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How to handle Terry McLaurin’s injury in Week 12 fantasy football

Terry McLaurin is on the Washington Football Team final injury report for Week 12. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team in action in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on November 22, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Game status: McLaurin is ACTIVE for Week 12.

The Washington Football Team faces off against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving and they should have their top wide receiver available. Terry McLaurin is listed as questionable due to an ankle injury, but he is expected to play, according to Ian Rapoport.

Washington did not have a full practice on Monday, but McLaurin was listed as a DNP on the estimated report. He was listed as limited on Tuesday and then a full participant on Wednesday before the final questionable designation.

Fantasy impact: Terry McLaurin (Ankle injury)

This is a great matchup for McLaurin and the Washington passing game. The Cowboys rank 22nd in pass defense efficiency, but more importantly rank second to last in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.

Alex Smith has been inconsistent since taking over as Washington’s starting quarterback, but he’s been able to put up some big counting stats at times. In Week 9 against the Giants he threw for 325 yards and a touchdown, while in Week 10 against the Lions he threw for 390 yards. He did less against the Bengals, throwing for 166 yards and a score, but it’s notable that they actually won that game while losing the other two.

Smith does not have a lot of great weapons at his disposal, and McLaurin is the clear top pass-catcher by a long shot. He’s a great start this week knowing that he’ll be playing and the fact that he got in a full workout on Wednesday.