Some fantasy football fans were hesitant about adding New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills in drafts this summer. Some were worried about his speed and his chance to see consistent targets in the team’s high-powered offense.
Well, after the Week 1 matchup against the Atlanta Flacons, I don’t think anyone will doubt this rookie’s fantasy potential. Stills had a very strong opening performance and quickly earned the trust of All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees.
Stills hauled in just two balls but he amassed an astonishing 86 yards, including a beautiful 67-yard snag. He led all receivers in yards and was only bested by RB Darren Sproles, who ended up hauling in six passes for 88 yards on his own.
Stills also received five targets from Brees, so it is not as if his big game was a fluke. Brees was constantly trying to find Stills downfield and the first-year wide out has seemingly taken over the role that made WR Lance Moore a weekly fantasy contributor. Moore had just two catches for 23 yards in the game and the veteran was clearly the option after Stills in the quarterback’s progressions.
Stills will be a reliable WR3 or WR4 in deeper formats this season. He will continue to get looks from Brees, and as long as he can stay healthy, the rookie is in store for a stellar fantasy campaign. If he is miraculously still on the waiver wire, grab him this week before it’s too late.