The Detroit Lions have won four of their last five games and are clawing back into the NFC playoff picture. Fantasy football managers are watching closely as two explosive receivers are looking to make a late-season impact. Can DJ Chark or Jameson Williams push this offense into a higher gear when it matters most?
We’re diving into whether you should add Williams or Chark off the waiver wire and start them against the Vikings in Week 14.
DJ Chark or Jameson Williams: Who Should You Add From the Waiver Wire?
There haven’t been many teams more entertaining this season than the Lions. They have the sixth-most points scored and seventh-most yards gained, boast an effective passing game, and have the NFL’s leader in rushing touchdowns in Jamaal Williams. But they’re also dead last in yards and points allowed.
Detroit is a wonderful team for fantasy managers to have multiple playmakers from. Jared Goff has been solid, with an improved surrounding cast and an effective running game to take pressure off him. He’ll also benefit from Chark and Williams continuing to work into bigger roles over the last stretch of the season.
Chark only had two receptions for 16 yards in Week 11 and 12 combined but notched a touchdown against the Bills. He really broke out last week, catching five of six targets for 98 yards against his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Moving forward, it’s hard to imagine he won’t become a bigger priority within the offense.
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The wild card within the unit is Williams. Already with Amon-Ra St. Brown established and Chark a somewhat known commodity as a big-play threat, Williams is the new hot shot first-round pick. He played only eight snaps in his season debut against the Jaguars and wasn’t targeted.
As we approach the Lions’ Week 14 matchup against the Vikings, Chark is easily the more logical player to add off the waiver wire. He’s a veteran who’s been to a Pro Bowl and is coming off a big game. Minnesota, the second-worst defense in the NFL against receivers, giving up almost 40 fantasy points per game to the position, is certainly prone to allowing another big game to Chark.
Chark’s long 6’4″ frame is problematic for almost every cornerback. He’s fast and a good route runner, giving him a good balance of verticality and explosiveness. His injury history has robbed him of a much more impressive career.
Williams is certainly intriguing but a complete unknown for fantasy managers to count on. He could play the entire game and provide the Lions’ offense with several big plays as he routinely did at Alabama in 2021. Or he could be on a limited snap count and fail to see another target.
The latter is more likely based on what we’ve seen thus far. That means Chark is the better pickup and a good overall starting option for your roster if you have an open slot for him. You might be rewarded with a fringe WR1 game if his quality of targets continues to be as high as the last two weeks.