Game update: Kenny Stills has been targeted twice, but has no receptions halfway through the fourth quarter.
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Brandin Cooks will be ACTIVE, per Ian Rapoport. There is no word on any kind of snap limitations, but if he’s active, this is a solid matchup. The big concern is an aggravation of the injury.
Update 6:11 p.m.: Inactives are due at 6:50 p.m. ET, at which point we’ll know if Brandin Cooks is going to play tonight. He is questionable with a quadricep injury, but there was some optimism about his chances of playing.
Heading into his eighth season, Kenny Stills head into year two with the Houston Texans. The Texans sent DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason, which should open up opportunities for Houston wideouts. The Texans have a good amount of depth at the wide receiver position, which will make things difficult for Stills, who might be the fourth option for Deshaun Watson. Will Stills get off to a big start on Thursday night?
Fantasy Football Analysis, Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills
Stills will need to take advantage of any passes thrown his way with three veteran wide receivers likely to see more playing time in Week 1. However, he will likely be behind Will Fuller V, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb. The Texans are also going up against the defending Super Bowl champs Kansas City Chiefs, which played well against opposing wide receivers in 2019. In his first season with Houston in 2019, Stills caught 40 passes for 561 yards and scored four touchdowns.
This is not a good matchup for Stills, and his spot on the depth chart will make it difficult for him to make much of an impact on Thursday night. Fantasy owners are tossing a Hail Mary, just hoping for a touchdown because the volume is highly unlikely to be there. His only hope is if Cooks injury is bad enough to keep him out, so keep an eye on that situation.
It would take a fairly deep league to trust Kenny Stills in Week 1. He’s likely going to be on the bench in nearly all fantasy lineups.