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Terry McLaurin - Fantasy Points Outlook

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Terry McLaurin
WAS

WR WAS

#13 Wide Receiver

164 Projected Points

ADP: 3.12
Bye: 9
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 208
40 Time: 4.35

2021 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#13 Wide Receiver

164 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
3.12 88 1213 7 4

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

3d Projection

Med Floor

144.3

DS Projection

164

Consensus

38 other sites
153

Low Ceiling

187

Ceiling Likelihood

Medium
How likely they will reach their ceiling projection

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • McLaurin followed a WR29 finish in PPR points per game as a rookie by rising to WR20 in that category as a sophomore. But that doesn’t mean the results were all positive.
  • He went from 7th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade in 2019 to just 32nd last season (albeit, among 222 graded wideouts).
  • Football Outsiders rated McLaurin 72nd in DYAR and 74th in DVOA among 87 qualifying WRs. Compare that with his rankings of 13th and 12th, respectively, in 2019.
  • McLaurin saw a significant dip in his deep work in Year 2.
    • According to PFF, his average depth of target dipped from 14.6 to 9.9.
    • After seeing 29.7% of his 2019 targets in the deep range (20+ yards downfield), McLaurin got just 14.8% of last season’s targets in that range.
    • Conversely, he went from 2.2% of 2019 targets coming behind the line of scrimmage to 11.1% in 2020. And short-range targets (0-9 yards) climbed from 38.5% of his total to 50.4%.
  • Overall, McLaurin’s yards per route run fell from 2.05 in his rookie campaign to 1.84 last season. He ranked 14th in that category in 2019 among 112 wideouts who saw 30+ targets. McLaurin fell to 34th among 115 wideouts last year.
  • The new coaching staff ran him from the slot more: 31.5% of snaps vs. 23.5% in 2019.
  • McLaurin also increased his yards after catch per reception and slashed his drop rate, from 10.8% to 3.1%.
  • Washington got at least a slight upgrade -- and potentially more than that -- at QB by signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 1-year deal. He has consistently proved more willing than Alex Smith to throw downfield and far more proficient than Dwayne Haskins or Kyle Allen.
  • Washington also signed WR Curtis Samuel in free agency and drafted WR Dyami Brown in Round 3, upgrading the talent around McLaurin.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

There’s room for McLaurin to improve on his own performance vs. 2020. But the change at QB and upgraded offensive talent should rebound his downfield production to at least some degree. At his best, Ryan Fitzpatrick can be a successful downfield passer. At worst, he should be an upgrade over Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Alen and the 2020 version of Alex Smith. It certainly seems fair to expect another WR2-level season from McLaurin.

The problem: He’s going 11th among wideouts in FFPC best-ball drafting right now. You’ll have to pay up if you want him. McLaurin is basically tied in ADP with Allen Robinson, whom we have projected for 25 more PPR points.

 

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Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Buccaneers, as expected. He's reportedly playing on a high-ankle sprain, though, and will play without QB Alex Smith. As reported, Smith is inactive, leaving Taylor Heinicke to start. McLaurin missed the Week 16 game against Carolina that included Heinicke's only action so far this season.

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Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game vs. the Bucs. He got in 2 limited practices this week. McLaurin returned last week, running a route on 97% of pass plays and posting a 7-40-1 line on 8 targets.

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Washington WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Eagles. He reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain 2 weeks ago, so expect him to be operating at far less than 100% tonight.

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Washington is expected to have QB Alex Smith (calf), RB Antonio Gibson (toe) and WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) for tonight's must-win game against the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith has been trending toward returning for this one all week, while Gibson's practice reps were just managed after he returned last Sunday. McLaurin is a surprise after he reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain just 2 weeks ago. We'd expect him to be limited tonight.

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Washington lists WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. He didn't practice all week, reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Perhaps McLaurin tries to push through the injury for this must-win game, but he'll be a dicey fantasy play if he ends up active.

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