The Jaguars wasted little time in bringing in Christian Kirk and Evan Engram, two pieces that should really help create an impact for fantasy. The Jaguars are at least attempting to help their franchise QB with weapons on offense.
Kirk has done very well for himself signing this deal. We are talking about a receiver that hasn’t had a single 1,000 yard season and only had over 70 receptions in one season (which was the past one with 17 games). Don’t forget that last season the Cardinals were without DeAndre Hopkins for a large portion of the season, and the Cardinals have a great offense.
Despite that, he has managed to sign a big deal with the Jaguars for an average of $18m a season. Kirk is likely going to fill the slot role in the offense for the team, with Marvin Jones working on the outside with Zay Jones. As a result of this signing, it’s hard to see Laviska Shenault living up to the promise he showed coming out of college.
For dynasty, Kirk should have an increased value (albeit a small increase) because of the new contract that he signed giving him a stable position for the next few seasons. For redraft, it feels like a slight decrease as Kirk adjusts to a new offense and QB.
Engram really struggled for consistency since his rookie season. There have been some big games, but generally he has struggled to make an impact. But, if there was a coach that could help a TE become relevant it’s Doug Pederson, who heavily leaned on the position at the Eagles.
Equally, the team don’t have a great depth chart at the position with Dan Arnold being the only guy of note, and that was only due to a mid-season trade. The thing is, there were players available who would have likely done a better job as a receiver in the offense. With the fact that this is one a one-year deal too, it doesn’t do much for Engram’s fantasy outlook in dynasty or redraft.
So, for fantasy and real-life the impact of Christian Kirk signing with the Jaguars will be larger than Evan Engram, but Engram could turn it around. Don’t forget, you can get prepared for your fantasy drafts with our Fantasy Draft Kit. Or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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