Fantasy Football Players Banking on D.J. Chark’s Breakout in 2019 Carries Over to 2020

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D.J. Chark had a productive, yet somewhat inconsistent season in 2019. During his second year in the NFL, Chark finished with 73 catches, 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. Chark finished with 12 or more fantasy points in six games yet finished with less than five in seven of his outings. That level of boom or bust production drove fantasy football players crazy. 

Will the third-year receiver bring more stability to his game in 2020? That’s what we asked fantasy football analyst Ben Heisler and JaguarsReport’s editor John Shipley. 

Read the transcript for more D.J. Chark analysis:

Bill Enright: In 2019, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark at over 1000 yards, he had 8 catches, over 70 receptions. That was good enough for 16th in fantasy football leagues, but what is he going to do in 2020? Should fantasy managers draft or pass on the Jags speedy wide receiver? Let's bring on John Shipley from AllJaguars and Ben Heisler, our fantasy analyst here at Sports Illustrated. John, I'm going to start with you. Chark had a breakout season in 2019. Is he going to maintain that No.1 receiver role for the Jaguars in 2020?

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John Shipley: Yeah, absolutely. When you talk to the people inside of TIAA Bank Field, whether it's Gardner Minshew, Doug Marrone, or offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, there's no other real offensive player that they seem more excited about than D.J. Chark. He's known in the locker room for is insanely unprecedented work ethic. He's a guy who's going to take it to himself to make sure that he improves but also needs to be remembered that he was on track to actually produce better last year than he ended up doing. He suffered through a bad ankle injury in the last quarter of the season. Before that, he was on track for about 1300 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. So, all signs for Chark are continuing to point up and it should be expected for him to take another step this year.

Bill Enright: Ben, let me go over to you now that we know Gardner Minshew will be under center at least for the start of the year. Are you buying into Charks' ADP of late 4th, early 5th round?

Ben Heisler: I'm buying on him, Bill. I think there's a lot of excitement for D.J. Chark fantasy owners, whether it be in dynasty leagues where they already have him, or for redraft leagues coming up. They had a dynamic connection, and again, I think there were moments for D.J. Chark where you were kind of looking for a little bit more, a little bit more consistency, especially down to the backstretch of the season. Yet, this is somebody, as John said, had a chance to go over 1300 yards, with a possibility of 10 touchdowns. The thing that got me really excited about D.J. Chark is actually something that I read over a Jaguar report from John regarding Jay Gruden's comments about how they're going to move them all over the field. D.J. Chark last year lined up only 24% of the time in the slot, and he actually caught half of his touchdowns in the slot. He was just able to just beat up on smaller nickel cornerbacks, to be able to go up and get the ball. So if they're going to continue to move him around, putting him an advantageous matchups, I think D.J. Chark has an opportunity to be our top tier WR2. So I'm absolutely drafting him at his current ADP. I really like him.

Bill Enright: John and Ben, we appreciate your analysis. Plenty more fantasy football coverage from Sports Illustrated. Check it out by going to SI.com/fantasy.

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