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How to handle Terry McLaurin injury in the 2021 NFL Playoffs

Terry McLaurin is on Washington’s final injury report for the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

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Game status: Terry McLaurin is ACTIVE for Washington’s Wild Card round game against the Bucs.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin of the Washington Football Team is officially listed as questionable ahead of Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s dealing with an ankle injury that’s been bothering him for some time now. After missing Week 16, he was able to suit up for the regular season finale, so the expectation is that he’ll be active again this week.

Fantasy impact: Terry McLaurin (ankle)

McLaurin sat out of Tuesday’s practice, but he was able to get in a limited session on both Wednesday and Thursday of this week. It’s not unusual for players to be dealing with a cascade of injuries heading into the playoffs, and teams will help manage their reps in practice. Last week, he finished with 40 yards and a touchdown, catching seven of eight targets thrown his way.

The bigger issue for McLaurin’s fantasy value is going to be the quarterback situation. His numbers are down a bit when Alex Smith is throwing him the ball, especially with Smith hobbled by a calf injury. Smith is also listed as questionable this week, and there’s even been talk of Washington rolling with a rotation at quarterback between Smith and Taylor Heinicke.

McLaurin’s a must-start player in traditional fantasy formats, based on the volume of targets he regularly sees. He would probably benefit with Heinicke throwing him the ball more than Smith.