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How to handle Terry McLaurin injury in Week 17 fantasy football

Terry McLaurin is on Washington’s final injury report for Week 17. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team attempts to catch a pass against Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter of their game at Heinz Field on December 07, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Game status: McLaurin is ACTIVE for Week 17.

Game day update: McLaurin is “preparing to play,” per Ian Rapoport. We’ll likely need to wait for pre-game warmups, but this bodes well if you need to roll the dice on SNF.

The Washington Football Team has listed wide receiver Terry McLaurin as questionable on this week’s official injury report. The second-year wideout is still dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of action last week. Washington doesn’t play until Sunday night, and it might be closer to game time before we get a clear indication of his playing status. However, there were some signs of optimism about McLaurin’s availability late in the week.

Fantasy impact: Terry McLaurin (ankle)

McLaurin caught seven of 12 targets for 77 yards in his last outing, back in Week 15 against Seattle. He’s clearly one of the team’s top playmakers, and they’ll need him out there this week in a game they have to win in order to clinch the NFC East and punch their ticket to the postseason.

He did not practice this week, but head coach Ron Rivera said that he looked good late in the week. It’s likely that he’ll suit up given the stakes in this one. However, that leaves the question of how much Washington will be able to use him and how effective he’ll be. Tight end Logan Thomas would see more targets without McLaurin in the lineup.