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WR Kenny Stills - Miami Dolphins

6-1, 194Born: 4-22-1992College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Stills is a solid WR2 with top five weekly upside (which he hit this week) with Matt Moore and not even worth rostering with Jay Cutler. Adam Gase could frustrate us by keeping Jay Cutler in once he clears concussion protocol, but Stills is worth a pickup just to see what happens.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. For whatever reason, Jay Cutler remains coach Adam Gase's preferred starter as he returns from a concussion. Cutler has been wildly ineffective all year, while backup Matt Moore has posted two great games during Cutler's inevitable injury timeout. We can't just apply late-game relief numbers to a full game, and Moore was indeed horrid in his lone 2017 start. But he was strong last year over 3 starts, completing 63.4% of his throws and tossing 8 touchdowns. In any event, Cutler is the chosen one for Week 12, so we should expect a sanitized, low-impact passing "attack" that's built around the king of low impact himself, slot receiver Jarvis Landry. He's topped 230 yards just once over 7 full starts, and it's not a volume problem: he's averaging a solid 34.3 attempts, but a pitiful 5.75 yards per attempt. Until he shows a willingness to uncork his downfield game, Cutler looks like nothing more than a volatile dink-and-dunker with a ceiling around 225 yards and 1-2 touchdowns. At least Moore shows a willingness to go downfield and create some degree of impact. Cutler has failed all year to incorporate big-play threats DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills in a meaningful way, so it's safe to project Cutler and company to nickel-and-dime their way to midfield a few times and give up possession plenty. It's hard to know what to expect week-to-week from this unit, which has been shredded at times throughout the year but tightened up majorly of late. After allowing their first 6 opponents to average a whopping 322.0 yards, they've given up just 225.8 to their last 4. As with the running game, flow is the determining factor here. When an opposing offense is close and utilizing its full playbook, the Patriots are generally toast in coverage. We saw that when Brock Osweiler of all quarterbacks chewed them apart over the first half of Week 10. But if/when the Patriots jump ahead comfortably, offenses have to adapt into a free-throwing passing attack into heavy coverage, one that's predictable and much easier for Bill Belichick's flawed defensive personnel to control.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 at BAL 64 0 0 0 10 5 65 0 0 6.5
9 vs OAK 65 0 0 0 4 3 28 0 0 2.8
10 at CAR 57 0 0 0 8 5 67 0 0 6.7
11 vs TB 57 0 0 0 8 7 180 1 0 23
12 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs TB (8 / 7 / 180 / 1 rec)

Stills had a red zone catch from Jay Cutler, but was otherwise quiet in the first half. The well-established connection between him and Matt Moore was revived in the second half. He was immediately targeted downfield, but it was broken up by a good defensive play. Stills converted multiple third and longs, including a long bomb from Moore than tied up the game with only a few minutes left. As long as Matt Moore is in, Stills will be a high ceiling WR2/WR3 for fantasy.

2017 Week 10 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Kenny Stills caught five of his eight targets for 67 yards, which led the Dolphins pass catchers in receiving yards on the night. While Stills is the #3 option in the passing game, his eight targets were more of a function of the Dolphins having to throw nearly the entire second half, as opposed to a consistent number to rely on each week. Stills is often used as a deep threat in the Miami offense, but with the Panthers secondary slacking off the Dolphins receivers to keep them from making big plays, Stills had to settle for intermediate routes 10-15 yards down the field. His two catches of 17+ yards made him the only Miami receiver to eclipse that mark on Monday night, however it should be said that both of those catches came on play-action where Stills was wide open and he was quickly tackled after making both catches.

2017 Week 8 vs BAL (10 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)

Kenny Stills caught five passes for 65 yards on 10 targets against the Ravens. Stills has stepped up and become the Dolphins #2 receiver while DeVante Parker has been sidelined with an injury. The 65 yards were his second highest of the season, although he did snap a two game touchdown streak in week 8. Stills route-running has improved since his days with the Saints, but he still has a ways to go, as we saw in the 4th quarter. Stills was targeted deep down the field by Matt Moore and to his credit, Moore's throw was on the money. Unfortunately Stills messed up breaking off his route at the last second, and had he continued, he would have been wide open for a touchdown. Stills has the speed to get behind defenses almost at will, and his ability to make tough catches has also improved. If he wants to take the next step though, he has to be more precise with his routes and he can't make mistakes like he made against the Ravens. DeVante Parker is on schedule to return in week 9, so Stills will most likely see his target volume drop, although Jay Cutler has been willing to take deep shots down the field which plays right into Stills strengths.

2017 Week 7 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 85 / 2 rec)

Stills had his best game of the year, and it started with a deep target that he got his hands on, only to have it tipped around and then fall into his body for a long gain. He was a constant deep target and drew multiple penalties from an unsure Jets secondary. After Matt Moore came in, Stills beat Buster Skrine badly and got a long score when he used his body to shield Skrine from the ball in flight. He had a second score taken off of the board because of a pass interference penalty, but then got it back with a nice route in the front of the end zone to convert the game-tying score. Even with Devante Parker due back, Stills has value with Matt Moore in now that the Dolphins are throwing deep a lot more often.

2017 Week 6 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)

Kenny Stills caught four passes for 49 yards and a touchdown on four targets against the Falcons. With Parker on the sideline, Stills saw his target volume increase slightly, as did the routes he ran in the middle of the field. Despite being mainly a deep threat, Stills has shown some versatility the last few weeks and his touchdown grab was a great example of his increased efficiency catching the ball. Jay Cutler managed to evade a heavy Falcons pass rush and stepped up in the pocket like he was going to tuck the ball and run. At the line of scrimmage Cutler saw Stills running his crossing route to the left side of the end zone. Cutler threw a nice ball that was a little high and away from Stills, but to his credit, Stills made a tough grab in the back of the end zone. It was his second touchdown of the season, which is tied with Jarvis Landry for the team lead.

2017 Week 5 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Kenny Stills caught one pass for 13 yards on two targets against the Titans on Sunday. While DeVante Parker was forced out of action early in the contest due to an ankle injury, Stills was not targeted more frequently due to the fact that the Miami passing game was largely ineffective. Stills continues to be a deep target for Jay Cutler, but the Miami quarterback was not given enough time to go through his progressions, and Stills was unable to create separation on his intermediate routes in time to be targeted.

2017 Week 4 vs NO (3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Kenny Stills caught three passes for 13 yards against the Saints on Sunday. He was unable to generate any big plays down the field, and even worse, he cost his team quite a bit when he didn't have the ball. Stills lost a fumble on one of his three catches, was called for offensive pass interference on a Jarvis Landry reception and was called for an illegal formation penalty on a Jay Ajayi run. Stills has the speed to beat defenders down the field, but if the Miami run game is not effective, it makes it very difficult to run play-action and give Jay Cutler the time to let his deep routes develop. Stills is always going to be a feast or famine type play, but that is assuming the offense is sustaining long drives, as Stills is not the type of player who is going to generate big plays on his own.

2017 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

Kenny Stills caught four passes for 51 yards on nine targets against the Jets. While Stills is somewhat of a forgotten man in this offense, Jay Cutler has shown a propensity for targeting him down the field. His nine targets were still the third most behind Parker and Landry, but Stills certainly has an important role for the Dolphins. Of his 10 targets, six of them came at least 20+ yards down the field, which explains why he was so inefficient. Without Jay Ajayi rolling, the Dolphins have no way of creating play-action, which is a direct hit to Stills value. Stills had one 17 yard receptions, which was the second longest play of the game for the Dolphins.

2017 Week 2 vs LAC (5 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)

Kenny Stills caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers on Sunday. Stills was one of only five receivers targeted on the day by Jay Cutler, but it is clear that he will have to make the most of his limited opportunities, as Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker are clearly ahead of him in the pecking order. Stills speed should give him a defined role in the Dolphins offense though, as Cutler has the arm strength to take advantage of the speedy veteran. On his touchdown catch, Stills also showed some savvy, breaking all the way across the field and giving Cutler an opening on what was a broken play.

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Dolphins | Kenny Stills erupts for 180 yards, TD (Sun Nov 19, 08:37 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills posted seven receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Stills isn't worth a roster spot with Jay Cutler, and an upside WR2/WR3 with Matt Moore. He'll be one of the best waiver wire pickups this week, with new owners hopeful that Moore remains the starter.
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Dolphins | Kenny Stills playing in Week 11 (Sun Nov 19, 11:56 AM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (back) is officially active for the team's Week 11 game.

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Dolphins | Kenny Stills likely to play (Sun Nov 19, 08:04 AM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (back) is expected to play in Week 11's game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Dolphins | Miami's Week 11 injury report (Fri Nov 17, 04:43 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (back) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is listed as questionable for Week 11. S Michael X. Thomas (knee) were limited during practice and is listed as questionable. RB Senorise Perry (knee) and DE William Hayes (knee) fully participated in practice and are listed as questionable. OG Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), LB Mike Hull (ankle, shoulder), SS Reshad Jones (groin, shoulder), WR Jarvis Landry (chest), CB Bobby McCain (thigh) and DT Ndamukong Suh (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Dolphins | Kenny Stills misses practice (Fri Nov 17, 04:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (back) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is listed as questionable for Week 11.

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