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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 500 articles so far, you can find them below.

Deeper Sleepers for Standard Leagues (Week 7)

Last week I mentioned Brian Hoyer as a good streaming option, which quickly looked like a bad call when Hoyer was benched for C.J. Beathard. But hey--the 49ers offense looks surprisingly not terrible, so maybe I just had the wrong quarterback penciled in! But seriously, I don't know what to think about San Francisco--every week... Read More

2 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Sees Decrease In Targets, Scores Touchdown

If one of his two catches hadn't gone for a touchdown, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins would have disappointed the fantasy owners who had viewed him as a safe option against a weak Browns secondary. Hopkins, who has dominated the usage among Texans receiving options, saw his target share drop to four--tied for only third on... Read More

2 years ago

Will Fuller Scores In Third Consecutive Game

Texans wide receiver Will Fuller scored his fifth touchdown of 2017 against the Browns. He did it on just two catches, continuing a scoring rate that seems unsustainable. With a week off coming up, though, expect the team to figure out more ways to get the speedy wideout involved in the passing game, though it... Read More

2 years ago

Lamar Miller And D'Onta Foreman Split Carries In Week 6

The Texans running back situation seemed to be settling in after Lamar Miller had posted back-to-back strong performances, but that changed on Sunday, with Miller and backup D'Onta Foreman both seeing 12 carries. Miller, who added three catches for 40 yards, rushed for 41 yards, while Foreman rushes for 59. With a bye week upcoming, owners... Read More

2 years ago

Deshaun Watson Posts Another Strong Performance

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns. It was another strong outing for the rookie, who added 23 yards on the ground. The Texans are on a bye next week, though, so owners will need to find another option.

2 years ago

Braxton Miller Active, Kevin Johnson Out For Texans

Texans wide receiver Braxton Miller is active this week after being a healthy scratch the past two weeks. Cornerback Kevin Johnson is among the team's inactives. While the Miller news shouldn't have fantasy relevance, Johnson's continued absence caps the upside of the Houston defense, though they are still a solid start against the Browns.

2 years ago

Braxton Miller Likely Inactive Week 6

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien says that wide receiver Braxton Miller --a healthy scratch the past two weeks -- will likely see the field at some point during the season. His comments seem to imply Miller will be inactive again in Week 6, though, and doesn't do much to change his current fantasy stock: he is... Read More

2 years ago

D'Onta Foreman Off Injury Report

Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, who was limited in practice this week with a hip injury, has been removed from the team's injury report and will play in Week 6 against the Browns. Foreman might not have many chances to make plays, though, against a solid Cleveland run defense and with Lamar Miller continuing... Read More

2 years ago

10 Lineup Busts and Avoids for Week 6

It's Week 6. The Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated, the Patriots have looked average at many points, and the Houston Texans are suddenly an offensive oriented team. The NFL, y'all, where things change so fast. Case in point: Amari Cooper would have been cut already if his name wasn't Amari Cooper in all your fantasy... Read More

2 years ago

Will Fuller Should Be A Flex Consideration For Week 6

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller has four touchdown catches in the two games he's played in 2017. That likely won't continue against the Cleveland Browns--Fuller's current scoring rate is unsustainable even against a bad pass defense like Cleveland's. Still, he deserves flex consideration this week based on his current usage.

2 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Should Continue Strong Play In Week 6

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins scored a pair of touchdowns in the team's Week 5 loss to Kansas City. This week, against a porous Cleveland defense, Hopkins could put on something close to a repeat performance. Expect WR1 numbers for Hopkins as the Texans throw the ball all around the field.

2 years ago

Lamar Miller Is An RB2 Against Cleveland

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller should be a solid RB2 in a Week 6 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Though run defense has been one of Cleveland's few strengths, MIller's abilities in the passing game and the potential for the Texans to get ahead early and run the ball give Miller solid upside. Owners... Read More

2 years ago

Deshaun Watson Is A Must-Start Against Browns

Coming off a five-touchdown showing against the Chiefs, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is a high-upside QB1 this week against the Cleveland Browns, whose pass defense has struggled in 2017. Yes, Watson is a rookie, but owners should feel confident deploying him for his Week 6 game. Expect another high scoring week.

2 years ago

D'Onta Foreman Limited In Practice

Texans running back D'Onta Foreman was limited in Wednesday's practice with a hip injury. There have been no indications that Foreman could miss Houston's Week 6 tilt with the Cleveland Browns, but the situation is worth monitoring. Foreman, a preseason darling, has actually seen the field less than expected over the past couple of games... Read More

2 years ago

Texans To Sign Lamarr Houston And Kendall Langford

With two key starters -- J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) -- out for the season, the Houston Texans will sign linebacker Lamarr Houston and defensive lineman Kendall Langford to try shoring up a defense that struggled against the Chiefs in Week 5. The Houston defense has a relatively good match-up against the Cleveland... Read More

2 years ago

Deeper Sleepers for Standard Leagues (Week 6)

Another week, another spate of injuries. This week was headlined (at least from a fantasy perspective) by Odell Beckham Jr., who looks to be out for the rest of the season. After five weeks, two consensus round one picks--Beckham and David Johnson--have gone down to serious injuries. The Giants will replace Beckham with...hmm, I don't... Read More

2 years ago

Will Fuller Catches Pair Of Touchdowns In Week 5

Another week and another two-touchdown game for Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller, who now has four scores in his two games this season. Fuller flashed his speed and his improved hands against a Kansas City defense that has defended the pass well. If he can do this against the Chiefs, consider him as a... Read More

2 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Catches Three Touchdowns In Loss To Chiefs

The volume wasn't there for Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins in Houston's Week 5 loss to Kansas City, but the production still was. Hopkins only caught four of his twelve targets, but he turned that into three touchdowns. Keep him in your lineups for Houston's Week 6 matchup with the Browns.

2 years ago

Deshaun Watson Throws For Five Scores In Week 5 Loss

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for five touchdowns in Houston's Sunday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. After a slow start, Watson found his rhythm and connected with receiver DeAndre Hopkins three times in the end zone and Will Fuller twice. Watson faces a weak Browns defense next week and is looking like... Read More

2 years ago

Braxton Miller Inactive For Second Consecutive Game

The Texans have designated wide receiver Braxton Miller inactive for the second game in a row. Miller had a promising preseason, but it's clear that he doesn't have a role now that Will Fuller has returned to action. Miller is droppable in all formats.

2 years ago

Top 10 Fantasy Football Lineup Busts - Week 5

Some anecdotes from my home league that illustrate some thought processes about a few of last week's bust picks: Two weeks ago, two teams in my league made a trade: Dez Bryant for Amari Cooper. This was before Cooper stopped existing the past two weeks and I was, at the time, surprised someone would give up... Read More

2 years ago

Don't Set Hopes Too High For Will Fuller

In Week 4, Texans receiver Will Fuller played his first game of the 2017 season. He scored two touchdowns. Don't expect that to continue against Kansas City, though. The Chiefs defense doesn't allow opposing teams to complete many passes, and their pass rush means Houston will likely try to get the ball out quickly to... Read More

2 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Should Continue Putting Up Strong Numbers

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins might not have the best matchup this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but his ability to get open and the rate at which he's fed the football should ensure another big night from him. Hopkins seems to be match-up proof at this point and should be started in all... Read More

2 years ago

Lamar Miller Could Put Up RB2 Numbers In Week 5

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller looked like a forgotten piece of the offense before Week's 4 win over the Titans, but his re-emergence in that game has set hopes high again. Fantasy owners should be careful, though, because rookie D'Onta Foreman is still right behind him on the depth chart and has shown that... Read More

2 years ago

Deshaun Watson Looks To Continue Hot Streak Against Chiefs

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is coming off two consecutive weeks of strong play and looks to keep that going against a Chiefs defense that has surrendered plenty of yards to opposing quarterbacks, but has held their completion percentages to just over 50%. Watson's ability to run with the football should eliminate some the downside... Read More

2 years ago

Tyler Ervin Officially Placed on IR

It was clear after he had surgery for a torn patellar tendon that Houston Texans running back and returner Tyler Ervin was headed for Injured Reserve, but the team has now made it official. With Ervin out, expect some combination of Bruce Ellington, Will Fuller, and Chris Thompson to handle return duties. All three gain... Read More

2 years ago

Tyler Ervin Tears Patellar Tendon

Texans running back and returner Tyler Ervin has torn his patellar tendon and will have surgery. He is expected to be placed on the IR. Ervin showed promise in the return game. His role will likely be filled by either Bruce Ellington or Will Fuller, making both slightly more valuable in leagues that count return... Read More

2 years ago

Deeper Sleepers for Standard Leagues (Week 5)

Waking up early the past two weeks for the London games has left me too drained from football to watch the Sunday night games all the way to the end--once the Seahawks opened the floodgates, I went to sleep. In theory, I like the idea of twelve-plus hours of football, but there's a reason I've... Read More

2 years ago

Will Fuller Comes Up Big In Season Debut

Texans wide receiver Will Fuller made his season debut on Sunday after missing the team's first three games with a broken collarbone. He made the most of it, catching four passes for 35 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Though the touchdown numbers likely won't continue at this rate, expect Fuller's yardage totals to increase... Read More

2 years ago

DeAndre Hopkins Continues Strong Play

Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins continued his impressive season with a ten catch, 107 yard, one touchdown performance in Houston's win over the Tennessee Titans. Hopkins has been a major part of Houston's offense all season and showed that Will Fuller's return won't negatively affect his performance. Hopkins should continue putting up strong numbers.

2 years ago

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