Terry McLaurin has the chance for a breakout third season in 2021, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 3 in all leagues. McLaurin has improved in each of his first two years, averaging 13.6 PPR points as a rookie in 2019 and 15.3 PPR points last season. Getting Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback should be the best thing for McLaurin since Fitzpatrick has a history of peppering his No. 1 target (see Steve Johnson in Buffalo, Brandon Marshall with the Jets and DeVante Parker with the Dolphins, among others). Fitzpatrick should lean heavily on McLaurin, and he could be a top-10 Fantasy receiver this season.
McLaurin recently worked with former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin to improve his releases off the line of scrimmage, independent NFL journalist Mark Bullock reports. During his career, Baldwin made a living with toughness, technique and reliable hands, while McLaurin is far more physically gifted, having run a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds. The third-year pro has also proven himself to be a quick learner in the NFL, with rapid improvement on short and intermediate routes allowing him to put up 1,118 receiving yards in 15 games last season despite playing in an offense with minimal downfield passing. The hope in Washington is that veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can help create a more balanced passing game, which would give McLaurin a shot to mesh his big-play ability from 2019 (15.8 yards per reception, seven touchdowns in 14 games) with his big-time volume from 2020 (8.9 targets, 5.8 catches per week). He faces more competition for targets this season, with Washington adding Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason.
McLaurin (ankle) brought in six of seven targets for 75 yards in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night. The second-year speedster was second to Cam Sims in receptions and receiving yards during Washington' season-ending loss. McLaurin powered through an ankle issue in Week 17 and Saturday night, managing to still put together a combined 13-115-1 line in that pair of contests. Having eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark during the regular season for the first time in his career while also setting a new high-water mark in receptions (87), McLaurin will look to reach even greater heights in 2021 with what he'll hope will be greater stability at the quarterback position.
McLaurin (ankle) is listed as active Saturday versus the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. McLaurin managed two limited practices this week, which was two more than he logged prior to taking the field Week 17. In that contest, he put up seven catches (on eight targets) for 40 yards and one touchdown on the Eagles. The going may be tougher Saturday against a Tampa Bay defense that has given up 8.0 yards per target to wide receivers this season (tied for 14th best in the NFL).
McLaurin (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. McLaurin didn't practice at all last week but still gutted out a high-ankle sprain Week 17 against the Eagles, hauling in seven of eight targets for 40 yards and one touchdown. He got in some reps on the practice field this week, but his status won't be confirmed until about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. If he takes the field, McLaurin should be among Alex Smith's (calf) top targets, assuming the QB also is directing the offense.
McLaurin (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. McLaurin didn't practice at all last week and was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated report. He's now ahead of where he was at the same time last week before he went on to catch seven of eight targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the division-clinching win over Philadelphia. McLaurin, Alex Smith (calf) and Antonio Gibson (toe) are banged up, but all three appear likely to continue playing through their injuries in Saturday's wild-card game against Tampa Bay.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|18||01/09||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
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|3 Year Avg||114||72||1018||6||47||14.14||138|