Fantasy Football draft steal alert: Reach for DeVante Parker

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Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker ended 2019 as a WR1 in all fantasy football formats. Here’s why he’ll do it again in 2020.

The Miami Dolphins’ 2015 first-round pick, wide receiver DeVante Parker, finally broke out last year as the overall WR6 in standard, the WR7 in 0.5 PPR, and the WR11 in full PPR. This translated to an impressive 10.9 fantasy points per game (FPPG) in standard, 13.1 FPPG in 0.5 PPR, and 15.4 FPPG in full PPR.

Parker became the clear #1 receiver for the Dolphins’ after teammate Preston Williams suffered a season-ending ACL injury against the New York Jets in Week 9. The combination of Williams’ injury plus quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s resurgence allowed Parker to go from a mediocre flex to fantasy gold.

As previously mentioned on FanSided:

Ryan Fitzpatrick took over as Miami’s starting quarterback for good in Week 7 last year. Over those 11 games, Parker had 59 receptions (on 100 targets) for 973 yards and seven touchdowns. He was [the overall] WR2 in both standard and full PPR fantasy scoring over that span.

But it gets even better. He did all this despite goose-egging in Week 2 against the Patriots, and suffering a concussion that knocked him out early in the second quarter against the Jets in Week 14 (caught 2 of 2 targets for 28 yards). With only a few points separating the receivers ranked higher than Parker for the year, one could easily see him finishing in the top 5 in standard and top 10 in PPR had he avoided injury.

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