2018 Fantasy Football: Should I Draft D.J. Chark?

After being selected in Round 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, Fantasy players are wondering if they should add D.J. Chark to their roster.

The 6-foot-4 receiver only had 61 receptions during his time at LSU, but he was an explosive playmaker. Chark averaged 23.2 yards per catch in 2017, and he scored two touchdowns on punt returns.

He also had the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.34) for a receiver at the 2018 NFL Combine.

However, he has a lot of competition for touches in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars may limit quarterback Blake Bortle’s passing attempts.

Let’s dive in and analyze whether D.J. Chark is worth drafting in your 2018 Fantasy Football league…

D.J. Chark & Blake Bortles

Before the start of the 2017 Fantasy Football season, head coach Doug Marrone warned Bortles would not throw the ball that often.

That turned out to be true.

Bortles attempted the fewest passes of his career (523) since his rookie season.

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This was also the first time since Bortle’s rookie season that a receiver on Jacksonville recorded fewer than 800 receiving yards.

Jacksonville was able to execute running the ball, finishing 2017 with the most average rushing yards per game (141.4) in the league, and the team scored a total of 18 rushing touchdowns.

But that formula for success limits the upside of receivers on the Jaguars.

And for what little opportunities there are, Chark has a lot of competition…

d.J. Chark’s Competition

Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are gone.

Marqise Lee, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole are the new focal points of the offense.

Lee was a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but injuries derailed his development his first two seasons in the league.

When he played in his first 16-game season in 2016, he posted a respectable 63-851-3 stat line. He followed that with a 56-702-3 stat line in 2017. He’s the kind of player you want on an MFL10 team because he can provide a few big performances for your team.

In PPR leagues, he scored 14.6 Fantasy points in Week 2, 21.5 Fantasy points in Week 9, 19.5 Fantasy points in Week 10, and 21.6 Fantasy points in Week 13.

Moncrief is a sleeper darling who never worked out for Fantasy players when he was with the Indianapolis Colts.

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He’s one of the biggest receivers on Jacksonville (6-foot-2, 216 pounds), so we’ll see if he becomes Bortles’ favorite red-zone target.

Westbrook only appeared in seven games last season, but he was one of Bortles’ top targets when he did play. Westbrook recorded at least four receptions in four out of the seven games he appeared in.

Cole came out of nowhere and posted a 42-748-3 stat line in his rookie campaign last year.

However, that was mostly out of necessity because of the injuries to other wide receivers.

But Chark is still going to have to outwork all of these players to win a starting gig. One of the knocks in his draft profile was that he’s inconsistent and needs to improve his route-running abilities.

The Bottom Line on D.J. Chark

Chark is not a player I want to own in any format.

Bortles is attempting fewer passes, there’s a lot of competition at the receiver position, and Chark needs to rely on more than just his speed to win a starting role.

The opportunity just isn’t there in 2018 for the rookie to make a meaningful impact.

Right now, the only receiver I would want on this team is Lee. He has a rapport with Bortles, and he can give you a handful of solid games.

Of course, knowing when he will have a meaningful performance is tricky. That’s why I like him in a best-ball format like a MFL10. If he’s one of the top receivers on your team that week, he automatically gets started.

I don’t mind him as a pick in a regular format in Round 12 or later to provide depth, but I think he’s better to own in an MFL10.

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