Is Los Angeles Chargers Tight End Donald Parham On The Rise In 2021?

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Is Donald Parham a buy low candidate in your fantasy leagues? We think he might be — let’s dig into the young tight end and the Chargers’ situation.

Let’s talk about the tight end situation down there in Los Angeles.

Hunter Henry was hit with the franchise tag last year and all evidence suggests that the Chargers will let him walk as a free agent. He’ll likely be looking for a good payday and if the Chargers feel like Parham is capable of filling that role, it will be a major bump up in snaps and targets for him. 

Hunter Henry finished 2020 with 60 receptions for 613 yards (~10 yards/rec) and 4 TDs.

More about Donald Parham.

Parham went to Stetson… some college none of us have ever heard of. He did great and his senior season, he had 85 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns.. But, it’s Stetson.

He went undrafted in 2019… had a cup of coffee with the Lions and Washington Football Team… then headed to the XFL where he starred for the Dallas Renegades. 

During the draft process he came in at 6’8” and 240 lbs. — he was born in August 1997, so he’ll turn 24 later this year.

In 2020 he signed with the Chargers and finished the year with 10 receptions for 159 yards (~16 yards/rec) and 3 TDs.

Highlights

Parham doesn’t exactly play like a 6’8” Gronk Monster but is quietly very nimble for a man of that height, along with the long speed to pull away from linebackers and even some defensive backs.

In 2020 he signed with the Chargers and finished the year with 10 receptions for 159 yards and 3 TDs.

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Summary

If you are in a dynasty league Parham should be owned. Of course, if they resign Henry Parham’s short-term value will tank. But, all signs are pointing to Henry being gone and the reigns being handed over to Parham. Whether this is a reflection of the Chargers not handling Henry’s contract well or their belief in Parham remains to be seen, but it’s quite possibly the latter. 

While his numbers weren’t amazing in 2020 his few touches led to some nice splash plays that teased us with the potential — 30% of his receptions lead to touchdowns. His reception percentage was low at 50% (10/20) — but, that’s a small sample size. Additionally, he was a rookie* playing with a rookie quarterback, behind other tight ends, in a Covid-19 season — it’s hard to imagine he got that many reps to build chemistry with Herbert last season. 

In a division with Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and Noah Fant, it’s possible the Chargers have watched enough tape to know a dynamic tight end can do a number on a defense. It seems as though the Chargers see the potential of Herbert and Parham and 2021 will provide a big opportunity for Parham if they do in fact lose Henry.

Projections (Assuming Henry’s departure)

2021: 70 rec, 850 yds, 7 TDs

2022: 82 rec, 1100 yds, 8 TDs

Who are your favorite dynasty targets? Let us know in the comments section below.

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