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D.J. Chark - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsD.J. Chark's Basic Stats

D.J. Chark
ADP: 12.9
Bye: 6
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 25.8
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 198
40 Time: 4.34
Speed Score: 115.30
Burst Score (Rank): 132.50 (93%)

D.J. Chark's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#78 Wide Receiver

90.2 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
12.9 48.4 648.3 4.4 1.6 0.5

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Basic StatsD.J. Chark's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Chark’s 2021 ended abruptly with a broken left ankle in Week 4.
  • In 3 healthy games, Chark totaled just 7 catches on 22 targets for 154 yards and 2 TDs. He dropped 2 passes.
  • Per PFF, his average depth of target from rookie QB Trevor Lawrence was a whopping 17.1 yards. Over a full season, that would have easily marked a career-high.
  • Considering the mess that was Jacksonville’s offense, we shouldn’t take much away from the small sample. Recall that Chark tallied 126-1,714-7 across 2019-2020. He’s still only 26.
  • Chark inked a 1-year deal worth $10 million early in free agency.
  • As for the ankle, Chark’s back to full health. It doesn’t appear that he was limited in OTAs.
  • The ’22 Lions feature a suddenly deep pass-catching group when healthy, including returning pass-catchers D’Andre Swift, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds and T.J. Hockenson.
  • Detroit traded up to land Round 1 WR Jameson Williams, an elite speedster who’s coming off a December ACL tear. He’s a candidate to miss early-season games.
  • Once Williams is up to speed, however, he’s a threat to take some vertical shots away from Chark.
  • Jared Goff, especially over the past 2 years, hasn’t been one to push the ball downfield. His 2021 aDOT ranked near the bottom of the league, but it’s certainly possible we see a small rebound with the improved personnel.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Volume could have propelled Chark to a high-end WR3 season last year. Maybe even better.

But a broken ankle squashed any chance of that scenario unfolding. Now, he’s tasked with learning a new offense with a new QB — and proving that ankle is back to pre-injury form.

Mix in the arrival of Jameson Williams and an overall deeper supporting cast, and Chark projects as an unlikely fantasy starter outside of deep leagues — especially once Williams’ knee rounds into form.

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D.J. Chark, WR DET

2:05pm EDT 5/14/22

Chark ready for OTAs

Lions WR D.J. Chark said he’s not limited in offseason workouts. Chark, of course, is coming off a late September ankle fracture. "They’re always there to let me know like, if it’s bothering me I don’t have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I’m at my peak when the season starts," Chark, 25, said. "But no, I do everything that everybody else does. That’s just how I am. I wouldn’t feel good going home knowing that I didn’t do whatever because the other guys, and I feel like that’s how you earn your respect and your keep around here.” Chark signed a 1-year, $10 million deal back in March. He'll fill an intermediate/deep role in a suddenly-strong Detroit offense.

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The Lions traded up 20 spots to select Alabama WR Jameson Williams with the 12th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Detroit sent the 32nd, 34th, and 66th picks to Minnesota to make the big move. A torn left ACL suffered in January’s National Championship prevented Williams from working out in the pre-draft process. But the tape is clear: Williams has unnatural speed. He blows by defenders in his routes and destroys angles after the catch. He averaged a huge 19.9 yards per catch at Alabama last year, including 9.3 yards after the catch, and scored 4 TDs of 70+ yards. Williams led the Tide and ranked top 5 in the nation with 1,572 yards and 15 TDs. He also averaged 35.2 yards per kick return with 2 TDs, earning SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year honors. That, curiously, followed 2 mostly invisible seasons at Ohio State, where Williams totaled just 15 catches. It’s worth factoring into his NFL projection – but it’s tough to look at his 2021 production and tape and not come away excited. We’ll, of course, need to keep an eye on that left knee. Williams underwent surgery on January 13. University of Alabama team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain, who did the procedure, said in March that he expects Williams to be ready by training camp. When healthy, he’ll join D.J. Chark and Amon-Ra St. Brown as Detroit’s top 3 WRs.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that former Jaguars WR D.J. Chark is signing a 1-year deal with the Lions. The contract will pay $10 million guaranteed, with a max value of $12 million (per ESPN's Adam Schefter). Chark suffered a broken ankle in Week 4 of last season, which is almost certainly why he's landing only a "prove it" deal in his 1st crack at free agency. Detroit presents obvious opportunity in an offense that was light on WR talent last season. Amon-Ra St. Brown was the only Lions wideout to exceed 71 targets or reach 50 catches. We'd bet on St. Brown beating Chark in targets this season, but Chark adds a significant challenge to St. Brown on that front and lowers the fantasy ceiling for the 2nd-year WR. Getting Jared Goff as his QB, though, also limits the ceiling for downfield threat Chark.

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Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, WR DJ Chark is “moving well and running” on the left ankle he fractured in October. Fowler doesn’t believe the injury will impact Chark’s free agency status. Meanwhile, New Orleans and Philadelphia, among others, have been floated as potential destinations. Recall that Chark broke out just 2 years ago, posting 118-73-1,008-8 alongside Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles.

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Jaguars WR D.J. Chark has been placed on IR and will miss the rest of the season with his fractured ankle. Tavon Austin somewhat unbelievably stepped in as Jacksonville's #3 WR after Chark exited Thursday night's game in Cincinnati, but we wouldn't bother adding him to fantasy rosters. WRs Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault should pick up extra volume with Chark out of the picture

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D.J. Chark, WR DET
Dynasty MVP 76.9
Position Rank #82 WR
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