DeVante Parker, Mac Jones' Updated Fantasy Outlook After WR Traded to Patriots

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVApril 2, 2022

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

The New England Patriots are beefing up their passing game ahead of Mac Jones' second season in the NFL.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday the Patriots acquired DeVante Parker from the Miami Dolphins.

Parker caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games with the Dolphins in 2021.

Now that he no longer has to share an offense with Tyreek Hill, the 29-year-old should get a fantasy football boost. Going from Tua Tagovailoa to Jones, who threw for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns as a rookie, might be an upgrade as well.

For Jones, he gets a pass-catcher who eclipsed 1,000 yards (1,202) in 2019. Parker isn't a massive game-changer, but he should help the 2021 first-round pick.

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

DeVante Parker's contract calls for him to earn a base salary of $5.65 in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023.<br><br>Patriots WRs:<br><br>🏈DeVante Parker <br>🏈Nelson Agholor<br>🏈Jakobi Meyers<br>🏈Kendrick Bourne<br>🏈N’Keal Harry<br>🏈Ty Montgomery<br>🏈Kristian Wilkerson<br>🏈Malcolm Perry<br>🏈Tre Nixon

This trade isn't enough to catapult Jones into the QB1 category. 

Pro Football Focus' Ian Hartitz listed him at No. 24 and cited the 23-year-old's lack of scrambling ability as a factor limiting his fantasy ceiling.

"In an offense with good but far from great skill-position weapons, Jones again projects as more of a game-manager type who will be a better real-life quarterback than fantasy difference-maker," Hartitz wrote.

Until he proves otherwise, Jones is best utilized in a streaming capacity rather than having him occupy a regular place in your squad. 

Similarly, fantasy managers shouldn't go overboard with Parker.

He has played a full season only once in his NFL career, so him playing all 17 games in 2022 is no guarantee. On a per-game basis, his numbers are pretty good (3.6 receptions, 50.8 yards) but not otherworldly.

Between what he can achieve at his full potential and the different dimension he brings to the Patriots, it's easy to see how this move can pay off in a big way.

Phil Perry @PhilAPerry

Before a Week 1 game with Miami in 2020, Bill Belichick was asked about DeVante Parker.<br><br>“He’s a big athlete that runs well.”<br><br>That’s what they’ve lacked at WR, what they’ve been looking for this offseason.<br><br>Turns out the Tyreek Hill trade opened an opportunity for NE to improve. <a href="https://t.co/EgBcX7DfbO">pic.twitter.com/EgBcX7DfbO</a>

Expectations should nonetheless remain tempered for now.