Does Nico Collins, Tank Dell or Stefon Diggs provide the best draft value? | 2024 Houston Texans Fantasy Football Draft Guide

by Dennis Sosic
Does Nico Collins, Tank Dell or Stefon Diggs provide the best draft value

Can CJ Stroud finish as the Overall QB1? Will Joe Mixon remain an RB1 in Houston? Does WR Nico Collins, Tank Dell or Stefon Diggs provide the best value? Does Dalton Schultz repeat his TE1 performance from the 2023 season? The answers to those questions and more can be found in this 2024 Houston Texans Fantasy Football Draft Guide.

After coming off a 3-13-1 season in their first season under rookie head coach DeMeco Ryan in 2022, the Houston Texans started last season 0-2 but evolved into one of the most amazing stories of the 2023 NFL season.

The Texans finished last season with a 10-7 record, securing their first AFC South division title in four seasons. Houston then beat the Cleveland Browns convincingly in the NFL Wild Card round. However, the season ended in Baltimore, where they were outmatched against the top-seed Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round.

The future is bright in Houston with the emergence of franchise quarterback C.J. Stroud, who won the 2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year, finishing first with 273.9 passing yards per game and a 1.0% interception rate and eighth in the NFL in total passing yards and topped that with sixth-lowest turnover rate. Houston also saw another rookie that busted on the scene with the wide receiver Tank Dell, who showed promise in his rookie season, catching 47 passes for 709 yards and scoring seven touchdowns before he suffered a season-ending injury. Luckily, the Texans' offense did not miss a beat as Nico Collins stepped up in the WR1 role and developed chemistry with Stroud.

The Texans were not satisfied with their finish last season. Houston added veteran wide receiver Stefon Diggs, running back Joe Mixon, and edge rusher Danielle Hunter to build upon their success.

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Does Nico Collins, Tank Dell or Stefon Diggs provide the best draft value?

The addition of Stefon Diggs displays that the Texans are going all-in after their success this season. The level of play has declined with Diggs, but he has something to prove in Houston, which makes me believe he will bounce back and be a draft value. Currently, his ECR is at WR24, which seems rich, but Diggs will finish as the WR2 for fantasy managers as he fights for targets with two ascending wide receivers.

Tank Dell developed chemistry with Stroud and produced 47 receptions for 709 yards and seven scores in 11 games. His stellar rookie season was cut short when he suffered a broken fibula in Week 13. His return to the offense will return an explosive correlation, with Dell averaging 15.1 yards per catch last season. Glowing reports that his recovery signal is that he will increase and return the value on his WR2 ECR.

Nico Collins stepped up once Dell went down with three games with more than 160 yards receiving. Collins had a career-high 1,297 receiving yards with eight scores in his career season and assisted the development of rookie CJ Stroud. His breakout season has the potential to build upon his success last season and be a WR1 for fantasy managers.

Can C.J. Stroud finish as the Overall QB1?

C.J. Stroud, the second overall pick in the NFL Draft last April, led the Texans to an 11-6 record and an AFC South division title in his rookie season. Stroud recorded 4,108 passing yards with 23 touchdowns to five interceptions for a 100.8 passer rating. The former Buckeye picked apart the Browns' defense in an AFC Wild Card matchup, passing for 274 yards and three scores for a 157.2 passer rating.

Stroud checks all the boxes to be a franchise quarterback for the Texans and fantasy managers. Dynasty managers struck gold when they captured Stroud in their rookie drafts last season. Stroud finished as the QB11 last season, so what does the Texans' quarterback do for an encore in his sophomore season?

Many things went right for Stroud to perform at the extreme level last season. Not to diminish his accomplishments, but some regression will likely take place. The Texans' running game will be much better with Joe Mixon toting the rock. Their offensive line will gel after injuries took their toll last season. Adding Stefon Diggs to combine with Nico Collins and Tank Dell will create an explosive trio that will scare defenses. With the bevy of weapons, Stroud will have a pathway to raise the quarterback fantasy rankings. However, Stroud will not scare defenses with his legs, which pushes down his ability to get to the top of the fantasy points scored standings.

Will Joe Mixon remain an RB1 in Houston?

The Texans improved their running game by trading for Joe Mixon from the Cincinnati Bengals. Mixon is a talented pass-catcher lucky enough to go from one talented quarterback in Joe Burrow to an ascending signal-caller in Stroud. Mixon is consistent in short-yardage situations and has finished as a PPR RB1 in three consecutive seasons.

Mixon takes over for Devin Singletary in the Texans' backfield. This significant upgrade impacts fantasy managers where the Texans could focus on being run-centric in the red zone. Another RB1 season sets up magically for Mixon.

The Texans still view Dameon Pierce as a valuable contributor, even though he struggled last season after a productive rookie season. Pierce is not a fantasy factor beyond being an insurance policy for Mixon.

Does Dalton Schultz repeat his TE1 performance from the 2023 season?

In an under-the-radar production, veteran tight end Dalton Schultz finished as the TE11 last season. However, his fantasy production does not stand out. Schultz finished with 59 receptions on 88 targets for 635 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with the Texans.

Schultz developed chemistry with quarterback CJ Stroud last season, but the Texans' offense will look much different in 2024. The targets will diminish significantly if we combine Stefon Diggs, Joe Mixon's acquisitions, and Tank Dell's return for an entire season.

Brevin Jordan is behind Schultz on the Texans tight end depth chart. Jordan has exhibited flashes but has not put it all together in his three seasons with the Texans. However, the next tight end on the depth chart is the 2024 fourth-round pick Cade Stover, who has the opportunity to revive the chemistry with quarterback C.J. Stroud. Stover was the safety blanket for Stroud at Ohio State. Stover should hit the ground running with his relationship with Stroud, climb on the Texans depth chart, and fantasy rankings will launch in his rookie season.

Final Thoughts

Fantasy managers adore the Houston Texans' offense playmakers. Based on his performance last season and outstanding weapons, Stroud is an upside-top-five QB1. The Texans' wide receiver room is full of playmakers fighting for targets throughout the season. Diggs is the wild card here, and he has something to prove, but how much has he lost? Stroud has excellent chemistry with Nico Collins and Tank Dell, which should be WR1 on your fantasy rosters. I think it will not be too challenging to avoid Dalton Schultz. The wild card in the Texans offense is Joe Mixon. Mixon will be a workhorse in this offense and return for another RB1 season with double-digit touchdowns.

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