WR DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins
|6-3, 209||Born: 1-20-1993||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick 14|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs BUF (7 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
Parker had one impact play on the team's first scoring drive, which ended with a field goal, but otherwise, he was used mostly in the short passing game. Parker fumbled on one reception, but a teammate recovered it.
2017 Week 16 vs KC (10 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught five passes for 63 yards on 10 targets against the Chiefs. The 10 targets were the most on the Dolphins, which is interesting considering Parker had really lost the confidence of Jay Cutler in the second half of the season. It does make sense though, as Jarvis Landry will be a free agent after this year and Miami needs to know what they have in Parker. Parker's long catch of the day came on a 34 yard gain where he beat Marcus Peters down the field, however Cutler did not see him until it was too late. By that time, two Chiefs defenders had caught up with Parker, and Cutler threw up a prayer that Parker was able to jump up and high point the ball, making a very nice catch. Other than that catch, Parker was held to four catches for 29 yards and did not make much of an impact. He was targeted down the field twice, but both were bad throws by Cutler that Parker had no shot of catching.
2017 Week 15 vs BUF (12 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught six of 12 targets for 89 yards against the Bills. On the plus side, Parker did catch his second most passes in a game, and the 89 yards was a season high for him. On the downside, Parker was only able to reel in half of his targets, and he was once again, on the wrong end of a Jay Cutler interception. Parker's long gain of the game on a 36 yard catch where Cutler threw the ball up and let Parker make a play, which he did. Outside of that catch, Parker's other five catches went for 53 yards, and most of them came on short slants, crossing and comeback routes. He was targeted down the field, but Cutler routinely overthrew him or could not put the ball in a place where Parker could make a play for his team.
2017 Week 14 vs NE (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught four of his six targets for 40 yards against the Patriots. Jay Cutler tried to get Parker going right from the jump on an easy crossing route, but he looked up and downfield before he was able to secure the catch. The drop was a continuation of a trend that has destroyed Parker's fantasy value over the second half of the season. The 40 yards was his highest yardage total in his last four games, but on a night where Jay Cutler threw the ball 38 times, Parker should have played a much bigger role in the Dolphins passing offense. It would be an understatement to say that Cutler has lost faith in Parker, as the drops have mounted and so have the number of interceptions that Cutler has recorded on plays where he targeted Parker.
2017 Week 13 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught one of four targets for five yards against the Broncos. He has become the #3 option in the passing game at best, and that is generous considering the Dolphins running backs are more frequently targeted. Jay Cutler tried to get him involved by targeting him down the field, but Parker was once again on wrong end of a Cutler interception, which has become something of a trend this season. At some point, Cutler lost faith in him, and began looking Kenny Stills way, which was evident as Stills 13 targets more than tripled Parker's four. Stills has lapped Parker's production over the second half of the season and Parker has become way too inconsistent to use in your fantasy lineups. The upside no longer exceeds the risk.
2017 Week 12 vs NE (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker was the ultimate victim of Matt Moore's poor performance against the Patriots. He caught only one pass for five yards on three targets, and the two balls that he did not catch were intercepted. Parker was open several times when Moore was sacked, so it is not as though he couldn't shake his defenders coverage. Parker has been targeted down the field often, so with Moore having to get the ball out early, he did not see many passes come his way. Parker has incredible potential, but the Dolphins have not figured out a way to use him in a way that could show off his vast skillset.
2017 Week 11 vs TB (9 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Parker wasn't much of a downfield target in this one and had a drop that led to Jay Cutler's third interception. He was semi-effective on a few wide receiver screens, and had multiple red zone targets, including one in the end zone. He is the third receiver and not as emphasized with Matt Moore.
2017 Week 10 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught six passes for 66 yards on nine targets against the Panthers. It is the fifth time in six games that Parker has caught at least four passes for 66+ yards, and has led the Dolphins in receiving yards in four of those games. Parker is normally targeted heavily in the intermediate and deep passing game, but in this contest he saw six of his nine targets within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. He did a good job of creating yards after the catch and also adjusting to Jay Cutler's inaccurate throws, including a nifty catch on the sideline on a comeback route. Even so, Parker did most of his damage after the game was well out of hand and the Panthers were more focused on keeping the clock running and avoiding big plays deep down the field which explains why he saw most of his targets in the short passing game. Parker has shown no lasting effects from the injury that kept him out of three games, and continues to be the Dolphins big play threat in the passing game. Parker only has one touchdown in six games, which is disappointing because he is really the only big bodied receiver that the Dolphins have and is a mismatch in the red zone where he can use his elite athleticism and jumping ability to high point the ball on fade routes and jump balls.
2017 Week 9 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)
In Parker's first game back from injury, he caught five of nine passes for 76 yards and assumed the role of the X receiver in Miami's passing attack. Parker is the most versatile receiver the Dolphins have, as he is able to win one on one matchups down the field by using his athleticism and jumping ability, but he is also able to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic. With the Dolphins intent on getting Jay Cutler outside the pocket, Parker was given time to set up his defenders and get open, and that's exactly what he did. On one play, Cutler moved his feet well in the pocket and moved around the Raiders linebackers by shifting side to side several times. Parker ran a deep crossing route and by the time Cutler delivered the ball, Parker had run away from his defender was on his way to a 26 yard gain. If the Dolphins can continue to spread out opposing defenses, Parker will have big games on the way in the second half of the season.
2017 Week 5 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught his only target of the game for six yards. Parker injured his ankle early in the first half against the Titans and was ruled out after halftime. The ankle injury is not believed to be serious and Parker's injury status is uncertain as he heads to week 6.
2017 Week 4 vs NO (8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker again led the Dolphins in receiving yards, while tying for the team lead in receptions. Parker caught six passes for 69 yards, and was the only Miami skill position player to finish with 50+ yards. Parker has finished with 85, 76 and 69 yards in his first three games this season, leading the Dolphins in receiving yards in all three games. Parker has made a habit out of creating "wow" plays every week, and this game was no exception. With Jay Cutler scrambling out of the pocket, he threw an off-balance jump ball as Parker was making his way back to the ball. Parker elevated and was able to get to the ball a split second before his defender, made a tough grab and then turned it up-field, gaining other nine yards after the catch. Parker is without a doubt the X-factor in the Dolphins passing game, as he is capable of creating big plays after the catch on short and intermediate routes, but is at his best when boxing out defenders deep down the field and elevating way above cornerbacks to make tough catches. Even in a game where the Dolphins had less than 200 net yards of total offense and only one trip to the red zone, Parker was able to score double digit fantasy points and stand out as the best player on the field for Miami.
2017 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 8 / 76 / 1 rec)
DeVante Parker was the lone bright spot for the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 76 yards, as well as the lone touchdown for the Dolphins offense. Parker was extremely efficient, catching eight of 10 targets. Parker had the longest play of the day for the Dolphins offense, catching a 26 yard pass where he ran a deep go-route and Cutler threw the ball behind him. Parker made a great adjustment and caught the ball for a nice gain. Parker was the only receiver who consistently won one on one matchups against the Jets young cornerbacks, and if not for Cutler being off-target for most of the game, Parker could have had a bigger game
2017 Week 2 vs LAC (9 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
On the surface, Parker catching only four of his nine targets for 85 yards may not sound like an impressive day, but there was a lot to be excited about. For starters, Parker was targeted deep down the field on five of his nine targets, and managed to have two separate 30+ yard catches. On his first 31 yard catch, Parker improvised a short in-route, taking off down the middle of the field as Cutler was forced to roll out of the pocket. Cutler led Parker just out in front of him and Parker made a great over the shoulder catch that showcased his ability to make the tough grab. On his second 31 yard catch, Parker ran a straight go-route and despite being tightly covered, Cutler threw the ball up and gave Parker the opportunity to make a play. That is exactly what Parker did, elevating above his defender and snatching the ball directly from his outstretched defender. It was the type of play that will give Cutler the confidence to continue throwing the ball deep down the field to Parker, even when he is covered.
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