What Does DeVante Parker’s Foot Injury Mean to his Fantasy Value?


DeVante Parker missed time in 2014 due to a foot injury that most believe was a fracture of the fifth metatarsel. Per various sources he recently had another surgery on a foot, although it’s unclear if it was the same foot or the same injury. Most outlets are saying he’ll be ready for Week 1.

This is not ideal for a player that has a lot of things to like, but also has some question marks. In addition to the foot injury, which looks like it could have been re-aggravated somehow, Parker was also kind of a one year wonder. In fact he might have been less than a one year wonder to the extent that the one year was a shortened season.

But Parker also has shown flashes of having AJ Green level upside. So there couldn’t be anything more frustrating than a player having a really high ceiling while his body might not be cooperating. Although the various sources online say that Parker will be on track for Week 1, I’ll go ahead and bet against that. Not because I know anything about Parker’s foot, but simply because he’s going to be a rookie receiver returning from surgery on a team that recently added various other pass catchers. They don’t need to rush back the player they just spent a first round pick on if his career could be impacted long term by returning early.

We’ll have to see how this plays out. With a positional ADP of WR41 there might have been some value in Parker before this injury. Our staff projections actually like him at that ADP. He’ll be the most logical lead receiver in a pass heavy high volume offense, and his price is cheap. But this news throws a little bit of a wrench into that value.

Update: Some further information about Parker’s surgery.