Sunday update: If the Washington Football Team wants to pull the upset over Pittsburgh, it starts with Alex Smith feeding Terry McLaurin. McLaurin is on the cusp of a 1,000-yard receiving season, despite not scoring many touchdowns. The second-year wideout has had two games in the last three weeks, where he’s produced at least 90 receiving yards.
This week, he’ll be facing a Steelers defense that has given up 23.3 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. ESPN projects McLaurin to score 10 fantasy points and will get a lot of targets coming his way.
Terry McLaurin has been a must-start player throughout this season. But what should you do with him in what looks to be a very challenging matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Fantasy Football analysis: Washington WR Terry McLaurin
McLaurin’s stellar sophomore season has not been slowed by Washington’s turnstile quarterback. He has finished six consecutive games with at least five catches and 70 yards. Here are his lines in three games with Alex Smith as the starter: 7-95-0 on nine targets; 5-84-0 on seven targets; 7-92-0 on nine targets. Sure, you would like to see more touchdowns, but those are difficult to predict. At least McLaurin is racking up the targets, yards and catches that you want to see from a WR1.
The Steelers have really clamped down on quarterbacks, but some wideouts have worked their way into nice fantasy outings recently. Look at Marquise Brown on Wednesday ripping off a 70-yard touchdown. Tee Higgins had his way with that defense a few weeks ago, recording 115 yards and a score on seven catches. So, while this isn’t a favorable matchup, it’s also not an impossible one.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Obviously, those in season-long leagues don’t have better options (and if you do, you should have traded some of your WR depth by now). McLaurin remains a must-start there. But this isn’t the week to invest $6,800 in him on DraftKings. Despite those aforementioned lapses by the Steelers’ defense, McLaurin will be hard-pressed to keep his receptions and yardage streaks intact.