Gameday update: If last week’s performance against the Texans is a sign of things to come for D.J. Chark, then that will be great news for a lot of fantasy football managers. The second-year wide receiver broke out his season-long slump, scoring 20.6 fantasy points, which was his second-highest point total for this season. Along with Chark, Chris Conley came out of nowhere as well, but it’s too early to buy stock into the veteran wide receiver this week. ESPN projects Chark and Conley to score 8.9 and 5.8 fantasy points, respectively. Meanwhile, Keelan Cole Sr. is only projected to 6.1 points.
It can be a tricky proposition trying to figure out how well wide receivers can produce with a rookie quarterback, not to mention a sixth-round pick who is only making his second start in the NFL. However, there is some fantasy football value to be found among the Jacksonville Jaguars receivers, even in these circumstances.
Fantasy Football analysis: Jaguars WRs D.J. Chark, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole
Chark, Jacksonville’s No. 1 receiver, was Jake Luton’s favorite option last week, catching seven passes on 12 targets, including a 73-yard touchdown early in the game. He finished with 146 yards. Chris Conley was second with eight targets; he caught seven of them for 52 yards, as the Jags shortened their passing game as the game went on. Cole didn’t have much to do, getting just six yards on one catch with two looks from Luton.
It’s hard to know what exactly the game plan will look like against the Packers. While Green Bay has been better against outside receivers than guys in the slot, Chark is still a good play here because of his role in the offense. He came down with a non-Covid illness this week, but should be good to go for Sunday. Conley’s target volume last week is interesting, but we just don’t know whether or not that will hold. Cole is not worth a spot in lineups either.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start D.J. Chark. Sit Keelan Cole and Chris Conley.