Would You Rather: Start D.J. Chark or Dede Westbrook in 2019 Fantasy Football
By Dan Israeli
The Jacksonville Jaguars improved to 2-2 in Week 4, with an impressive comeback win over the Denver Broncos. Gardner Minshew II looked far beyond playing in just his fourth game in the NFL, and his ability to throw the ball to his wideouts was a big part of the come-from-behind victory.
Minshew's competence as a passer gives added hope to the team's wide receivers when it comes to fantasy football. While the Jaguars lean heavily on Leonard Fournette, there should be at least one Jags wide receiver that can maintain high-end fantasy value throughout the season.
With that in mind, we break down which Jacksonville WR you'd rather own in 2019 fantasy football – D.J. Chark or Dede Westbrook.
Chark, the second-year receiver out of LSU, has easily been the most impressive Jacksonville wide receiver in 2019. He leads the team in receptions (19), receiving yards (321) and touchdowns (three) through four weeks, and has shown great chemistry with Minshew. Chark only totaled four catches for 44 yards against the Broncos, but he did have an 18-yard touchdown nullified by a penalty.
Westbrook, meanwhile, was pegged to be the top option in Jacksonville's passing game coming into the 2019 season, but he's taken a backseat to Chark thus far this season. While Westbrook is tied with Chark for the team lead in targets (26), the former has been far less efficient with them, catching 16 balls for 145 yards and one touchdown. But Westbrook did have five catches for a season-high 66 yards while leading the Jaguars in receiving in Week 4.
While both players have received an even target distribution, Chark has averaged a beastly 16.9 yards per reception, while Westbrook owns a pedestrian 9.1 mark. Westbrook has also dropped two passes so far this season, and hasn't displayed quite the same chemistry with Minshew, although the two did link up on the play that led to Jacksonville's game-winning field goal in Week 4.
While Westbrook may end up being a PPR asset, if he can start maintaining the production he had in Denver, Chark looks like the alpha receiver in the Jaguars' passing game. His ability to make big plays and serve as the team's top red zone target makes Chark a WR2/3 in fantasy leagues going forward. Westbrook has value, regardless, as a borderline WR3/4 in PPR leagues as well.
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