I’ve been on record endorsing Kenny Stills from before the draft all the way up to the start of the pre-season, even listing him as one of my deep sleepers. Now I feel like he isn’t very deep. Other experts are starting to catch onto Stills of late, but remember you heard it here at FFX first! All the way back in early May! -Kenny Stills Spotlight
Stills has secured the #3 WR spot in New Orleans in large part to his outstanding preseason. I expect him to pass the 800 yard mark, and furthermore be the Saints’ #2 WR by the end of the year. Not so bad for a 5th round rookie.
In Sean Payton’s offense it’s essential to have a explosive play making WR who can stretch the field, but also create on drag routes and intermediate catches. Kenny Stills ran a blistering 4.32 40 yard dash at the combine, showing he can take the top off of defenses if need be, while also showing in college he’s capable of making some spectacular catches, and run quick precise routes.
In 2012, Drew Brees threw the ball for an astounding 5,177 yards, ranking 3rd all time in a single season. The funny thing is that’s somewhat a down year for Brees, as in 2011 he broke the single season passing record throwing for 5,476 yards. So where are all of these yards going to go in 2013?
Marques Colston is as about as consistent of a possession receiver as it gets, but he’s getting older. Colston can still make great intermediate catches in traffic, but I think his down the field role in the offense will start to decease. He plays more like a tight end, but will undoubtedly reach his ever consistent 1,000 yard mark threshold.
Lance Moore is an average receiver in about every aspect of the game, and Stills is taller/faster/younger. I think Stills will start to gain on Moore, and eventually become the #2 WR in New Orleans. Brees even went as far as to say that Stills is a bigger version of Lance Moore.
Jimmy Graham will undoubtedly get his fair share, as arguably the best tight end in the NFL. Last season he was just shy of 1,000 yards, and he’ll continue to be a red zone monster in 2013. As good as Graham is, he still isn’t the explosive deep threat play maker that the Saints need.
The last receiving threat the Saints have is RB Darren Sproles. Sproles is a key to the Saints offense as they love to motion him out wide for quick passes, screens, and swing routes. As good of a receiver as Sproles is, he still doesn’t venture too far down field on routes, as his strength is in the short passing game.
If Brees puts up another 5,000 yard plus season, there will be plenty of yardage to go around. Look for Stills to fulfill the role of deep threat on the best passing offense statistically of all time. He’ll also contribute in the intermediate passing game, making him deserving of a fantasy roster spot in many leagues. I encourage FFX members to scoop him up in dynasty leagues, and be sure to keep an eye on him during the season.
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