Fantasy football managers are astutely aware that championship rosters are often built in the mid-to-late rounds of drafts. In Week 2 of the NFL preseason, one deep sleeper at the wide receiver position continued to impress.
Outside of fellow wideout Brandin Cooks and running back Dameon Pierce most fantasy managers are simply ignoring Texans offensive players in early drafts.
That is about to change.
Nico Collins, a second-year talent, appears poised to improve upon his rookie production of 33 receptions for 446 yards and one touchdown. The former Michigan standout, who the Texans drafted in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, showed why fantasy managers need to add him to their list of wide receiver targets immediately.
Collins is currently ranked in Tier 10 on Athlon's fantasy football rankings.
As a rookie, Collins didn’t score his first NFL career touchdown until Week 16 against the Chargers last season. But he showed fantasy owners what may be in store in his sophomore campaign. With just :01 second remaining in the first half, Collins made an incredible catch off a Davis Mills pass in the corner of the endzone and in the process posterized Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick.
The 6’4” red zone target, who finished with four receptions for 48 yards and the score in the club’s 24-20 win over Los Angeles, displayed the emerging chemistry the young tandem could display this season. In high-stakes drafts earlier this summer, Collins had an Average Draft Position of 168, but after his performance on Friday night he will likely begin to soar up draft boards.