As the season appears on the horizon and fantasy drafts are being organized, it's time to look at players who could breakout in 2019. The Dolphins' wideout DeVante Parker is one of those who has the potential to finally announce himself. He's a player that you're going to want to consider drafting this season in your fantasy league.
It all looked over in Miami for Parker, now 26, when the Dolphins declined to pick up his fifth-year option, however after agreeing a two-year deal he managed to get his wish to stay.
Now on the verge of his fifth season, it's been a tough time for Parker since he was drafted 14th overall in 2015. He emerged in the same draft class as Amari Cooper, Tyler Lockett and Stefon Diggs but has failed to reach their level. It now feels that his career is at a crossroads, can we realize his potential or will he go on to become another afterthought like fellow 2015 first-rounders Kevin White, Breshad Perriman and Phillip Dorsett.
Parker has yet to register a 1,000 yard season but the former Louisville man will hopefully see that streak come to an end this year. The frustration with Parker is that he clearly has the technique and speed, combined with the prototypical bodytype, to be an elite wide-receiver, but it just hasn't all clicked yet. Every time it's felt like he was about to break out he's been hit by injury, he's also been damaged by playing for a weak Dolphins team, devoid of identity and poorly coached. He suffered under the tenure of former-head coach Adam Gase.
Reports suggest that he's been excellent in the offseason training program and in the early stages of training camp, but we've heard that before. What's different now? Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick only played eight times for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season but he managed to put up impressive numbers in that time. He totaled 2,366 yards and 17 TDs in that spell, recording a higher average amount of yards per game than Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick issue has always been turnovers, but for Parker that isn't important. What is important is that last season the Bucs managed to have three receiver, Mike Evans (1,524 yards), Chris Godwin (842 yards) and DeSean Jackson (774 yards) each total more than any season of Parkers pro-career.
He may not be an elite QB and the Dolphins don't have the weapons of Tampa Bay but Fitzpatrick will help his receiver pick up good stats, something that Parker is due given his bad luck previously.
If Parker can stay fit, and it's a big if given a long list of finger, groin and hamstring injuries, then he's a player you should absolutely be targeting in your fantasy drafts. Yahoo have his current ADP at 128.8, at that range he's well worth taking over the likes of Tyrell Williams who don't offer his upside. Parker has the potential to be a real flex play throughout the season and offers a great value WR pick in the later rounds. Don't miss out on him.
By Sam Farley