McLaurin went off against a Green Bay pass D missing top CB Jaire Alexander. Posting the WR5 line for Week 7, McLaurin tallied 7-122-1 on 12 targets. He’s now hit 11+ targets in 3 of his past 4 outings. The OSU product got downfield for a 50-50 deep ball score early on. He was overthrown on an in-breaking route near the goal line later on. And in a separate sequence, McLaurin dropped an end zone pass. So Sunday should have been much better — although fantasy owners can’t complain with the result. McLaurin scored and hit 100 yards for the first time since Week 4. He’ll look to keep rolling against a tough Denver secondary (on the road) in Week 8. Then comes a Week 9 bye.
Week 7 was a forgettable one for McLaurin. The up-and-coming WR tallied just 4 catches for 28 yards on 8 targets. Truth be told: McLaurin was close to a much bigger day. Two overthrows — including one in the end zone — showed what could have been a WR1 line. McLaurin also had a 20-yard, drive-killing drop. Another shaky performance from Taylor Heinicke is slightly worrisome, but strong volume figures to be a weekly mainstay here. Next up is a Packers secondary missing top CB Jaire Alexander.
McLaurin continued to be the Alpha in this passing attack, seeing 7 targets. He caught 4 of those 7 for 62 yards against Buffalo. It was his second 4-catch and 62-yard performance this season.
This was a decent middle ground from a volume perspective. He has seen 25 targets through 3 games, which is great. But the sporadic volume week to week leaves much to be desired. His target distribution over the first 3 weeks has been 4, 14, and 7. Not exactly the consistency many were hoping for.
Going forward, expect the volume to normalize a bit. This offense gets rolling when they utilize their best players and McLaurin is absolutely that. QB Taylor Heinicke needs to prioritize his best WR each week.
McLaurin put together a monster 11-107-1 game in a thrilling comeback win over the Giants last week. QB Taylor Heinicke went to T-Mac early and often (6 catches, 60 yards in 1st half) and leaned on him to make a play when needed. McLaurin’s 11 receptions were a career high with it also being his 5th career game with at least 100 yards and a score. McLaurin looked like he was on another planet early in the game, but the Giants wisely made adjustments to slow him down late. He now has at least 7 receptions in every game against the Giants, and his 14 targets ties another career high. You know he will be a priority to stop for the Bills defense this weekend, but he should still be considered a WR2.
It was an odd game for McLaurin, who didn’t see a target in the 1st half, and then saw 3 targets very early in the 2nd half, only to end up with 4 targets in a game that Washington lost by 4 points and threw just 21 passes. He did have a big play of 34 yards, but it was on a terrible pass from Taylor Heinecke on a ball that should’ve been intercepted or at least broken up.
There’s no doubting that McLaurin is an elite talent, and he’s produced for 2 years despite substandard QB play. That could be exactly what he gets for the next few weeks (or more) as Ryan Fitzpatrick tries to recover from a dislocated hip. That said, with Curtis Samuel on the IR, it would be surprising if Washington threw as few passes as they did in Week 1, and that McLaurin won’t go back to seeing large target volume. So he should perform commensurate with the draft-day investment that was made in him.