WR D.J. Chark - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-3, 187||Born: 9-23-1996||College: LSU||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Wed Dec 12): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 15: vs Washington Redskins
FBG says: Good matchup. The Jaguars are likely done with Blake Bortles, and as expected, Cody Kessler has provided thoroughly mediocre relief over his two starts. Kessler was strictly a game manager in a slugfest win over the Colts in Week 13, then struggled to play catch-up in losing to the Titans last Thursday. A true backup with a limited skillset, Kessler is no more suited to taking charge with the pass than Bortles. He's not turning the ball over as much, but has produced just 5.6 yards per attempt over 3 appearances for the Jaguars. Kessler is easily stymied by the pass rush, taking 11 sacks over just 108 dropbacks, and has almost no downfield element to his game. His presence is no boost for the fantasy value of his receivers, either. Last week, with the Jaguars trying to rally, Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook each drew 10 targets - but managed just 135 yards and 1 touchdown with them. The Jaguars will continue to hope Kessler and the passing game aren't needed to win, which could well be the case Sunday. But if they can successfully control the game with running and defense, there likely won't be much chance for Kessler and his receivers to produce. This is a strictly hands-off unit for fantasy purposes. The Washington pass defense remains a subpar unit, one that's fallen off in recent weeks and become extremely friendly to opposing passers. They've allowed 5 of the last 7 quarterbacks they've faced to top 285 yards through the air, and even Eli Manning was on pace to hit that mark before last Sunday's game turned blowout. Opponents are completing 67% of their throws in this matchup at 6.8 net yards per attempt, 10th-most in football. The pass rush is pulling its weight, with 34 sacks coming from a wide variety of bodies. But the secondary remains a major sore spot, frequently losing one-on-one matchups and allowing long receptions. Cornerback Fabian Moreau has been a bright spot, but Josh Norman is showing his limitations as a cover man at age 30, losing downfield too often. It doesn't help that the team's best 2018 performer, Quinton Dunbar, is now on injured reserve. This remains a shaky group, and it now faces a depth issue at cornerback, with inconsistent rookie Greg Stroman now pressed into heavy snaps. Cody Kessler may not be the quarterback to take advantage, but he's in good position to post a decent line against this underachieving unit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
D.J. Chark's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Chark continues his up-and-down rookie campaign as a rotational wide receiver. He is still not ready to be an NFL contributor. He actively hurt the team with a devastating drop in the redzone, a would-be touchdown catch over the middle where he was untouched and just bobbled and dropped the ball.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Chark had a 15 yard reception on a Deep Curl where he was the only WR in a heavy formation early in the game. He didn't run his route deep enough on a 3rd and 5, resulting in a punt. He had an In cut underneath that he ran at about 3 yards and was tackled short of the marker as soon as he caught it. He muffed a punt with 5 minutes left in the 2nd quarter but was able to recover the ball.
2018 Week 5 vs KC (4 / 2 / 68 / 0 rec)
Chark finally showed up to an NFL game without actively hurting his team. On the first drive of the game, he made a contested catch on a 9 route for 34 yards. He fought to work back to a ball thrown too far inside, tracked the ball and made the catch through (uncalled) pass interference. His second catch was just as impressive - an over the shoulder bucket catch also on a 9 route for 30+ yards. Fought through a (called) pass interference.
2018 Week 2 vs NE (4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Chark showed good awareness by picking up Dede Westbrook's fumble on the first drive and actually picked up extra yardage to get a first down. After that, however, it was mostly all negatives. He was the recipient of a back-shoulder fade target while the first half was closing out, but really showed his rawness on this target. He couldn't get off the DB, work towards the sideline, or look for the ball in time. He made his first catch of the season on a slant in the third quarter and proceeded to fumble the ball and turn it over during the tackle attempt. He will likely replace Moncrief if Moncrief has to miss time, but is simply too raw to be a contributor right now.
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Chark mainly comes in as the lone WR in one WR sets, however these plays are mostly all runs or play action checkdowns.
Latest NewsJaguars | DJ Chark to miss another game (Wed Dec 12, 09:17 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (quadriceps) will not be able to play in the Week 15 game. Our View: Head coach Doug Marrone said the team hopes Chark can start running next week. We're not relying on anyone from the Jaguars not named Leonard Fournette.
link to story Jaguars | Wednesday injury report for Jaguars (Wed Dec 12, 05:12 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars OL Jermey Parnell (knee), LB Leon Jacobs (quadriceps) and WR DJ Chark (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. DT Abry Jones (shin), TE James O'Shaughnessy (ankle) and OL Josh Walker (ankle) participated fully. link to story Jaguars | Week 14 Jacksonville Jaguars inactives (Thu Dec 6, 06:54 PM) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Abry Jones, OG Josh Walker, SS Barry Church, CB Tre Herndon, RB David Williams, WR DJ Chark and DB C.J. Reavis inactive for Week 14. Our View: Rookie Ronnie Harrison will get a start again in the secondary and he's worth a look in IDP leagues.
link to story Jaguars | Wednesday status report for Jaguars (Wed Dec 5, 04:09 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (quadriceps) and DT Abry Jones (shin) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5, and have been ruled out for Week 14. S Cody Davis (hamstring) and OL Josh Walker (foot, ankle) were limited and are questionable. DE Calais Campbell (ankle), OT Jermey Parnell (knee), CB Jalen Ramsey (knee), CB Tre Herndon (ankle), LB Lerentee McCray (hamstring) and CB Quenton Meeks (knee) participated fully. link to story Jaguars | Tuesday practice report for Jaguars (Tue Dec 4, 07:15 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark (quadriceps) and DT Abry Jones (shin) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 4. DE Calais Campbell (ankle), S Cody Davis (hamstring), OT Jermey Parnell (knee), CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) and OG Josh Walker (foot, ankle) were limited. CB Tre Herndon (ankle), DE Lerentee McCray (hamstring) and CB Quenton Meeks (knee) practiced in full. link to story More News
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