Should Christian Kirk be in fantasy football lineups in Week 18?

Cincinnati Bengals v Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping to still win the AFC South after losing four of their last five games. Thankfully they still control their own destiny and with a win over the Titans will secure the division.

The good news for the Jaguars is that they are going to be getting a key piece of their offense back for this game. On Saturday, they announced they would be activating wide receiver Christian Kirk from injured reserve.

Kirk missed the last four games after suffering an injury against the Bengals in Week 13. While it isn't the only reason, the absence of Kirk certainly played a factor in the Jaguars rough stretch to finish the season.

On the season, he has 57 receptions on 85 targets for 787 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Should Christian Kirk be in fantasy football lineups in Week 18?

This week, the Jaguars are playing a Titans team that is giving up the ninth most points to wide receivers in half-point PPR leagues. In the first game Kirk played against the Titans this year, he had three receptions on six targets for 48 yards.

Entering Week 18, I would treat Christian Kirk as a WR3 or flex option as he has been one of Trevor Lawrence's favorite targets over the past two years. He should return to his normal workload of 6-10 targets in this game and against this defense should be productive.

The return of Kirk also means that Evan Engram probably sees his opportunities diminish. The Jaguars tight end saw a noticeable bump in targets over the last month but that was likely due to the absence of Christian Kirk.

In a must-win game for the Jaguars, I expect Christian Kirk to be heavily involved and is worth being in fantasy football lineups.

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