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Jaguars WR D.J. Chark is out for Thursday Night Football

The Jaguars have downgraded D.J. Chark to OUT for Week 3 Thursday Night Football. We break down what it means for other Jaguars pass catchers in fantasy football.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark during the Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp on August 1, 2018 at Finders Homes Practice Complex at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers D.J. Chark has been downgraded from questionable to out for Thursday Night Football, per the Jaguars team Twitter. Chark has been dealing with back and chest issues, but was able to get limited practices in this week.

Chark’s absence hurts Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars, but they do have a fairly deep set of receivers with Keelan Cole, who has led the team in fantasy points so far, Laviska Shenault Jr., Chris Conley and Tyler Eifert. All four of those receivers has a decent chance of seeing work and putting up fantasy numbers in tonight’s game.

Chark has been efficient this season, catching all seven of his targets for 109 yards, a touchdown and seven first downs. He’s proven he can be a No. 1 receiver, but he does have plenty of competition from Cole, who has caught 11-of 12 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Maybe the player with the most upside tonight is rookie Laviska Shenault Jr., who is a big play waiting to happen. The team is also manufacturing touches for him with seven rushing attempts for 47 yards to go along with his eight targets, which he’s caught six for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, Cole and Shenault are both worth playing in 12-team leagues, while Eifert has appeal as a streaming tight end and Conley is worth a flex start in deeper leagues.