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Donald Parham
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#34 Tight End

59 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 24
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 237
40 Time: 4.68

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

1.6

DS Projection

3.5

Consensus

38 other sites
3

High Ceiling

6

Rest of
Season

4.7

Week 12 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
2 23.1 0.2 3.5
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
2.4 24.2 0.4 4.8

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Starting in place of TE Hunter Henry (COVID list) in Weeks 16 and 17 last year, Parham posted 2-47 and 3-37-1 lines.
  • He ranked 13th among 41 qualifying TEs in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades over those 2 weeks.
  • Parham totaled just 5 catches prior to those final 2 games.
  • 2020 marked his NFL debut. The Stetson University product went undrafted in 2019 and played for the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in the spring of 2020. He signed a 2-year, $1.39 million contract with the Chargers that April.
  • Parham is a massive 6’8, 240-pounder and ran a 4.68-second 40 time with a 38.5-inch vertical at his Pro Day.
  • The Chargers lost Henry in free agency but signed TE Jared Cook to a fully guaranteed 1-year, $4.5 million deal.
  • Cook spent the past 2 seasons in New Orleans alongside new Chargers OC Joe Lombardi, recording 43-705-9 and 37-504-7 lines.
  • Among 34 TEs with 40+ targets last year, Cook ranked 11th in yards per route run and 14th in PFF receiving grade.
  • Cook is the heavy favorite to open the season as the Chargers’ lead TE, but it’s worth noting that he turned 34 in April and missed 3 games over the past 2 seasons with a concussion and groin injury.
  • The Chargers also added TE Tre’ McKitty in the 3rd round of this year’s draft, although it sounds like they view him as a block-first TE initially.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Parham brings an intriguing combination of size and athleticism. And he flashed a bit in 2 spot starts at the end of last season.

The Chargers clearly aren’t ready to hand him a starting job, though, signing TE Jared Cook and drafting TE Tre’ McKitty this offseason after losing TE Hunter Henry.

Cook is the odds-on favorite to open the season as the lead TE, leaving Parham as just a waiver-wire watch list guy in standard fantasy leagues. You can consider him in the very late rounds of TE-premium drafts.

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Chargers TE Donald Parham played 23 snaps in Saturday night's preseason finale, catching his only target for 5 yards. He missed the 2nd exhibition with a tailbone injury but is good to go for Week 1. Parham will open the season as Los Angeles' #2 TE behind Jared Cook.

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Chargers TE Donald Parham missed Week 2 of the preseason with a tailbone injury. Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, the 6’8 TE sustained his injury in practice on Friday. Slated to handle the #2 role behind Jared Cook, Parham had generated some camp buzz for his red zone work. We'll see when he returns to the field.

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The Athletic's Daniel Popper believes Chargers TE Donald Parham is "going to have a big and influential role" in the offense this season. "He is lining up mostly detached from the formation, both out wide and in the slot," Popper writes. He goes on to add that Parham is still #2 on the depth chart behind TE Jared Cook -- but that "the Chargers have been featuring a heavy dose of two-tight end sets with both Cook and Parham on the field together." Parham will probably need to move past Cook to be a reliable fantasy play this year. But that's certainly within the realm of possibility. He's an intriguing late-round flier.

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Chargers insider Gilbert Manzano believes TE Donald Parham is in for an expanded role this season. Parham spent most of last year working behind TE Hunter Henry but tallied 5 catches for 84 yards and a score over the final 2 weeks with Henry out. Now Henry is gone to New England. The Chargers signed TE Jared Cook in free agency, but it sounds like Parham has been seeing lots of run with the starters in camp. "Parham has kept pace with Cook as one of [QB Justin] Herbert’s favorite targets in practice," according to Manzano. We'll be keeping a close eye on how Parham and Cook are deployed with the 1st-team offense in preseason action.

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