Terry McLaurin Status Offers PPR Fantasy Value Despite Injury in Tough Week 5 Matchup

Jason Schandl
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Terry McLaurin was one of the most productive rookies in the NFL through the first three weeks of the 2019 season before a hamstring injury forced him to the sidelines for Washington's Week 4 loss to the New York Giants.

A game-time decision in Week 5, McLaurin has been announced as active for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky, so fantasy owners should exercise caution with McLaurin. His floor is very low this week, because there's a risk of re-injury and also a chance that he's just not very effective if he's still not 100 percent. His touchdown upside is also fairly limited, since the Washington Redskins are huge 16.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Efficient or not, though, McLaurin should be in for enough volume to still return some fantasy value in Week 5. In those three healthy games, he tallied 24 targets while posting at least five receptions and 60 yards each week.

If they're playing from behind all game, since they're heavy underdogs, Washington could be forced to throw the ball with even more volume than usual, which gives McLaurin a real chance to hit double-digit targets for the first time this season.

Starting McLaurin in fantasy this week isn't for the feint of heart as injury concerns and a tough matchup against the Pats could spell trouble. However, the rookie is still at WR32 in our Week 5 fantasy football PPR rankings.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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.

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