WR DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins
|6-3, 209||Born: 1-20-1993||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Parker had the best game of his career and can't be on benches for Week 14's game against the Jets
Week 14: at New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. For better or worse, Ryan Fitzpatrick has cemented himself as the 3-9 Dolphins' starter to close the season. That's a strong indictment of youngster Josh Rosen, who may have already worn his welcome out in Miami after just six appearances. Fitzpatrick has moved the ball much better than Rosen did, and his output has at least been strong in alternating weeks. Dating back to Week 6, he's posted 4 days of 280+ yards and 4 multi-touchdown games. Last Sunday represented one of his best starts in several years, going 27 of 39 for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns (with an interception) in an upset win over the Eagles. Fitzpatrick doesn't throw to much firepower, though he clearly has something going with DeVante Parker. Over 4 games since Preston Williams' injury, Parker has turned 41 targets into an average of 6 receptions and 114 yards. Last week he hauled in two impressive touchdowns, from 43 and 17 yards out, and also drew a big pass interference call in the end zone. He's now a weekly fantasy consideration, though it's always hard to pinpoint who else will produce in this attack. Tight end Mike Gesicki has drawn 6+ targets in 5 straight games, though he's only cleared 30 yards twice over that span. He's volatile, but he's the closest thing this unit has to a second fantasy option. The Jets pass defense remains a work in progress. They've shown progress of late, holding their last 3 opponents to just 5.7 yards per attempt and 201 a game. But those numbers were built on matchups with Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, and Andy Dalton. Prior to that, they'd been worked over by the likes of Daniel Jones (308 and 4 touchdowns), Ryan Fitzpatrick (288 and 3), and Gardner Minshew (279 and 3). Over that span, they gave up huge receiving lines to the likes of Darius Slayton (10 for 121 and 2), Chris Conley (4 for 103 and 1), and Mike Gesicki (6 for 95). The going will be even tougher if Jamal Adams, arguably the NFL's premier safety, is sidelined by an ankle sprain. Adams is counted on heavily to help a young, shaky cornerback group down the field, and his absence would make the deep ball much more attractive for Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is a favorable fantasy matchup even at full strength, though, making Fitzpatrick's sneaky Week 14 appeal even brighter.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
DeVante Parker's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 159 / 2 rec)
The Dolphins must be glad they could not work out a trade partner for Parker as he has turned into a true number 1 receiving option in this offense down the stretch. He caught 7 of his 10 targets for over 150 yards and 2 touchdowns this week. Philadelphia has been one of the worst defenses when it comes to covering receivers on the outside and Parker and Fitzpatrick took full advantage of that. After an errant pass behind Parker led to an interception on the first play of the game, the new dynamic duo torched the Eagles defense with several deep shots down the field. Parkers first touchdown was a 43-yard bomb deep down the left side. It was a 4th and 4 play where Fitzpatrick laid the ball up to Parker down the sideline. He went up and over Darby who fell on the play and Parker was able to tip toe down the side line and in for the score. The second touchdown was of the 17-yard variety and came on the heels of a 21-yard pass to Mike Gesicki. Fitzpatrick again laid the ball up to Parker, this time down the right-side line and in the end zone. Parker went up between 2 defenders and made the catch in the back of the end zone. There was some griping about offensive pass interference, but it was a clean play for the touchdown. Parker's longest play of the game was his 43-yard touchdown, but he also had a key 34-yard catch to help setup the Patrick Laird touchdown run in the 4th quarter. Parker struggled with drops early in his career but has started to catch just about everything thrown his way this season. He has emerged as the top option in this offense and has 3 very favorable matchups in the next 3 weeks to continue to put up big numbers. He is well on his way to a 1,000-yard season and could finish with 8-10 touchdowns.
2019 Week 12 vs CLE (11 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec)
Parker seems to be the last man standing on the dumpster fire that is the Dolphins season. Everyone else is either hurt or has been traded away. Jakeem Grant left the game with a foot injury and was seen in a walking boot and Albert Wilson is banged up as well. That just leaves Parker and the undisputed to option this week and he did everything but score a touchdown. He caught 6 of his 11 targets for 91 yards and has been a steady performer for the last several weeks. Parker is the only player with any sort of value right now in the Miami offense. His 2 biggest plays were a 21-yard catch and run on a short pass that helped setup the first touchdown of the game and then a 22-yard pass down the sideline. It comes as no surprise that he accounted for the longest play of the game. Miami will take on Philadelphia next week with a chance to attack their weak corners on the outside, but after that it will be a tough string of games for Parker with Buffalo and New England. The volume will be there as he is the only receiver left standing, but the numbers will start to trend down for the rest of the season.
2019 Week 11 vs BUF (10 / 7 / 135 / 0 rec)
It has been the Parker show since Preston Williams went down with a season ending injury. He has seen the greatest bump in targets outside of Allen Hurns and has done the most with it so far. Parker caught 7 of his 10 targets this week and went over 100 yards receiving for the first time this season. He also had his longest play of the season with a 50-yard reception in the first half to help setup a touchdown. Parker ran a deep drag route across the middle and Fitzpatrick hit him in stride for the big gain. The Bills were in zone coverage and the corner that was supposed to fill that zone had fallen down and allowed Parker to run for big yards after the catch. It was by far the best game of the season for Parker and the only thing he did not do this week was find the end zone.
2019 Week 10 vs IND (10 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
It was a little shaky, but Parker put together a very nice game and helped move the ball just enough for the Dolphins to get the win. He was targeted a team high 10 times and caught 5 of those balls. He had almost double the targets of anyone else on the team this week with Williams out of the lineup. His longest catch went for 21 yards and there was not much in the way of competition for targets this week. Fitzpatrick took a few shots down the field to Parker but was very erratic when looking his way. The ball was often behind or over the head of Parker and they just could not connect on the deep pass this week. The receiving core is still very crowded in Miami, but Parker is now the clear-cut top option in the offense for the rest of the season.
2019 Week 9 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)
If Parker continues to play like this, he may actually have a chance to find a decent new home in the off season. He continued his solid run by catching 4 of his 6 targets and a very impressive touchdown. His longest play of the game was his 17-yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter that put Miami up 14-7 at the time. Fitzpatrick stared Parker down as soon as the ball was snapped and delivered a beautiful back shoulder ball the he caught right at the pylon. Parker used his body to box out the corner and made an amazing one-handed catch for the touchdown. The rest of his catches went for short to intermediate gains and helped keep drives alive for Miami. Parker has done a lot to improve his stock this season while playing on one of the worst teams in the NFL. HE can only hope to finally get out of Miami in the off season.
2019 Week 8 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Parker continues his turn around and led the team in receiving yards again this week. He caught 6 of his 8 targets and had the second lonest play of the game with a 15-yard reception. Grant had more yards receiving than anyone had rushing or receiving. He was used as a possession receiver this week with short to intermediate passes for first downs. Parker has been one of Fitzpatrick's favorite targets since taking over for Josh Rosen and the chemistry is apparent. The fire sale has continued in Miami and Parker is a name that has been mentioned in trade rumors and could be the next player on the move out of Miami.
2019 Week 7 vs BUF (10 / 5 / 55 / 1 rec)
Parker plays much better when Fitzpatrick is under center and it showed again this week. He was targeted a team high 10 times and caught 5 of those passes and a touchdown. His longest catch went for 14 yards and he added a 12-yard catch and run for a touchdown in the first half. Fitzpatrick went play action and rolled to his right with Parker leaking out into the flat on a shallow drag route. Parker caught the ball, turned up field, and ran over a defender as he dove into the end zone for the second touchdown of the game. This gave Miami a lead going into half time and capped off a 60-yard drive. Parker now has a touchdown in each of the last 3 games for Miami and is taking advantage of teams paying more attention to Williams on the other side.
2019 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
The Dolphins do not have many touchdowns this season, but Parker now has 2 of them. He is catching up to Williams for the team lead in receiving yards as well. Parker managed to catch 3 of his 4 targets this week and made the most important catch with :06 left for a touchdown. Parker ran a skinny post from 11 yards out and made a sliding catch on a low ball that was just out of reach of his defender in coverage. Parker has had a tough time with drops his entire career but was able to make this catch when it truly mattered. Unfortunately, the Dolphins decided to go for 2 instead of the game tying extra point and lost when the pass fell incomplete. Parker is going to have a much tougher time next week against a great Buffalo secondary.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (4 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec)
It has been a very up and down career for Parker in Miami and this week just happened to be one of those ups. Parker caught all 4 of his targets and just the second touchdown of the season for the Dolphins. After dropping what should have been an easy touchdown last week, Parker burned past his man this week for a 34-yard touchdown down the right sideline. The corner got caught trying to jump the underneath route by the running back and Parker had a clear path to the end zone without a defender within 10 yards of him. Parker outpaced Preston Williams in yards this week and was the best player on the team. Someone has to catch the ball when it isn't being thrown to the other team and it will be a toss up each week between Parker and Williams as to who sees the most volume.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Just when you think Parker has turned the corner and is going to start playing like the 1st round pick he was, he drops an easy touchdown pass on a slant that would have been only the 2nd touchdown for the Dolphins all season. Parker started the game with a bang and caught a 40-yard deep ball down the sideline from Rosen. The offense was unable to turn the big play into points when they missed a 47-yard field goal 3 plays later. Parker has started to lose some of his volume to Williams and could see an even bigger hit when Albert Wilson comes back from injury. Miami has tried to trade him before and could not find a buyer, so it looks like he will play out the rest of his contract this year with the Dolphins.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was not a good day for Parker against the Patriots. He had 7 targets come his way but did not come down with a single one of them. Parker was blanketed in coverage all game long and could not seem to break free. Fitzpatrick and Rosen were under duress the entire game and had to deal with a collapsing pocket and limited time to throw the ball. Parker is the top option at receiver for Miami right now but he will need a quarterback to throw him the ball.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec)
It has been an interesting turn for Parker. He went from being the odd receiver out on the depth chart and the guy the team really wanted to trade, to the top performer on a very bad team this week. Parker was targeted a team high 7 times this week and managed to bring in 3 passes. The big play was a 49-yard homerun down the middle of the field from Fitzpatrick, and he also added a 14-yard catch and run down the left sideline on the Dolphins lone touchdown drive. There will be plenty of completion for catches with Allen Hurns, Jakeem Grant, and Albert Wilson all fighting for playing time, but this is the final season for Parker to prove he is a capable NFL receiver. Look for him to finish the season at or near the top of most receiving categories for a very bad Dolphins team this year.
Latest NewsDolphins | DeVante Parker torches Jets (Sun Dec 1, 09:36 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker caught seven of his 10 targets for 159 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. link to story Dolphins | DeVante Parker racks up 91 yards (Sun Nov 24, 05:42 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker posted six grabs for 91 yards on a team-high 11 targets in Week 12 against the Cleveland Browns. Our View: Parker has been consistent and healthy in his best season to date. The Dolphins might not add an impact quarterback in the draft, but Parker's arrow is still pointing up for dynasty. He's a WR3/Flex against the Eagles next week.
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