As Alain Poupart of the team's website noted, DeVante Parker
certainly merited consideration for a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl roster, but the Dolphins wide receiver wasn’t upset in the least about not getting a nod.
Parker said he probably wouldn’t have played in the game had he been selected and that applies in case he ends up being named as an alternate.
“I don’t care about none of that,” Parker said. “I just go out there and play. Winning games, that’s what’s more important.”
Parker needs only 46 yards in the final two games to record the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career, which began after the Dolphins made him the 14th overall selection in the 2015 NFL draft.
The talented wide receiver said what brings him the most pride about his 2019 season has been the ability to stay healthy. Parker has played all 14 games this season and is on track for the first 16-game season of his career.
He said the next step for him is simply to keep doing what he’s been doing.
Fresh off a four-year contract extension, this has been a positive season for Parker on an individual basis. Getting to 1,000 yards for the first time since his high school days would be the icing on the cake, though Parker isn’t stressing about it.
“People see what I can do now,” Parker said. “I’ve got everybody on my side now.”
In case you missed it, Parker signed a four-year contract extension last week and the 2015 first-round pick didn't let that distract him from his breakout 2019 season.
Parker posted a 4-72-2 receiving line on seven targets against the Giants.
As ESPN's Mike Clay pointed out, ignoring a Week 13 game in which he went down with an injury after 17 snaps, Parker has reached 12 fantasy points in 10 consecutive games. He's also been targeted at least 10 times in five games and has scored a total of eight touchdowns during the span. He's found the end zone four times in his last three games.
Parker is fantasy's No. 7 wide receiver since Week 4 and has worked his way into the weekly WR1 discussion.
"So," as NFL.com's Michael Fabiano wrote, "despite a matchup against a Bengals defense that can be tough on perimeter receivers, Parker remains a virtual must start in fantasy football's version of Super Bowl week. ..."
Another option here?
Tight end Gesicki ranks second only to Parker
in total targets on the roster since Week 10. As ESPN.com's Jim McCormick notes, with Fitzpatrick regularly looking his way often and the Bengals yielding roughly 13.5 fantasy points per game to the position this season, this plus athlete out of Penn State is a solid streaming candidate for Week 16.