Until Alex Erickson rediscovers the meaningful playing time and targets to put up good numbers, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Erickson notched a 16-yard reception across four targets in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Browns. He finished the season with 43 catches for 529 yards and zero touchdowns to go along with 157 punt return yards. Erickson will be a free agent this upcoming offseason, and it's uncertain whether the Bengals intend to re-sign him. He lost the primary kick-return duties this season, so his utility to the team has diminished despite being more active on offense.
Erickson had six catches for 55 yards on nine targets in Sunday's loss to Miami. He also had 43 yards on punt returns. Erickson has ended up seeing a lot of work lately as the Bengals' No. 3 receiver, and this was his second-highest target total of the year. The Bengals had to throw constantly in the second half just to force overtime, where they ultimately fell short.
Erickson lost a fumble on a punt return right before halftime in Sunday's loss to the Pats. Erickson's fumble helped the Pats regain the lead, one that they would not relinquish. It was an overall disappointing day for Erickson, whose offensive contributions amounted to one catch for six yards on five targets.
Erickson is expected to have a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Patriots with A.J. Green (ankle) ruled out for the contest and Auden Tate (knee) recently moving to injured reserve, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. As Dragon notes, Green hasn't practiced since Nov. 4, so there's a real chance the star wideout remains sidelined for Weeks 16 and 17 as well. The absences of Green and Tate will open up snaps for Erickson alongside Tyler Boyd and John Ross, with the Wisconsin product likely to do most of his damage as a short-yardage target out of the slot. Erickson played 80 percent of the offensive snaps -- his second-highest rate of the season -- in the Bengals' Week 14 loss in Cleveland, finishing with five catches for 45 yards on seven targets.
Erickson caught five of seven targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns. Erickson led the team in targets and tied for first in receptions, but he was mostly limited to short gains and finished with modest yardage. He's seen 17 targets over the last three games, but that has translated into just nine catches for 109 receiving yards. Despite his involvement, Erickson carries little fantasy value and this should remain the case next Sunday against the Patriots.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|12||11/29||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|3 Year Avg||41||25||292||0||14||11.68||29|