WR Kenny Stills - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 194||Born: 4-22-1992||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2013|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Even while Brock Osweiler is making some part of the short passing game work, nothing is opening up for Stills in the deep game. He's just a desperation play until that changes.
Week 7: vs Detroit Lions
FBG says: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill's shoulder injury thrust Brock Osweiler into the lineup last week, and the backup responded with a big stat line (380 yards and 3 touchdowns). But those numbers were largely inflated by the after-catch work of Albert Wilson, Danny Amendola, and company. Osweiler remains a deeply flawed passer, and the Dolphins don't want him testing defenses downfield too often. He'll continue to play the caretaker role, utilizing the screen and quick-slant games to try and move the ball. Surrounded by a higher-than-expected level of talent around him, Osweiler could conceivably dink and dunk his way to another solid line. It's just not very realistic to ask much more, which dings the upsides of deep-ball extraordinaire Kenny Stills. Look for the ultra-versatile Wilson to remain heavily involved, but with hard-to-project efficiency. Osweiler hasn't strung together decent back-to-back performances in years. In general, the Lions boast a stouter pass defense than the one Aaron Rodgers just gashed in San Francisco. Prior to Week 5, the Lions allowed just 198 yards per game. The unit is headlined by cornerback Darius Slay, who often flashes shutdown ability on the outside. The slot has been a problem at times - Slay himself struggled mightily when following Davante Adams there last week - but in all, it's a fairly prohibitive group. Free safety Glover Quin adds a ball-hawking element that routinely makes quarterbacks' jobs harder. This is a team that got an entire extra week to study this Miami passing attack coming off the bye should give the Dolphins a lot of problems this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Kenny Stills's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 35 / 0 rec)
It was a very quiet game for Stills until the 4th quarter and overtime. Even then, it almost seemed like he was not even on the field. In the 4th quarter it was Stills that caught the 2-pt conversion to tie the game and then it was his 35-yard reception that helped give them a chance at the 1 before the ball was fumbled away by Drake. Osweiler got Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola involved more than anyone else this week and that really cut into Stills number of targets. He continues to trend downward after a big game in week 1.
2018 Week 5 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
The passing game was not effective for the Dolphins at all this week. They still managed to build a 14-point lead, but Stills did not play a big role in that. He caught 2 of his 5 targets and failed to surpass 20 yards this week. He was targeted deep down the field at the end of the game, but another poor throw by Tannehill resulted in an interception rather than garbage time yards. Stills had a catch of 13 yards and then was held to 4 yards on his only other catch. The boom or bust trend for Stills has moved towards the bust side after his breakout game in week 1. Facing an elite pass rush against Chicago next week, Stills may have some opportunity on quick passes, but Tannehill will have to play much better to make that happen.
2018 Week 4 vs NE (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
It was a very promising start for Stills as he hauled in the first play of the game for 22 yards down the right sideline. He looked to have a step on his defender and could possibly take it to the house, but the safety managed to get over and push him out of bounds. From there it was errant passes sandwiched by short gains across the middle. Despite playing from behind, the Dolphins did not take many shots down field and Stills could not break free from his man. Stills has always been a boom or bust type of player and this game was definitely a bust for him.
2018 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)
It continues to be a boom or bust type of season for Stills. After a monster game in week 1, Stills then proceeded to lay an egg in week 2. This week all of the big plays were working for the Dolphins and Stills was able to get in on the action. In week 1 he relied on breaking underneath passes for long touchdowns. This week he ran straight past his coverage for a 34-yard touchdown. Stills beat his man in a one on one situation on the outside and the safety was too late getting over to give any help. Tannehill fired a perfect strike down the field that hit Stills just over his outside shoulder, in stride, and in the back of the end zone. The ball could not have been thrown any better as Stills was the only one who could make a play. This one play accounted for a little over half of his yards and played a major factor in the overall outcome of the game. With the return of Davante Parker and the emergence of Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant in the offense, it will be interesting to see if Stills loses any playing time.
2018 Week 2 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
After breaking out in week one, Stills was largely held in check this week. The Dolphins seemed content with short passes and letting the receivers run, but Stills was unable to break free. His longest reception of the day was for 13 yards and accounted for all but 4 of his total on the day. Tannehill did not look comfortable in the pocket and did not take any shots down the field to Stills. No receiver had more than 5 targets on the day and Stills had no luck creating separation underneath. Unfortunately for Stills, his skill set is too close to many of the other receivers for the Dolphins and he is going to be a huge boom or bust candidate every week. The Jets tackled very well this week and Stills had one of his bust games.
2018 Week 1 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 106 / 2 rec)
The entire offense seemed to run through Stills this week even though it was only two big plays. He had 5 total targets but surpassed 100 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown came when Tannehill noticed the defender jumping an inside route that left Stills breaking the outside wide open. The two receivers crossed in front of one another, giving just enough time for Stills to cut the corner and dive at the pylon for a 10-yard touchdown. The second touchdown was a beautiful bomb right down the middle of the field. Stills split the safeties and ran untouched for 75-yards and into the end zone. With Davante Parker out of commission with a broken finger, Stills stepped up to lead the team. The run game did just enough to open things up for Stills. It will be tougher for Stills to duplicate this performance due to the skewed number put up with the one big play. He serves best running routes underneath and in traffic. Look for his numbers to regress significantly next week.
Latest NewsDolphins | Kenny Stills limited to one catch (Sun Oct 14, 07:33 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills went for just one grab for 35 yards on two targets in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears. Our View: Stills might be droppable at this point. He hasn't done much since a Week 1 outburst and the short passing game is the preferred mode for this offense right now.
link to story Dolphins | Kenny Stills not a big factor (Sun Oct 7, 05:33 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills caught two passes for 17 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. Our View: Stills had a huge day to open the season and has proven to be unreliable since then. He should be on our benches against Chicago and isn't an essential hold in short bench leagues, especially PPR.
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