WR D.J. Chark Jr - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-3, 187Born: 9-23-1996College: LSUDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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Week 11: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Nick Foles is primed to take the field for the first time since the first quarter of Week 1 when he suffered a broken collarbone. He will be a welcomed site after this Jaguars offense absolutely collapsed in their last outing before the bye. Foles should look to pick up right where he left off, as his last play was a touchdown pass to D.J. Chark. Chark has been the clear top option on an almost weekly basis, handily leading the team in all receiving categories. While his target share may take a slight dip with Dede Westbrook returning from injury this week, Chark remains a big-play threat who showed great chemistry with Foles throughout the preseason and early in Week 1. Westbrook is coming off a shoulder/neck injury that sidelined him in Week 8, so he could be eased back into this game but will be a much-welcomed slot target for Foles. Leonard Fournette has also been schemed into this passing offense on a much more regular basis than past seasons as he has already exceeded career highs for targets (51) and receptions (40), so it will be interesting to see if that continues with Foles under center. The Indianapolis passing defense showed up last week as they held the Dolphins to just 169 passing yards with no touchdowns and an interception. While this group has been inconsistent at times, they have now allowed just three passing touchdowns while snatching four interceptions across their last five games--including outings against Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Their secondary, overall, has been solid despite a few weak spots at cornerback--notably Rock Ya-Sin as their most exploitable guy in the secondary. Cornerback Pierre Desir has missed three straight weeks with a hamstring strain and is questionable to suit up this week--however, Desir was struggling to start the season and backup Marvell Tell has played at a similar level for the past three weeks. Chark should have the talent to win his matchup on the outside, but the other Jaguars receivers could struggle here. Play from the Colts safeties and linebackers alike has also been decent. With the leadership from Darius Leonard, these Colts linebackers have been tough on opposing pass-catching running backs, allowing just two backs to finish with over 30 receiving yards in a game this season while allowing no receiving touchdowns to running backs since Week 1.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 at CIN 63 1 20 0 4 3.0 53 0 0 7.3
8 vs NYJ 56 1 0 0 12 6.0 79 1 0 13.9
9 vs HOU 64 0 0 0 9 4.0 32 0 0 3.2
11 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.8 * * * *
11 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.2 * * * *
11 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

D.J. Chark Jr's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Chark was a non-factor in the game against the Texans. Any time the Jaguars lined up in a two-back set, the Texans were all over their route combinations. Other than some designed screens, Chark commanded hardly any targets or looks from Minshew the entire day. He did receive a back-shoulder fade target that he caught at the 5 yard line, but the officials threw a flag and called Offensive Pass Interference on him.

2019 Week 8 vs NYJ (12 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

DJ Chark continued his strong 2019 campaign by recording a six catch for 79 yards performance, with the aforementioned touchdown added in. He gained easy seperation against the Jets' defensive backs all game long, particually beating them on inside breaking routes such as slants and digs. He caught one 19-yard pass on a backside dig that showed an improved ability to win the rep off of his release off of the line, eating up cushion with long strides that creeped up on the corner. His touchdown was the result of good chemistry with Minshew. He ran a drag from the backside of the formation and once he saw Minshew break from the pocket, he looked for a hole in the Jets' zone coverage before settling in near the sideline nearest to Minshew. He did have one 3rd down drop for the second week in a row, but Sunday was another positive step for the second-year wide receiver. He saw six targets, the second-most on the team behind Fournette's seven.

2019 Week 7 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)

Despite the Bengals' top two cornerbacks being out, second-year receiver D.J. Chark only saw four targets in the passing game, which he converted to three catches for 53 yards, including a 33-yard reception. Chark was also given a direct handoff out of a backfield motion that saw him gain 20 yards thanks to smart open field running. On the few plays he was targeted, Chark once again showed tremendous balance and body control to go along with his already obvious speed. On one 3rd down play he caught a pass along the sideline and then was able to stay balanced and in bounds despite a tackle attempt, helping him pick up even more yardage.

2019 Week 6 vs NO (7 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Chark had one of his least impactful games of the season thanks to the Saints aforementioned strategy to have two defenders on him at all time. One of these defenders was Marshon Lattimore, making it even rougher sledding for the emerging second-year player. Chark finished the game with three catches for 43 yards on seven targets. Minshew tried to hit him deep down the sideline once but he underthrew it. Otherwise Chark was only able to make a big play when schemed open by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo or when the Saints defenders got lost in coverage on one 22-yard catch. Chark was also the intended target on Minshew's interception in the second half. He beat Lattimore on the route but Minshew tried to lead him too much as he stopped running, indicating the two were on the wrong page.

2019 Week 5 vs CAR (11 / 8 / 164 / 2 rec)

Chark seems to be having a new breakout game each week but his latest performance was the best of his entire career. He tore apart the Panthers elite pass defense and finished his day with an 8/164/2 statline on 11 targets, and he was just as bit as dominant as the numbers suggest, missing out on a third touchdown by only a yard. Chark looked like a younger A.J. Green on Sunday thanks to elite body control and concentration going along with his speed and 64 frame. He caught everything that came his way and this was ultra-apparent on his second touchdown catch, with him extending the full length of his body and making a strong hands catch against tight coverage. Chark has become the team's unquestioned No. 1 WR.

2019 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

On the second drive, he made a beautiful diving catch after drawing pass interference while breaking free on a double move. The play had potential to be huge down the field, but the interference slowed him enough in the route to where he had to dive to catch up to the ball. During the Jags' final drive of the first half, he beat Chris Harris easily on a vertical route to catch a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball from Minshew. However, it was negated due to a penalty on the offensive line. The two continue to show a penchant for connecting on vertical routes. He was just out of bounds after pirouetting along the left sideline on another potentially big catch downfield on the first drive of the second quarter.

2019 Week 3 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 76 / 1 rec)

Chark's first catch of the night was a big one. He ran a fade against Cover 1, beating Malcolm Butler just enough for Gardner Minshew to drop it in the bucket for him in the endzone. He had another couple of short catches in the first half, but nothing of note. On the Jaguars first offensive play of the second half, he again beat Malcolm Butler on a vertical route against Cover 1 for 37 yards. Butler actually had good coverage, but Chark was able to climb the ladder and beat Butler at the catch point.

2019 Week 2 vs HOU (9 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)

Chark turned in his second straight strong performance after a career day against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 1. He did not make any huge downfield plays against Houston, but he did show terrific ball skills on two separate third down catches, which is a big positive since ball skills were his biggest red flag in 2018. Chark was used all over the field for Jacksonville and is beginning to have the look of a WR1. He scored the team's only touchdown by running a smart drag route into the hole in the Texans' zone coverage on the team's second-to-last offensive play.

2019 Week 1 vs KC (4 / 4 / 146 / 1 rec)

Chark was the star of the Jaguars offense Sunday after having a terribly inconsistent rookie season. His catching woes seemed to be behind him for at least Sunday as he showed strong hands and good ball tracking ability on both his 35-yard touchdown and his 69-yard catch and run. He provides a speed/size combo that only Chris Conley otherwise offers on the roster. He has improved his route running and if he remains consistent catching the ball, could develop into a legitimate WR2 for Jacksonville.

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Latest News

Jaguars | DJ Chark held in check (Sun Nov 3, 02:08 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark caught four passes for 32 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 9. He was targeted nine times during the game.

Our View: Chark lost one decent gain with a phantom offensive pass interference penalty and never got free despite facing a secondary that wide receiver burned with regularity coming into this one. He has been one of the breakout players of the first half of the season and faces a very easy schedule for the stretch run.
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Schedule

11@ Indianapolis Colts
12@ Tennessee Titans
13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Los Angeles Chargers
15@ Oakland Raiders
16@ Atlanta Falcons
17vs Indianapolis Colts