How To Treat Parris Campbell as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images. Pictured: Parris Campbell.
Matt Ryan surprisingly returned to a starting role in Week 10, and no one benefited more than Parris Campbell. The 2019 second rounder was targeted nine times in the passing game, hauling in seven of them for 76 yards and a score.
It was a performance reminiscent of his games from Weeks 6 and 7, when he racked up a combined 17 receptions (19 targets) for 127 yards and two scores. In the following two games with Sam Ehlinger at quarterback, Campbell managed just four receptions for 58 yards. So yeah, needless to say Campbell is back on the map if Ryan is under center.
Does that mean you need to prioritize Campbell as a waiver-wire add? Allow Action Network’s fantasy experts to help you make that call.
Sean Koerner: Campbell is one of the Colts who benefits from Matt Ryan being back under center. In the last three games with Ryan, Campbell has posted lines of 7/57/1, 10/70/1 and 7/76/1.
I wouldn’t go overboard trying to land him (outside of deeper leagues) as he still has to compete with Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce for targets — plus the Colts will likely be a bit more run-heavy with Jonathan Taylor fully healthy. I view Campbell more as a high-floor WR4.
Chris Raybon: Campbell’s underlying metrics on the year don’t look great, as he’s averaging just a 13.2% target rate and 0.99 yards per route. However, he’s been trending up with Ryan under center, posting at least nine targets, seven catches, and a touchdown in each of Ryan’s past three starts.
Campbell is running a route on 90% of the dropbacks each week and is worth taking a flier on as a WR4/5 to see if Ryan keeps feeding him.
Mike Triplett: The return of Ryan at QB was a return to fantasy relevance for Campbell, who has now been targeted 32 times with 24 receptions for 203 yards and three TDs in their last three games together.
Campbell isn’t exactly a game breaker, but the volume should be there with Ryan at quarterback. Ryan was tied for the NFL lead in completions through the first seven weeks — before he was benched — because he throws so many quick, short passes to survive behind Indy’s struggling offensive line.