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 Dec 10): Stills finally had the big game we had been waiting for since Week 1. While he was on benches (if he was even on rosters) there's hope of Week 15 contributions against the Vikings as long Ryan Tannehill is healthy enough to be effective.
Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Bad matchup. Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins to an improbable last-second victory over the Patriots, completing 14 of 19 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Tannehill was given credit for a touchdown on Kenyan Drake's 55-yard lateral touchdown, which boosted his stats tremendously. Tannehill has still yet to throw for 300+ yards, but he has thrown for multiple touchdowns in six of his eight starts and is completing 67% of his passes with a yards per attempt of 8.0. The Dolphins continue to run the ball a heavy amount, which limits Tannehill's opportunities in the passing game, so there is only so much that can be expected of him from week to week. Kenny Stills is coming off a monster game that saw him catch eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, but it was also the first time this year where he has caught at least five passes and he had a total of ten catches in his previous six games. If you are going to look for one Dolphins receiver to have a big game, Stills is your man, but they came so few and far between there is just no consistency there. DeVante Parker and Danny Amendola each had one catch apiece, and that sums up the Dolphins passing game perfectly. There is no rhyme or reason to who sees the targets from week to week. The Dolphins offensive line graded out as a bottom 20 unit prior to the season, but have really played well this season, allowing Tannehill to set a career mark for completion percentage and yards per attempt. The Dolphins face off against a Vikings secondary that is currently 6th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game at 226. They've been especially stingy over the last three games, holding opponents to 155.7 yards per game. Xavier Rhodes will most likely be matched up with DeVante Parker, but he could also see time covering Kenny Stills. Either way, this is not a week to play any Dolphins receiver. The Minnesota Vikings secondary has played at a high level this year, ranking fifth in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game at 215.6. They are also tied for the league lead in passing touchdowns allowed, matching the Jaguars with only 15 touchdowns allowed this season. They also own one of the best touchdown to interception ratios, with 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. The Vikings secondary has benefitted from their defensive line causing so much pressure up front, as the Vikings are tied for eighth in the league with 38 sacks this season. The Vikings have the defensive advantage against a Miami offense that slows the game down and tries to wear out the opposing team through a combination of early down rushes and play action. The Vikings are not the type of defense that can be beaten like this though, as they have a stout defensive front and their linebackers, led by Anthony Barr, are very good in coverage and at rushing the quarterback. Unless the Dolphins offense can find a way to make a couple big plays, they are going to have a long day trying to hold off an aggressive Vikings pass rush and a talented secondary that can match up with the Miami receivers with no problem.
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 14 vs NE (9 / 8 / 135 / 1 rec)
It has been a dreadful season for Still outside of week one and now this week against the Patriots. He surpassed 100 yards and had a touchdown for only the second time this season and has not come close any other week. His longest play of the game was a 43-yard reception down the sideline where he got pushed out of bounds before he could get into the end zone. He added a 7-yard reception for a touchdown after a 36-yard Frank Gore run. Stills ran a quick out and a rolling Tannehill led him far enough to bet his man to the pylon for the score. Stills was the initial receiver on the final play that went for the game winning touchdown. He caught a 14-yard comeback route and lateraled to Parker as he was being tackled. It would have been easy to let the game end there, but he alertly got the ball to a teammate who had some room to run and it was the difference in the game.
2018 Week 13 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
It has been very down season for Stills. He exploded in week 1 and then has faded in the offense. He may be the only receiver who has played better with Tannehill under center. He caught 4 of his 6 targets and was second on the team in receiving yards. His biggest play ended up being the game winning touchdown. Stills ran a deep drag and found himself in the back of the end zone trying to track down the Tannehill pass. His quarterback felt the pressure and fell backwards as he threw rather than stepping up in the pocket. Stills tracked the ball in the air and caught it in the corner of the end zone for the score. The 13-yard score was also his longest play of the game.
2018 Week 12 vs IND (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
The regression for Stills continues this season with another subpar performance. With the return of Tannehill, there was a chance he would see a bump in production. No one was expecting a line like the first game of the season, but rather some more respectable numbers. That did not happen again today as Stills only managed to catch 1 of his 4 targets. The 4 targets were good for 2nd on the team this week, but he failed to connect with Tannehill, much like the rest of the offense. Stills now has 2 or fewer receptions in his last 6 games and has not eclipsed 40 yards since the end of September.
2018 Week 10 vs GB (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Another week and another dud by Stills. His value has all but diminished with the quarterback change, but the return of Parker has made it even more difficult for him. Stills saw the same number of targets as Gore did out of the back field and a mere 1/3 of the targets that Amendola or Parker saw. He managed to snare 2 of his 3 targets with 18 of his 26 total yards coming on a single play. The Dolphins are not using Stills to his strengths right now and he is quietly fading back to irrelevance. He has the potential to break a long play, but they would have to actually start throwing him the ball to make that happen.
2018 Week 9 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
It has been tough going for Stills after Tannehill left with an injury. He does not seem to click with Osweiler and that was evident again this week. Stills hauled in his lone target for 19 yards and played almost no role on offense for the rest of the game. He has lost some looks with Parker finally returning but he is a shell of the player who scored 2 touchdowns in week 1.
2018 Week 7 vs DET (3 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
With DaVante Parker ruled out again and Albert Wilson hurt in the first half, it would make sense that Stills would see more targets. However, that was not the case and he continues to struggle to find a role in the offense. He did pull in a 5-yard fade to the corner of the end zone for his only catch of the game. Osweiler led him so far that he could not stop and ended up running over a security guard. He gave her the ball after checking to make sure she was ok. Stills has not lived up to his production from week 1 and seems to be the odd man out with Osweiler under center.
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 posts just one grab (Sun Dec 16, 08:31 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills managed just one catch for 17 yards on three targets in Week 15 against the Minnesota Vikings. Our View: So much for Stills being back in our lineups after a big Week 14. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/Flex back in Miami where the Dolphins play much better, but against a Bills defense that can be tough to crack with a strong #1 corner in Tre'Davious White.
link to story Dolphins | Kenny Stills has monster game (Sun Dec 9, 05:11 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills caught eight passes for 135 yards and one touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 14. Our View: Stills joined Rob Gronkowski and Jarvis Landry on the you picked a nice time to show up for fantasy teams that missed the playoffs in part because of their disappointing seasons. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/Flex against the Vikings next week with the memory this game fresh in our minds.
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