Here's Why DeVante Parker Is a Solid Dark-Horse Option to Lead the NFL in Receiving Yards in 2020

Max Staley
DeVante Parker has an outside shot to lead the NFL in receiving yards.
DeVante Parker has an outside shot to lead the NFL in receiving yards. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Believe it or not, DeVante Parker had the fifth-most receiving yards in the NFL last season, tallying a career-best 1,202. Despite that, he's available at just +3700 to lead the league in receiving yards in 2020, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Despite being tied for just the 17th-best odds to finish the 2020 campaign as the NFL's receiving leader (15th among WRs), the Miami Dolphins wideout actually has a real chance to surprise some people.

Casual fans might not have noticed, because Parker didn't really turn it on until the second half, but when he did he never looked back. Over his first nine games, Parker averaged a respectable 52.1 receiving yards per game, putting him on pace for an 834-yard season.

But over his final seven contests that figured ballooned to 104.7 yards per game, putting him on pace for 1,675 yards – which would've been good for the second-best total in 2019. That wasn't really the result of one or two games either, as Parker was consistently dominant down the stretch. In fact, he recorded at least 91 receiving yards in five of his final seven games.

It'll be tough for him to maintain that pace, but Parker has always been viewed as a supreme talent. If he's finally put it all together, he could be a force in Miami for years to come. He should also benefit from the improvements Miami has made to its roster, including a revamped offensive line and the addition of Tua Tagovailoa.

He's likely best viewed as a dark horse, but Parker absolutely has a chance to post another monster season in 2020.

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