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Nico Collins

#2 WR,

Texans

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ACTUAL 2022

97 FPTS

RANK: 75

2023 SEASON

130 FPTS

RANK: 76

AGE

24 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'4'' / 215 lbs

COLLEGE

Michigan

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
20231613076th8650622312.4
2022109775th6637481213.0
3yr Ave148490th6033446113.52

Inks three-year extension

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-28

Collins agreed to terms Tuesday on a three-year, $72.75 million contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Collins is coming off a breakout 2023 season in which he piled up a 80-1,297-8 receiving line on 109 targets (15 games), and even with Stefon Diggs in town on a one-year deal, he represents the future for Houston's wide receiver corps, as does second-year pro Tank Dell. While the addition of Diggs crowds the Texans' target distribution, as does the presence of capable pass-catching options like Joe Mixon in the backfield and tight end Dalton Schultz, this significant monetary commitment to Collins provides a bit of extra incentive for offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik to allow he and C.J. Stroud to feature the chemistry they demonstrated last season. If Stroud and the Texans can build off 2023 and hit the ground running, Collins promises to find himself as a frontman in one of the league's elite passing offenses.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

4.6
9.8
6.1
11.2
10.5
6.3
15.9
9.8
10.4
12.5

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
1 IND Dome 88° 4.6 81st 2.307.045.53226013.01040%1008%11%0%89%
2 @DEN Outdoor 79° 9.8 48th 2.4510.545.59458014.51140%22024%5%0%95%
3 @CHI Outdoor 65° 6.1 67th 3.053.040.54241020.51290%21013%3%0%98%
4 LAC Dome 78° 11.2 34th 3.735.545.55382027.32340%22114%5%0%96%
5 @JAC Outdoor 87° 10.5 40th 2.636.544.56465016.31430%32025%4%0%96%
7 @LV Dome 65° 6.3 62nd 2.107.045.53333011.0740%1008%10%0%90%
10 @NYG Outdoor 50° 15.9 19th 3.185.040.51054919.87217%30027%12%4%84%
11 WAS Dome 51° 9.8 40th 1.963.040.5754809.6280%11022%15%0%83%
12 @MIA Outdoor 84° 10.4 45th 1.7314.045.5964407.3340%20024%18%0%82%
13 CLE Dome 37° 12.5 31st 4.177.547.510335111.7740%20027%2%0%98%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Retractable Dome 11 80.71.4928th5.42.8410.214.59.55.00%1.50.70.1
Away Outdoor 10 50.71.3897th5.33.0370.112.48.73.83%1.60.70.0
Away Dome 1 16.32.1046th3.03.0330.011.07.33.70%1.00.00.0
Away Retractable Dome 2 13.31.2073rd5.53.0360.012.09.32.714%1.50.50.0

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2021 22 HOU 14 8 84 86th6033446113.51043%188012%13%0%87%
2022 23 HOU 10 7 97 75th6637481213.0943%198112%8%1%91%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Joined by Diggs in Houston

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-04-03

The Texans are adding Stefon Diggs to an offense that returns Collins and Tank Dell at wide receivers, ESPN.com reports.

C.J. Stroud had one of the best rookie seasons ever by an NFL quarterback and now has arguably the best group of pass catchers in the league. Diggs is coming off six consecutive seasons with at least six TDs and more than 1,000 yards, now joining an offense in which Collins put up 80-1,297-8 on 109 targets (15 games) and Dell had 47-709-7 on 75 targets (11 targets). The Texans also have useful pass catchers at RB and TE with Joe Mixon and Dalton Schultz, creating a scenario that'll make it hard for some (or all) of the players to get as many targets as they might on other teams. On the other hand, Houston's offense has a chance to be one of the most efficient in the league, and adding Diggs could encourage offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik to call pass plays at a higher rate than he did last season.

Picks up 68 yards

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-20

Collins recorded five receptions on 10 targets for 68 yards in Saturday's 34-10 loss to the Ravens.

Collins was a significant part of the Texans' passing attack as expected, but the team had a tough time moving the ball consistently. That limited Collins' output, though he still managed a 29-yard catch that was the highlight of his day and helped set up a field-goal attempt just before halftime. Though it wasn't the way he would have wanted to end his season, Collins turned in an impressive breakout campaign in which he set career highs in receptions (80), yards (1,297) and touchdowns (eight) across 15 regular season games.

Plays well in postseason debut

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-13

Collins recorded six catches on seven targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-14 win over the Browns.

Collins was the clear leader of the Texans' receiving corps as Noah Brown (shoulder) was forced out of the game early and did not return. Collins continued to show impressive rapport with C.J. Stroud, as the duo connected on long gains of 38 and 21 yards in addition to a 15-yard touchdown. He narrowly missed out on a bigger day, as Stroud overthrew him when he broke behind the Cleveland defense midway through the second quarter for what would have been a 59-yard touchdown. Regardless, it was an impressive performance, and Collins will continue to lead Houston's receiving corps in its divisional-round matchup.

Torches Colts' secondary

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-06

Collins recorded nine catches on nine targets for 195 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-19 win over the Colts.

With both Noah Brown (back) and Robert Woods (hip) inactive, Collins was left as the Texans' clear top pass catcher. He certainly took advantage, recording three catches of more than 20 yards -- the longest of which was a 75-yard touchdown on Houstons' first play from scrimmage. The performance marked Collins' third game with over 160 receiving yards in what was a breakout campaign, and he'll conclude the regular season with 1,297 yards despite missing two contests.

Makes seven catches

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Collins recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 80 yards in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Titans. He added one rush for seven yards.

Collins was one of the few Texans' pass catchers to remain healthy throughout the game, as the team lost both Robert Woods (hip) and Noah Brown (hip) during Sunday's win. As a result, Collins saw plenty of work, though game script ultimately limited to only two targets across the final two quarters of the contest. Houston will be in for a key matchup against the Jaguars in Week 18, and Collins could be relied upon very heavily depending on the health of Brown and Woods.

Ready to face Titans

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Collins (calf) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing fully Thursday and Friday.

Collins was listed as limited Wednesday, but back-to-back full sessions have paved the way for the wideout to suit up Sunday and maintain a key role in Houston's passing attack in Week 17. Now further removed from the calf issue that sidelined him in Week 15, Collins' fantasy prospects this weekend are further boosted by the return of top QB C.J. Stroud from a two-game absence.

Logs full practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Collins (calf) was a full practice participant Thursday.

Collins opened Week 17 prep Wednesday as a limited participant, but after getting in a full practice a day later, he should be in the clear for Sunday's game against the Titans. In his return from a one-game absence due to a calf strain in this past Sunday's 36-22 loss to the Browns, Collins played just 35 of 75 offensive snaps (47 percent) and finished with four catches for 18 yards and a touchdown on six targets. With the calf issue now further in the rear-view mirror, Collins should be ready to take on a more bountiful snap count this weekend, and he'll be further aided by the expected return from a two-game absence of quarterback C.J. Stroud, who was a full participant Thursday and looks to be on the cusp of clearing the five-step concussion protocol.

Limited in practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Collins (calf) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Collins returned from a one-week absence for Sunday's 36-22 loss to Cleveland and scored a touchdown in garbage time, but he finished with his worst marks of the season for snap share (47 percent) and yardage (18) apart from the Week 14 contest in which he suffered a calf injury on the opening drive. Collins previously had taken at least 62 percent of Houston's snaps in every appearance this year, with he and Tank Dell (IR - leg) serving as QB C.J. Stroud's top targets for most of the season. Collins is the unquestioned lead guy with Dell now out of the picture until 2024, and there's a good chance he'll get his QB back in the lineup for Sunday's game against Tennessee (Stroud is in Stage 4 of the concussion protocol, per Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston). The arrow is pointing up, but fantasy managers will feel better about Collins' prospects if he manages a full practice later in the week and/or avoids a game designation on the final injury report. If he remains limited and is listed as questionable, there will be at least some level of concern about his workload being scaled back again.

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