Minnesota Vikings, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cooper is expected to play. While the Vikings boast some very good cornerbacks, Cooper has recorded at least four catches in every full game he's played. He's a weekly... Read More

1 month ago

Matthew Stafford Is Game Time Decision

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) is reportedly being advised by some not to play in Sunday's game against the Bears, says ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Lions plan to make a decision during pregame warmups. Stafford's been having a solid year and rates as a high-end QB2 against a tough Bears Defense, but if he... Read More

1 month ago

There Are Some New Starting Quarterbacks. Does It Matter?

This was supposed to be the year of the quarterback. The position was deeper than it had arguably ever been, and fantasy owners who usually waited to take a quarterback were extremely excited that they could get the caliber of quarterback late in drafts that were available. But football isn't played on paper and injuries,... Read More

1 month ago

The Tape Tells All - Damien Williams Fantasy Analysis

Welcome to another 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. This week, I'm looking at Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams, who appears to have re-earned the main running back role for the... Read More

1 month ago

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 10

We're heading into the 10th week of NFL action and also into what's going to the most difficult week of the year for many fantasy owners, as we have six teams on a bye in Week 10, the most bye weeks of any week this year. If you're starting players like DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Chark,... Read More

1 month ago

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