Nico Collins Waiver Wire Week 7: Fantasy outlook for Texans WR

Nico Collins flashed fantasy potential during Week 6. Is the 6'4" rookie wide receiver worth a waiver wire claim in Week 7?

Houston Texans WR Nico Collins flashed fantasy football potential in Week 6. Is he worth a waiver wire claim this week? Monday Night Football is done, and once again, we all stood witness to the greatness and the majesty that is Derrick Henry. Week 6 is in the history books, and as happens every Tuesday, it’s already time to turn the page and start looking ahead.

Nico Collins is firmly behind Brandin Cooks

Amid the chaos in Houston this year, wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been essentially the only redemptive fantasy piece on the Texans’ roster. And even then, he is barely scratching the ranks of a WR2. 

Houston’s offense has been largely horrible, averaging the second-fewest points per game at 15.3. They are also fourth-worst in passing yards per game. And despite perpetually being in a negative game script, they are sixth-worst in passing attempts per contest. Even when trailing, this team is incapable of sustaining drives.

The Texans have been running with rookie quarterback Davis Mills as their starter, while Tyrod Taylor has been on the shelf with a hamstring injury. Mills put up a very solid stat line against the Patriots in Week 5: 21-of-29 for 293 yards and 3 TDs with 0 INTs. Yet, the Texans still managed to lose. Aside from that, Mills has topped 200 passing yards just once and has thrown 2 TDs and 7 INTs on the year. Yikes.

Head coach David Culley has been adamant that Taylor will be the starting quarterback when he’s healthy, and Taylor is considered day-to-day to return to practice. Maybe Taylor can provide the spark that this offense needs.

Collins is worth a dart throw

The waiver wire is barren and depressing this week. And with the speculation of Taylor returning to the starting QB role, Collins might be worth a speculative dart throw. 

Before getting hurt in Week 2, Taylor had Houston’s offense looking somewhat serviceable. He logged 291 passing yards in Week 1 with 2 TDs and 0 INTs. Then in Week 2, he was 10-of-11 for 125 yards and 1 TD before his injury sidelined him.

We know that Cooks is entrenched as the top wide receiver in Houston, but the No. 2 option is up for grabs. Collins has as much of a chance as anyone to take that role as a 6’4″, big-bodied receiver that can win contested catches. In Week 6, Collins tied for the second-most targets on the team with 6, catching 4 for 44 yards. He has potential. 

At this point, potential is all you’re looking for. If you have someone sitting on the end of your bench that you’re ready to cut loose, you can do worse than a speculative dart throw on Collins. I know — it’s about as exciting as a bowl of Raisin Bran. 

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