Week 14 Rankings
Hes turned them into 13 catches for 262 yards and a touchdown. Its been easily the best two-game stretch of Stills career, as hes posted his first- and fourth-best yardage totals.
Although hes known as a deep threat Stills 20.0 yards per catch as a rookie led the NFL he has a surprisingly polished and varied skill-set. Stills knows when to work back to the ball on short-to-intermediate routes, and doesnt need a lot of separation to make catches. His ball skills stand out on tape. Even though his 69-yard touchdown in Week 13 came when The Ghost Of Ike Taylor slipped, Stills is comfortable working in tight spaces. He plays bigger than his 6-foot-0, 194-pound frame in 1-on-1 situations. Hes also a smart player, avoiding unnecessary contact, and always aware of his location on the field. Stills can often be spotted extending the ball for extra yards at the end of a catch, as he did on his nine-yard score in Week 11 against the Bengals. Facing Drew Brees, Stills caught a lob at the two-yard line, but spun around seemingly on instinct, jamming the ball into the pylon for a touchdown.
Even with Cooks sidelined, Stills is a WR3 at heart. Realistically, hes still just a 6-8 target player in the Saints spread-the-wealth passing attack. But he has the upside for so much more in strong matchups, and thats what he has for Week 14 in crumbling Carolina. How bad is the Panthers secondary? They just released Antoine Cason, an 11-game starter who played 75-of-75 snaps in Carolinas second most recent game. The Panthers will be trotting out Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere at cornerback against Brees. Norman is a third-year fifth rounder whos barely graded out positively in Pro Football Focus ratings. Benwikere is a fifth-round rookie whos played 41 snaps since Week 5. Stills is going to have cushions, and hes going to exploit them.
You need a few players like Kenny Stills in the fantasy playoffs. Hes probably not someone youve owned long, and hes definitely not someone you envisioned starting over one of your early-round studs. But Stills has upside that can win weeks in matchups like the one he has with the Panthers. Starting Stills for the fantasy quarterfinals isnt getting cute its being smart.