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Colby Parkinson
ADP: 20.6
Bye: 6
Experience: 4
Age: 25.5
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 265
40 Time: 4.77
Speed Score: 100.70

Burst Score (Rank): 111.40 (22%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.61 (44%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.03 (59%)

Colby Parkinson's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
2.6 26.6 0.18 3.9
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
0.8 8.1 0.1 1.2

Colby Parkinson's 2024 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#28 Tight End

94.6 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
20.6 38.6 397.2 2.72 0 0

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsColby Parkinson's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Parkinson landed a surprisingly big contract from the Rams in free agency. He’s the favorite to start at least until TE Tyler Higbee is ready to return from his multi-ligament knee injury – and might even remain the lead TE when Higbee is back.

Parkinson is not an exciting player, though. And Los Angeles has not been a great spot for TE production. That figures to remain the case this year, at least as long as WRs Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp are healthy.

Parkinson is unlikely to emerge as a reliable fantasy starter on a week-to-week basis, but he makes sense as a cheap, TE3 target in best-ball drafts.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Parkinson totaled 57 catches across four seasons with the Seahawks.
  • 50 of those catches came in the last two years. Parkinson tallied a 25-322-2 line in 2022 and 25-247-2 line in 2023.
  • He topped a 50% route rate just three times: Week 17 and 18 of the 2022 season and Week 18 of 2023. His receiving lines in those games:
    • 5-36-1 (7 targets)
    • 2-47-0 (3 targets)
    • 3-8-0 (4 targets)
  • Parkinson averaged 7.9 yards per target over the last four seasons. That ranked 13th among 76 TEs with 50+ targets during that span.
  • Parkinson’s ranks in yards per route run the past two years among TEs with 30+ targets:
    • 2022 - 11th out of 43
    • 2023 - 32nd out of 45
  • Parkinson was a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He ranked fourth on Stanford with 485 receiving yards in 2018 and then second with 589 yards in 2019. The 6’7, 252-pounder registered a mediocre 6.15 Relative Athletic Score at the Combine.

What to Expect in 2024

  • The Rams gave Parkinson a three-year, $22.5 million deal with $15.5 million guaranteed in free agency.
  • Parkinson now ranks 17th among TEs in both average annual salary and total guaranteed money.
  • The Rams also return TEs Tyler Higbee, Davis Allen, and Hunter Long.
    • Higbee tore his right ACL and MCL in the Wild Card loss to the Lions. HC Sean McVay said in February that Higbee’s timetable for return is “unclear.” We’re not expecting him to be ready for the start of the season.
    • Allen was a fifth-round pick last year and totaled 10 catches as a rookie.
    • Long was acquired from Miami in the Jalen Ramsey trade in March of 2023. He didn’t catch a pass last year – after catching one pass across two seasons with the Dolphins.
  • Parkinson’s contract makes him the heavy favorite to start at least until Higbee is ready to return – and likely to play a significant role even when Higbee is back.
  • The Rams return WRs Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp, who combined to soak up 43.7% of the team’s targets last year (despite Kupp missing five games and most of a sixth).
  • HC Sean McVay is back for his eighth season with the Rams. Here’s where his top TE has ranked in PPR points per game each of the previous seven seasons:
    • 2017 - 49th
    • 2018 - 37th
    • 2019 - 11th
    • 2020 - 24th
    • 2021 - 15th
    • 2022 - 12th
    • 2023 - 26th

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Colby Parkinson, TE LAR

2:21pm EDT 3/11/24

Rams throw surprising money at Colby Parkinson

Former Seahawks TE Colby Parkinson will be signing with the Rams for three years, $22.5 million, according to NFL.com. That deal includes $15.5 million in guarantees and could void after two years if Parkinson reaches certain performance incentives. This pretty clearly positions Parkinson as the top pass-catching hope at the position for the Rams. So if you've been taking TE Davis Allen late in 2024 best ball drafts -- stop. And don't get your hopes up for Tyler Higbee's swift return from the double-ligament tear he suffered in the playoff loss to Detroit. Parkinson's interesting in the same range of best ball drafts as Allen's been going (TE28 in Underdog Fantasy ADP) -- especially if you already have QB Matthew Stafford.

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The Seattle Times reports that the Seahawks plan to utilize TEs more in the new offense. Not surprisingly, HC Pete Carroll sounds excited about what the team has there. "The tight end spot is really competitive because we don't know who's going to take the bulk of the plays," Carroll says. "We really like the position a lot. We're really fired up about Gerald Everett. We really think he can do a ton, but we're not sure how to mix those guys yet. We've got to find that out as we go through. Colby Parkinson looks exciting too for playing time, and we know Will's in there. So it's a really nice, competitive spot." We're betting on Everett as the lead receiver here for his familiarity with new OC Shane Waldron -- from their time with the Rams -- and receiving ability. The situation will be worth watching through summer, though.

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Colby Parkinson, TE LAR
Dynasty MVP 41.7
Position Rank #51 TE
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
136
214
371
Dynasty Write-up
Parkinson signed a three-year deal in free agency with ~$10 million guaranteed. He projects for a starting role in the short-term while Tyler Higbee rehabs a postseason ACL tear.
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