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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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Carlos Hyde Could Surprise In Week 9

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde shouldn't be a good start in Week 9 against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that allows the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but he also had 20 carries for 90 yards when these teams faced in Week 2. If Houston gets the same inconsistency from quarterback... Read More

1 month ago

Leonard Fournette Is Solid RB2 In Week 9

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette may have struggled aside from one long run in Week 8 and he will face a Texans Defense in Week 9 that ranks near the middle of the NFL in fantasy points allowed to running backs, but he's still a very solid RB2 with upside. Fournette had a season-low... Read More

1 month ago

Deshaun Watson Could Have Letdown Game

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled in Week 2 when the Texans hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars, completing a season-low 55 percent of his passes for 159 yards and no touchdowns. On Sunday, Houston faces the Jaguars in London in what could be a tough outing for Watson. While his highs this year have been impressive,... Read More

1 month ago

Gardner Minshew Should Have Solid Week 9

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew is coming off the first three-touchdown game of his NFL career in Week 8 and will look to continue throwing the ball well in London against the Texans on Sunday. Houston allows the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and have given up 18 passing touchdowns with just... Read More

1 month ago

The Tape Tells All - Ryan Tannehill 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 Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who took over for Marcus Mariota and has quickly breathed some life into the... Read More

1 month ago


Mark Walton (RB, MIA) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 23% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The Kenyan Drake era is officially over in Miami, as the Dolphins traded him early on Monday morning to the Arizona Cardinals. If it was still August and I said this, you'd assume it was time to go out and grab Kalen Ballage... Read More

1 month ago

Darren Fells (TE, HOU) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of Leagues ANALYSIS: As a long-time Houston Texans fan, I've been suspicious of Darren Fells because the Bill O'Brien era has definitely not been kind to tight ends. But after another two touchdown performance, it's time to admit that Fells is worth a roster spot... Read More

1 month ago

Danny Amendola (WR, DET) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Leagues ANALYSIS: One thing about the Detroit Lions this year is that they like to throw the football. That's going to be even more true with Kerryon Johnson on the IR, as the team loses their best running back. Kenny Golladay and Marvin... Read More

1 month ago

Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers: Week 1

The NBA season isn't quite a week old yet, but it's never too early to start thinking about the changes you need to make to your fantasy basketball lineup, right? Welcome to this year's fantasy basketball risers and fallers column, a weekly look at a few players whose stock is rising and a few who've... Read More

1 month ago

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 9

We're heading into the ninth week of NFL football now. Time flies and all that, right? Week 8 was one of those weeks where it can be hard to watch football, as the matchups weren't great and the best teams kept winning and anyone who had to play against Tevin Coleman had a really bad... Read More

1 month ago


Aron Baynes (C, PHO) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Suns second-year center Deandre Ayton suspended for 25 games, Phoenix has turned to former Celtics big man Aron Baynes to man the starting center role. And so far, Baynes is doing a good job with that role. In two starts since Ayton's... Read More

1 month ago

Elfrid Payton (PG, NYK) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of leagues ANALYSIS: The New York Knicks began their season without a starting point guard, giving shooting guard Allonzo Trier the start at the one. It didn't take long for the team to decide that maybe they did need a point guard, though, and with Dennis... Read More

1 month ago

Darren Fells Catches Pair Of Touchdowns

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells caught all six of his targets in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders, finishing with 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Fells now has five touchdown receptions this season, making this the most productive season of his career from a scoring perspective. If you need a tight end... Read More

1 month ago

DeAndre Hopkins Quietly Has Strong Day

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins put up fantasy points steadily in Sunday's win over the Raiders. Hopkins didn't find the end zone, but he caught 11 passes for 109 yards. With Will Fuller out, Hopkins had double the targets of anyone else on the Texans team. After a slow start to the year, Hopkins... Read More

1 month ago

Duke Johnson Has Touchdown Reception

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson had just three carries for one yard in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders, but he made an impact in the passing game, catching four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Johnson's lack of rushing usage is concerning, and while he's got value in PPR leagues due to... Read More

1 month ago


Carlos Hyde Solid Against Raiders

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde carried the ball 19 times for 83 yards in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. He didn't have a reception. With Duke Johnson having just three carries, it's clear that this is Hyde's backfield. He's not the world's best runner and isn't the kind of back who breaks off... Read More

1 month ago

Deshaun Watson Throws Three Touchdowns Against Oakland

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns -- including a go-ahead score to tight end Darren Fells after Watson was kicked in the eye while avoiding a sack -- in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders. Watson was 27-for-39 passing and also added 46 rushing yards on 10 carries. While... Read More

1 month ago

Keelan Cole Catches Touchdown In Week 8

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the New York Jets. It was the second week in a row that Cole has scored, but his role has been so small this year that even touchdowns in consecutive weeks don't make him a fantasy... Read More

1 month ago

D.J. Chark Finds End Zone In Week 8

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark led the Jaguars in targets and receptions in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, catching six of his 12 targets for 79 yards and a score. It was Chark's first touchdown since Week 5 and his second double-digit target game of the year. If Dede Westbrook (shoulder) is... Read More

1 month ago

Chris Conley Has Big Day Against Jets

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley caught four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, taking advantage of Dede Westbrook (shoulder) leaving the game early. Conley as Jacksonville's number-two receiver is an intriguing fantasy option in Week 9 against the Texans, though if Westbrook returns, Conley will... Read More

1 month ago


Leonard Fournette Quiet Aside From 66-Yard Carry

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette had a 66-yard run in the first quarter of Jacksonville's Week 8 win over the New York Jets, but Fournette ended up finishing with just 76 rushing yards on 19 carries, which means his other 18 carries went for a total of just 10 yards. Fournette did add seven... Read More

1 month ago

Gardner Minshew Throws For Three Touchdowns

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew didn't have a great matchup against the Jets in Week 8, but the rookie shook off his recent struggles in Jacksonville's 29-15 win. Minshew was 22-for-34 passing the ball, finishing with 279 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 28 rushing yards on eight carries. Minshew had gone two games... Read More

1 month ago

Christian Kirk Expected To Play Against Saints

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (ankle) is expected to play against the Saints on Sunday. Kirk hasn't been on the field since Week 4, but over the first three games of the season, Kirk was targeted 32 times. Operating as Kyler Murray's number-two option, Kirk could be ready to break out, though the Saints... Read More

1 month ago

Keenan Allen "Not Optimistic" About Week 8 Status

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen will test out his hamstring in pre-game warmups, but Allen is reportedly not optimistic about his chances to be a go on Sunday against the Bears. If Allen plays, expect him to be on a snap count and produce less than fantasy owners are used to. If he... Read More

1 month ago

Davante Adams Not Expected To Play Against Chiefs

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams should return in Week 9 against the Chargers, but for now he's expected to miss another game when the Packers face the Chiefs on Sunday night. With Adams out, you're basically taking a shot in the dark when it comes to determining which Packers receivers are worth playing... Read More

1 month ago


Dede Westbrook Expected To Play Against Jets

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (shoulder/neck) is expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets. While the Jets have been near the middle of the league against the pass this year, Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has failed to complete 50 percent of his passes for two consecutive games. The Jaguars passing attack isn't... Read More

1 month ago

Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams Expected To Play

When the Oakland Raiders face the Houston Texans on Sunday, the Raiders are expected to have running back Josh Jacobs (shoulder) ready to go and to have wide receiver Tyrell Williams (foot) return to the field. Jacobs remains a must start option, but Williams is the interesting one here. If he has a full workload... Read More

1 month ago

Bears Plan To Run David Montgomery, Others More

The Chicago Bears and head coach Matt Nagy are reportedly unhappy with how few run plays Nagy has been calling, with Nagy vowing to run the ball more on Sunday when the Bears face the Chargers. Rookie David Montgomery should be the main beneficiary of this, and while confidence in Montgomery is fairly low at... Read More

1 month ago

Texans Defense Will Be Without Bradley Roby

The Houston Texans Defense will be missing one of their top cornerbacks again in Week 8, as Bradley Roby (hamstring) is out again for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Though the Texans traded for former Raider Gareon Conley, Roby's absence is a big blow to this defense. Expect a strong performance from Raiders quarterback Derek... Read More

1 month ago

Patrick Mahomes Has Good Chance Of Returning Week 10

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (knee) is out Sunday against the Packers and will likely miss Week 9's meeting with the Vikings, but the team is optimistic that Mahomes will be back for a Week 10 meeting with the Titans. Matt Moore will quarterback the team until then, which lowers the ceiling of what... Read More

1 month ago


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