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About Justin Friel - RotoBaller

Located in Boston, MA. and a fan of all New England based teams. I'm an avid fantasy football enthusiast, with a love for fantasy basketball and baseball as well. Outside of sports I enjoy all different kinds of music, enjoy hiking with my 2 K-9s, and I am working on knocking out my stadium tours for the NFL before moving into MLB!

Justin Friel - RotoBaller has written 9 articles so far, you can find them below.


As we head into week one of the regular season, owners in IDP leagues (particularly new ones) tend to get hot and heavy for the latest and greatest free-agent to land with a new team or the high-end rookie that went early in the draft.  That’s all well and good, but chances are high that... Read More

After a strong preseason showing, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown is a candidate for an extended workload in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. Teammate Michael Crabtree faces a tough challenge on the outside against on of the league's best cornerbacks in Tre'Davious White, which will force quarterback Joe Flacco to look Brown's way... Read More

Despite the Baltimore Ravens decision to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III on their 53-man roster, Joe Flacco is locked in as the Ravens Week 1 starter against the Buffalo Bills. Flacco heads into the matchup facing one of the worst pass rushes in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, which ranks 31st in the... Read More

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree faces a tough challenge Week 1 against cornerback Tre'Davious White and the Buffalo Bills formidable secondary. White performed as one of the top-ranked cornerbacks in the league as a rookie in 2017, a performance that was complemented greatly by strong play at the safety position from Jordan Poyer. Pro... Read More

Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins heads into Week 1 primed for a solid showing against the Bills at home. Buffalo's run defense ranks in the middle of the league, according to Pro Football Focus, despite the additions of nose tackle Star Lotulelei and rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds is known to be more of... Read More

John Brown A Late-Round PPR Steal

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown had a very strong preseason showing for his new team. Coming off an injury-plagued final season in Arizona, Brown will look to bounce back into form in 2018, having shown great chemistry early in camp with quarterback Joe Flacco in both game and practice action. Brown has shown an... Read More

After sitting out most of the preseason, the Baltimore Ravens seem intent on utilizing running back Alex Collins as a true bell-cow running back this season. Both Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon had lackluster preseason showings early on, and neither have shown as a threat to Collins' workload heading into the season. Collins continues to... Read More

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree is primed for a significant role in the red zone with Breshad Perriman being cut on Saturday. The team's tight end corps took a blow early in the preseason with a foot injury to first-round rookie Hayden Hurst, and while his replacement Mark Andrews showed well to finish out... Read More

In a surprising roster cut-down day move, the Baltimore Ravens have decided to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III and head into the season with three quarterbacks on their roster. It was rumored that the Ravens had fielded some interest in Griffin on the trade market, but clearly there was not enough to garner a move... Read More

Kenneth Dixon Makes 53-Man Roster

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon has made the team's final 53-man roster after a mediocre preseason showing. The oft-injured Dixon was a candidate to be left off the team's final roster due to injury concerns and shaky production in his first few seasons with the team, but the Ravens clearly see some upside there.... Read More

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon did little to nothing in his effort to secure a roster spot Thursday night against the Redskins. The oft-injured Dixon tallied just 12 yards on five carries and dropped his only target out of the backfield. It was a night to forget for Dixon, who might not have many... Read More

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman did little to nothing in his campaign for a roster spot Thursday night against the Redskins. The oft-injured receiver caught all three of his targets for just 24 yards, but more notably missed a block on a Mark Andrews catch and run that could've been extended for a touchdown.... Read More

Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews took full advantage of his start in place of injured teammate Hayden Hurst in Thursday's preseason matchup with the Redskins. Andrews reeled in all three of his targets for 61 yards, including a 45-yard catch-and-run play early in the first half. The Ravens selected Hurst in the first... Read More

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed nine of 15 passes with no touchdowns through the air in Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins. The rookie added a touchdown on the ground to go along with 25 yards on three carries. While it's a step backward from what the Ravens coaching staff wanted to see from... Read More

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon failed to do much of anything in his extended showing Saturday night against the Dolphins. The oft-injured Dixon accumulated just two yards on five carries but managed to reel in all three of his passing targets for limited yards. Dixon's injury-plagued recent past coupled with a mediocre showing this... Read More

Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson stuffed the stat sheet in Saturday's preseason matchup against the Dolphins. Jackson completed seven of his 10 passes, including one for a score, while adding a rushing touchdown as well. Baltimore's coaching staff implored Jackson to improve his throwing approach throughout the week, and the rookie did just that... Read More

For our most avid fantasy football enthusiasts who look not to discriminate on the other side of the football for fantasy purposes, RotoBaller brings to you our 2018 Individual Defensive Player rankings. While most leagues stick with a Team D/ST approach, you’ve sought to delve into player values a bit further by taking on an... Read More

With Lamar Jackson emerging as a top candidate for the primary backup quarterback job behind Joe Flacco, it is being reported that the Baltimore Ravens may look to trade quarterback Robert Griffin III. Jason La Canfora noted that the Dallas Cowboys could potentially be a suitor for Griffin's services behind Dak Prescott. It would be... Read More

Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end Hayden Hurst will undergo a procedure for a stress fracture in his foot, and is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks. Hurst had shown well early-on in camp, but this will most certainly be a setback as foot injuries tend to linger. Look for fellow rookie Mark Andrews and oft-injured tight... Read More

After an off-day Tuesday and missing practice Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon returned to practice Thursday. It is being reported that Dixon "isn't moving around like he's at full strength" which should come as concern to owners considering drafting him as Alex Collins' handcuff. After a strong showing in Monday's preseason matchup against... Read More

In an interview Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg expressed concerns about his rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson taking too many hits in the pocket. Jackson has rushed for a total of 72 yards this preseason, but has not shown too well in the pocket despite the Ravens offensive line finally being back at full... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~250 CURRENT ADP: ~400 ANALYSIS:  Denver Broncos wide receiver Daesean Hamilton may be the forgotten man in this season's strong crop of rookie receivers, but he should not be undervalued come fantasy draft day.  At Penn State, Hamilton flashed route-running ability that was considered by many draft scouts as being some of, if not... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~250 CURRENT ADP: ~310 ANALYSIS: While the name certainly is not one of the sexier ones, Jaron Brown joins a Seattle offense that’s starved for offensive firepower having lost both Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham to free agency. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 35 touchdowns in 2017, with 16 of them going to Graham and Richardson, so the opportunity for... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~180 CURRENT ADP: ~190 ANALYSIS: Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola flourished in the New England Patriots offense in 2017, reeling in 61 of his 86 targets for just under 700 yards and a pair of touchdowns and, while it is no secret that a wide receiver is forced to earn the trust of... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~170 CURRENT ADP: ~180 ANALYSIS:The Atlanta Falcons offense is one of the premier offenses in the league for fantasy purposes, much due to the number of weapons that quarterback Matt Ryan has at his disposal. You have elite options at both the wide receiver position (Julio Jones) and running back position (Devonta Freeman), and the new... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Target ~130 CURRENT ADP: ~140 ANALYSIS: Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson provides everything from an aesthetics perspective that we could desire in a big play wide receiver, and while expectations were high heading into last season, Doctson did not completely disappoint amassing six touchdown receptions on just 35 receptions.  While the receptions number leaves much... Read More

Newly-acquired Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree hauled in his only target from quarterback Joe Flacco in Monday night's preseason match-up with the Colts. The connection was good for a 29-yard gain along the sidelines. Both Crabtree and new teammate John Brown, who was also a free agent signing, have shown early chemistry with their... Read More

Oft-injured Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon had a strong preseason debut Monday night against the Colts. The shifty running back averaged over five yards per carry and reeled in all three of his targets Monday night. Dixon will need to continue his strong showing to close out the preseason in an effort to grab... Read More

John Brown Continues To Surge

Newly-acquired Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown continued his strong preseason campaign on Monday night against the Colts. The veteran made a toe-tap touchdown catch in the back of the end zone to cap off a scoring drive in the first quarter of the preseason match-up. Brown has emerged as one of the bigger headlines... Read More

Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson had a quiet showing on Monday night against the Colts. The quarterback got off to a slow start, but flashed some elusiveness in avoiding Indianapolis' pass-rush on his first drive of the game. Jackson said after the game that he has not performed as well as he has hoped... Read More

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