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What to do with DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault Jr., Keelan Cole in Week 9 fantasy football

We go over DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault Jr., Keelan Cole’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the Jaguars Week 9 matchup against the Texans.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (10) celebrates with teammates running back James Robinson (30) offensive tackle Cam Robinson (74) guard A.J. Cann (60) and wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. (17) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Game day update: Unlike James Robinson, trying to figure out who will stand out at WR for the Jaguars is going to be tough with a rookie starting at QB. However, if they do let Luton air it out, then D.J. Chark is the likely candidate to have a breakout game. The second-year WR will be looking to improve off of his one catch for 26 yards performance in Week 7 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Laviska Shenault Jr. and Keelan Cole Sr. might have a few catches here and there, but nothing to warrant a start in your lineup. ESPN projects Chark to score 7.5 fantasy points, Shenault to score 5.9 points, and Cole to score 5.8 points.

It was hard enough to get a handle on the weekly fantasy football production numbers from the Jacksonville Jaguars top three wide receiver before this week. Now, it’s going to be even more difficult that the team will be starting rookie sixth-round pick Jake Luton in his first ever NFL game.

Fantasy Football analysis: Jaguars WRs DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault Jr., Keelan Cole

Chark is still the No. 1 receiver here. But he’s coming off a rough week, catching just one pass on seven targets. Much of that can be attributed to quarterback Gardner Minshew’s struggles. So how much will Chark benefit from Luton? It’s hard to say. The potential is certainly there; he can be an explosive player. He might be the safest of this bunch, but that’s really stretching the definition of that word.

Shenault has a lot of upside too, though we haven’t seen the team so committed to getting the ball in his hands that they’re using him out of the backfield the way they were at the start of the season. He’s got just 54 yards over his last two games.

Cole had one big game this season, a 143-yard effort two weeks ago against the Lions, but he’s been the third option behind these other two, save for that one game.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start DJ Chark. Sit Laviska Shenault and Keenlan Cole.