Kenny Stills WR NO 3 Days
Stills caught four passes on four targets for 57 yards in Sunday night' win against the Packers. He played on 31 of 68 offensive snaps (46 percent), reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune, compared to 53 snaps for Marques Colston and 46 snaps for rookie Brandin Cooks.
Stills made his presence felt early, catching all four of his passes - including a 45-yard bomb - in the Saints' first three possessions, but he went without a target thereafter. Further, Cooks once again paced him for playing time and was finally unleashed as a downfield threat, a role normally occupied by Stills. With Drew Brees at the helm, the Saints are still one of the few teams capable of supporting three fantasy-viable wide receivers, but the fact that Cooks continues to see significantly more playing time makes Stills a risky weekly option.
Kenny Stills WR NO 11 Days
Stills caught all five of his targets for 103 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions.
A majority of Stills' fantasy value came on a 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter, his first score of the season. It was also the first time he's broken the 65-yard barrier in five games, as rookie Brandin Cooks has gotten more attention from quarterback Drew Brees this season, though Cooks finished with only two catches on three targets for 23 yards Sunday. Stills' inconsistent production makes him a very tough fantasy start in most leagues, and he faces a tough Packers' defense in Week 8 that is ranked in the top-five in fewest passing yards allowed per game this season.
Kenny Stills WR NO 20 Days
Stills played on 49.5 percent of plays against the Bucs in Week 5 after being in on 58 percent and 73 percent of snaps in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Meanwhile, rookie Brandin Cooks was in on 75 percent of the offensive snaps, a team-high among the wide receiving unit, with Marques Colston also playing on 68 percent of plays.
The fact that Stills registered only a single catch for 16 yards makes sense when you consider his lack of playing time. Stills doesn't appear to be hurt, so it's simply possible that Cooks - who was expected to operate primarily out of the slot this season - has simply passed him on the depth chart. His fantasy value was already heavily reliant on making plays deep downfield, but Stills becomes an even shakier fantasy option if he continues to lose playing time. The Saints are on bye Week 6 but it will be interesting to see if this trend resurfaces in Week 7 against Detroit.
Kenny Stills WR NO 24 Days
Stills caught one pass on three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's win against the Bucs.
Even on a day where Drew Brees tossed 57 passes, Stills underwhelmed for fantasy owners. It's clear Brandin Cooks (11 targets) has become Brees' preferred wide receiver option, even if he hasn't officially passed Stills on the depth chart. There's a big game or two on the horizon for Stills - though not in Week 6 when the Saints are on bye - but it's going to be extremely difficult to predict when Stills will hit, which makes him an unreliable fantasy option.
Kenny Stills WR NO 1 Month
Stills caught two passes on three targets for 62 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.
Stills was quiet until hauling in a pair of long passes to start the second half, including a 46-yard bomb up the sideline. His workload, however, remains inconsistent, as Brandin Cooks has clearly emerged as Drew Brees' preferred wide receiver target - even more so than veteran Marques Colston. Stills remains a dangerous deep threat, but with the Saints' offense struggling mightily to complete passes downfield, his value has been neutered through the season's first quarter
Kenny Stills WR NO 1 Month1 Comment
Stills caught four passes on five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's win against the Vikings.
Opposing defenses have done a nice job of limiting the Saints' explosive plays downfield, a spot in which Stills excels. While Stills saw a healthy number of targets, his value will continue to be capped if he can't break some big plays in the passing game, as Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks have gobbled up most of the short and intermediate passes. As such, he remains a risky week-to-week option until the Saints' offense finds its groove.
Kenny Stills WR NO 2 Months
Stills (quad) caught three passes on four targets for 25 yards in the Saints' loss to Cleveland on Sunday.
After missing the opening week with a quadriceps injury, Stills was fairly quiet in his season debut, as Drew Brees spread the ball around to eight different receivers and took very few shots downfield. Stills, however, almost crossed the goal line but just stepped out inside the three-yard line as he dove towards the end zone. Stills will likely be a hit-or-miss fantasy option given Brees' penchant for spreading the Saints' offensive wealth but as he works his way back into rhythm he could be a dangerous vertical threat for fantasy teams.
Kenny Stills WR NO 2 Months
Stills (quad) is active for Sunday's game against the Browns.
In logging a full practice Thursday on the heels of two limited sessions, it appears Stills was given the go-ahead to play Sunday.
Kenny Stills WR NO 2 Months
Stills (quadriceps) is probable for Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Although Still is a player well worth monitoring after his strong rookie season last year, it's not easy to see where he might make a reliable, predictable impact in the New Orleans offense. Jimmy Graham will always be well fed, and it looks like Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston both have prominent roles locked up already, too.
Kenny Stills WR NO 2 Months1 Comment
Stills (quadriceps) was limited in practice Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.
Stills sandwiched two limited practices around an absence last Thursday, yet he was deemed inactive for the regular season opener in Atlanta. The Saints trot out a vaunted set of receivers for Drew Brees to choose from, which hurts everyone's value but Jimmy Graham. In any case, if he can sidestep the injury this week, he'll contend with rookie Brandin Cooks and Joseph Morgan for targets in the passing game.