2021 Fantasy Football Bust - WR Terry McLaurin
2021 Bust: Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin had a great 2020 season, finishing as the WR20 in fantasy points (PPR). McLaurin was a hidden gem in the 2019 draft class, being selected in the 3rd round by Washington. He blew it up his rookie season, amassing 919 yards on 58 receptions and 7 TD’s. He followed this up with 1,118 yards on 87 receptions and 4 TD’s in 2020. These numbers were with names like Case Keenum, Dwyane Haskins, Kyle Allen and Alex Smith at QB. Not to mention, Washington was 32nd in 2019 and 25th in 2020 in passing yards/game. Now that Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starting QB and there are more weapons on offense, the WFT is poised to take a leap. This all sounds good for McLaurin, so why am I considering him a bust?
First, lets take a look at Fitzpatrick, who turns 39 in November. Everyone loves “Fitzmagic”, but this love leads people to overhype him. In his last 3 seasons (27 starts), he has averaged 295, 235, and 232 passing yards a game. This is certainly an upgrade over previous QB’s in Washington, but still not great. Let’s combine this with the fact they brought in Curtis Samuel (3yr, $34.5 mil) and drafted Dyami Brown in the 3rd round of the draft. The WFT offense will have Gibson, McLaurin, Samuel, Thomas, and Brown all competing for targets. There is no question that the WFT offense will be improved, but that doesn’t necessarily mean McLaurin will be earning your fantasy team more points. He was able to produce in his first two years partly due to the fact that he was the only legit option in the passing game. He’s currently being drafted as the WR11 in PPR leagues. I would love to have McLaurin on my team, but he’s not someone I see returning WR1 value this year.