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What to do with DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant in Week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs

After DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant each missing Week 15 with hamstring injuries, both look to return for the Dolphins’ tilt with the Raiders.

DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half in the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Game status: In a bit of a surprise, DeVante Parker is INACTIVE for Week 16. Jakeem Grant is active and he and Mike Gesicki will be the top two available pass catchers.

A promising season or the Miami Dolphins hangs in the balance as the regular season enters the final stretch. At 9-5, they cling to the final wild-card spot in the AFC have little margin for error with the Baltimore Ravens breathe down their necks. To keep the Ravens at bay, the Dolphins need to take care of business this Saturday against the tail-spinning Las Vegas Raiders.

Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant

The Dolphins offense has struggled in recent weeks, particularly in the passing game. Lead wideout DeVante Parker registered just four catches for 35 yards over his last two games. That does not include the Week 14 win over the New England Patriots, a matchup he missed with hamstring issues. Parker again appears on the injury report this week as questionable, limiting his upside even if he does suit up on Saturday.

Likewise, fellow wideout Jakeem Grant missed last week due to a troublesome hamstring. Even before the injury, Grant’s production made him difficult to consider for fantasy purposes. The veteran wideout hasn’t reached the end zone nor topped four catches for 43 yards since Week 9. Looking back further, Grant hasn’t compiled 50 yards from scrimmage all season.

Still, though Parker and Grant present plenty of reasons for concern, the matchup with the Raiders does offer some upside. The Las Vegas defense has allowed an average of roughly 13 catches for 173 yards and a little over a touchdown to wide receivers this season. The unit has performed so poorly that head coach Jon Gruden dismissed defensive coordinator Paul Guenther during a short week earlier this month.

Even so, fantasy managers will probably have better options from which to choose.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Parker and Grant.