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D.J. Chark - Fantasy Points Outlook

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D.J. Chark
JAC

WR JAC

#32 Wide Receiver

133 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 199
40 Time: 4.34

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 2
After being targeted 12 times in the season opener, this was as bad as things could get for Chark. After the 1st drive of the game, Trevor Lawrence was consistently rattled by the talented Denver defense that’s engineered by Vic Fangio. Chark faced as tough a CB group as he will all year, and the defense often got physical with him early in the route so Lawrence would have to go to his secondary reads. As a result, Chark was targeted just 4 times.
Although it’s discouraging that Chark has caught just 4 of the 16 passes Lawrence has thrown his way, the fact he’s seeing great volume bodes well for him having a solid fantasy season. Ultimately, he’s tied to a rookie QB who will have his share of growing pains, but the fact the Jaguars are likely to trail often this season bodes well for Chark seeing a high number of targets. Fantasy managers may need to consider benching him in the most difficult matchups, but otherwise, it’s reasonable to expect WR3 production in spurts.
Week 1
Chark caught 3 of 12 targets for 86 yards and 1 TD in Week 1 against the Texans.
It was promising to see Chark get 12 targets in his first game with Trevor Lawrence as he missed most of training camp with a finger injury.
Chark got half of his yardage on a 41-yard TD from Lawrence in the 3rd quarter.
It looks like Chark has the most upside with his combination of targets and average depth of target from an aggressive Lawrence.
Chark should be viewed as an upside WR3 as the Jaguars take on the Broncos in Week 2.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Chark is coming off a disappointing 2020 campaign, missing 3 games with back, chest, rib and shin injuries and posting a 53-706-5 line in the other 13.
  • He finished 43rd among WRs in PPR points per game; 48th in non-PPR.
  • Chark topped 11 PPR points in 5 of his first 7 games but hit that mark in only 1 of his final 6.
  • QB play was a major problem in Jacksonville, with Gardner Minshew, Mike Glennon and Jake Luton combining to rank 21st in passing yards, 19th in TDs, 28th in completion rate and 28th in yards per attempt.
  • Chark’s game also took a step back, at least according to Pro Football Focus. His PFF receiving grade dropped from 75.8 in 2019 to 71.2 last year. The latter mark ranked 51st among 84 qualifying WRs. Teammate Laviska Shenault earned a better grade (71.8).
  • Shenault (1.55) and Chris Conley (1.54) beat Chark in yards per route run (1.48). Chark ranked 59th among those 84 WRs in that metric.
  • Chark was much better in 2019, his 2nd NFL season …
    • He tallied a 73-1,008-8 line to finish 18th among WRs in PPR points and 16th in non-PPR.
    • He ranked 25th in PFF receiving grade and 37th in yards per route run among 79 qualifiers.
  • Chark gets a big QB upgrade this season in #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, who turned in 3 impressive seasons at Clemson.
  • Lawrence was excellent throwing deep last year, earning an elite 97.7 PFF grade on deep passes. That meshes well with Chark, who was 1 of 9 WRs to earn a 99.9 PFF grade on deep targets back in 2019. Even in his disappointing 2020 campaign, he registered a strong 96.5 PFF grade on deep targets.
  • Chark will face tougher target competition this year with Shenault entering his 2nd season and WR Marvin Jones arriving in free agency. The Jaguars also added 1st-round rookie RB Travis Etienne, who figures to play a big role in the passing game.
  • Chark will be working under a remade coaching staff, featuring HC Urban Meyer and OC Darrell Bevell.
  • This will be Meyer’s 1st NFL stint after over 30 years in the college ranks. He most recently served as Ohio State's HC from 2012-2018, leading the Buckeyes to an 83-9 record and 1 national championship. He also won 2 titles among 6 seasons as Florida's HC and spent 2 years before that as HC at Utah.
  • Meyer is an offensive-minded coach. He deployed a spread offense for much of his time in college and prioritizes speed.
  • Bevell has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL OC. He spent the past 2 years in Detroit, where the Lions ranked near the middle of the pack in total yards and points. Bevell's units were better during his Seattle tenure from 2011 to 2017, with 5 of those 7 squads finishing top 11 in points. His offenses have generally leaned toward the run, with 10 of the 14 ranking among the top half of the league in rush attempts. Only 4 of them have finished top-16 in pass attempts.
  • Meyer said at his introductory press conference that Bevell will call plays but “adapt” to Meyer’s vision.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Chark busted last year, missing 3 games and finishing outside the top 40 WRs in PPR and non-PPR points per game. His game took a step back, but shoddy QB play was mostly to blame.

That shouldn’t be a problem in 2021 with the arrival of 1st-round pick Trevor Lawrence. And Lawrence’s deep-ball prowess meshes well with Chark’s downfield ability.

He probably won’t be a target hog alongside Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones and Travis Etienne. But Chark’s efficiency should get a boost this year. Consider him a WR3 with upside.

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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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Jaguars WR D.J. Chark suffered a left leg injury in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Bengals and had to be carted off the field. We'll update his status when we know more. WRs Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will pick up more work with Chark out.

Update: Chark fractured his left ankle, according to multiple reports. He'll obviously miss the rest of the season. We'll see about his status heading into 2022.

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Jaguars WRs D.J. Chark (finger) and Marvin Jones (shoulder) aren't even listed on the Week 1 injury report. Both guys are ready to go for Sunday's opener vs. the Texans. They'll join Laviska Shenault as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs.

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Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (finger) appeared to be at 100% in Monday's practice, according to The Florida Times-Union's John Reid. HC Urban Meyer was reportedly happy with Chark's pass catching coming off that broken finger. He's set to join Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs in Sunday's opener vs. the Texans.

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Jaguars HC Urban Meyer said Tuesday that WRs D.J. Chark (finger) and Marvin Jones (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener. Chark has been out since undergoing surgery in early August. Jones hurt his shoulder last week. We'll keep an eye on both guys' participation levels when Jacksonville starts releasing practice reports next week.

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