Erickson is signing a one-year contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Erickson is most notable as a special-teams ace, though he'll also be able to provide Houston with some wide receiver depth. After having been held under 200 yards in four of five career seasons, though, Erickson's breakout chances seem slim enough that he can only justifiably be rostered in exceptionally deep dynasty formats.
Erickson had one catch on three targets in the Bengals' season-ending loss to the Ravens, closing out the season with only 12 catches for 139 yards and no touchdowns. It's a fitting close for Erickson, who was unable to break through with many big plays and in fact committed a couple of costly fumbles on the season. He'll be a free agent this offseason, and there's no guarantee that he'll return.
Erickson recorded six receptions on six targets for 88 yards in Week 16 against the Texans. Erickson took over the primary slot role with Tyler Boyd (concussion) sidelined. He did most of his work in the short areas of the field, though he did manage to work deep downfield for a 42-yard gain early in the third quarter. Should Boyd miss the team's Week 17 matchup against the Ravens, Erickson should maintain his role in the slot.
Erickson is expected to start in place of Tyler Boyd (concussion) Sunday against the Texans, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Tee Higgins and A.J. Green are also in the team's wide receiver mix Sunday, so Erickson -- who's caught five passes for 43 yards in 14 games to date -- still represents a speculative fantasy option in Week 16 lineups.
Erickson caught one pass for nine yards and lost a fumble on a rushing attempt in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. Erickson's fumble was one of three lost by the Bengals, and it ultimately led to a touchdown drive that increased the Cowboys' lead to 17-0. The veteran wideout has yet to see more than three targets or two touches in a game this season, instead seeing most of his action as a punt returner.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|8||10/31||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|12||11/28||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|17||01/02||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
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|3 Year Avg||41||25||278||0||13||11.12||25|