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Fantasy Matchups to Exploit: Bench Terry McLaurin Against 49ers in Week 7

Max Staley

Terry McLaurin's career has gotten off to a better start than even his most ardent supporters could've reasonably predicted. The Washington Redskins' dynamic rookie WR has racked up 408 receiving yards and five TDs in five games played, making him fantasy's WR4 on a per-game basis.

McLaurin's breakout campaign could hit roadblock in Week 7 though, facing one of the NFL's best defenses in the San Francisco 49ers.

Over the last two weeks, San Francisco has surrendered an average of 99.0 passing yards per game. The 49ers have only allowed 5.0 points per game (PPG) during that stretch, and only one WR (Jarvis Landry) has recorded more than 30 receiving yards.

On the season, the 49ers are surrendering just 12.8 PPG, the second-best mark in the NFL, and they have the NFL's best secondary, per Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings. San Francisco also ranks No. 3 in the NFL with a 10.0 sack percentage, and has forced a turnover on 19.0 of its opponent's drives.

Clearly, against a defense this stout, McLaurin could struggle to maintain his usual production. Additionally, McLaurin's fantasy output has understandably ebbed and flowed based off the opponent he's faced.

His two best games of the year came against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins, and both units rank in the bottom seven in terms of passing yards allowed per game. His worst game, however, came against the New England Patriots, the only team in the NFL allowing fewer PPG than the 49ers.

Of course, it's always tough to bench a player of McLaurin's caliber, as he's talented enough to overcome even the worst matchups, as he proved with 70 yards and a TD against the Chicago Bears.

Even so, McLaurin could struggle to be fantasy viable against San Francisco's elite defense in Week 7. McLaurin is currently ranked as WR20 in our Week 7 PPR rankings.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.