As we inch toward the new season, the ever-changing NFL landscape has player fantasy values constantly on the move. Whether you’re used to the dynasty platform or are still learning the dynasty rules, let’s dive into the latest dynasty value of DJ Chark.
DJ Chark’s Dynasty Outlook and Value
After a dreadful, injury-riddled rookie season, Chark’s sophomore-year breakout was as unlikely as they get. Unfortunately, he’s never been able to come close to his 1,000 yards and 14.9 fantasy points per game 2019 season.
Chark regressed in 2020, averaging just 11.8 ppg. In 2021, he averaged 8.6 ppg before injuries ended his season after just four games.
In 2022, Chark opted for a one-year prove-it deal over a long-term contract. Injuries once again reared their ugly head, limiting Chark to 11 games. But in those contests, he flashed the upside he displayed back in 2019. Did Chark do enough to earn a somewhat lucrative multi-year deal? I’m not sure.
Chark was one of the better wide receivers in this free agent class. When put up against the other options, he looks quite appealing. In fact, Jakobi Meyers is the only free agent I’d definitively have taken ahead of Chark.
He didn’t have the greatest 2022 season. He saw just a 13.8% target share and was only targeted on 16% of his routes run. But he showcased his elite downfield ability, as evidenced by his 15.4 average depth of target — fourth in the league.
Although Chark only averaged 8.9 ppg, he posted four games of at least 14.8 fantasy points. From Week 12 onward, he was startable more than he wasn’t.
DJ Chark’s Fantasy Ranking
Just 27 years old this season, I still think Chark can be a viable fantasy WR3 in the right spot. And we now know where that spot will be.
Chark was never going to return to Detroit. They are set with Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams.
Ideally, Chark would’ve landed on a team with an established possession WR1 where he can be the stretch Z on the outside. In Carolina, Adam Thielen would technically qualify as the possession guy, even though he’s not a WR1 talent anymore at 33 years old.
This is pretty close to the best-case scenario for Chark to potentially break out, though. He is immediately the most talented wide receiver on the Panthers, and Thielen is really his only target competition.
It’s difficult to evaluate Chark as a dynasty asset beyond 2023, as there’s no guarantee he stays with Carolina beyond this year. However, if things go well and the Panthers’ rookie quarterback shows serious promise, Chark could find himself tethered to a young, talented passer for the remainder of his relevant career.
We have Chark at WR61 (No. 155 overall) in our dynasty Superflex rankings. At that price, you’re probably not going to find many players with the ceiling Chark has. He’s definitely someone to consider in dynasty startup drafts.