DJ Chark

DJ Chark

26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Chark's 2019 accounts for about half of his career receiving totals, though he's now played four seasons and 43 games. He had only 174 yards in 2018 as a rookie second-round pick, before exploding in 2019 for a 73-1,008-8 receiving line on 118 targets. The next year, Chark dropped to 53-706-5 on 93 targets in 13 games, and then last year he had 154 yards and two TDs before suffering a season-ending ankle fracture Week 4. The 25-year-old now heads to Detroit on a one-year, $10 million contract, and with plenty of time to work his way back from the ankle injury. The problem, at least for Chark's fantasy value, is that rookie No. 12 pick Jameson Williams might simply be better as the team's downfield threat once he completes his recovery from an ACL tear suffered in January. The timing makes Williams uncertain for Week 1, whereas Chark said in May that he didn't have any limitations at spring practices. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions in March of 2022.
Makes game-sealing catch
WRDetroit Lions
January 9, 2023
Chark caught three of four passes for 14 yards during Sunday's 20-16 win over Green Bay.
ANALYSIS
Chark struggled to get open most of the game outside of the play in which he made the game-sealing catch on fourth-and-1 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. He'll finish out his one-year contract with Detroit having racked up 502 yards and three scores over 11 games. While this isn't the kind of production that will significantly boost his stock entering free agency, Chark performed well in a deep-threat role and caught a career-high three catches of 40-plus yards despite seeing a handful fewer targets than he saw during his productive days in Jacksonville between 2019 and 2020.
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How do DJ Chark's 2022 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
72.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.54
 
% Team Air Yards
20.5%
 
% Team Targets
9.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
15.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.7%
 
Drop Rate
3.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.5
 
% Targeted On Route
16.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.54
 
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Snap %
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do DJ Chark's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
198 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.34 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
129 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
After his breakout 2019, a combination of rib, shin and ankle injuries cost Chark three games last year, and he never found any consistency with the Jaguars’ carousel of subpar quarterbacks. But help is on the way. The Jaguars drew the first pick in the draft, with which they selected uber-prospect Trevor Lawrence, who should provide an immediate and significant upgrade. At 6-4, 198, with blazing 4.34 speed, a 40-inch vertical and a 129-inch broad jump, Chark’s athletic profile jumps off the page. And he’s already put up a 1,000-yard, eight-TD season with Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles. Chark won’t just have a new quarterback, but also a new offensive coordinator (Darrell Bevell) and new coach (Urban Meyer). Bevell has directed some run-heavy offenses, but Meyer’s teams have usually had more wide-open attacks, and with Lawrence under center, we have to imagine the Jaguars will be throwing it. Chark should be the top target, but second-year man Laviska Shenault showed promise as the rookie, and the team signed veteran Marvin Jones this offseason.
Despite doing little in 11 games as a rookie, Chark broke out in Year 2, making the most of his 118 targets - 13.8 YPC, 8.5 YPT - for a below-average passing team. At 6-4, 198, and with blazing 4.34 speed, a 40-inch vertical leap and 129-inch broad jump, Chark's physical tools are approaching Randy Moss territory. While he had only one catch of 40-plus yards, Chark caught 17 for 20-plus (T-9th), and there's little doubt he's fast enough to stretch the field. He didn't see a ton of work in the red zone (15 total targets, six from inside the 10) but still scored eight touchdowns and had only four drops all year. With Nick Foles in Chicago, it should be second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew's team all offseason, and he should get better and improve his rapport with the Jags' top receiver. The Jaguars drafted bruiser Laviska Shenault in the second round, and Dede Westbrook is still around, but they're more likely to compete with one another and Chris Conley than cut into Chark's secured role. Finally, the Jaguars offense should improve under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who hasn't had a young receiver with this type of size and speed since he coached A.J. Green in Cincinnati.
A former LSU Tiger, Chark was selected in the second round of the 2018 draft and proceeded to be a non-factor in an unproductive offense for most of the season. He missed five games with a quad injury and had 14 catches for 174 yards, looking very much like a receiver relying on raw talent rather than technical skill. At 6-4, 198 pounds, and with a 4.34 40-yard dash and 40-inch vertical, the 22-year-old still possesses elite tools, but needs to take a significant step forward this offseason in order to utilize them. Dede Westbrook is locked in for regular snaps, but beyond that it's more of a crapshoot for the Jaguars at wide receiver. Chark has a realistic chance to secure the No. 2 or 3 role as he competes with Chris Conley, Marquise Lee and Keelan Cole. The upgrade to Nick Foles at quarterback should help Chark from both a developmental and production standpoint, but at this point it's difficult to call him a potential sleeper given his struggles last year.
The 6-4, 198-pound receiver out of LSU was a potential first-round pick in April's draft, but the Jaguars were able to snatch him late in the second round. Chark had a dominant combine with a 4.34 40-yard dash, 40-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump after posting 40 catches for 874 yards (21.9 average) and three touchdowns for the Tigers in 2017. The 21-year-old seems unlikely to take on a high-volume role due to the Jaguars run-heavy offense and depth of talent at wide receiver, but his potential as a big-play threat could have Chark making significant contributions in his rookie season.
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Two long gains against Bears
WRDetroit Lions
January 1, 2023
Chark caught two of four targets for 56 yards during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears.
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Tops century mark
WRDetroit Lions
December 25, 2022
Chark caught four of five targets for 108 yards during Saturday's loss to the Panthers.
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Blanketed by Jets
WRDetroit Lions
December 18, 2022
Chark caught one of two passes for 18 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Jets.
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Continues surge in Week 14 win
WRDetroit Lions
December 11, 2022
Chark brought in six of seven targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 34-23 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
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Lights up old team
WRDetroit Lions
December 4, 2022
Chark secured five of six targets for 98 yards in the Lions' 40-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
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