Kenny Stills (WR) Rookie

10/30/2013 9:48 pm by in Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football Expert Analysis

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With Jimmy Graham hampered with a bad foot, the Saints were looking for a little help this past weekend. And boy did they find it in Kenny Stills. He only had 4 passes thrown in his direction, but he made the most of them, catching 3 for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Two weeks earlier, he had another 3 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. But these aren’t numbers we should get used to or expect.

The 21-year old rookie out of Oklahoma started getting plucked from waiver wires after his last performance from desperate fantasy owners looking for a little wide receiver help. He might end up being the sort of player that dooms owners more than helps them, for this year. Please note that last part–for this year. If you’re in a dynasty league, getting a hold of Kenny Stills for future reasons is absolutely sensible. Marques Colston isn’t getting any younger, and co-starter Lance Moore has struggled a bit with injuries. Once Colston is gone, Stills could be big. With opponents’ safeties having to cheat up to help with TE Jimmy Graham, the long ball is open more often than not, and that seems to be Stills special.

So far this year, Stills is 5th on the team in targets. Graham, Sproles, Colston, and P. Thomas all have more looks, but Kenny’s should be increasing more and more as QB Drew Brees grows more comfortable with the young man. As a Junior at Oklahoma, Stills caught 82 balls for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns. He chose to forego his Senior season to enter the NFL draft, where the Saints took him in the 5th round. He was clearly hoping to go much higher than that, but that is what will drive him in the future as well. It’s clear he will want to prove doubters wrong.

As far as the rest of the 2013 season is concerned, Kenny Stills will be another spot-start player for fantasy owners. Three of the next four weeks he could have some shining moments, with the Jets, Cowboys, and Falcons weak against the pass. His schedule is brutal beyond that though, so don’t look for him to help you out on your playoff run. With games against the Seahawks, Panthers, and Rams, if you are in a redraft league, he could become a great “sell-high” guy in the next few weeks before hitting the tougher part of his schedule. But again, in dynasty formats, he could absolutely be a diamond in the ruff.

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