New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills had a rookie season that not many people expected out of him last year. Stills was selected by the Saints in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Oklahoma. He played 708 snaps out of a possible 1154, which averages out to 61.3 percent. He showed natural ability in being a play maker by hitting deep routes, and also has the skill to run the quick-underneath routes that Lance Moore was able to execute.
Without Moore and Darren Sproles around to take up snaps in 2014, Stills should see an increase in the surprising amount of snaps he received last season. In 2013, he finished the season averaging 20.0 yards per reception and five touchdowns. According to Pro Football Reference, Stills finished the year as the number 48 overall wide out in fantasy football. That is pretty impressive for a player who was drafted to be a project-type player that would take a few years to refine his game.
Due to the fact that Stills should see a jump in playing time this year, he should see his fantasy football value increase greatly. Last year, Stills was constantly on and off the waiver wire because of his explosive big play ability. His problem was that he was such a boom-or-bust player each week that he wasn’t worth fantasy football owners relying on him. For the start of the season, he should be considered a high end WR-4 with massive upside. Fantasy football owners can view Stills as a fantastic bench option to have early in the season, and as the season goes on, owners can see if his increase in playing time equates to production worthy of a starting spot in their fantasy team.