DJ Chark Fantasy Outlook Includes Top-10 WR Upside in 2020
By Max Staley
DJ Chark was one of the breakout stars of the 2019 NFL season. After recording fewer than 175 receiving yards as a rookie in 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars wideout exploded for 1,008 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2019. He was fantasy's WR17 in PPR formats. Playing in Jacksonville isn't exactly conducive to fantasy scoring, however.
It appears some fantasy football managers are hesitant about Chark, who currently has an average draft position (ADP) of WR23. That makes Chark an intriguing value heading into the 2020 campaign.
DJ Chark Fantasy Football Value
Right off the bat, Chark significant outperformed his current ADP last year. The thing is, he likely would've been even better than the WR16 were it not for a late-season ankle injury suffered in Week 15.
Chark was actually the WR8 in PPR formats from Week 1-14. The relatively weak performances in the fantasy playoffs certainly left a bad taste in fantasy managers' mouths, but that likely had more to do with the ankle injury than anything else.
Plus, Gardner Minshew is better than most fans think. He was even the NFL's third-best passer on deep balls last year, and that suits Chark's game extremely well. Point being, while concerns around Jacksonville's offense are legitimate, receivers can produce just fine in bad offenses. Minshew is, at the very least, competent enough reliably get the ball to Chark.
It's fair to wonder if Chark's breakout was a bit flukey, but he does look like the real deal – he passes "the eye test" with flying colors and the advanced stats seem to love him as well. He's currently being drafted at his floor, despite possessing legitimate top-10 WR upside. That's exactly what fantasy managers are looking for.
We have him ranked as the WR18 in our 2020 fantasy rankings.
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