WR Alex Erickson - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-0, 195||Born: 11-6-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: vs New England Patriots
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Bengals will once again start Andy Dalton after they seemingly have abandoned the Ryan Finley experiment. Dalton has kept the Bengals in both of the games since coming back from the benching as he played a key role in beating the Jets and lost a close game to the Browns last week. Dalton provides more stability to the Bengals making them more competitive. The Bengals did suffer a tough injury this week as Auden Tate was placed on IR and with no signs of A.J. Green coming back this season will make the options for this offense limited outside of Tyler Boyd and John Ross who returned last week but saw just 51% of the snaps. The recent struggles from the Patriots can not be blamed on their pass defense which continues to be the best in the NFL this season. This is a unit that has not allowed a 300-yard passer on the year and has allowed just two quarterbacks to top 250 yards one of which was garbage time production from Ben Roethlisberger back in Week One. This is a unit that over the last two weeks has been vulnerable to speed receivers as Mecole Hardman and Kenny Stills both have caught touchdowns in back-to-back weeks against the Patriots and a big reason for this has to do with Jason McCourty's injury. McCourty who was active played just four snaps last week and has been a limited participant this week. If he is unable to go, the Patriots could be vulnerable to John Ross on a deep play as they rely on McCourty to match up with the fastest receiver. If McCourty is unable to go, it will be J.C. Jackson who has been up and down this year in his second season in the NFL. Overall, outside of a deep throw to Ross, it will be difficult to see the Bengals consistently move the ball against this defense this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Alex Erickson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Erickson led all Bengals receivers in snaps (80%). He threw for 26 yards on a trick play. The Bengals handed off to Tyler Boyd, who pitched it back to Erickson going the other direction. Erickson then threw a strike to Giovani Bernard for a big gain. Erickson caught a slant over the middle for a 6-yard gain on 3rd-and-5, holding on despite taking a shot to his ribs. After fly motion behind the line, Erickson caught a short swing pass and did a great job to find a seam and push forward through initial contact for a 12-yard gain. Erickson was wide open deep down the sideline and Dalton sailed it over his head out of bounds. It was eerily similar to a play a few weeks ago on which Ryan Finley missed a wide-open Erickson on a similar play.
2019 Week 12 vs PIT (8 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
The first couple targets to Erickson were uncatchable. He took a quick pass over the middle for 15 yards on a 3rd-and-17. The Steelers allowed the short completion and rallied to make the tackle. Erickson beat his defender on a deep route, getting almost five yards behind the defense on an out and up down the sideline for what would have been a long gain, if not a touchdown. Finley sailed the ball out of bounds and Erickson was visibly frustrated after the play. Erickson finally got an on-target pass on a deep out route and was able to catch it and sprint up the sideline for a 30-yard gain.
2019 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Erickson showed no ill effects from the injury that ended his Week 10 prematurely. He played 75% of the offensive snaps but was held without a single receiving yard despite seeing five targets. He didn't have a real chance to make a play on any of the incompletions. In fact, three separate times Trayvon Mullen undercut his routes and got his hands on the ball. Mullen nearly had an interception on a pass that went through his hands in the third quarter and finally did pick one off in the fourth quarter. Erickson tried to wrestle the ball away but wasn't able to.
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (7 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)
Erickson's snaps were down slightly (60%) as the Bengals used more 12-personnel. He did well with his limited opportunities, showing sure hands and strong run after the catch skills. He took a wide receiver screen for 11 yards. He did most of his damage on one garbage time 52-yard catch in the final minute of the game. Jalen Ramsey looked almost disinterested as he just let Erickson run right by him down the sideline.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (14 / 8 / 137 / 0 rec, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
The lone offensive bright spot for the Bengals was Erickson. He is a good route runner, has sure hands, and is excellent after the catch. He caught a slant for a gain of 12 yards, showing some wiggle to make a man miss and pick up a few extra yards at the end of the play. Erickson lost 11 yards on an end around that had no chance. Erickson really got rolling in the two-minute drill before halftime, when he had three catches for 87 yards. The biggest gain came on a 48-yard deep crossing route. He caught it in stride and showed nice acceleration to get down the sideline. A few plays later, he caught a short out route and then broke an attempted tackle by A.J. Bouye to get loose down the sideline for a 27-yard gain before getting knocked out of bounds just shy of the end zone. Even with the breakout performance, Erickson left some plays on the field. He was open on a deep fade route from the slot for what should have been at least a 40-yard gain and he let the ball drop right through his hands.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Erickson had a productive game. He caught each of the four catchable passes thrown to him, including a pretty 21-yard grab in traffic deep down the middle. He has shown reliable hands and very good quickness but his lack of size has contributed to his occasional struggles against physical cornerbacks. He was targeted in the middle of the end zone and it looked like the defender grabbed him coming out of his break but the referees didn't throw the flag. Erickson showed the burst that has made him a top returner, getting to the edge on an end around for a 17-yard rush.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Erickson was the starting Z-receiver in this game but suffered a concussion after being dragged down hard on a 7-yard catch.
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