Drew Brees has thrown for over 4,500 passing yards for three straight seasons. You don’t get those yards throwing 3 yard flats all day to Pierre Thomas. You get that by getting big chunks from the likes of Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem. Neither player starts for the Saints in the 2013 campaign. Instead, the Saints have consolidated the role of deep threat to rookie Kenny Stills.
As mentioned before in other posts, there are three potent passing attacks that are going through transitions and need rookie receivers to step up. We’ve mentioned Keenan Allen almost a month ago and Aaron Dobson a few weeks ago. Kenny Stills might be the most explosive of the three. Dobson is a receiver that relies on his hands and height, a la Marques Colston. Keenan Allen makes good adjustment to the balls. Stills is the big play threat. He has to be proficient to be fantasy relevant, because like Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem before him, he won’t lead the team in targeting on most Sundays. But the Saints high scoring offense is a testament that their scheme and how they use their highly specialized parts are extremely proficient.
Kenny Stills might be the anti-Michael Floyd. In Floyd’s situation, the catches and perhaps even the occasional touchdown will be there, but the lack of down field passing opportunities might make Stills a little more appealing. If Stills finishes with a 3 catch day it’ll probably be big, like last Sunday when the stat line read 3 catches, 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Michael Floyd also had a 3 catch game in week 8, it was accompanied by 30 yards and a touchdown. If you take away the touchdown, Floyd would have had 3o yards which would equal 3 fantasy points in most leagues. In the big scheme of thing is there really a difference between 3 points and 0 in fantasy? And unlike Robert Meachem before him, Stills seems to have a little more of that “it” factor to be more than a big play receiver. Treat Skills as a valuable bye-week bench player, but if Marques Colston, continues to be a non-factor, Brees will look to Skills to make more big plays and see more targets.