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What to do with Terry McLaurin, Paul Richardson on Thursday Night Football

Washington has all sorts of problems, but rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been a bright spot. We break down the start/sit considerations for McLaurin and Paul Richardson in Week 8 Thursday Night Football.

Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The 2019 season has been a messy one for Washington, with problems up and down both sides of the roster. One modest bright spot has been rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin. In six games, McLaurin has caught 24 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns. He’s on track for All-Rookie honors, and if he keeps finding the end zone, he has an outside shot at a Pro Bowl nod.

There’s not much else to get excited about after McLaurin. Paul Richardson is the only notable receiver, and he’s had a rough couple weeks. Through the first five games, he had 20 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Not great, but it’s production. However, the past two weeks, he has been shut out on five targets.

Fantasy football analysis, WRs Terry McLaurin, Paul Richardson

The Vikings defense has been mostly solid, but has struggled a bit against wide receivers, giving up the seventh most fantasy points to the position. Richardson is a pretty clear sit given how his past two games have gone. Even if your roster is limited or your league is particularly deep, there are better options out there.

McLaurin isn’t a must start, but he’s a solid start even in shallower leagues. If this turns into a rout, garbage time could be big for McLaurin. Regardless, with Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson both out, there is not much stiff competition for targets.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Terry McLaurin: Start
Paul Richardson: Sit