I’m not sure if you can call Kenny Stills a sleeper or a dark horse after the game he had in Week 8, but I will. It’s not a type of game he’s had on a weekly basis. If anything, his 129 yards and two touchdowns were rare occurrences for the rookie wide receiver.
However, that is the type of game Stills is capable of producing more consistently. He is the New Orleans Saints‘ deep threat. Stills scored on a 69-yard pass and a 42-yarder later in the game. Marques Colston can’t do it anymore at the age of 30. Lance Moore is also 30, but is a little injury prone.
Jimmy Graham is banged up right now. Robert Meachem has rarely been in the mix since returning to the Saints. In addition, there is the carousel of running backs for New Orleans with Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and the other backs.
Stills can produce big plays with very limited targets. He had four in Week 8, catching three of them, and was able to put up 129 yards. 69 of them came from a wide-open pass, but that’s besides the point. He has developed some chemistry with Drew Brees. He had 64 yards and a score in Week 6.
That said, Stills caught only 10 passes in the previous six games. Right now, he is a boom-or-bust kind of player. He can definitely put up 10-12 points, or he could put up single-digit points like he has in his first five games of his career.
With six more teams on a bye and the Saints playing the New York Jets in Week 9, Stills is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues. The Jets allow 20.6 points per game to opposing receivers and have shown they can be beat by a team’s No. 2 or 3 wide receiver. Just ask Marvin Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie will most likely be covering Colston or Graham, so Stills could be in line for another big game.