Player Outlook
Chark won't be the most popular backup Fantasy receiver, but he carries some good upside for at least the first part of the season based on his strengths and his potential for a sizable role in the Lions offense. He's coming off a torn ACL that cut short his 2021 campaign, one that saw him catch just seven of 22 targets but included five plays of 16-plus yards each and two touchdowns. Detroit's offense figures to be conservative, but late last season the Lions began taking a few more shots downfield, which is Chark's specialty thanks to his good speed and tall frame. A change in his role might happen as soon as rookie Jameson Williams is ready to play, which could be by October, but until that happens you should expect Chark to play a lot and potentially put up numbers akin to a No. 3 Fantasy receiver. He's worth the dart throw beginning in Round 13.

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2021 7 154 22.00 2 0.00 276.8
2020 53 706 13.32 5 0.00 1007.7
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  • Lions' DJ Chark: Impressive during team scrimmage

    Chark caught four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's team scrimmage, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Playing against a mix of first- and second-team cornerbacks, Chark reportedly looked like the vertical threat that Detroit lacked last year. While he may lose opportunities to Jameson Williams (knee) by season's end, vertical targets in the Lions' new offense should be concentrated on him in the short term. Considering the 6-foot-4 wideout also has a solid chance of leading his team in red-zone targets, Chark could surprise as a fantasy asset during his $10 million "prove it" year.
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  • Lions' DJ Chark: Being moved around formation

    Chark has lined up across the formation during the installation of Detroit's new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Chark largely stayed on the perimeter of the field during his time in Jacksonville, but it sounds like the Lions could be looking to get him the ball in other ways. However, with so many mouths to feed in the short-area passing game between Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson, it is fair to wonder how many more could be left over for someone else. Meanwhile, none of those other guys come close to having both of Chark's 6-foot-4 size and sub-4.4 speed, so the Lions don't really have a better option than Chark on the outside -- at least until Jameson Williams (knee) returns. In the end, most of Chark's production should be expected to come from his typical X-receiver alignment, though it is nice to know that there could be upside for more.
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  • Lions' DJ Chark: No physical limitations

    Chark said he has taken part in early offseason workouts with no real physical limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[The coaching staff] is always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does," Chark recently said. Chark missed most of the 2021 campaign with a fractured ankle, but he has seemingly had a productive offseason that somewhat started with joining Jared Goff for throwing sessions in California. Since then, the receiver has been getting acclimated in Detroit and has remained setback-free while doing so. If the 25-year-old can stay that way through the end of the summer, Chark should easily open the season as the Lions' No. 1 perimeter receiver while Jameson Williams (knee) works his way back from an ACL injury.
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  • Lions' DJ Chark: Catching passes from Goff

    Chark recently joined Jared Goff for a throwing session in California, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Chark missed most of last season after fracturing his ankle in Week 4. While it's not perfectly clear where he stands in his recovery, head coach Dan Campbell said the Lions expect nearly perfect attendance for the start of offseason workouts, and Chark's ability to catch passes from Goff in recent weeks demonstrates that the wideout is not starting the offseason on the sidelines.
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  • Lions' DJ Chark: Signing with Detroit for one season

    Chark (ankle) is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Coming back from a season-ending ankle fracture suffered in Week 4 of 2021, the 25-year-old wideout reportedly will receive $10 million guaranteed with another $2 million available via incentives. Chark should be ready for training camp, or perhaps even the offseason program, at which point he'll profile as the top downfield threat for Lions QB Jared Goff. The team also has Amon-Ra St. Brown coming off a big rookie year where he did most of his damage in the slot, while perimeter receiver Josh Reynolds recently signed a two-year extension. Chark, a 2018 second-round pick, caught 147 passes for 2,042 yards and 15 TDs over his four years in Jacksonville, with about half that production coming in his second season (73-1,008-8 receiving line in 2019). He'll turn 26 in September and shouldn't have too much trouble earning snaps and targets in Detroit.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Bouncing back from ankle injury

    Chark, who suffered a season-ending fractured ankle in Week 4 of the 2021 season, continues to rehab from the injury as free agency approaches, John Reid Florida Times-Union reports. Chark, who was limited to just seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this past season, is poised to become an unrestricted free agent, and Reid suggests that the 2018 second-rounder potentially could ink a short-term contract extension with the Jaguars. That said, it's also plausible that the 25-year-old wideout could field more lucrative offers from other teams if he hits the open market. Either way, once Chark re-proves his health, the 6-foot-4, 198-pounder -- who logged a 73-1,008-8 stat line in 15 contests back in 2019 -- profiles as a fantasy bounce-back candidate in 2022.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Officially out for season

    Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that Chark (ankle) is out for the season, John Shipley of SI.com reports. Meyer took his time confirming the length of Chark's recovery timetable, as the wideout was placed on IR due to a fractured left ankle back on Oct. 4, but the season-ending nature of his injury can now be considered official. As Meyer noted Monday, Jamal Agnew has impressed over the last two weeks after stepping into a larger role on offense, but Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault remain the clear top two wideouts on Jacksonville's depth chart.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Officially placed on IR

    Chark (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday. Chark's placement on IR was expected because the receiver is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 campaign due to a fractured left ankle that he sustained in Thursday's loss to the Bengals. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will serve as the Jaguars' top receivers going forward, while Tavon Austin, Tyron Johnson and Jamal Agnew are likely to compete for additional work.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Heading to IR

    Chark (ankle) will be placed on IR on Monday, John Shipley of SI.com reports. Players on IR technically are eligible to return after missing as few as three games, but the fractured left ankle Chark suffered during last Thursday's loss to the Bengals is expected to sideline him for the rest of the 2021 season. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will operate as Jacksonville's clear top wideouts going forward, while Tavon Austin, Jamal Agnew and Tyron Johnson are all candidates to see increased targets.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Likely out for season

    Chark, who is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fractured left ankle during Thursday's loss to the Bengals, is likely to require surgery to repair the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The 25-year-old was carted off the field after suffering the injury Thursday, and it's not a major surprise to find out his 2021 campaign is likely over. Chark should be moved to injured reserve in the near future, and the team should update his status shortly as he continues to be evaluated. The 2018 second-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract and now is set to enter free agency coming off a broken ankle while totaling seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Suffers broken ankle

    Chark suffered a fractured ankle during Thursay's matchup against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Chark is out indefinitely. This is a significant injury for the Jaguars, who have struggled to an 0-3 start before Thursday's game. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault should be considered the main beneficiaries of Chark's absence, while Tyron Johnson and Tavon Austin can replace some of the speed that Chark offers.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Carted off Thursday

    Chark exited Thursday's game against the Bengals with a left leg injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. Right tackle Jawaan Taylor fell onto Chark's left leg while blocking for a James Robinson carry during the first drive of the game. Chark couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he went to the cart. The Jaguars should provide more details on the nature and severity of Chark's injury during the postgame presser at the latest. Tyron Johnson and Tavon Austin could work as a deep threat in Chark's place, though Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault should lead the target share.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Scores TD on three catches

    Chark caught three of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-19 loss to Arizona. Chark caught a 12-yard touchdown late in the second quarter and tied for second on the team in targets, but he didn't offer significant production in the passing game overall. The 25-year-old has only seven receptions for 154 yards through the first three games of the season, though he's salvaged some fantasy value with two scores. Chark may remain a touchdown-dependent option until QB Trevor Lawrence and the offense are able to find more consistency.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Held to one catch Sunday

    Chark caught one of four targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Broncos. Marvin Jones had a 25-yard touchdown reception to finish Jacksonville's opening possession, but QB Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the offense failed to get anything going the rest of the afternoon. Chark had only three catches Week 1 but was still targeted 12 times, and he wasn't nearly as involved in the offense this week. Outside of a 41-yard touchdown catch Week 1, the 24-year-old wideout has failed to establish a consistent connection with the rookie signal-caller through the first two games of 2021.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Records TD grab in loss

    Chark brought in three of 12 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 37-21 loss to the Texans on Sunday. As his extremely poor catch rate implies, Chark's afternoon would have been a complete fantasy washout had it not been for his sensational 41-yard touchdown grab late in the third quarter. The chemistry between Chark and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence clearly needs some work, but the respective talent of each player should certainly lead to some big games as the season unfolds. Chark will look to start making good on that potential in a Week 2 home battle versus the Broncos.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Recovered from broken finger

    Chark (finger) is 100 percent healthy entering Week 1 after sitting out the preseason, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. It's not a major surprise, as Chark and coach Urban Meyer consistently have indicated the wideout would be ready for the season opener after undergoing surgery in early August for a hairline fracture in his finger. The 24-year-old's status, or lack thereof, on the injury report later this week should provide final confirmation of his outlook for Sunday at Houston.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: No worries for Week 1

    Chark (finger) is on track for Sept. 12's season opener in Houston, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. Coach Urban Meyer also said Tuesday wideouts Marvin Jones (shoulder) Tavon Austin (quadriceps) will be available for Week 1. Chark underwent surgery in early August to address a hairline fracture in his finger, which forced him to miss the entire preseason, but he'll be available to head the Jaguars' receiving corps when the regular season kicks off, with Trevor Lawrence under center.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Sits out preseason finale

    Chark (finger) won't suit up for Sunday's preseason finale against the Cowboys. The same applies to fellow wideout Marvin Jones (shoulder), though the expectation remains that both players should be available for Week 1 action. Chark is bouncing back from a procedure in early August to repair a hairline fracture of his finger, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, look for the 24-year-old to man a starting WR spot in Jacksonville's season-opener Sept. 12 against the Texans.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Spotted at practice

    Chark (finger) was on the field with pads at Monday's practice but didn't catch any passes, James Johnson of Jags Wire reports. The wideout had surgery in early August to repair a hairline fracture of his finger, with coach Urban Meyer saying afterward that Chark should be ready for the regular-season opener. He'll miss the entire preseason and may be limited in practice for a few more weeks, but his presence on the practice field confirms Chark is on track to suit up against the Texans on Sept. 12, likely working as Jacksonville's No. 1 receiver.
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  • Jaguars' DJ Chark: Has hairline finger fracture repaired

    Coach Urban Meyer expects Chark (finger) to play in the Jaguars' season opener against the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter's report confirms that the team's No. 1 wideout underwent surgery to address a hairline fracture of his finger, but given the timing of the procedure, Chark's Week 1 availability isn't expected to be impacted. Assuming that's the case, the 2018 second-rounder remains in line to head a 2021 wide receiver corps that also features Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, with Phillip Dorsett, Collin Johnson and Jamal Agnew also in the mix.
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