Terry McLaurin Fantasy Outlook Remains Positive Despite Difficult Week 2 Matchup Against Cowboys

Jason Schandl
Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles
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Terry McLaurin made quite a splash in his NFL debut, catching five passes for 125 yards and one touchdown as the Washington Redskins scored 27 points in a close loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

This immediately put McLaurin on the map in fantasy football, and he was a top waiver wire target for Week 2.

McLaurin wasn't just a speculative add either, he's already a guy that you can feel good about plugging into your starting lineup.

A Case Keenum-led offense that just lost its top running back isn't the kind of situation that's going to generate a lot of hype and excitement, but Keenum is far from a death sentence for a WR's fantasy value.

In 2018, Emmanuel Sanders finished 17th at WR in fantasy points per game with Keenum at the helm for the Denver Broncos. In 2017, the Minnesota Vikings had both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen finish in the top 15. In 2016, when Keenum started 10 games for the Los Angeles Rams, Kenny Britt finished 21st.

McLaurin's seven targets in Week 1 were tied for a team-high, but it's not just that he's getting those looks that is encouraging — it's also the types of looks he's getting.

Keenum didn't push the ball downfield much, and the other two top Washington WR's had average target depths of 10.7 yards (Paul Richardson) and 5.7 yards (Tre Quinn). McLaurin's sat at 20.4 yards.

A deep threat that already racked up significant volume in his first NFL contest, McLaurin has all the making of a breakout fantasy football superstar.

His early-season schedule is a difficult one, taking on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and the Chicago Bears in Week 3, but don't let that sour you on his outlook for the season.

Owned in only 48 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, there's still time to grab McLaurin before your leaguemates clue in to his massive upside.

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