In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
In a season with much uncertainty, there has been a clear constant for the Washington Football Team. Second-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin continues to produce week in and week out. As the only viable threat in the passing game, he continuously sees primary coverage. It doesn’t matter. He’s received at least seven targets in every game this season and continues to post dominant numbers. He continued his hot streak in Week 10.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin made seven catches for 95 yards in a loss to the Lions Sunday. McLaurin added 27 rushing yards and lost a fumble in the contest. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. McLaurin has been money for fantasy managers this season with seven catches in four-straight games and he’s eclipsed 90 yards in three-straight. McLaurin always sees the defense’s top-coverage but it hasn’t mattered as he is a focal point of this offense with at least seven targets in every game this season. Scary Terry is a set-it and forget-it WR1 in fantasy.
McLaurin was drafted in the third round by Washington in 2019. The “discount” version of collegiate teammate and second-round selection Parris Campbell, McLaurin has vastly outperformed his fellow Buckeye despite Campbell being the more productive prospect coming out. An exceptional athlete, McLaurin ranks in the 75th percentile or above in nearly all combine metrics.
In only 14 games, McLaurin fell just shy of the 100-target and 1,000-receiving-yard mark as a rookie. Even more impressive is that those numbers were posted with a combination of Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum at quarterback. Fast forward to this season, and it’s no different. Now without an official name, The Washington Football Team continues to cycle through quarterbacks. The constant of 2020? McLaurin. He continues to rocket up dynasty rankings.
Wherever you have McLaurin ranked in your dynasty rankings, there’s a real chance he’s too low. As mentioned, with inconsistent and sub-par quarterback play this season, McLaurin is already a fringe WR1. He has the traits you want in an alpha, is defeating top defensive coverage, and is soaking up a high volume of targets. He’s received double-digit targets in four games this season and has topped double-digit fantasy points in eight. Not shown below is his most recent 17.2 PPR performance.
Through nine games played, McLaurin is one reception away (57) from matching his rookie season total (58). Depending on how they finish this season, the WFT could very well be in the market for a new quarterback. While it would require McLaurin to build chemistry with yet another quarterback, the long-term payoff and consistency will be welcome news. I’ve written about players that I would buy high on in dynasty leagues in the past. McLaurin falls into that category without question. I hope he doesn’t turn into an Allen Robinson-type player where quality quarterback play continues to evade him. Pay up for him and enjoy several more years of elite, high-end fantasy production.