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Terry McLaurin Fantasy Outlook Could Make Him a Valuable Pick in 2020

Jason Schandl
Terry McLaurin's fantasy outlook makes the Washington wide receiver a great pick in 2020 drafts.
Terry McLaurin's fantasy outlook makes the Washington wide receiver a great pick in 2020 drafts. / Will Newton/Getty Images

Terry McLaurin was a true fantasy football breakout in the 2019 season. The third-round rookie finished as the WR29 in PPR formats, despite missing two games while playing in a terrible Washington Football Team offense.

It may not be great news that he'll still be catching passes from Dwayne Haskins in 2020, but McLaurin is a great fantasy option anyway.

Terry McLaurin Fantasy Football Value 2020

McLaurin is being drafted as the 27th wide receiver off the board according to Fantasy Pros' average draft position (ADP) data — closely reflecting his 2019 finish.

Dwayne Haskins was largely terrible after he took over as Washington's starting QB in Week 9, but McLaurin's production didn't take much of a hit. Haskins threw just about as often as the team was throwing before he took over (30.3 attempts per game), and McLaurin's splits don't showcase any reason for concern. He averaged 6.6 targets per game and 9.96 yards per target through Week 8, then 6.7 targets per game and 9.81 yards per target from Week 9 through the end of the season.

McLaurin also remains the obvious No. 1 option in this passing game. He had a team-high 58 receptions in 2019, and the only other player who caught more than 35 passes (running back Chris Thompson) is no longer with the team.

So in 2020, McLaurin is really in just about the same spot he was last year. That means he's probably being drafted closer to his floor than his ceiling, however. If Haskins and/or McLaurin can make some improvements heading into their second NFL seasons, McLaurin's value could really explode.

McLaurin checks in at WR19 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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