2019 Fantasy Football: The Deep State exposes AFC East studs and duds

In an eight-part series, The Deep State discloses the 2019 fantasy football studs and duds from each NFL division. This week, we've got the AFC East in the cross hairs.

2019 Fantasy Football
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Miami Dolphins

Stud: Kenyan Drake, running back

Perhaps no player in the league was under-utilized more in 2018 than Kenyan Drake. To justify that, you have to go back to the end of the 2017 season. Drake became the starter late in the season after Jay Ajayi was traded and Damian Williams was injured. In the final five games of the season, Drake ran for 444 yards and caught 17 passes. He looked like a legit starter and dangerous dual-threat back heading into 2018. Then-head coach Adam Gase had different plans, however.

Drake split time with Frank Gore, starting just seven games and logging 120 carries on the season. Though he saw a career high in receptions with 53, he was gravely underutilized as a runner. The 2019 Miami Dolphins have a defensive-minded head coach and an uncertain quarterback position. Drake now heads up a backfield that includes second-year back Kalen Ballage, but it looks like Drake is poised to pick up where he left off in 2017 and have a breakout 2019 fantasy football season. His potential is, arguably, the highest among the AFC East running backs.

Dud: DeVante Parker, wide receiver

Each spring DeVante Parker entices fantasy owners with impressive practice play that evaporates once the regular season arrives. News flash: It’s happening again. Parker looked good in spring practices, cajoling some to include him in the 2019 fantasy football sleeper category. Don’t fall for it. Given what the Dolphins have on their roster, expect a conservative, ball-control offense in 2019. Parker might make a splash play here and there, but he’s not worth drafting.