In a surprise move, the Dolphins kept free agent receiver Kenny Stills on a four-year deal worth $32 million, including $20 million guaranteed this offseason. Now he has to prove he's worth it. Stills earned the huge raise with a tremendous 2016, catching 42 passes for a mouth-watering 726 yards and nine touchdowns. Doing it again could be a little tricky since more is expected from teammate DeVante Parker, plus new tight end Julius Thomas could swipe some touchdowns. But given the tendency of new quarterback Jay Cutler, Fantasy owners should expect some nice games from Stills. You'll be able to snag him with a late-round pick and use him as a boom-or-bust receiver off your bench. You'll want to lean on him in games the Dolphins play that are expected to be high scoring and lacking defense.
Stills had two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 19-17 victory over San Diego on Sunday. Stills was the clear third choice for Jay Cutler as he only garnered five targets compared to 15 for Jarvis Landry and nine for DeVante Parker. He did however make the most of his two catches by reeling in a 29-yard strike for a score.
Stills won't suit up in Week 1 after the Dolphins' matchup with the Buccaneers was postponed with Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in South Florida, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. The two teams are scheduled to make up the contest Nov. 19 in Week 11 of the regular season, meaning both the Dolphins and Buccaneers will play 16 consecutive weeks to conclude the campaign. Assuming health permits for the receiver over the next week, Stills will make his season debut Sept. 17 against the Chargers.
Stills logged 31 snaps en route to hauling in two of his four targets for 18 yards in Thursday's 38-31 preseason loss to the Eagles. DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry and Stills led the way in terms of wideout playing time in Thursday's dress rehearsal, a trend that should carry into the regular season. With Stills, who logged 42 catches for 726 yards and nine TDs in 2016, competing with Parker and Landry for looks in the passing game, as well as new tight end Julius Thomas, he could could be a hit-or-miss fantasy option, though Stills' field-stretching ability could pair well with QB Jay Cutler, who in the past typically hasn't been shy about taking shots deep downfield.
Stills is currently nursing a tight hamstring, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Hamstrings can be a delicate issue for receivers, so look for the team to err on the side of caution before bringing Stills back to full participation. It remains to be seen who will be throwing the No. 3 receiver the ball this season, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill's knee injury has clouded the team's direction going forward.
Stills (undisclosed) is practicing Tuesday, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports. Stills missed the final two days of OTAs due to an unspecified injury, but he's back in action for the first day of mandatory minicamp. He's set to reprise his role as a modest-volume deep threat, playing alongside Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in the three-wide formations that comprise most of Miami's offense.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@New York Jets||30||27.00|
|4||10/01||New Orleans Saints||32||32.00|
|7||10/22||New York Jets||30||27.00|
|11||11/19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||26.00|
|12||11/26||@New England Patriots||29||27.00|
|14||12/12||New England Patriots||29||27.00|
|16||12/24||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||25.00|
|3 Year Avg||76||44||699||5||32||15.89||99|