• Asher Jacobs

Most Overrated Player: Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are another tricky team when it comes to determining values of their fantasy football assets. I don't believe that anyone on their team is criminally overrated, but there is one player in particular that's value has spiked higher than I would feel comfortable drafting him at. This player is DeVante Parker. DeVante is a spectacular talent, a former first round pick out of Louisville, who took some time to develop. Parker exploded onto the fantasy scene last season down the stretch after Preston Williams went down with a torn ACL. Parker totaled 72 catches for 1,202 yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns. He is certainly a breakout candidate for this season, but he comes with lots of risk, which is why many aren't comfortable drafting him at his current ADP, which is 60th overall in ESPN leagues.

Now, I'm going to say it again just to get the point across. Parker is a spectacular breakout candidate for this season, and at the right price, everyone should be willing to target him. Parker simply comes with a lot of risk, which makes his 6th round price tag pretty hefty, considering there's a real chance he could lose fantasy relevance all over again, like his first four and a half seasons in the league. The first red flag surrounding DeVante Parker's 2020 fantasy football campaign, are his matchups. Not only will Parker lineup across from the defensive player of the year, Stephon Gilmore twice in 2020, but he will also face Tre'Davious White, who many would say is the second best corner in the league two times. Parker will also see the Jets defense twice, who don't have the best corners, but have a top 10 defense, and a top safety combo in the league.

All of the aforementioned are just within Parker's division, now let's get into the other 10 games on his schedule. Parker will also face off with Jalen Ramsey, Richard Sherman, the Charger's trio of Casey Hayward, Chris Harris, and Desmond King, Shaquill Griffin, Kendall Fuller, and A.J. Bouye. Parker will play 6 of the top 10 PFF rated cornerbacks from 2019, and 9 of the top 15. It's safe to say that Parker has a scary schedule for 2020, and has tough matchups in 12 of his 16 games. This is not to say that Parker can't overcome these tough matchups, as he's done it before. In week 17, Parker had 8 catches for 137 yards against Stephon Gilmore and that Patriots defense, but let's not forget that when Parker was defended by Gilmore earlier in the year, he was held to 0 catches on 7 targets.

Parker is also on a team that is going to be led by a rookie quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa, and although Tua is an immense talent, it may take him some time to settle into the league, and lord knows who Tua's favorite target is going to be. My money's on Mike Gesicki, but that's a different conversation. There is some uncertainty surrounding Parker's quarterback situation, along with the fact that Parker has the hardest strength of schedule of any receiver in the NFL in 2020 (FantasyPros), and that Parker really only produced for just over half a season, after just about no production for 4 and a half years before that, lead me to have some mixed feelings toward drafting DeVante Parker in 2020.

Again, despite all of this, Parker is incredibly talented, and has great measureables, standing at 6 foot 3, and having just under a 40 inch vertical, with an 80 inch wingspan. Parker is a good target for fantasy 2020, but his price tag is becoming a bit hefty for someone who has the hardest strength of schedule in the league by a mile. Parker is the most overrated, and overvalued player on the Miami Dolphins from a fantasy perspective at the moment, and although I am a fan of his game, and the direction the Dolphins are going as a whole, there are some bumps in the road for DeVante Parker in 2020, so fantasy footballers, make sure you acquire him at the right price tag this year.