News: 1 day agoParker (shoulder/hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: Though Parker was able to practice on a limited basis throughout the week, he ultimately didn't demonstrate enough progress to avoid a third consecutive absence. With Parker sidelined for another week, Jaylen Waddle (10 catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets Week 6) and Mike Gesicki (8-115-0-9) are expected to function as the top pass-catching options for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week 7.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Following a breakout 2019 campaign in which he posted a 72-1,202-9 receiving line en route to a WR11 fantasy campaign, Parker crashed back to earth in 2020. He missed two games, was held to a 63-793-4 line and finished 40th in fantasy points. He has now missed at least one game (13 total) and finished 40th or worse in fantasy points in five of his six seasons. Parker will have more competition for targets this season after Miami signed Will Fuller V and drafted Jaylen Waddle, and the team's QB situation is a question mark with unproven Tua Tagovailoa under center. The 28-year-old Parker will still play a sizable role, but there's enough risk here that he's best-valued as a flex option.