Until DeAndre Carter finds meaningful playing time with the Texans this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Carter finalized a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The fact that the contract is under $1 million -- and a one-year deal -- suggests Carter won't be assured a roster spot for 2019. After coming over from the Eagles on a waiver claim, the 25-year-old suited up in seven games for Houston, nabbing 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards. Carter was also prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards.
Carter is re-signing an undisclosed contract with the Texans. When injuries pilled up in the Texans' receiving corps last season, Carter was thrust into a slot role and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games. The 25-year-old also was prominent on special teams, racking up 221 kick return yards and 146 punt return yards. Carter will likely return to his depth role as a wide receiver and return man on special teams in 2019.
Carter, who caught two passes for 21 yards through his first seven 2018 contests before being waived by the Eagles, subsequently hauled in 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards in seven games after he was claimed on waivers by the Texans. The slot man was thrust into a more prominent role with Houston due to injuries to Keke Coutee and Demaryius Thomas, but never managed to eclipse 30 receiving yards in a single game down the stretch. Carter also rushed once for seven yards while serving as the team's top return man. The 25-year-old is set to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, so the Texans need only to offer him a one-year, minimum-terms contract to re-sign him.
Carter caught four of five targets for 33 yards and averaged 9.3 yards on six punt returns in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars. For the second consecutive game, Carter was the second-leading receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins. The midseason acquisition has emerged with a big role in the passing offense, replacing the injured Keke Coutee (hamstring) at slot receiver while averaging 4.4 targets over the last five games. With Coutee missing the final five games of the regular season, his status for next week's wild-card game against the Colts is questionable. That means Carter could have a similar role next week.
Carter caught six of seven targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles. The revenge-game narrative fits Carter in this case, as he saved his biggest game of the season for the team that waived him twice already this year. He has now turned in back-to-back efforts of at least 60 total yards. Even if Keke Coutee (hamstring) returns for Week 17 at home against Jacksonville, Carter is still likely in line for additional playing time once again due to the Achilles injury Demaryius Thomas suffered.
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|3||09/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|6||10/13||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|13||12/02||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|16||12/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
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