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What to do with DeVante Parker in Week 6 fantasy football

Trusting a member of the Dolphins is always risky, but is DeVante Parker’s matchup too good to ignore?

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker scores a touchdown during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

While there should be no earthy reason that you’d be giving this Washington-Dolphins matchup even a moment’s thought, the fantasy allure of two horrendous defenses is undeniable. Miami has surrendered the most points per game (40.8) and yards per play (7.0) to opponents so far this season. It is, without question, the worst team in the NFL. Yet, Washington isn’t all that far behind. Washington joins the Dolphins in allowing over 30 points and 400 total yards per contest — a distinction that those two and those two alone share. It’s enough to make you think some dangerous things, things like: could a Miami player actually be viable in season-long in Week 6?

If there’s an option, it has to be DeVante Parker. Though Preston Williams is the more popular name in the Dolphins’ receiving corps, it’s Parker who leads the team in a number of crucial categories. Parker’s played more snaps than Williams, he’s run more routes than Williams, and, aside from a horrendous performance against a daunting Patriots’ defense, he’s been more efficient than Williams, too. Still, the most enticing aspect of Parker’s resume doesn’t need to be juxtaposed to his rookie teammate. Prior to the team’s Week 5 bye, Parker sat fourth among all NFL wideouts in air yards with 487, placing him behind only Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and Marquise Brown. With Washington giving up 9.1 yards per target to opposing WRs so far in 2019, Parker has his best opportunity of the season to cash in on his ample ceiling.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker

Parker is one of six wideouts averaging more than 20 yards per reception. His 3.61 PPR fantasy points per touch are the ninth-most of any receiver with at least 20 targets. Add all that to the fact that Josh Norman is surrendering the fifth-most fantasy points per route covered of all qualified CBs (0.44), and you’re left with a pretty inviting matchup. Parker might cap out as a low-end FLEX consideration, but that still means you can play him.

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