Avoid WR Kenny Stills In Fantasy Football

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New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills has been getting a lot of buzz as a Fantasy Football sleeper this season. Stills has been stoking the fires of his sleeper potential by racking up stats in the preseason.

I get it, we all love sleepers in fantasy football. I’m as guilty of it as the next guy. I love scanning a team’s roster and trying to identify that proverbial diamond in the rough.

But, as I’ve had to learn the hard way, sleepers are sleepers for a reason. They usually don’t pan out and leave me wondering what I was thinking. After all, if there was a good chance they would be worth a high draft pick, we would all know about them and they wouldn’t be sleepers anymore.

Every year we see some young players do well in preseason and become the favorite player to jump up draft boards. This year one of those guys is Stills. But don’t be fooled by preseason hype.

Stills didn’t get taken until the fifth round of the draft this spring because scouts had serious doubts about his speed and lack of size. He’s not a big-bodied possession receiver, but he doesn’t have the speed and quickness to be a slot guy.

That means Stills ends up somewhere in the NFL no-man’s land for receivers. In today’s game you either need to be tall and strong enough to play on the outside or quick enough to make a living running underneath routes out of the slot. Or you can just be Calvin Johnson, that seems to be working for him.

Stills may very well have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL — but not this year. This year, he’s going to be like all rookie receivers and spend most of his time struggling to adjust to the pro game.

Don’t fall into the sleeper hype; let someone else in your league waste a roster spot on Stills this year.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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  • ru

    “doubts about speed” “not quick enough”

    What are you talking about?

    4.34 40 yard dash, 4th fastest WR @ the NFL combine! Please do your research, your lazy article is hurting not helping!

  • Guest

    this article is dumb. if you read carefully, he don’t know what to expect from sleeper. sleeper are player that seem no value to anyone but you take it bec u went to did some research and have faith in the player will produce good number for you. that what sleeper really is. if you have no faith in kenny dun take him. i learn this hard last year. i got lance moore. after he got out injury last year. produce ok number and i traded him for mendenhall which was complete useless. two later i almost lost to the guy i trade bec lance moore produce like 20 fantasy point out no where. i wonder what went wrong. easy answer i have no faith in the player

  • sleepy18d

    4.34, embarrassing article. He dropped in draft because of attitude issues. So did Randy Moss.

  • eduardo luna

    Ben salivan, i want the three minutes of my life I wasted reading this stupid article!!!

  • Guest

    Whoever wrote this doesn’t know what he’s talking about lol….First of all, still has great speed, 2nd, you don’t need elite speed anyway to be a quality WR. You need quality route running and solid hands which Still appears to have. Also, Colston is old an not a deep threat anymore, hes a slot guy now. Moore is not a “prototypical” number 2, he’s small and isn’t great at anything. Stills will be their deep threat and most likely will overtake Moore as the number 2 WR, making Moore the number 3. Brees and the Saints like big play guys and the only receiver on the roster who is capable of that every week is Stills.

  • Paul Gonzales

    Whoever wrote this doesn’t know what he’s talking about lol….First of
    all, Stills has great speed, 2nd, you don’t need elite speed anyway to be
    a quality WR. You need quality route running and solid hands which
    Stills appears to have. Also, Colston is old an not a deep threat
    anymore, hes a slot now. Moore is not a “prototypical” number 2,
    he’s small and isn’t great at anything. Stills will be their deep
    threat and will most likely overtake Moore as the number 2 WR, making
    Moore the number 3. Brees and the Saints like big play guys and the
    only receiver on the roster who is capable of that every week is Stills.