Fantasy Fins: DeVante Parker has major upside in Week 2 vs. Chargers

This looks like it s finally DeVante Parker s time. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

It’s been said before, and it bears repeating.

Third-year Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is due for a breakout season, both on the field and in the hallowed halls of fantasy football.

As a savvy fantasy player, you’re no doubt aware that Week 1 saw several largely unknown wideouts post huge fantasy numbers: your Kenny Golladays of the Lions, your Cooper Kupps of the Rams, and your Bennie Fowler IIIs of the Broncos.

Parker is far more established than any of those three, having been a first-round pick (14th overall) of the Fins in 2015 — none of the aforementioned three were drafted before the third round — and posting 56 catches last season for 744 yards and four touchdowns. Solid numbers.

But not spectacular.

[Related: Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker: Goal is 1,000+yards]

So what’s been the issue his first two seasons as a pro? Injuries, largely, and an offense focused on the run game.

What’s different this time around? Several key factors.

First, quarterback Ryan Tannehill will miss the entire season, so who steps in under center? Gunslinging veteran Jay Cutler. That alone is reason for Parker owners to rejoice.

Cutler has been quick to praise the 24-year-old Louisville native since joining the club, saying at one point that Parker is a “faster Alshon [Jeffrey]. He’s got a lot of range…. He’s got great hands. Then, he can burn you up if you’re flat-footed.”

In limited time during the preseason, they’ve proven their compatibility with a jump-ball toss from Cutler that Parker turned into a 72-yard reception against the Eagles.

My esteemed colleague Joe Schad pointed out back in June that “Parker is 6-feet-3, 212 pounds, and he can run and he can jump and he can make all the catches and is a threat to score at any time, at any of three levels.”

With that size, it’s not unfair to guess that Parker could become Miami’s primary red-zone threat, too.

“Oh,” adds Schad, “and he’s healthy.” That’s factor No. 2.

When asked during OTAs what made him think Parker was ready for a step up, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said, “It’d be consistency. He’s run fast every day, where last year it was kind of up and down. One day you’d think you had a Hall of Famer and the next you weren’t sure if he was going to make it to the game. Just his health and staying consistent. I think his routine and how fast he’s played has been really, really different from last year.”

Head coach Adam Gase told the Post he sees a “hungry” Parker this season.

And what do you feed to hungry wide receivers? Targets.

As Schad pointed out in a later story, Parker — at least thus far in his career — hasn’t gotten nearly as many targets per game (6) as, say, Jarvis Landry (8.5). But on the flip side, Parker averages far more yards per catch (15.1) than Landry (10.6).

Parker may be more of a fantasy risk than Landry, but he also has more upside. And in a fast-moving, no-huddle Dolphins offense that may well try to outscore many opponents this season, that upside looks pretty appealing.


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