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THREE REASONS TO TRUST DEVANTE PARKER IN 2020:
- Despite a poor catch rate, DeVante Parker was heavily targeted in 2019 and performed well by most efficiency metrics
- The Dolphins offense should be as good, or better, in 2020 behind new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and his multiple wide receiver sets should feed Parker plenty of targets
- Changes on the Dolphins roster, a possible quarterback change, and a scheme change all mean that Parker is a candidate for a small step back. But even shaving Parker's numbers to account for the uncertainty doesn't destroy Parker’s floor and draft value as a solid WR2
Parker is a name with lots of emotion attached to it. He’s burned countless fantasy owners in the past, and this makes it hard to consider his 2020 prospects objectively after a fifth-year breakout. Projecting Parker to take a small step back is the right move considering all the change swirling around him on both sides of the ball. But after a WR11 finish in PPR formats last year, even haircutting last year's production leaves plenty of room for value at his current price. He can be counted thanks to an enviable combination of a solid floor and WR1 upside.
LESSONS FROM 2019
The majority of the fantasy community had given up on Parker by the start of last season. For too many years, people had read of Parker’s training camp heroics only to be burned by a disappearing act when the regular season started. Despite flashes of brilliance, he never met expectations. But then, in Year 5, Parker put it all together. He finished as the 11th-best receiver with 15.4 points per game. He also posted the fifth-most receiving yards in the league and tied for fourth in the league with nine touchdowns. By most metrics, Parker finally lived up to the hype and had an excellent year.
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