While there was plenty of buzz regarding Gardner Minshew, some hype surrounding Laviska Shenault Jr., and abounding high expectations for D.J. Chark Jr., nobody was talking about Keelan Cole in the offseason. All three receivers caught a touchdown, but it was Cole who came out on top in the Jaguars Week 1 debut against the Colts.
Will Cole continue to have a prominent role in the Jacksonville offense or was this a one and done performance? Can we expect more out of Shenault in weeks to come? Will Chark remain the top pass catcher in Jacksonville? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Jaguars WRs D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole
Chark broke out last year with a season of 73 receptions, 1,008 yards, and eight touchdowns. Minshew targeted Chark three times in Week 1 and he caught all three for 25 yards and a score. It was a relatively quiet day, but the touchdown gave him a boost. Minshew looked comfortable spreading the ball around, so it’s too early to tell if that will result in a Chark downgrade from last year.
Shenault made his rookie debut in Week 1 and demonstrated his diverse skill set, as he was utilized in both the passing and rushing attacks. He totaled 3 receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown, and added two caries for 10 yards to finish with 13.7 fantasy points in ESPN PPR leagues. He is a bit of a Swiss army knife for the Jaguars and certainly has big play capability. However, the volume is not there to name Shenault a weekly starter just yet.
Cole started his fourth year with the Jaguars with a stellar Week 1 performance which saw him haul in all five of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. He finished the day with 15.7 fantasy points in ESPN PPR leagues and led all Jaguars receivers for the day. Cole has been a minor role player in seasons past and it is still unclear if he has made the step up to a reliable weekly contributor. The Titans are dealing with a banged up secondary, but Cole can’t be trusted in lineups until he proves last week’s performance wasn’t just a one off.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start D.J. Chark for the time being.
Sit Laviska Shenault Jr. until he earns a more prominent role.
Sit Keelan Cole, but keep as a bench stash in deeper leagues.