DeVante Parker Fantasy Outlook Improves With Dolphins WR Opt-Outs

DeVante Parker's fantasy football outlook is on the rise in 2020.
DeVante Parker's fantasy football outlook is on the rise in 2020. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Already written off as a bust by many, DeVante Parker finally had his breakout season with the Miami Dolphins in 2019.

Now entering his fifth NFL season, Parker will be called on to be a true No. 1 WR in Miami. That was made especially clear earlier this week when both Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson opted out of the 2020 season, leaving the Dolphins thin at WR and giving Parker's fantasy football outlook a big boost.

DeVante Parker Fantasy Football Value

Parker had a slow start to the 2019 season, but he broke out in a huge way down the stretch. From Week 10 to 17 he saw double-digit targets in six of eight games, scored 5 touchdowns and topped 110 receiving yards four times. He averaged 5.5 receptions, 100.3 receiving yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game in that time. Notably, Parker was fantasy's WR2 during that stretch, averaging a robust 19.3 PPR points per game.

Admittedly, that breakout did coincide with Preston Williams going down with a season-ending injury. But that torn ACL means Williams is far from a guarantee to be back up to full-speed in Week 1.

The absences of Hurns and Wilson should also make up for Williams' return if he is fully healthy. Wilson and Hurns combined to command 11 percent of the Dolphins' targets while Williams was playing, even though injuries caused Wilson to miss three of those games.

Expanding our view to the entire season, Parker ranked No. 11 among wide receivers in PPR fantasy points in 2019.

With the offense around him remaining largely the same (with the exception of a possible upgrade at QB with Tua Tagovailoa) and limited competition for targets, another big season could be in the cards for Parker.

He's being drafted as just the WR26 off the board this year, according to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data, but The Duel's fantasy football rankings have him at WR22.

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